GenkiGonzo (279) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Bungalow. Slightly cloudy gold with frothy head and great lacing. Aroma is yeasty with great fresh apple and banana notes. Banana initially comes through, almost like a weizen, then the yeast and alcohol bring it back to the Belgian ale style with a nice hoppy bitter finish. Fantastic beer.
shoulderbroken (2062) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2014 Tap at Kraft Work. Golden colour, not much head. Aroma is sweet, fruity, boozy, bit spicy. Taste is similar, boozy fruits and sweetness. Nice enough, but maybe not completely my thing.
Rerate: 4/14 Aroma is sweet and boozy. Tried this last year and it has much improved. Fruity and yeasty. Apples and bit of mango maybe. Pretty authentic. Last time lacked a bit of body, but it’s getting there. Lightly spicy. Will definitely try again.
Westkyoto77 (526) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. This was really impressive. Cloudy dark amber with frothy white head. Sticky hops and caramel nose. Medium-low carbonation. Strong flavours of brown sugar, floral hops and malt. Nicely balanced, alcohol nicely woven into the mix. Really good stuff.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Wombata (456) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2013 Aroma: light sour Belgium note, floral, honey and pear.
Flavor: pear, honey, light apricot note followed by a light sour orange and finishes with a smooth, roasted and smoky grain. An underlying bitterness then grabs hold.
Comment: a good one to sip slowly and let warm a bit in order to get at the more subtle flavors. Apparently uses wild "kaki" (persimmon?) yeast. The texture reminds me of full-bodied biodynamic white wines from S. France. The use of wild yeast is said to produce a greater variety of alcohols giving it a full mouth feel without excessive residual sugar.
11/2013 at Dig Beer Bar 34 points
Flavor: Roasted, pear, tropical fruit and dried orange. Sweet and full-bodied.
Not as good as when I had it before.
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Spicy, orange-y hops, peach esters and doughy yeast merge within this Tripel’s silky body, leading to alcohol warmth and delicate honeyed sugars.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam sinks into the misty honeyed gold.
-The very low carbonation is not surprising from Niwa-san, yet it is strange for such an established style. With an open mind, this remains a very interesting brew.
-Mouthfeel is lean and flavors are well presented. This is a classy beverage.
-The doughy yeast character is strong and may put off some people.
-This is a fun brew all around, yet it fails to be as compelling as the old Hakusekikan recipes this guy was executing.
On tap at Swan Lake Pub Edo.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2086) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a nice milky yellow with a bit of a white head of foam. It had a nice rich malty taste and was a very solid tripel. I think it is better balanced than their dubbel. I must say that I am quite impressed with Outsider, the beers they make seem solid and they are trying new things which is great. I wish them the best of luck.
maekchu (2160) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Beer Belly during the Strong Beer days event. Fruity, apple, banana, and yeasty nose. Light cloudy honey. Very smooth and creamy white head. Very estery, sweet, and yeasty initial; mid has apples and pears, and get a bit wine-like; smooth finish with a bit of a hop hit. Nice enough, but that final hop bite is a bit too much for this style.
jonno (2341) - JAPAN - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good approximation - lots of bubblegum, some wheat, candi sugar, a hint of funk and a long, dryish finish. Comes off as a bit of a caricature, but honest and faithful in an over the top, overtly sweet way.
KyotoLefty (6498) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at JCBF 2012. Spicy, yeasty nose, fruity, with honey and a strong yeasty nose coming from the wild yeast. Honey golden color with lots of cloudiness. Sweet and fruity, yeasty with a dirty barnyard aspect going through to the finish. Full and smooth. Too sweet but interesting. Good, but not quite perfect. The wild yeast seems difficult to control in a tripel. Good start for these guys, though.