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Sankt Gallen Sakura

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Brewed by Sankt Gallen Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Atsugi-shi, Japan


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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「天下第一の桜」と称され「さくら名所100選」にも選ばれている伊那市高遠町の桜の花びらと葉で風味付けをしたビールです(使用しているのは桜茶などにも使われる食用のものです)。 ベースは小麦を使ったウィートエールで、苦味は控えめにしてあります。香料などを一切使用せず、ふんわり桜餅風味を表現しました。 アルコール:5.0% / IBU:17 ※使用ホップ:ナゲット、ネルソンソーヴィン

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (493) - ESTONIA - MAY 5, 2014
330 bottle. Pours relatively clear golden and has a nice foam top, staying longer than usual. Aroma is somewhat wheaty and soft - has also some fruitiness, bubble gum. Taste has really some sakura in it, or so it feels, actually nicer than I thought. Finish is quite bitter, just as if I had eaten some cherry blossoms. This beer is not bad, goes well with the experimental spirit that Sankt Gallen usually displays.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Westkyoto77 (542) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 5, 2014
Draught at Wachi. Sakura all over the nose on this, floral hops as well. Not nearly as sweet as I feared, actually quite well balanced. Crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (811) - - MAR 22, 2014
Captivating nose of cherry blossoms, then growing flavors of young cherries nicely balanced with fruity malt and floral hops, no useless sweetness, clean finish. Lovely brew, elegant and smooth, must need large amounts of leafs/blossoms for such a good result.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
ewingjr98 (9) - JAPAN - MAR 13, 2014 does not count
The first bottle I tried was horribly skunked; luckily I got two bottles. The second was better but still not good. The beer has an OK scent, with hints of cherry and a strange sour earthiness. The head is massive and overwhelming. The taste has just a hint of cherry and a dirty vegetable flavor. Not good. In fact, this is one of my least favorite Japanese beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This crisp Golden Ale meets cherry blossoms’ aromatics and biting earthy bitterness for a super clean and memorable quencher.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the clear pale yellow gold.
-This is very bitter for what is supposed to be a flower-y quencher. This is not for the masses, surprisingly so.
-Malts contribute a bit of straw flavor.
-I doubt this one is using sakura yeast like the Château Kamiya Sakura Kobo. It simply tasted like a dry Golden Ale with loads of cherry blossom character.

On tap at Yellow Ape Craft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4156) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
Tap at Watering Hole, Tokyo. Golden colour with a large white head. Heavy lacing. Floral cherry perfume spice aroma. Flavour is citrus, hops, spices, cherry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2516) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2013
Judging from KyotoLefty’s rating they nailed what they were trying to do with this beer! I had to enjoy it on a picnic below a cherry blossom tree out of a bottle. It poured a dark yellow with a fluffy head of foam. The sakuramochi aroma was obvious if you’ve ever had that particular japanese sweet. The flavor started off spicy with sakura flavor passing into biscuit and ending in a quite bitter aftertaste. A really interesting seasonal beer, I’d prefer it to be a tad sweeter but otherwise pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (2314) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2013
Tap at the Watering Hole. Clear golden colour, big white creamy head. Aroma is floral, perfumey. Very much so. Hint of graininess in the background. Taste is nice, quite fruity, and floral again. Tastes pink. Surely psychological. Further down is slightly wheaty. Strawberry and bit citrus, but mainly floral sweetness. Was nice enough, but I think a small glass is enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6829) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 28, 2012
Draught at Wachi. Has pickled cherry leaves as well as cherry blossoms in it. Clear, deep gold. Nice head Aroma of cherry leaf rice cakes (sakura mochi), just as they intended, with tangy citrus, biscuits. Flavor of wheat, nice citrus hops, sakura mochi. The cherry aspect is nice, but the rice cake aspect is a bit too much. Decent balance, though, and a clean finish with good hops. Quite nice for what is really a novelty beer.

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