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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ibaraki, Japan

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RATINGS: 712   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong Belgian Brown Ale matured in distilled Sake barrels.the final Maturation takes place in Shochu casks {distilled sake} for 3 months.  Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate  Hops: Chinook, Styrian Golding  Original Gravity: 1.08


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1046) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From notes, consumed on 4/12/13. Bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours caramel brown with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of apples, caramel, subtle sake. Tasting notes of apples, dark fruit, citrus, light floral notes, Belgian yeast, oak, sake, moderate booze and bitterness. Warm finish. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (265) - - FEB 14, 2014
cloudy amber color; mild, winey, saki aroma; cery complex flavor; dry, slightly sweet malt; light piney hops (Chinook); flavors blend really well; deceptively smooth

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Liamrua (26) - Waterford, IRELAND - FEB 7, 2014
330ml from Carpenters, Carlow. Pours a brown golden colour with a finger head that fades. Strong malty aroma with hints of toffee and fruit. Complex fruity, malty, sweet taste that has many undertones. Low carbonation on tongue and a slight sweet malty finish that hangs slightly. Overall a bloody good beer that has been well crafted with many flavours packed in.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (983) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle from the Dram Shop in Sheffield. Pour a hazy amber with a small white head. Flavour is sweet with notes of sherry, caramel and some pine in the hops. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (318) - ESTONIA - JAN 28, 2014
330 ml bottle, labelled as Hitachino Nest X’mas Ale - but it is also saying this is XH. Pours hazy copper with a white head that doesn’t stay very long. Aroma is sweet, caramel, dark fruits - quite a lot going on there. Could be typical Belgian aroma if you ask me. First sip has some full malt body, nice fruits, toffee and ending in a bittersweet finish. There are hops, alright, but they are nicely balanced with the overall maltiness and the result is a wonderful beer, suitable for slow sipping. Dry mouthfeel, with a bitter sensation. Alcohol well hidden. Could have more of this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (931) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Aroma: floral yeasty hops; sweet. Appearance: small creamy head, hazy gold. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: lovely sweet, very very light hints of bitters, fruity. Overall: lovely Belgium Strong Ale, amazing palate. Bottle at Euston Tap, London.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mjp12 (300) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Hazy deep golden orange, sweet yeasty nose, the sake barrels must add to the sweetest of the flavour, which is fuller and sweeter than a Belgian brew. Tastes above its abv.m

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RuneStumo (2167) - FØRRESFJORDEN, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2014
08.01.2014. 0,33l Bottle. Den gode Nabo. Med Bjørn og Ivar. Golden orange colour with white head. Hazy. Fruity aroma with rich flavours of malt and yeast. Strong with 8% and rather good malty body with nice malty flavours. Actually, this is pretty good!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cunningham (4342) - Halden, NORWAY - JAN 16, 2014
Appearance: Hazy deep golden color with a white head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Sweet malty and fruity.
Palate: Medium + body. Mild bitterness and a rich sweetness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Dominating sweet malty, mild spices and fruity.
Overall impression: A bit sweet as usual. Quite boring.
Personal stats: Bottle from Den Gode Nabo in Trondheim, Norway

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (3120) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2014
Poured hazy orange amber with a dense off white head. Aroma of spiced, yeasty malt and dark fruit. Medium body, flavour is quite alcoholic, loads of fruit, banana, berries. Lingering alcohol bitter sweetness to end.


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