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

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RATINGS: 782   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swannycellars (40) - 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 (172) - 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 (603) - 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 (5552) - 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 (5553) - 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 (707) - 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 (975) - 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 (506) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Swamp_Thing (43) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Honey and caramel notes throughout, alchohol finish. Thin, which is not a bad thing giving a cleaner less sticky finish than many barleywines. Gentle flavors which gets a little overwhelmed by the alchohol. Not bad at all, wouldn’t seek this out but would gladly drink it anytime.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (2523) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAY 21, 2015
33cl bottle bb11/2015, merci calisky. Quite a unique blend of Belgian yeast-powered chestnut caramels, apricot peel, fig jam and earth and more straightforward Doppelbock-style malteser sweetness emanate from aroma and in taste. Also some sake, almost jenever-like spirit in the nose. Sweetness in taste is well quenched by the dry sake barrel, making for an interesting sipper but not an instant crossover favourite, as I find the whole to deliver less than I expect from a 8% ale.


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