willisread (2217) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 19, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Tanakaya. Huge sakura mochi and cinnamon nose with some sticky, bready malts and floral notes. Taste is sweet and strong sakura mochi essence but the beery, malty flavors are there. This is not alcopop, but on the other hand it’s not very good. Although halfway through I paired it with some macha ice cream and it was a nice combination. Why Sankt Gallen? Why?
sulawang (987) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 23, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma: mild barnyard, barley malt. Visual: clear light golden yellow, small head, okay layer of retention, clustered super fast activity. Taste: pilsner barley malt, yeasty, cinnamon, cherry blossom in the background, not too prominent. Palate: overall not much depth, very crisp, tingly-fizzy, med-sharp bitter hops that lingers. Overall: just average, nothing special or memorable. I wish there was more sakura punch.
Sevenlee (1735) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 21, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a mostly clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, floral, cherry blossoms and some earthiness. Taste is medium sweet leading to a floral finish. Definitely something different.
jinroh (1102) - ESTONIA - MAY 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Westkyoto77 (617) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
biirusaikou (2363) - - MAR 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ewingjr98 (11) - JAPAN - MAR 13, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
MartinT (9191) - 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:
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.
AndySnow (6520) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4350) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.