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


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RATINGS: 782   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4018) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2008
Bottle from Samís Blue Light in Durham, NC. I think I paid $4 and some change. Been wanting to try this one for a while and kept forgetting to pick one up. Have tried several Hitachino beers but none in the last couple years. Anyway--the beer. Poured into my newly purchased Rodenbach GC tulip, the color is a deep (and almost opaque) red amber with a thick off-white head that shows no sign of fading. Aroma is sweet and tart, with a hints of cherry, oak, a bit of funk, and spices. Flavor is heavily woody upfront, with a bit of cherry/oak/sake in the finish. The sake casks are not overpowering at all in this beer and I like it a lot. Simple, yet very refreshing on this beautiful April day in Carrboro, NC.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2008
murky red color with a light tan head that leaves a good bit of lacing. aromas of spice, dark fruits and a sour note. Slightly cola, cherries, oaky resins, sourness, dry sour finish. I like the japanese take on the belgian style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2556) - New York, USA - APR 11, 2008
Bottled from whole foods bowery. This one is rather unusual, I donít even know where to begin. Poured brownish with visible sediments. Taste was somewhat gingery and buttery, and a sake taste? Clean finish, sort of like a pale ale w/o hops bite? I donít even know. But liked it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 10, 2008
Amber with a frothy tan head. Nice aroma is sharp cedar wood and dry spices, with a musty sweet cantalope melon. Frothy foamy mouthfeel. Taste is mainly dry pungent wood sap with sake spices and herbs. Sweetens up a bit in the finish with the wood and dry sake essence lingering on. A nice everyday barrel aged brew here without the hype or bottle count.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2008
Thanks to Dave at By The Bottle for this gem! Poured a dirty brown-amber body with a big explosive white top. Gritty nose with some oxidation in there. This beer has a lot going on with the tongue. Fruity citrus, sweet sake rice notes, boozy but mild, chocolate and malts ran rampant. Bitter dry fruits with a nice touch of wood. Great!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
2008-04-04. Hazy ruddy brown body with a decent creamy beige head. (3+) Very interesting aroma, light musty notes, hints of wavering sweet lemon soaked wood, wood grows as it warms. (7+) Flavour is heave on the wood at first with a dry alcohol finish that I assume to be enhanced by the sake casks. First impress was not favourable, but as it warms and you progress through the glass it allows light fruit and the subtler nuances of the sake to gain prominence against the dominance of the wood. Minute sweet lemon candy glimpses. Smooth average plus palate. (3+) Grows on me, but I still canít see myself drinking it in quantity. Bottle courtesy of Mabelís Florida trip.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2008
Bottle, shared with and courtesy of Jerc and Mabel. Interesting alcohol, wood, and citrus aroma. Whiskey like orange/brown, small white head, looks good. Taste is great! Sharp fruity malt mixed with sake like alcohol. Vanilla in the finish. Complex and tasty. I really liked it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (6138) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Orlando, Fl. - Knightly Spirits - 11.2 oz bottle. Murky dark orange pour, thin, spritzy white head. Aroma of Juicy Fruit gum, produce section of a grocery store. Flavor has a touch of ginger, some herbal tea, glimpses of citrus. Very organic and herbal tasting. Pick up a bit of the sake from the barrels that this was soaked in. Mouthfeel, thick enough. Overall, an odd brew - hard to put a handle on it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber, with 1 finger that sticks around a bit. Nose is dry, funky, bit earthy, fruity. Taste is sour, peppery, with a woody finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jnolley (2) - USA - MAR 30, 2008 does not count
Hard to describe. A lot of different flavors and a sort of woody finish. I

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