Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 837   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TwinBeer (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Pours hazy golden brown with off white head. Aroma of typical tropical fruity belgian yeast with hints of carmel and light oak. Taste the same but with a nice carmel malt background and lingering bittering hop or maybe the sake aftertaste. Overall a good example of a belgian strong with a different twist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (2950) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2016
11.2 oz bottle. Fun, unique try here. Reddish orange pour with a thin swirling head. Dry, very wood like aroma. Flavor has a soft cherry impression, with a dry oak. Has a sweetness that does not bother in any way. Caramel, dry wood finish. Beat beverage involving sake I’ve ever had. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5717) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Deep muddied brown coloured body with a ruby and violet tint, all with a very strong brown glow and a super thin, barely covering tan head. Aroma of sake, alcohol, grain, earth, cereal, chocolate, grapes, pungent figs and a bit more caramelised sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong earthy flavour at first with an almost sour note at first then showing some very refined alcohol and oak flavours that leave the palate relatively clean and nice with barely any malt body showing through. Aftertaste shows the sake very cleanly with the oak, dry grass and earth, along with some fruit - figs and plums and the bit of caramelised sugars that get through the end. Overall, a well structured and nuanced beer that reminds me of a lot of japanese things, but this shows well, just not very strong or pungent throughout, which is okay. I sampled this stubby 33 cL bottle purchased from Tamura’s Market in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii on 31-December-2015 for US$5,49 sampled at home in Washington on 30-September-2016.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4826) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2016
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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjohnny (521) - - AUG 27, 2016
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (2156) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 27, 2016
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ritzn (521) - Bavaria, GERMANY - AUG 25, 2016
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%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lauramartinez (27) - Galicia, SPAIN - AUG 18, 2016
I’m a beginner, so I don’t have a detailed comment, but I like this beer a lot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
invinoveritas (116) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LazyPyro (593) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2016
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alex60 (216) - - JUN 18, 2016
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

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