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

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RATINGS: 716   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


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (797) - - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013

Cloudy dark brown colour with dusty sediments; Small head and off-white foams with faded quickly; Minimal lacing and slight carbonation; Aroma of banana, sake, brown sugar and toffee; Medium to light body; Potent sweet taste of sake, sugar, burnt toffee and caramel. Alcohol taste is definitely sake style, quite subdued at first but with a warming - boiling sensation with repeated tasting; Pronounced hop bitterness and astringency as finish. Dry after taste. Fairly easy to mouth.

Comments: this Japanese take on BSA is quite unique. Overall, its taste is somewhat reminiscent of Leffe Brune, but with a much stronger presence of sugar and sake tastiness. It is also comparable to Hoegaarden Grand Cru, but it’s darker, sweeter and even drier than the latter. As a BSA, its minuses being a deflating head, smell and taste are overtly sugar, burnt toffee and too hoppy. On the plus side, its sake character really gives it an interesting twist. So I think it’s a brew all by its own. Not a true BSA, but worth having it again for what it is.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (1776) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Pour is hazy dark amber with a good, durable, creamy head, vg lacing Sake barrel treatment comes out clearly about mid-taste, and is also present in the aroma. Aroma has decent complexity, as does the flavor, which has both bready and fruity notes too. Medium-full body; medium+ carbonation; smooth. O interesting Japanese beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CpyNPrnT (358) - Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Aroma of rice, taste is rice, strong malt backbone, moderate alcohol, easy on the palate.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Andresvendsen (195) - - AUG 5, 2014
Inte deras absolut bästa öl men klart godkänd. Hade gärna velat prova den igen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnCook101 (311) - - AUG 1, 2014
Pours slightly hazy deep copper. Aroma is sweet, malty, floral. Flavour is similarly floral, lots of malt, a little tropical fruit hiding in there, and a decent bitter finish to balance the sweetness. Quite boozy. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
EvilCat (80) - FRANCE - AUG 1, 2014
Bouteille 33cl. L'île du Malt. Robe rubis , petit col de mousse écru. Nez délicat et sucré de chocolat blanc, de raisin sec avec une pointe d'alcool. Bouche douce et complexe dominée par le malt, le caramel et les fruits confits. Finale sur le miel aux touches subtiles de réglisse et de vanille. Toute petite carbonation. Une bière délicate et délicieuse. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freretoc (628) - Besançon, FRANCE - JUL 25, 2014
Bue en bouteille de 35cl, couleur blonde mousse intense, effervescence moyenne, en bouche une attaque sur la malt parfurmé, goût de grillé et noix de macadamia, ensuite continuité sur la barrique et le sake fruité type litchi, très agréable !

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Renobob (616) - Besançon, FRANCE - JUL 24, 2014
Bue en canette de 33cl. CO2 modéré, alcool présent mais équilibré. Arômes d'orange, de caramel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mnmike (1030) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle at Bagu Sushi in Minneapolis. First sake aged beer - didn’t get alot of sake. Sweet belgium brown ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (2637) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 21, 2014
330ml bottle. Cloudy orange color. Small size, white head, stays. Sweet, orange, mango, melon, fruity notes in aroma. Oranges, fruity, ripped melon in taste. Soft carbonation. Cannot detect alcohol in taste. Nice one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
monk191 (885) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Another incredible beer from Hitachino bookies an absolutely beautiful golden red with a white head. Smells of rice, sake and a bit of peach. Taste starts creamy, with some maltiness, and some red bean. What is most interesting is the finish, and an aftertaste like nothing we've tasted before. A mix of a sweet rice treat with red bean paste and peach cobbler. Not quite as refined as their celebration ale, but great tasting none-the-less. Had on tap at Long Grain in Camden, Maine.


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