GoufCustom (424) - - 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 itís 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 itís a brew all by its own. Not a true BSA, but worth having it again for what it is.
harrymel (1096) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
A: stubby bottle with a rubber top. The cap is difficult to remove - several crimps almost like it was stuck to the bottle top with glue or syrup. Okay, now I will pour this turbid, brown and carbonated solution to my globe. Two fingers of peanut & maple colored head falls in couple minutes to rolling hills of the same. Lacing is cobweb.
S: So, um, when I used to live in a double-wide we used to make sandwiches with whatever was left in the house. This one is made with vinegar, apple skins and american cheese. But after we made the sandwich, we then ran it through a pvc pipe with some acetone as the buffer/lube.
T: Jesus! chemical and solvent. Festering kumquats and capín crunch. Okay, one more time: I struggle to understand some of the scattalogical behavior Iíve witnessed in certain German Sheizer films, but Iím nearly certain this represents the sensory experience. I can understand Eric Cartmanís sentiment on the issue.
M: Who the fuck cares. This beer is shit. FWIW - my mouth is so dry. So dry.
O: Read above.
Serving type: bottle
Unm4rk3d (57) - Bowen Hills, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Melbourne Street Fine Wine Cellars in North Adelaide, SA. Slight sweet caramel with raisin but mellow aroma, very nice! Amber in colour, sweet with a light salty and sour taste. Very nice beer.
Oogiee (26) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
hay, spruce, citrus, dough, ginger, amber, orange, hazy, minimal head, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, sake,medium body, soft carbonation, astringent,
TBone (11387) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 9, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @SBWF 2013
Clear deep amber color, steady beige head. Woody hoppy aroma. Medium-bodied. Toffee, wood, woody-earthy hops in the finish. Some alcohol and licorice.
Lowenbrau (1485) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from 1420. Pours a murky orange colours, with nice off white head. Some head retention, some lacing. Caramel, spicy, fruity aromas.Medium body, average carbonation, some oily texture. Taste is caramel, hot, warm, spicy, ripe fruit. Alcochol noticeable, more or less balanced. Warm and sweet aftertaste. Enjoyable.
degbert (908) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown-amber with a high, lacy, cream-colored large-grained head. Nose is malic and boozy with toffee, caramel, and whiskey notes; thereís dry sake overtones present. Not as sweet on the tongue, with very clear sake lees notes; cuts right through the heavy richness of the strong ale, balancing it nicely. Finish is long, boozy, and warm. Delicious.
BuckeyeBoy (2342) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottles a 2013 vintage and a 2010 vintage. Pours out a amber topped with a fizzy head. Nose of wood brett sour notes and some pit fruit. Taste is as the nose. 2010 seems to be a little sour and the 2013 seems to be more malts and pit fruit. Overall both different but pretty good.
WanderinCelt87 (72) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a lovely amber with a small white head. Doesnít have much of an aroma but the taste is amazing. It has a subtle sweetness that goes down smooth with a clean finish.
zimbo (416) - SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good easy big glossy off white head. Deep hazy reddish brown colour. Yeasty sappy sparkle to look and taste. Soft Yeasty nose. Fairly smooth. Slight banana-ish quality. Pretty good really.
hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 9-14-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a small very fizzy ivory head that mostly diminishes, hazy orange body, very little carbonation observed, and one ring of lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, oak, hops, and alcohol. The Taste is sweet, hint of fruit, caramel malt, alcohol, and a dry finish. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer smells better than it tastes. It reminds me of Sake which I am not very fond of. This beer is unusual in its flavors based on the style, but is worth trying.