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


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (23713) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 26, 2009
Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Very dark brown. Coffee and cherry liqueur up front. Sweet and full bodied with lots of estery alcohol. Caramelly chocolate sauce and cherry builds upto a pungent alcoholic finish.
Earlier Rating: 5/21/2009 Total Score: 3.7
Bottled at Thrash Zone, Yokohama. Very dark brown, small head. Intriguing aroma of strawberry, tiger balmand cofee. Fairly sweet with medium-full body. There’s aniseed and ginger. Despite it’s size it feels so light and sparkling at times that I can almost imagine that I’m drinking a ginger ale, but then there is depth too. Its fruity and herbal with roasty malt and that confusing tiger balm. Fun stuff indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21644) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16196) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 Bottle 500ml at Sosuke Ryokan, Takayama, Room 8 – shared with Mette. Clear dark dark brown (almost black – red glow) – offwhite head. Roasted, ryebread, nutty, medium sweetness, medium hoppy, grass, resin, licorice, herbal, coriander, plums, fruity, light spicy, dried dark fruits. Very nice..... Also: Draught at Popeye, Tokyo. Cloudy brown - offwhite head. Roasted, soya, chocolate, dark fruits, licorice, coffee, cocoa, spicy, wooden notes, fullbodied. (7/4/8/4/17)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (12892) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MartinT (9411) - 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 16/20
KyotoLefty (9403) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 3, 2008
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (7307) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonas (6858) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle. Dark stuff with a golden head. Raisin, soy and preserved fruit aroma. Rich fruityness, Belgian dubbel notes, light salt. Lime exhaling. Good body, mellow mouthfeel fine sparkles No sticky aftertaste despite initial sweetness. Oishi

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, 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.

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