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


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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2008
11.2oz Bottle. Pungently fruity Brett aroma. Coconut meat, sweet papaya, and sweet pineapple. Very tropical and fresh. Dewy. Drops of June rain on a Black Spruce forest. The tang of apple skins cusps some dryness. Very nice. Beautiful hazed red, with a quick-to-rise silk in hazelnut, extremely fine texture. Flavor is dense and punctuated with a rather sharp Brett tartness. Lemon pith moves into deeper malt, touching caramels, graham cracker and honey. Ooh...a fresh blast of unique spice. Some gourd and liqueurs. Man, sake casks are the way to go. I’m totally digging this fruit profile, the light dry astringency, bits of brett-like sensation and a calming, grassy hop finish. The malt stands up to all of it and gives great balance. Plus, there’s this really explosive interesting spicy character that goes off every now and again. Awesome stuff. Thanks a bunch Sean!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2008
Deep garnet tinted beer, tin white head. Lightly hazy. Aroma is quite unique. Herbal and very oaky with lots of richness. A strong underlying fruitiness, dried pears, light apple and a bit of earthiness. Flavour is quite woody and oaky with a rich fruity nuttiness and some classic Kiuchi yeasty tartness in here. The tartness helps cut through the sweetness and the rich oakiness. As it warms the beer really comes together. Earthy hopping, with good balance. Fairly tannic on the back, but I like it. Another very unique brew from the folks at Kiuchi.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3441) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5360) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4682) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Guerde (1246) - Minneapolis, 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.

   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.

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