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

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RATINGS: 774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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
Boutip (5079) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of a sweet barley malt base with some distinctive notes of light sake. Taste is also dominated by a barley wine type taste of sweet malt with some distinctive notes of rice and sake, which I must admit are quite pleasant. Full body with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another winner beer from a great brewery.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Pours a orange hue with a nice light head. Aromas of a gueuze, apricots, light hops. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a light creaminess. Definitely some brett/funk action but not overpowering. Maybe subdued due to the oak aging, which isn’t over powering either. Flavors are amazing. For a 7% brew, the flavors are strong, while the alcohol hides. Flavors of apricots, plums, a hint of sake, creamy lambic, and cider. WOW!!!!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle sampled. Pours a dark copper with a light one finger tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, cedar, ginger, and some sake notes. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel malts, maple, brown sugar, and oak barrel spicyness with a nice warming alcohol finish. a very good belgian strong.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6770) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a orangish colorwith big long lasting head. Funky gueuze like aroma. Brett? Taste is oaky, tart some sourness. Some citus aspects here also. Not sure what the sake would have added but this is funky. Opened up even more as it warmed up. Nice beer

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6682) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2008
enjoyed at the second Stumelagram tasting ... a weird fruity bretty aroma ... quite sour bite, with a strong bitterness ... combined with a strange steel drum sweetness .... good lacing ... crazy stuff ... enjoyable and a bit insane ... a good brew to share with a couple of people, a whole bottle could be to much..

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3919) - - AUG 22, 2008
a murky caramel colored beer under a fizzy white head. cedar, oak, caramel, tangerine citrus, ginger, nutmeg. flavor is peachy and hoppy with tobacco and hints of wood. a very unique beer with a great aroma. this is awesome stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle from Hamiltons. Dark garnet red with a slight white head. Red wine and oak aroma. A dark roasty red wine tobacco sake and oak taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2009 Aroma is bretts - farmhouse bretts. Flavor is bitter and sour, with more emphasis on the bitter. Pours brown with brownish head. Not sure if this is a Belgian Ale - more like a Farmhouse Saison. Has a nice, fruity finish - something almost like plums or apricots. SECOND ANALYSIS: Something brings this down - I think I may have too young of a bottle. Nothing but nutmeg in this one - no brett, no bitter, just nutmeg.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6172) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2008
bottle, dirty brown color, head dissolves quickly, psicy sweet and sour nose, flavor is funky like a saison, flnishes more fruity like plums , astringent

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2008
This beer was recommended by a real nice fellow whose name I can’t remember. He worked at a place called Dutch’s in Hyde Park, an amazing little outdoor booth that had a huge selection of rare beers. I was in for a treat. As soon as I got home, I poured this beautiful little Japanese gem into a goblet, which produced an extremely foamy mountainous head that filled nearly 3/4 of the glass. This sat atop a hazyish copper, burnt sienna, malty looking body. The smell is out of this world, completely unique from any other beer I’ve experienced. There is an instant aroma of violets, roses and chamomile. Fresh and earthy, I closed my eyes, and was instantly transported to a sunny, peaceful Japanese garden; swimming with the aromas of cherry blossoms and shady magnolia trees. My mouth is filled at first with a soft, juicy taste of dragonfruit, ripe, dark cherries, and a slightly medicinal and very herbal sharpness. This is followed by a tannic, pungent oakiness, and the nutty, semi-sweet but drying taste of a warm, delicate sake. There is a rich, pleasant maltiness, and no noticeable hops. The finish is long, winey, and rich, and the sake really makes it’s big appearance in the aftertaste, leaving hints of magnolia flowers, rice, and warm alcohol on the palate. As the XH warms, it begins to take on a sourish funkiness very remniscent of a fruit lambic. Amazing. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind beer, and a sensual, charming experience that satisfied every sense thoroughly.


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