KansaiBeerLvrs (1940) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle direct from the brewery, 500ml for about 650 yen - a decent price. A wonderful amber brown pour with a thick light beige head & a HUGE Sakura Mochi sweet aroma. Very sweet, a touch of cinnamon it brings to mind the Kyoto speciality Sakura Yatsuhashi. Medium bodied with a slightly rough carbonation the taste is straight up Japanese sweets, cinnamon & Sakura with a Mochi (rice cake) breadiness. after warming up some biscuity malt notes come through. It finishes on an earthy vibe, pretty good but that initial flavor punch is quite sweet & if you arenít a fan of cinnamon & Sakura Mochi you probably wonít enjoy this. But for a taste of Japanese Spring Hanami Parties this is pretty damn good.
Theis (13360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught - Pitcher at Brewpub - RBJG#2. Clear amber - offwhite head. Bisquit, sweetness, ginger, salty notes, thick and creamy, bitter notes, caramel, honey, lemon, rather sweet.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
An intense biscuity, floral profile dominates this compelling creation from aroma to finish.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the misty amber.
-The soft effervescence lets all the cherry blossoms express themselves at will.
-That is one memorable brew. If you donít like sakura mochi, or simply floral notes, you will not like this. However, it is difficult NOT to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into this.
-This remains drinkable despite the intensity.
-The finish is also lightly tart.
On tap at the brewery restaurant.
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery at RBJG#2. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Very sweet with aromas of Bastogne kiks. Some yeasty bitterness. Hints of plastic. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.
Unm4rk3d (74) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a great scented beer. Almost as nice as when you walk by a woman with an aroma so enticing! Back to the beer... the taste is not as good nor the palate. However this nectar with a golden hue sure pleases.
TimE (3143) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark amber color. Spicy, almost gingerbread nose but closer to Sakuramochi. The mouth is light, malty, unsweet. Spicy finish. Really pleasant with lingering gingerbread finish.
shoulderbroken (1989) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the brewery. Golden colour, off white head. Aroma is really floral, crazy. Taste is strange, bit salty maybe, floral again, very strange but nice. Slight bitterness. Really interesting so extra points!
AndySnow (3103) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Chateau Kamiya. Opaque amber colour with a white head. Little lacing. Sweet cinnamon aroma. rather sweet slightly spicy cinnamon flavour.
Travlr (11016) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the source. Cloudy red color, massive thick white head, solid lacing. Aroma of sweet floral cherry syrup. Taste bittersweet, herbal and fruity. Fascinating.
KyotoLefty (6318) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at 2012 GJBF Osaka.
Deep amber-light brown with lace. Aroma of cherry, sakura mochi. Big sakura mochi flavor, a little caramel and grape (I would guess it has pickled cherry leaves added). Light hops. Really interesting with rich, tasty malt and good flavor. Nice but not really my thing.