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

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RATINGS: 740   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2008
UPDATED: APR 10, 2012 Very quirky beer, even for this quirky brewery. Reddish/brown body with a lot of lively carbonation, itís got a choice aroma of wood and you can definitely sense the sake there. Initial taste is oaky and sour, with a trace of candy fruit in there, perhaps dark and autumnal. But the finish is dry, half funk and half champagne. Very interesting and enjoyable - but costs a pretty penny!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LinusStick (2887) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Delicious Belgian. Canít believe this is from Japan. Aroma of light fruit and cherry. Pour was a medium brown with a 2 finger off white head. Taste was nice and sour for a Belgian. A hint of vingegar and light malt with light malt and hops. Will try again so I can rerate

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2008
This beer definitely tastes like a number of other Hitachino beers Iíve had...very cedar-y, which is pretty unique. This beer tasted to me like eggnog, which is never a comparison Iíve made in a beer review. This beer poured a hazy read with a pretty minimal head that looked mass produced (like what youíd find on a Bud Light). Aroma was a slightly sweet hoppiness with lots of malty caramel-ness. There was a bit of spice in the smell which might have been the cedar. Flavor was very much to me like eggnog - creamy and nutmeg-y, but while I love eggnog I donít particularly care for it in my beer. Mouthfeel was smooth. I wouldnít particularly recommend this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2696) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2008
11.2oz no date. Gusher! Luckily Iím one quick bastard and didnít have to worry about anything wasted. Clear orange with reddish highlights an a one finger creamy beige head, fair retention. The first aroma was actually funky tartness with some acidic wood. Upon further inspection some spicy peppery notes and red grapes, and light alcohol show up. Flavor isnít quite as tart, and actually has a melon sweetness from the sake in addition to grape. Next Iím picking up on some caramel and light alcohol. Bone dry earthy finish with a lagging bitterness that peaks at a 3-4 well after the swallow. Creamy medium body with low carbonation--I donít remember shaking the hell out of this bottle, so I donít know how it overflowed when I opened it. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
Amber body with light off white head. Aroma is complex with plums and wood with hints of sugar and sake. Flavour starts with a sake and sour taste, plummy and sweet, dry and a touch of bitterness. Finishes yeasty with a straw and hirse blanket sourness. Vert complex and appealing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Courtesy of boboski. Pours a hazy, amber golden with a dense, beige head. Very refined, woody aroma. Medium body with lightly sweet caramel and some distinct, woody accents bedore a fairly bitter finish. Excellent! (Matured in sake casks with lots of hops = Belgian??) 171207

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2008
11.2 oz - Aroma is pungent, funky and sour. Unique aroma of sake, oak, spicy yeast, red wine and just a touch of sweet malt. Pours cloudy light brown with a small head and good lacing. Flavor is woody with the spicy yeast and sake standing out. Alcohol also appears. Palate is tart and very smooth under the circumstances. I really liked this one. A special and tasty brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2008
33cl bottle. pours murky dark red with off white head. nose is buggy, cherry, red wine, flavor is nice red grape skins and cherry pit, sort of a warm sake and wood notes surronds it, light acidic and mild sourness coming through, a very earthy, pitty, slight medicinal finish. lively carbonation. alcohol is noticed and it does numb the tongue slight. iíd bet this is more than 7%. wild yeast? tastes like it. sake? you can taste it but it would be hard to guess it. really great and easily a worthy try.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Pours a muddy copper/brown color with an off-white head that quickly diminishes to dozens of fat clear bubbles. Aroma is very interesting and unique yet familiar. Woody, fruit, tart, frangrant, perfumey. Earthy. Potpourri. If this were a blind tasting I donít think Iíd pick up the sake but knowing itís there I can detect its presence. Taste is fruity, slightly bitter yet acidic with a quick finish that leaves just a trace of perfume. This is not the most fun or easy thing to drink, not that it is too sweet or alcoholic but its floral qualities seem not too appetizing. That said it is very interesting and unique so overall I think this is probably a success and certainly worth trying.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Not sure if I would jump on the sake aspect if I didnít know it but since I did it was evident. Very powerful aroma and taste of barrel wood and rice. Very nice and interesting. Complex in flavor but not overwhelming.


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