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

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RATINGS: 815   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Courtesy of CigarCityBrew. Pours hazy lazy copper with thin tan head. The aroma is malty sweet for just a moment before a load of tartness unleashes itself on the unsuspecting senses with acidic damage all around (I swear I saw one olfactory nerve ending being carried off the smelling arena on a stretcher). I get just a faint wood note way in the back. The taste is much like the nose with a moment of malty slightly caramelized sweetness before the tartness takes over with a faint note of wood just noticeable at first. The influence of the wood grows a bit into the finish with more tartness going deep into the after taste. I think if the malt was a bit more noticeable I would have enjoyed the experience more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Hazy with an amber orange hue. Clinging off-white head. Aromas of ginger and cinnamon. Vanilla and grainy rice. Woody notes. Full bodied and bitter. Wow, a great rolling palate. Tart sour cherries. Mild retaining burn. Fruity notes with a good malty backbone. Tasty!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2008
This was an incredibly woody, cedary, cinnamony, nutmeggy beer - incredibly flavorful, very dry. Just ZERO residual sugar. Extremely natural tasting. Unusual for any other brewer except for the wacky Kiuchi. Smells incredible; rich and full of cinnamon and a bit of leather.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2008
#1600 – Deep hazed orange, thick off white head. Softly funked fruity vanilla aromas lay on waves of cedar toasted caramel and light swirls of dark fruit. Earthed fig and date flavors balance well on further vanilla and toasted wood-like tones. A touch of dried citrus and yeast rounds this out well. Medium bodied with zesty carbonation. Unique and very well crafted in my book…

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Pours a hazy orange amber with a very thin head. Aroma of dark fruit, wood, funk, and spices. Feels more carbonated than the head would suggest. Sweet with a bit of tart.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Had a small sample of this at Gingerman’s in SoNo, CT. Pours a gorgeous dark brown with some white head. Looks almost like Bernardus 8. Very good representation of the style, hope to try more of this soon.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Bottle courtesy CigarCityBrew. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a small off white head. Aroma of tart citrus, spicy yeast, sweet tarts, and some funk. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium thin mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and a spritzy dry finish. Very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thill25 (232) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2008
12 oz bottle purchased from Redlight Redlight...pours cinnamon brown w/ a extra fizzy white head. Aromas of plums, raisins, and dates. Flavor was semi-sweet, with a great tart bite...again the dark fruits were prominate along with a great blend of toasted malts and some alcohol. The mouthfeel was dry with moderate amounts of carbonation. I really enjoyed this beer and can’t wait to try it again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Bottle, courtesy CigarCityBrew. Pours a very murky caramel color, big fizzy white head, with tons of carbonation, and lots of lacing. Big yeasty aromas, raisin, some alcohol, caramel, clove. Flavor has a sweet tartness, some Belgian yeast, dark fruits, chocolate. Sticky mouthfeel, well carbonated, very easy drinking. Sugary sweetness works well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5188) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours a dark reddish brown with offwhite head. Dark fruit (plum and raisin), vanilla, oak, caramel, bread, and notes of floral earthiness. A very nice beer that is well worth the try.


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