KansaiBeerLvrs (2661) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask, Part of Real Ale Month at Beer Belly Temma. 550 yen for a half-pint. It pours a clear light copper-gold with a thin filmy head. A nice sansho minty aroma rises from the glass - really intriguing. A great soft silky light body with a refreshing sansho minty taste, then some earthiness that is followed by citrusy hops, the malts aren’t all that evident except for a light graham biscuity quality. As it warmed up it got a bit floral as well. Well balanced, exceptionally drinkable I like it!
shoulderbroken (2416) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the handpump at Transit. Amber colour, off-white big bubbly head. Aroma is citrus hoppy, slightly peppery, bit malty too. Taste is nice initially full on pepper but mellows. Caramel malty bit further down, bit of citrus. Very nice. Very drinkable but maybe would have preferred it from a keg. Probably just my own preference though.
maekchu (2500) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Qbrick during Osaka Real Ale Month 2008.(from notes) Strong ginger ale nose, with some industrial cleaner, followed by a slight floral note. Initial has ripe orange, some grapefruit, and pine / mid gets soapy, with some ginger / final is bitter with ginger & hops. Quite a strong finish. This is an unusual experiement, to say the least. Sansho really adds to .... and detracts from the flavors. It might be missing that touch of grilled eel?
TimE (3620) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 8, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A lot of people didn’t seem to like this, but I actually didn’t mind the strong sansho notes. I just found it a bit cloying and not well balanced. Still worth trying.
KyotoLefty (6964) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2012 Real ale at Beer Belly Tenma. Spicy snasho nose. Caramel and sansho flavor, creamy, spicy, pppery finish. Quite nice, and much better than the one I had a few years back.
From the hand pump at Qbrick, Real Ale Month 2008: 6/3/3/4/3.
A test run, it seems. Loaded with Sansho, which I guess is Sechuan Pepper. The beer was overcome completely. Flavors of sansho, but even more of pepper and ginger. Some chemical taste as well. Spice way overdone. Nice palate, though.