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

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RATINGS: 711   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Wow, this is what makes this hobby fun. I have long decided that, while this is a good brewery, they were incapable of making something like this... and I was wrong. Having an amazing time as I drink this right now.

This is a very ORIGINAL beer, I do not know sake well enough to attribute much of the flavor to the barrel, otherwise an awesome sour Belgian Ale. Aroma is lightly bretty grapes. Its tart with young tropical fruits, faintly vinegar-y. Taste is slightly spiky with light syrupy fruits and some lemon and tartness. Mouthfeel is full and a bit sticky. The carbonation is a bit below average but it is offset but the tartness and spikes in the flavor. Some brown sugar sweetness in there but it comes off so weird compared to the other sour flavors. The color is a deep, murky, muddy light brown/copper. Pours with a small head. A surprisingly sour beer that is very well balanced.
11.2oz bottle, St. Paul snifter/tulip glass.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2007
12oz bottle a recent bonus from someone that I should remember. Shared with Cyn. So Pours dark brown with a tan feeling in the color if that makes any sense. Head is a thin off white. Nose has definite feelings of sake at least for me, it sure doesn’t smell like beer. Taste is sweet, slightly sour and pretty strange as a lot of the sake character comes through. Almost unique.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - DEC 15, 2007
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. A very interesting beer. The sake flavor is not overpowering, but you can detect a sake/rice flavor-- no doubt about it. Very clean aftertaste and the sake flavor doesn’t bulid up on the palate to dominate the beer. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4319) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours bright amber into a Tulip. Offwhite head recedes leaving spot lacing. Oak and funk aromas. Sticky sweet oak upfront with a lasting sour apple finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Smells of brett, oak, some sweet malt, hints of cherries and lemons, some meadow grass. This has a unique nose. Tastes sweet with some underlying tartness and a nice oaky quality. Some honeydew and apples are also present. The mouthfeel is unusual. I can’t voice the taste as it is a new one to me. Finish yields some merlot and cabernet like qualities. One of this brewer’s best.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours a hazy coper color. Nose has a slight sour tinge with a malty background. Very interesting on the palate. The blend of ale, cask and I swear a touch of rice wine make this worth trying.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2007
This sure is a fun beer to try. Pours to a hazy copper body with super fine particulate. A nice dense off-white head. The aroma is lightly sour. Woody sake and pale malts. Smells like a Flemish sour. The flavor is very interesting. Grapes and melons with a tart grain. Very subtle, balanced, and unique. Smooth palate is very enjoyable. Alcohol seems a bit higher but it could simply be the dryness of it. Subtle butteriness. I liked this a bunch. I’d drink more of it if it wasn’t $5 for 11.2 oz.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle shared by Blake. Hazy brown body under a small tan head. Tart, winey, grapey aroma. The flavor enhances the sour grape aspect; bitter hops and dry wood follow up in back. Overall a very interesting, tasty beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Dark caramel meets mud color w/ a tiny off tan head. Odd aroma a touch of a sour light funky aroma a bit of a brown ale in there w/ it’s sweet notes. Full well coated lightly creamy palate. Great odd ball of a flavor very sweet lots of sugars w/ a touch of odd sour notes there’s a dry after swallow finish that reminds of the sake barrels and some wood. Pretty nice beer. I’d like some more.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours a dark dark brownish red with a nice thick head. Aroma is really amazing... has a funky smell, pretty unique and indescribable. Like really funky chesse... or butt. Almost bad, but really awesome instead. The flavor is just the liquid manifestation of the aroma, with a full body that feels all nice and creamy. Excellent beer from a really excellent brewery. My favorite Hitachino Nest thus far.


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