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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ibaraki, Japan

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RATINGS: 740   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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


djroehler's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Cloudy copper color, with a slight off white head. Smells strongly of sake and yeast. Bready and lightly toasty start with a large sake punch, vanilla and caramel, crisp carbonation on the finish. Very good, but the sake could get overwhelming.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Douberd (2585) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
(Hitachino Nest XH Extra High) Bottle 330 ml from a trade with torriman, thanks! Into a tulip, ABV 8% Deep red colour, quite hazy, with a tall and very thick and creamy off-white head on top. Excellent retention, medium lacing left on the glass. Very fruity aroma, red fruits, some caramel, toffee. Taste is rather sweet but surely not cloying. Again lots of red fruits, jam, caramel, toffee, well hidden alcohol, light vanilla even. Medium thick body, soft carbonation, sticky palate. One of the better belgian ales I’ve had and another solid one from Hitochino.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (586) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2014
Grass-pine aroma with restrained head and deep brown colour. Surprisingly laid back and balanced body that hides it’s strength with ease. Didn’t get any ’Belgian’ flavour though - taste is similar to the other pale ales from the brewery (aka Anglo).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (716) - Lille, FRANCE - NOV 25, 2014
bottle @ home from Saveur-biere.com - Color: dark amber beer with small carbonation and small ivory white foam. Smell: malt, sweet malt, caramel, sugar, wheat presence. Woody notes. Taste: nice malt taste. Really nice work on the malt, with great cereals notes. Small alcohol notes with dry sensation. Candied fruits and plum notes. Aftertaste: malt and caramel, with dry sensation with plum notes. - Really nice beer! Amazing complexity, it’s not totally my style but I admire the work of the brewers to realize this beer! Amazing complexity with nice equilibrium. A must to try!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
siennaemerson (19) - New York, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Hugeyeastycharacter,lotsofalcohol.Chewy.Hintsofric

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
onanalancaster (20) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
Reddish-browncolourwithlightcaramelhead.Seriouslyy

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1747) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2014
A delicious Belgian-inspired Strong Ale brewed in old Sake casks. It’s a great idea, uniquely Japanese.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzgorog (340) - FRANCE - NOV 24, 2014
Brune rousse. Col de mousse beige moyen. Nez de raisins secs, prune, alcool(saké?), cuir, bois. Bouche intense et complexe, belle amertume, liquoreuse, sucrée, aromes de pruneaux, alcool, bois. Assez proche d’un digestif. Très bon, puissant.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CaptainTilven (18) - FRANCE - NOV 22, 2014
Red brown colour, like caramel. Very fine foam, not persistent, golden beige. Smell of sake and fudge. Smoothness very well balanced and boosted by a bitterness that is never aggressive. Nicely matches strong cheese : beer that wraps and smoothes langres, shropshire, stilton... Wery well done and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle, Amber/ cloudy read color, off white head that held the retention. Aroma is dried fruits, mineral water element, wood cask and light sake.

The body is fuller with a nice creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is mostly the same as the aroma. Im not a connoisseur of sake but you can get the flavor in the finish rather well. The wood oak cask goes with the sake character. Interesting and tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gandalf39 (67) - - OCT 22, 2014
Une odeur de malt et de céréales incroyablement pur, c’est presque du mou pure, j’ai jamais vu ça. La bouche est dominée par des ester très fondus qui rappel la fraise et malgré le corps riche la finale est sèche et alcoolisé. Je n’ai jamais gouté du saké donc je ne peux pas le déceler, mais la bière est terriblement étrange, elle est génial!


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