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Hidatakayama Karumina

Brewed by Hida Takayama Beer
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Takayama-shi, Gifu-ken, Japan


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biirusaikou (900) - - NOV 19, 2014
Complex nose of banana, cookie, toffee. Rich flavors of raisin, apricot, oak, licorice, creamy finish. Quite outstanding, has qualities of malt liquor and barley wine, keeps growing on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdheredia2 (22) - - NOV 17, 2014
The last on tap serving at Thrash zone. A nice Belgium style beer with a nice dark color and a sweet finish. Lacks a lot of the real end of a truest great Belgium beer but it will do in a fix.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EdKing (2047) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2014
On keg in Popeye’s. Wow. Recommended by one of the patrons, and this is a really fine beer and my highest Japanese rate so far. In the glass it’s very dark brown, bit rusty red, opaque and cloudy, tan head. Nose is musty, cereal grain, fruity, husky, brown sugar, yeasty, fig and orange fruit, , alcohol, dark Sherry. Taste is orange, fig, alcohol, musty grain, alcoholic liquor, dark sherry, tangerine, yusu fruit, citrous peel. Stunning grain forward barley wine with lots of mustiness and orange. Tangerine and orange peel on the finish. I have never had a barley wine as rich and fruity as this. Beautiful beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13358) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 17, 2014
Tap at Popeye, Tokyo. Dark brown color, small steady brownish head. Aroma has toasted notes and some sweetness. Very sniffable. Medium-bodied. Caramel, muscovado , brandy and hints of chocomalt. Covers alcohol nicely. Complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2673) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 15, 2013
On tap at Craft Man. A dark reddish brown pour with a tan head. Spicy yeasty aroma. Winey, boozey but tastey. A Belgian strong with a chocolatey malt backbone. Quite nice, you really don’t taste that 10% at all-dangerous!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (6562) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
Draft - Dark fruits, smoke, brown sugar and yeast. Met black with a thin beige head. Raisin, dark fruit and spice, brown sugar and herbal. Nice beer, very herbal but balanced and fun.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (1136) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2013
Draft to pint glass Yeast, buckwheat, wheat, blackberry Dark brown , almost black, but no head due to the pour. Yeasty, molasses, maybe too sweet though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4411) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Tap at the TrashZone, Yokohama. Dark brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of fruits, alcohol. Flavour is alcohol, dark fruits.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (14468) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2013
Draft. Very dark maroon color, almost black, brown head. Aroma of licorise and burnt espresso. Taste has anise, dark fruit, bitter cocoa. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2418) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2014 Keg at Good Beer Faucets. Dark red/brown colour with small gold bubbly head which soon fades. Aroma is sweet, bit of caramel, some spice and smoke, burnt, plums and berries. Taste is a bit liquorice, some roastiness at the end, chocolate, caramel and spice. Quite full on. Rerate at Thrash Zone, Nov 14, very Belgian but roaster and chocolatier than I remember. Nice sweetness. Good stuff

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