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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ibaraki, Japan

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RATINGS: 602   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full bodied beer with sweet wheat flavor and beautiful dense foam top. It has a pleasant bitterness and unique spicy aroma with Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans. Complex yet soothing.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 6, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Cloudy amber/orange with thick white head. Pine, hops, vanilla, peach, cherry, apricot, soap, and orange on the nose. Nice prickle in the mouth with chocolate, cherry, very rich and with a lingering dry finish. Though it has a highly sweet mid palate, with creamy hop notes...WOW

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
freekyp (1490) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Bottle Version. Strong fig/raisin in nose with cinnamon notes. Orange-tinged with massive burnt orange head. Similar in characteristics to a belgian strong ale. Very tangy with ample malty sweetness. Carbonation was highly effervescent. A complicated brew with a shifting palate, and dry finish, that is worth savoring.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 2004 bottle. Very cloudy pumpkin pie color. Curiously, it perfectly matched the color of the fake Louis Vuitton bags that were also for sale outside the Happy Deli. Nutmeg and other spices in the nose.Quick burst of spices at first sip with a light and tangy aftertaste. Very flat aftertaste. Didn’t finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Cloudy amber color with medium sized head and aromas of spices and citrus. Taste was very sweet mostly of malt and spices. Full bodied and yeasty. Rich occasional beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 Audacious orange-flavoured coffee aromas sprinkled with nutmeg...Allusions of a black and tan made with eggnog and a quite spicy, very carbonated Belgian ale...Fluffier than a duck-feather pillow, this extremely creative, no-style strong ale is the French toast with orange zest of beer...Somehow, I never thought I would describe a beer exactly like that...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2210) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2004
Rich molasses aroma with pungent alcohol, Belgian wheat and sweet hops. Murky, muddy brown in color with a huge, off white head. Very good lace and a mostly lasting head. Salty, sour milk initial mouthfeel. This has all of the flavor characteristics of a Belgian wheat. Nice palate; the alcohol level is a little dangerous, but warming. Bitter mouthfeel and anice sweet alcohol flavor. Very drinkable and a very long finish. highly carbonated. The nutmeg and vanilla are nice touches.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Kinz (3299) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2004
I appreciate this beer, but it just isn’t my bag. Medium orange brown, hazy, good wheat beer head. Aroma is zesty spice, almost like ginger. This is an aggressively spiced beer. When cool, the various additions come together in a bizarre ginger wasabi mix in my mind. As it warmed, the nutmeg and cinnamon began to break through, finally joined in the very end by a very complex Belgian malt accent. Ultimately, however, I just couldn’t get past feeling that this beer was overspiced. 2004 bottling. Probably worth laying down for a long time for develoment, perhaps this would bring the spiceds into check a bit.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2004
Orange, coffee, sweet candi sugar, coriander, cinammon, nutmeg aromas. It’s Christmas in Japan! Brown, cloudy body with lasting thin tan head. Tart, spicy flavour. More spice than beer but very flavourful. Body dissipates in the mouth very quickly. It’s like sponge toffee that collapses completely. Fluffy cotton candy with spritzy, energetic mouthfeel. This is unique, one of a kind and definitely world class. Enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere. Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2004 Dirty brown body, cloudy with a huge foamy head, sticky and long-lasting. This scores big points for a 9% beer. Aroma is sweet and spicy, not unlike that of a well made gingerbread. There’s lots of curacao, coriander touch and altogether a great balance of the difference spices, which I assume is a great task and here much better executed than in last year’s anchor OSA. Nutmeg and candi sugar makes an apparition in this orangey beer. The main surprise of the first sip is the high level of yeast flavor which adds a belgian feel. At times, you feel it’s spicy enough that it’s more or less of a beer, but you’ve still got to recognize the deep complexity and art involved. Flavors are hard to grasp and put words on, but you know when you enjoy it. On the other hand, it would have scored much higher with me wouldn’t it be of this disturbing mouthfeel. 2-3 seconds after putting the liquid in your mouth, it becomes ultra-creamy, spongy and foamy (a bit like La Moneuse) and the flavors are not integrated as well, more reminding of food coloring than anything else, but it settles back to its greatness in the aftertaste. Still, the bottom line is that this is excellent, original as in a brewer’s imagination has no limits and very christmas friendly.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkato (18) - USA - MAY 9, 2004
Lots of head. Nice bitterness, can taste alot of citrus in the beer. Way too much carbonation in my opinion.


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