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


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (7956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 My Bottom Line:
The tantalizing perfume of various flower gardens wondrously blows atop the spicy, chocolatey Belgian character of this most unique strong ale creation.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the purplish black.
-The floral arrangement comprises lavender, roses, hibiscus, etc.
-Body is lean, and the soft prickling increases the vinous comparisons.
-Some dryness is brought by the supporting hop finish.
-The bottle exhibited less of the floral character which was so enticing in the tap version, but a very nice Belgian Strong Ale still remained. The tap got a 4.1, while the bottle deserved a 3.7

On tap at Popeye’s, and later from a few bottles back home .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - APR 28, 2007
Draught. Brown with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, fruit, alcohol, and spice. Flavor was similar. malt, yeast, fruit, sweet and alcohol. Nice body to it. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6240) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 22, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2007 Small brown head does not last. Pitch black body. Oily spicy gingery aroma with notes of pepper and licorice. Dry spicy fruity licorice taste with notes of coriander, cinnamon, and other spices. Ginger, too. Very sweet; leaves sugar on the lips. Spicy aftertaste. Considerable alcohol heat, but no alcohol taste. Very nice. No idea what style. (0.5l bottle from a small shop in Takayama.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CMUBEERMAN (421) - - JAN 14, 2007
This beer was pretty solid...maybe one of my favorites of the trip...had it at popeye’s. Pours a cloudy chestnut with a milky head and lacing. Aroma is massive candy sugar, wood, and a bit of scotch. Flavor is bready yeast, sweet wood, and scotch. Fairly similar to HoTD Adam. Medium mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3261) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 20, 2006
Deep mahogany color. Light brown head. Sugar candy with hints of chocolate in the nose. Big chocolatey, sweet malty mouth with, earthiness, sea salt candy, cherries and cherry liquer. No alcohol detectable. Smooth chocolately finish. Yum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 19, 2005
Draft at Bakushu Club Popeye on March 31st, 2005. Pours dark brown with thin white head. Plum, alcool and strong rose water aroma. This beer is brewed in the Belgian style. Malty with plum and small berries, you can feel the alcool. This beer also have a VERY strong rose water flavor which I think was overwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pyramidd (6) - los angeles, USA - DEC 8, 2004 does not count
Unexpected high quality beer, that ressembles in many aspect to an irish stout, with a touch of a Rochefort 10, while still beeing very different. I got it in Japan. Worth to travel back there in a small village. I hope to be able to find in the US.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2004
Very big, impresssive brew. Pours DARK DARK black, looks not unlike a stout. The flavour of this beer was a great shock in the best possible way. This is right up there with the top Belgians I have rated. Big malty fruitness in the distinctive Belgian style. The one significant downside is that there are probably not enough hops to balance the equation, and therefore is a touch cloying. Highly recommended.

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