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

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RATINGS: 713   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MIBRomeo (2541) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
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/ itís 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 thereís a dry after swallow finish that reminds of the sake barrels and some wood. Pretty nice beer. Iíd like some more.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
At this point in time Iíve had a number of Sakes, and yet Iím left unsure as to just what in paticular I might be picking up from the aging of this ale in a Sake cask. Nonetheless, this is a flavorable and enjoyable brew. From the bottle it pours a cloudy chestnut body with a short-lived ecru head. No lacing. It has an aroma of toffee, brown sugar, cedar, brown spices, dates, and alcohol. The flavor retains the elements of the nose, but takes on a deep winey feeling, much spicier than what Iíd smelled. Fruitier, too. Never gets cloying but continually reminds you that itís a serious ale. The finish is fruity and has a dark sugary graininess, cleaned somewhat by the warmth of the alcohol. Not too shabby, indeed.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4638) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle: Big vinuous aroma with some moderate sourness (sweet tarts) and faint wood. It pours a hazy-orangish-red with a moderate white head. The flavor starts with toffee and lightly sour vinuous flavors. The finish has some light woody bitterness and faint alcohol. Medium-bodied with mild carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2584) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours a dark copper with a light one finger tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, cedar, ginger, and some sake notes. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel malts, maple, brown sugar, and oak barrel spicyness with a nice warming alcohol finish. a very good belgian strong.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Hazy amber body with a small beige head. Rich woody oak and vinous nose with notes of light berry, allspice, nutmeg and toffee. The flavor is moserately sweet with caramel, golden raisins, vanilla/oak and berry. Medium body is soft with moderate carbonation.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Funknmilla (677) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Copper with just bubbles for a head, and cream on the swirl....smells vinegary....sherry flavor and aftertaste, medium bodied palate to thin....sweet lingering essences with a dry finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle courtesy hogfodder. Lightly hazy amber with a fluffy off-white head. Aroma starts with some sweet hints, then wood, spicy yeast. Caramel apple taste quickly dissolves to a dry cedar and slightly sour finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1087) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
aroma of belgian yeast, coming from a medium-to-hlghtly carbonated amber liquid, beige head atop. tart cherry and apple, perceptible alcohol but not overt. flavor is first tart and woody, but iím not sure how much sake flavor the beer took on. not loaded with esters like many belgian style beers, nor is it heavily spiced. well-rounded acidity, and the "spice" flavor seems to be from the wood, and this is certainly an intriguing brew - medium body and a surprisingly dry. certainly worth the experience!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 On tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook on 08/27/08. Clear golden amber body with a small frothy off-white head. Very sweet spice, some floral hints, and lots of sake kick. More big spicy and floral flavors, some light caramel hints, some fruitiness, apple shining through as i work through the beer, and more sake background. Medium body with moderate carbonation. This seems quite different from the bottle I previously had. (8/3/8/4/17) Bottle on 11/19/07. Cloudy dark brown body with a medioum frothy off-white head. Sweet sour cherry aroma with some spice. Sour cherry flavor, with some spice and light molassas. Certainly seems to be more along the lines of a flemish sour. Original Rating (8/4/8/3/16)


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