KyotoLefty (9388) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Yamaoka.
Pitch black with a thin, lacy brown head. Spicy, flowery roasted malt aroma, slightly earthy and nutty, dry, with dark fruit and orange.
Fruity, strong malt flavor, with raisins, ginger, orange, a touch of chocolate. Slightly sour edge and not very sweet at all. Well attenuated for sure! Funky, barnyard character in there as well. Not what I was expecting. Pretty good roasted malt bitterness in the finish as well. Or is that hops? Rather thin palate with low carbonation. Really different. Nicely done. Can’t taste that 10% alcohol at all!
jonno (2520) - JAPAN - OCT 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very solid brew, hard to classify but mine had a slight metallic taste, perhaps infected? Still higly enjoyable big beer. Recommended to those who like beers that defy classification
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - SEP 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ THRASH ZONE! This black beauty was sight to behold. Gorgeous deep midnight body, foamy roasted ruby head. Some chocolate on the nose, malt, anise, licorice. Very smooth and highly drinkable with complex flavours, yet a decidedly understated tone. Lots of subtelty in the tastes and finely balanced. A great drink.
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a smallish tan head. Surprisingly fruity nose given the appearance, especially the strong orange zest aroma. Orange and lemony flavours, quite acidic, not as much as a hint of roast. Alcohol. A top range beer that will surprise most.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
oberabcbbsok (691) - Hoboken, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 .
Capa (2762) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.