GoufCustom (1616) - - FEB 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
muzzlehatch (4766) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #54. I didn’t write down whether this was bottle (330ml I assume) or draught; seems likely to have been the former. Anyway, consumed at Acadia Café in Minneapolis, August 2008. Gorgeous lasting full thick off-white head tops a hazy deep rusty red-brown body...nose is lightly sweet, yeasty (basement dampness) with some hints of stewed fruit (apples, pears)...sweet and citrusy body, faintly hoppy, pleasant light alcohol buzz throughout, rather unusual overall, like a mix of Sprite and bourbon with Belgian yeast in a very full, not-quite-syrupy but well-carbonated body. Strange...didn’t love it, but now that I think about it and read these notes, wouldn’t mind trying it again.
sjohnny (512) - - AUG 27, 2016
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super sweet dark fruit molasses honey. Dark brown amber with a quickly fading off white head that leaves a small amount of thin foam on the top and around the edges of the glass. Figs, plumbs, dates. Very smooth. Velvety mouthfeel. A dry finish. I get some dry wine qualities at the end. Like a not quite so big Belgian quad. Very nice.
mateuszk (2056) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 27, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Amber in colour, white low head. Sweet, malty with caramel, woody notes, dried fruits too. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter with some alcoholic taste.
Ritzn (457) - Bavaria, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a heavy malty body, mocca, cookie dough, some fruity hoppy stuff as well, maybe orange. Taste is a heavy mocca bitterness with a sparkling citric sourness and a cake-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is crispy, full body, heavy, a little spicyness in the finish. Some clove and phenolic alcohol notes in the end. Very intresting and unique but not outstanding. According to ratebeer the best Japanese beer I had during my stay in Japan (no 23 at the moment). But for me personally it was only in the best 80%.
lauramartinez (27) - Galicia, SPAIN - AUG 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m a beginner, so I don’t have a detailed comment, but I like this beer a lot.
invinoveritas (116) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a cloudy ochre with virtually no head. Strong initial nose of mixed stone fruits which mellows with time. Thick, heady, sherried brew to taste but a bit too intense and under- not to say un-balanced.
LazyPyro (569) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Hazy copper colour with a one finger off-white head. Aroma of malts, sweet caramel, dark fruit, yeast, spices. Sweet malty taste, dark fruit, hint of sake. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Decent beer.
Alex60 (199) - - JUN 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bouteille 33 cl - couleur cuivrée, belle mousse, odeur très agréable sur le caramel, les pruneaux, les fruits noirs, on retrouve ces éléments sur le goût qui assez complexe, finale sur le caramel
redbeer31 (1) - - JUN 11, 2016 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Très bon gout de bière légèrement ambrée
Belle couleur mais un peu chère. À recommander
mike_77 (5422) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy brown colour. Aroma and flavour are definitely malt heavy with lots of caramel sweetness. Has a very full bodied feel. Nice.