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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


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1064) - - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jamaty (1234) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 11, 2015
Ambar turbia, bonito color, pero apenas espuma y se desvanece inmediatamente. Aroma muy potente, a distancia. Excelente. Bizcocho, licor, madera. En boca mucho cuerpo y gas bien presente punzante. Compleja, maltas de calidad, licórica, fruto seco, caramelo, té, uva pasa. Final alcohólico, calor agradable... Copazo.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
yenbeer (137) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 3, 2015
Fine taste, of alcohol, good for your first beer. However, the weak palate leaves a deal to be desired for the full experience.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swannycellars (43) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2015
Clear amber pour with white head. Nose dominated by toffee and wood. Super clean on the palate with sweet toffee, raisin, vanilla and spice. Starts sweet finishes bone dry. A tiny groggy burn but 8 percent holds up well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
colui72 (248) - HONG KONG - JUN 26, 2015
Beautiful amber with thin blond head. Sweet aroma of flowers and malt, fruity. Tastes is sweet and Belgian yeasts. Flowery and fruity. Flavours don’t stick til the end though. Plain finish. Overall a quite good Belgian Ale attempt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adamnowek (645) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
Big warming alcohol. This is boozy and makes no attempt to hide the fact. Quite malty and savoury.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MichaelAwesome (5676) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2015
The beer pours out in a cloudy brown colour with a steady head and mild carbonation. Aroma is yeast and flowers. Taste is Belgian yeast, caramel, flowers, malt. Yeasty-dull finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
McTapps (5716) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2015
Bottle from trade with Calisky - many thanks! The beer has got a hazy golden-vanilla colour with a steady head and smooth body. Aroma of Belgian yeast and flowers. Taste of Belgian yeast, yeast, wheat, flowers, caramel and herbs. Belgian finish. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (808) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 11, 2015
Bottle from Hasegawa. Poured into a Duvel glass. Pours a clear copper with a small beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aromas of rice, biscuit, fresh baked bread and alcohol. Average carbonation with a medium body. Cola-like mouthfeel. The sake definitely leaves a little too much sweetness on the palate for my liking. Malty with some wood (cedar?) noticeable as well. Slightly bitter finish that is warming. A solid beer, but not one of Hitachino’s best.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alliance100 (999) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 5, 2015
330ml bottle - pours a hazy orange . Biscuity aroma with some wine like sour notes . Taste has some caramel , toasted malt and grape like flavors . Very interesting - would seek out again . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
janubio (523) - SPAIN - JUN 5, 2015
Hazy amber colour, with a small head that fades soon. Aroma of chocolate, figs, notes of ginger, pepper, spices, wood and alcohol (sake I guess, if you read the description). Medium creamy and sticky body. Palate has chocolate, spices, a hot touch, maybe of pepper, brandy (sake) flavour. Really good.


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