beastiefan2k (2368) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
thornecb (4319) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.