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

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RATINGS: 773   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2119) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2009 Bottle, purchased late summer ’07.

Wow. Fascinating beer. Pours a rich caramel brown with limited head and some small floaty sediment. Massive wood-barrel aroma, dry and tannic to the nose, vanilla-like perfume (though I assume this isn’t oak), some sour notes, hints of wine.

The aroma doesn’t really prepare me for either the brown-sugar sweetness or the sourness of the beer itself. Lots of wood flavors there, tartness, lemon, cedar. Mulled cider heavy with brown sugar but mild on the spice, more lemon, maybe a whisp of cut green apple, maybe baked into a pie with butter melted across the top. Low carbonation, very smooth palate, splendid feel and flavor once it reaches room temperature. My first reaction isn’t so positive, what with how surprised I am, but I move on, exploring the sherry and English barleywine aspects of this beer, I become more and more fond of it. Fascinating, and I’m glad to have a second bottle in the cellar to try around say ’09. 7/4/8/4/16=3.9

Two-year-old bottle fall ’09. Wow, the green apple has stepped back, and instead chocolate covered toffee-bark, the crunchy buttery kind that is basically an upscale skor bar. Very sweet, pretty of wood presence, the two years have really brought this one into its own. Rich mouthfeel but more prickly than I remembered. But yeah, really nice. I’d do well to lay down another bottle or two. I’ll bump the rating up to 8/4/8/4/17=4.2 with some of that overall coming for just how different and interesting this beer manages to be. (Also: 10%+ of flavor in a 7% beer - nice)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Beautiful Pour. Looks like dark liquor as it hits the glass. Mahogany colored with a tan head, and some visible carbonation. Sweet, somewhat yeasty aroma. Chewy texture with flavors of caramel, apple, alcohol, wood, vanilla, and spice. Very unique and enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beastiefan2k (2773) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Wow, this is what makes this hobby fun. I have long decided that, while this is a good brewery, they were incapable of making something like this... and I was wrong. Having an amazing time as I drink this right now.

This is a very ORIGINAL beer, I do not know sake well enough to attribute much of the flavor to the barrel, otherwise an awesome sour Belgian Ale. Aroma is lightly bretty grapes. Its tart with young tropical fruits, faintly vinegar-y. Taste is slightly spiky with light syrupy fruits and some lemon and tartness. Mouthfeel is full and a bit sticky. The carbonation is a bit below average but it is offset but the tartness and spikes in the flavor. Some brown sugar sweetness in there but it comes off so weird compared to the other sour flavors. The color is a deep, murky, muddy light brown/copper. Pours with a small head. A surprisingly sour beer that is very well balanced.
11.2oz bottle, St. Paul snifter/tulip glass.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2007
12oz bottle a recent bonus from someone that I should remember. Shared with Cyn. So Pours dark brown with a tan feeling in the color if that makes any sense. Head is a thin off white. Nose has definite feelings of sake at least for me, it sure doesn’t smell like beer. Taste is sweet, slightly sour and pretty strange as a lot of the sake character comes through. Almost unique.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - DEC 15, 2007
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. A very interesting beer. The sake flavor is not overpowering, but you can detect a sake/rice flavor-- no doubt about it. Very clean aftertaste and the sake flavor doesn’t bulid up on the palate to dominate the beer. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4740) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours bright amber into a Tulip. Offwhite head recedes leaving spot lacing. Oak and funk aromas. Sticky sweet oak upfront with a lasting sour apple finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Pours a hazy brown with a thin white head. Smells of brett, oak, some sweet malt, hints of cherries and lemons, some meadow grass. This has a unique nose. Tastes sweet with some underlying tartness and a nice oaky quality. Some honeydew and apples are also present. The mouthfeel is unusual. I can’t voice the taste as it is a new one to me. Finish yields some merlot and cabernet like qualities. One of this brewer’s best.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours a hazy coper color. Nose has a slight sour tinge with a malty background. Very interesting on the palate. The blend of ale, cask and I swear a touch of rice wine make this worth trying.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 12, 2007
This sure is a fun beer to try. Pours to a hazy copper body with super fine particulate. A nice dense off-white head. The aroma is lightly sour. Woody sake and pale malts. Smells like a Flemish sour. The flavor is very interesting. Grapes and melons with a tart grain. Very subtle, balanced, and unique. Smooth palate is very enjoyable. Alcohol seems a bit higher but it could simply be the dryness of it. Subtle butteriness. I liked this a bunch. I’d drink more of it if it wasn’t $5 for 11.2 oz.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Bottle shared by Blake. Hazy brown body under a small tan head. Tart, winey, grapey aroma. The flavor enhances the sour grape aspect; bitter hops and dry wood follow up in back. Overall a very interesting, tasty beer.


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