Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Complex, but in a fairly subtle way. I guess what I’m trying to say is that it had a lot of complexity for a beer that was full of lighter flavors that aren’t necessarily all that complex. Hid alcohol fairly well among such light flavors. I was surprised that it was quite sour. Great balance with sweetness, sourness and acidity. But complex doesn’t always mean great.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, orangey gold with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light cereal; moderate fruity, dusty and musty yeast; pear; peach, pineapple; a little flora; lemon; lemon rind; apricot, and slightly sour fruit. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, sour and acidic, and slightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet and bitter, and moderately sour and acidic with a surprisingly long duration for all the the light flavors. There was light fruits, light citrus, pear, peach, green grape, lemon, apricot, maybe a little pineapple, a little citrus rind, pineapple near the edge where it is bitter; yeast; sour fruit; a little honey; and duty and musty yeast. The light to medium and dry body was made to feel even lighter by fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
AtronSeige (882) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Lemon, grainy, grape, red rice
Appearance: Hazy, amber body. Small, off-white head. Good retention.
Flavour: Herby, grainy, red rice (?), Medium bitterness, Medium-low sweetness. Dry finish with lingering herb. Medium sake-like flavours that lingers into the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation, creamy, light warming.
Overall: Strange flavour, but I do not know what Red Rice tastes like. Overall a great beer.
Bottle at Beerhouse in Cape Town.
23. Speciality - Speciality grain.
RobBestwick (650) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 18, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle. Grain and bread dough aroma. Pours with a cloudy copper colour and we’ll retained frothy head. Grain and bread flavors with strong sour notes and a solid alcohol kick. Medium bodied with a sour alcohol finish. Interesting.
ikigai (73) - California, USA - MAY 13, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
5/13/15 Red Rice Ale from 12 oz bottle. "This Red Rice Ale was brewed with special red rice which had which had been cultured in ancient times in Japan." Copper color without much head. Aroma is weak a little like a Hefe. Not a great taste either. Fruity without the normal hops or malt flavor.
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Gurthnar (2729) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Ammersin. Aroma general fruitiness, some caramel, light wildish element, might just come from heavy rice usage. I honestly do not know. Really wonderful red colour, slightly hazy, a few floaties. Taste is mostly caramely and fruity, berries, red fruits. Lots of fruitiness going on. Some sakéish notes. Quite good one.
maekchu (2607) - Hirakata, JAPAN - APR 29, 2015
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Sake Taniguchi (World Beer Market). Earthy, grainy nose, light floral notes, a bit medicinal, and some alcohol fumes. Reddish brown color, thin head, and slippery lace. Light sweet fruity initial, moderate roast malt, a bit of syrup, and some alcohol burn in mid and final. Thin body. Nose is interesting, but the flavors and body seem too light for the alcohol.
Lukasmh (458) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with white head. Loads of sediment in bottle. Rather fizzy looking. Aroma is malt, bread, dough, yeast, rice and some weird spiciness, may it be mustard seeds? Taste has same notes, malty, dough and slight spices. Finish has rice and is a bit parfumated. High carbonation and light yet soft body. Well hidden alcohol.
Vestergaard (838) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @Fermenteam tasting! Thanks to Jakob. Pours a slightly reddish red, clear amber with a big, White head. Aroma is pretty spicy with mustard seeds, slight berries, yeast, leather, rice. Taste is pretty sweet with lots of rice, slight bitterness, not as spicy as taste. Very smooth ricy finish. Slight perfume as well. High carb, smooth body.
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ttutony (759) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color with a creamy white head. Fruity and slightly sour aroma. Smooth mouthfeel. Slightly tart. Lingering finish. Very interesting, not really a sour beer but very unique in its style.
biirusaikou (981) - - APR 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nutty nose, bean. Quite odd, sweet bean paste, fig, plum candy, sweet finish. Interesting but more of a novelty beer, can understand why it is not widely available in Japan, a bit too heavy and sweet for me.
Gorm (1677) - Sandnes, NORWAY - APR 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Klar amber farve med lyst skum som raskt avtar. Lukt av honning, bær og sommerhage. Smak av malt, tyggis, og bær. Fruktig, syrlig og kryderet, Søt og lett bitter. Kryderet avslutning. Vinmonopolet.