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

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.82/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Sampled @ GJBF Yokohama: Dark chalky caramel, light tan head and lacing. Nose of belgian esters, lots of banana, clove. The flavor is estery, some malt and alcohol, clean, belgian.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6159) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
Deep cloudy brown. Gentle off-white ring. Flowery, gingery, spicy ale with sturdy malt backings underneath. Those malts are chocolatey and darkly toasty while their fellow ingredients propose hints at mint. Certainly bready through and through, but one of its most striking features remain its high juiciness, grapey, but plumy even more so. Light to medium bodied, very soft carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007
The look: Cloudy dark brown body with a little tan ring of foam
The style: Flowery Belgian Dark Ale
The stuff: Aromatic flowers/herbs take a lot of room in this beer, maybe a bit too much so. The floral scent/flavours are hard to identify but they are of the perfumy relaxing kind so I’d say camomile, lavender and friends but I may be totally off. The Belgian foundation takes a little brown ale twist. Some roastiness. Distant nutty notes. In this case the warming alcohol is welcomed as it diminishes the beer flowery character. There are a few things that I didn’t like about this beer but it does many things really well. For characteristics such as originality and intensity I would have given it a few “A”s but it seems to already have more than enough of these.
The how: Japanese themed tasting session at MartinT. Bottle from MartinT
The conclusion: Very original. Ideal for tasting sessions as the perfumy flowers/herbs might become annoying after a full bottle.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oberabcbbsok (687) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2007
On bottle at Thrash Zone Yokohama. Perfect tasting beer. Full bodied and good aftertaste makes this one one of the best Japanese beers for me that i could drink on my 14 day’s trip. Had about 100 different beers over there from all over the world

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (8550) - 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 .

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6684) - 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.)

3.8
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (4112) - 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.

3.6
   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.


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