GoufCustom (1565) - - 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.
Ritzn (375) - 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 (115) - 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 (523) - 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 (183) - - 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 (5290) - 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.
Grzesiek79 (3937) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 23, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Many thanks for this beer to kevnic2008. Pianka ladna spora lecz szybko opada. Ladna barwa ciemno pomaranczowa z refleksami jasnej czerwieni. Aromatyczne, glownie aronia. W smaku Deren i truskawki, bardzo owocowe, słodkawe trochę za bardzo jak dla mnie, alkohol na szczęście ukryty. Podobne do Barley Wine. Troche brakowało kontry na te slodowosc, przydalo by się więcej chmielu w smaku i kwaskowosci, no ale i tak dobre piwo. Bardzo mętne.
BobyFischer (295) - FRANCE - MAY 6, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nez prodigieux :
Douceur, fruité, cerises, mûres, pruneau, fruits secs, miel, notes boisées, alcool, liqueur, très puissant.
En bouche, on retrouve cette belle complexité, un corps bien solide, ample, alcool qui réchauffe.Bref sublime, une grande, grande bière.
TheKernOwl (173) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not the biggest nose; basically brown (Bourbon) biscuits, and a touch of plum. A bit more interesting once in the mouth: has the slightly chewy, sweet malt of a Belgian dubbel (a bit of dark choc at the bottom); also has something of the astringent/clean and strong backbone of a Belgian tripel. What is really nice is the kick of sake on the way out – a twist that also helps to make this stand out. Very nice.