jookos (2621) - FINLAND - DEC 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.Orange hazy. Malty, some belgy- style yeasty notes, soft ripe peach, orange fruityness. Soft smooth malty body. Some almonds, orange zest. Pretty nice harmonious brew. Nothing too awesome, just sort of .. nice.
Douberd (2609) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Hitachino Nest XH Extra High) Bottle 330 ml from a trade with torriman, thanks! Into a tulip, ABV 8%
Deep red colour, quite hazy, with a tall and very thick and creamy off-white head on top. Excellent retention, medium lacing left on the glass.
Very fruity aroma, red fruits, some caramel, toffee.
Taste is rather sweet but surely not cloying. Again lots of red fruits, jam, caramel, toffee, well hidden alcohol, light vanilla even.
Medium thick body, soft carbonation, sticky palate.
One of the better belgian ales I’ve had and another solid one from Hitochino.
beer-yum (597) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grass-pine aroma with restrained head and deep brown colour. Surprisingly laid back and balanced body that hides it’s strength with ease. Didn’t get any ’Belgian’ flavour though - taste is similar to the other pale ales from the brewery (aka Anglo).
sir__v (720) - Lille, FRANCE - NOV 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle @ home from Saveur-biere.com - Color: dark amber beer with small carbonation and small ivory white foam. Smell: malt, sweet malt, caramel, sugar, wheat presence. Woody notes. Taste: nice malt taste. Really nice work on the malt, with great cereals notes. Small alcohol notes with dry sensation. Candied fruits and plum notes. Aftertaste: malt and caramel, with dry sensation with plum notes. - Really nice beer! Amazing complexity, it’s not totally my style but I admire the work of the brewers to realize this beer! Amazing complexity with nice equilibrium. A must to try!
siennaemerson (19) - New York, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bpreo (1761) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A delicious Belgian-inspired Strong Ale brewed in old Sake casks. It’s a great idea, uniquely Japanese.
guzgorog (346) - FRANCE - NOV 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Brune rousse. Col de mousse beige moyen. Nez de raisins secs, prune, alcool(saké?), cuir, bois. Bouche intense et complexe, belle amertume, liquoreuse, sucrée, aromes de pruneaux, alcool, bois. Assez proche d’un digestif. Très bon, puissant.
CaptainTilven (18) - FRANCE - NOV 22, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red brown colour, like caramel. Very fine foam, not persistent, golden beige. Smell of sake and fudge. Smoothness very well balanced and boosted by a bitterness that is never aggressive. Nicely matches strong cheese : beer that wraps and smoothes langres, shropshire, stilton... Wery well done and enjoyable.
AirForceHops (3522) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Amber/ cloudy read color, off white head that held the retention. Aroma is dried fruits, mineral water element, wood cask and light sake.
The body is fuller with a nice creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is mostly the same as the aroma. Im not a connoisseur of sake but you can get the flavor in the finish rather well. The wood oak cask goes with the sake character. Interesting and tasty.