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


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RATINGS: 834   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (2614) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 22, 2010
Really an unbelievable beer. Complex all around. Woody, brett, winey aroma and a bit sweet smelling. A beautiful deep hazy red/orange color with a thin off-white head. The taste is very complex; starts lightly sweet and bitter like a pale ale, turning to a slightly brett-like orange peel bitter-sour, then it smoothes out into a vanilla-like wood flavor finishing extremely smooth with a hint of sake at the end. Definitely one of my all-time favorites...like something out of willy wonka’s brewery!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 330ml bottle from maltybones. shared with jsprime. like orval on steroids. only loses a point or 2 cause it gushed all over and wasted some of the greatness inside. idont know if every bottle is as bret forward and funky as this one but this blew my mind. to quote jsprime "it makes orval taste like orval light!"

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 This rating relates to all batches OTHER than XH.8.11, xh.8.11 is a bad batch and should be destroyed.

Murky orangish-brown color w/ thin, somewhat lacey head. Sweet candyish nose, with floating waves of fruit and creeping sour woodiness. Big wood flavors abound with nice wood-borne microorganism tartness. It feels but does not taste like it has more alcohol than it does. There’s sweet maltiness behind the flavors..it actually tastes quite similar to one of my favorite beers "Burton Bridge Old Expensive" at least the good bottles of that beer. This beer, however, is <almost> ALWAYS superb. <almost>ALWAYS. There’s some solid bitterness keeping the fort up and some desirable nut-skin like astringency. another gem from asia’s best brewery.
re-rate: That’s it, this beer is beautiful and it replaces what Old Expensive used to be like for me, except its readily available and more expensive. re-rate again: this is now my default beer and at over $5 for a 12 oz bottle, thats a problem. financially.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1962) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2011 Hazy, caramel brown with big, flotsam, beige head / Delicate, complex, candied, green apple and brett nose / Medium body, acidic and lightly tart, with great balance and bitter finish / Funky flavors of green apple, caramel, gingko, manure, hay, wood, and sake / Reminiscent of Jolly Pumpkin. Good things happening in Japan.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2008
This beer was recommended by a real nice fellow whose name I can’t remember. He worked at a place called Dutch’s in Hyde Park, an amazing little outdoor booth that had a huge selection of rare beers. I was in for a treat. As soon as I got home, I poured this beautiful little Japanese gem into a goblet, which produced an extremely foamy mountainous head that filled nearly 3/4 of the glass. This sat atop a hazyish copper, burnt sienna, malty looking body. The smell is out of this world, completely unique from any other beer I’ve experienced. There is an instant aroma of violets, roses and chamomile. Fresh and earthy, I closed my eyes, and was instantly transported to a sunny, peaceful Japanese garden; swimming with the aromas of cherry blossoms and shady magnolia trees. My mouth is filled at first with a soft, juicy taste of dragonfruit, ripe, dark cherries, and a slightly medicinal and very herbal sharpness. This is followed by a tannic, pungent oakiness, and the nutty, semi-sweet but drying taste of a warm, delicate sake. There is a rich, pleasant maltiness, and no noticeable hops. The finish is long, winey, and rich, and the sake really makes it’s big appearance in the aftertaste, leaving hints of magnolia flowers, rice, and warm alcohol on the palate. As the XH warms, it begins to take on a sourish funkiness very remniscent of a fruit lambic. Amazing. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind beer, and a sensual, charming experience that satisfied every sense thoroughly.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 20/20
obguthr (5589) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Kiwi, pineapple, cumquat, and thistle nose. Cloudy auburn, thick yellow head. Cumquat and thistle flavor, balanced and exquisite. Finishes with lemon zest. Really tasty, exceedingly unique. Truly outstanding!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
partchapol (95) - Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Smell of sour Japanese rice wine. Taste of rice at long finish. Good bitterness and right texture, it might smell and taste unusual for some people, but I love this. Like food, some people would sometime enjoy sushi, some other just keep eating hamburgers. Enough said

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xXbaptisteXx (234) - - NOV 18, 2015
Bue au déserteur à Caen Bière comme je n’ai jamais bu Goût et arôme de riz et de saké mais qui fait pensé en même temps à un barley wine Juste excellent !!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
birkhed (2) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 21, 2008 does not count
Aroma and finish that of flowers. Sake Barrel conditioning quite evident and welcome. Tastes fruity and floral. Tried on draft during Saturnalia at Rich-O’s Public House in New Albany, IN.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 9, 2009
Pours a hazy nice bright orange-ish red color with an enormous head. The aroma has lots of pineapple with a mild funk with some good spicy hops and tons of floral notes. The flavor is dry, floral, fruity, and funky, with some nice hop bitterness, some alcohol, some apple, and a hint of cherry. Absolutely stunning. The palate is perfectly champagne like, not smooth so the glass lasts a while, but not heavy so it almost dares you to have another. This stuff is exceptional.

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