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

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RATINGS: 784   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.9
   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 (3898) - 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. i’d 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 don’t think I’d pick up the sake but knowing it’s 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) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Not sure if I would jump on the sake aspect if I didn’t 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3537) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2007
11.2 oz bottle. Hazy ruby brown with a bit of whitish froth. Nose is cloves, mulled apples and wood. Taste is not at all what i expected. Begins sour, tart and oaky; just enough to jolt the palate. Watermelon and candied peel turn to apricot then pith. Lingering sour yeast and tapioca. Light carb, silky but light, a little sticky. Exceptionally unique, world-class stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (34982) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2007
11.2 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy dark orange with a light yellow head. Fruity and orange like aroma. Flavour is caramel malty, quite solid sweet and slight spiced. Just before the finish it has a liqourice like note. Clearly taking some flavours from the sake barrels. Lovely flavourful. Finish is a lingering fruity and barrel like flavour.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle at Diamond. Reddish brown with a decent sized head. Aroma is plenty of burnt wood with brown sugar. Flavor is grilled pineapple and caramel with a light alcohol burn. Very impressive.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors Chicago, been waiting a while to try this one. Dirty red/brown haze with medium off-white head. Aroma is red apple, perfumey, lots of fresh fruit, very dominant sake aromas. Flavor is a brown ale that has sake undertones, caramel, soft alc, big sweetness, big fruit, once again that red fruit, sort of dirty and earthy, pretty nice. Medium body and slightly creamy, also there is a slight alc burn which is surprising considering that this is only a 7% abv beer. Pretty nice, could be a little better balance though. Also I should have picked up the regular to try them against each other, will do next time.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Pours dark amber with a mostly receding off-white head. Aroma of oak, apple, caramel, plum and some herbal qualities. Taste is lightly tart, cherries, oak, lightly acidic with earthy malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Pretty interesting beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 This rating relates to all batches OTHER than XH.8.11, xh.8.11 is a bad batch and should be destroyed.

Murky orangish-brown color w/ thin, somewhat lacey head. Sweet candyish nose, with floating waves of fruit and creeping sour woodiness. Big wood flavors abound with nice wood-borne microorganism tartness. It feels but does not taste like it has more alcohol than it does. There’s sweet maltiness behind the flavors..it actually tastes quite similar to one of my favorite beers "Burton Bridge Old Expensive" at least the good bottles of that beer. This beer, however, is <almost> ALWAYS superb. <almost>ALWAYS. There’s some solid bitterness keeping the fort up and some desirable nut-skin like astringency. another gem from asia’s best brewery.
re-rate: That’s it, this beer is beautiful and it replaces what Old Expensive used to be like for me, except its readily available and more expensive. re-rate again: this is now my default beer and at over $5 for a 12 oz bottle, thats a problem. financially.


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