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

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RATINGS: 750   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


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Bottle. Opaque orange brown pour with a thin film on top. Aroma of sour wood, green grapes, and some sweet malt and earthy malt. The flavor seems to be dominated by wood / alcohol, and there is a little bit of sweet malt / plum underneath. Interesting and a little bit of a challenge to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3349) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle; poured a dark amber/copper color with small to medium off white head. Aroma was pretty sour; with fruit, wood, sugar, and yeast. Had some light funkiness that permeated throughout the flavor; a good amount at that. Some sugary fruits, wood and yeast as well. Overall it was a bit surprising in terms of the flavor profiel, but pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5273) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Oh wow, thanks to Guerde from stopping at the Blue Max and picked up a 12-oz bottle of this beer. Pours a semi-hazy copper amber brew with a fast dissolving off-white head that dissipates clean. Aroma of dried sweet and dark fruits, some tart berries, vanilla, figs (without the Newtons), and a slight yeast/barnyard funk. Taste is medium bodied with some carbonation, along with flavors of caramel malt, some yeast, brown sugar and a touch of vanilla. Finish is semi-dry with a slight yeast and caramel malt aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Many thanks to Guerde for this one! Murky copper color with no head. Slight aroma of ginger and other spices. Very interesting taste. Brown sugar, rice and ginger dominate for me. The sake is definitely noticeable. It has a bit of barnyard dryness and almost funk to it like a Biere de Garde. I think this is a Japanese Farmhouse Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11978) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber-brown body with a creamy medium-sized off-white head. Aroma of dates, brown sugar, wood, caramel, vanilla, and white grapes. Flavor of toffee, vanilla, wood, fig, plum, light acidity, and apple with a semi-dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a beige colored head. Aroma is oaky, dried fruits, maybe some clove. Flavor is again oaky, light tartness, light malt, dried fruit, citrus. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finishes lightly sour. This really surprised me in a positive way. Very good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1192) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2008
(bottle) Poured a dark brown with an off-white head. Nice aroma that contrasts between sweet and sour notes, with some nice dark fruits, wood, and a slight dose of barnyard funk. The taste was a nice dose of sweet fruit and light spice, with a subtle sour undertone that added to the complexity. The mouthfeel of this beer was full and the finish was tart.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Courtesy of a guy (sorry can’t remember name) at a weekly tasting at the Cellars. Amber/light brown in color with a slightly off white. Spice aroma with some dark fruits and you can actually smell the sake (which is great). Some sugary fruits in taste with a bit of tartness and some nutmeg and a slight bit of alcohol on the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle. Large head on the pour. Nice bit of clove in the aroma, with a light funk and prevailing spiciness. Muddy fruity flavor, slightly sweet, a touch of mushroom. There’s some really nice complexity in the flavor that is especially evident as it warms, and I really dig the light sourness. Maybe only a touch of sake flavors in there.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Gorgeous burgundy color, under a healthy dollop of creamy, pudding-y froth. Nose smacks of red wine from the start, rich and fruity, turning mellow and woody. And then it resembles a Belgian lambic, ...and now I get the sake. Very interesting. Taste: all that and more, but smooth, ...very smooth, and fully flavored. Warm, rich, and inviting. Sweet, then dry, then all manner of funky stuff, and ultimately a complex and rewarding drink. Tastes like a barleywine, but with much more going on. I highly recommend this one.


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