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

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RATINGS: 703   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2007
This was definately one that was strange.poured a rich dark amber with virtually no head.The nose was sweet like fruit with some alcohol peeking thru.Flavor was sweet of the belgian candy sugar, with hints of the sake coming thru and some hints of rice.Finish was slightly sweet and had to be drunk real slow.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Courtesy of Dragonstout. Pours a light cloudy reddish color with a thin head. Reminded me of a flemish sour. Had hints of sour fruits, oak, liquor, and spice. Had to drink very slow. Better as it warmed up. Finished boozy and sour on the palate. Rating as a belgian strong ale. But enjoyed it though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stine (1464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Poured from a 12 oz. Bronzey orange color, appearing syrupy in consistency, and transparent. Sweet aroma of rice pudding, vanilla, whiskey and allspice. Quite reserved and quietly nuanced. Flavor is dense, suggesting bourbon and pear skins, seeming hotter than it actually is. It has a lovely, softened sweetness that intimates almond oil and pistachio ice cream. Smooth in the mouth, with a light prickle, and certainly not hiding its heat, though this seems somehow intended and lends it a unique aperterif quality. The cask presence finishes with a slow pulse of alcohol and wood. Interesting, and a successful approach for the most part. Thanks for sharing, Aaron!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours a fairly cloudy maroon color, with just the slightest off white head. The aroma had alot of sweet, dark fruit in it. I definitely got some sort of oak and hints of some sake notes as well. A little bit tart smelling too. Theflavor was very bitter sweet. Detected fairly sizeable alcohol most of the way through. Alot of that dark fruit mixed in with the sake characters made up this beers flavor profile. Really unique brew. Not something Id reach for often, but was certainly interesting to try.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Well, Kiuchi never fails to push the creative envelope, and this brew is no exception. Pours a dark, hazy, brownish-amber body with reddish-orange hues. A small, thin head of micro-bubbles quickly recedes, leaving just a tiny rim in its place. The aroma is very unique. A fruity malt base reveals caramel apples, Asian pears, cedar, light oak, vanilla, and maple. The wood imparts a slightly boozy overtone. Flavors are mostly sweet, with caramel malts, vinous white fruits, and tons of earthy wood. Smooth, medium, somewhat sticky body. Short, tart finish. Definitely a slow sipper reminiscent of a light barleywine blended with a fruity Belgian. Very unique. I would expect nothing less from this brewery.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
eaglefan538 (2851) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Bottle. Pour was cloudy orange with some brownish to it. Head was initially effervescent, yet quickly diminising to barely a ring around the edges, weak lacing. The aroma was rich alcohol, light oak, caramel and raisiney elements. The flavor was caramel, maple, brown sugar, alcohol, oak (the combination of which all seemed quite bourboney), sweet stuff, quite english barleywine-ish, not my cup of tea. A touch too sweet-sticky, although the mouthfeel wasn’t that thick and this thing finished with a sour/acidity that was just odd in combination with the rest of what was going on. Meh.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle… Murky orange ale with almost no head. The vinous, acidic aroma provides notes of apple, brown sugar and light funk. The flavor is not at all as tangy as the nose implies. Mildly sweet caramel alongside medium hop and alcohol bitterness with a rumor of acidity. Full-bodied and chewy with lively carbonation. Moderately bitter, warming finish with a pinch of salt. Thanks go out to SoLan for the bottle!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Hazy dark amber color with a small beige head. Funky, yeasty aroma with a lot of band aid notes. Was ther Brett in those sake casks? Some oak and pineapple in there as well. Really nice smelling beer. Flavor was fruity, and didn’t have the band aids that I got in the aroma. The oak presence was much stronger though. Pineapple, melons and brown sugar come through in the flavor as well. A bit of a warming alcohol finish. I rather enjoyed this beer and will seek it out again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Bottle. Hazy orange color with a small head. Aroma is of oak and vanilla, brown sugar and cherry brandy. Taste was a bit warm, with alcohol-dipped fruit and oak barrel spicyness. Very well done. It reminded me of a holiday warmer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Heavily hazed dark copper color with a smattering of fish food. Lid of small beige bubbles. Panil comes to mind with the first scent. Heavy caramel, cherries, tropical fruit, coriander, ginger, oak, apples and other fruits and spices. This one emits more scents as it sets in the glass. Spicy from the start with anise, cloves and juniper berries. Touch of caramel in the backdrop mid swallow. Stewed raisins, oak and cherry wood in the middle. A light smokiness seems to creep in during the finish and linger. More cedar kinks in the linger along with caramel custard. A reflective type brew. Lots of nuances and depth. I like it for its complexity. A sit on the porch and enjoy brew.


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