Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 834   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber, with 1 finger that sticks around a bit. Nose is dry, funky, bit earthy, fruity. Taste is sour, peppery, with a woody finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jnolley (2) - USA - MAR 30, 2008 does not count
Hard to describe. A lot of different flavors and a sort of woody finish. I

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Amber color beneath a dense off-white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast with some fruity esters and earthiness. Some light berry like notes right away, followed by a light bitterness. Finishes dry with wood accents. A lot of unique flavors going on that I can’t quite put my finger on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Aroma is sour, a little acetic, some alcohol and belgian yeastiness. Taste is dry, a little funky, some sweetness from the sochu, clove, belgian esters, dry finish. This is very solid. This could go for a few years, with a lot of sweetness from the sochu. I like this, very interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Dark reddish brown color with a faint white film of a head. Extremely woody and a bit sour in the aroma department. I was pleasantly surprised by the upfront sourness in this one. The flavor seems to dry up quickly on your tongue and the result makes you feel like you’ve sucked on a wood chip. As this one warms, there’s a pronounced spicy character. I pick up some black pepper and cinnamon. While the intense woodiness of this beer is startling and enjoyable at first. It sort of wears on your palate by the end of the glass. Lightly carbonated. Very good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4777) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark amber body bordered by a thin ring of white bubbles. Smell: The aroma is woody from the get-go (heck, before you even get it up to your nose) with notes of what you’d imagine to be sake along with fruit and yeast. Taste: Strongly wooden with a distinctly sour yeastiness. Expired malts delivered in coffins bearing the initials XH. Ground peppercorn medley. One spoonful of rice pudding. Tons of tannins running loose. There’s never much in the way of sweetness or bitterness. Dry, yeasty finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: I can assure you that it is interesting, but I keep going back and forth on whether or not I actually enjoyed it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Short 33cl bottle Black with gold label. Matured in Sochu Sake casks. Pours copper color. Aroma of cedar, oak, currants, and alcohol. Flavor is of charred oak. Good malt, some sake flavors definitely come out. Creamy texture. This is truly a perfectly executed beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrStitch (137) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Bottle. Pours a maple syrup color with a thick 2 finger egg shell colored head that disappears quickly. Aroma is wood, fruit, sake, and a hint of malt. Flavor is very, very smooth with hints of malt and sake playing nicely off of one another. An interesting idea but not a beer that I will drink on the regular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle pours a very hazy garnet color with an initial head that diminishes to a surface island. The aroma is wood, vanilla, vinious, some Sake, and fruit. The flavor is very complex with malt, fruit, wood, vanilla, Sake, and dryness all rolling together well. The palate is rich and carbonated. Overall, this is real good and I’m glad I spotted it to pick it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours a hazy golden amber color with a slight off white head. Aroma is oak, rice, some vanilla, slightly sugary, slight alcohol, and some bitter peppery hops. Flavor is malt, vanilla, oak, alcohol, rice, sugar, and a slight bitter peppery finish.

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