KansaiBeerLvrs (1592) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the brewery via rakuten I believe. 2013 bottle, OG 1.092, IBU 55, Hops: Nugget, Cascade, HBC 342. Served in a snifter and shared with my angelic wife. A very dark ruby brown with a good 1 cm head of beige foam that slowly faded away leaving some clinging to the side of the glass. Really rich malty aroma of pitted fruit, figs, peaches, plums - delicious sweet fruitiness. Medium to full bodied with a dry finish. The taste is surprisingly bitter... well rather bittersweet. You get that fruity malty hit at first then it fades into a lingering lightly bitter finish. Once it starts warming up you get more caramel, some spiciness, a bit of sherry like notes. I am not a big expert in wheat wines but this is quite good.
dfearnley (878) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft to plastic cup. :( (Lezzet Osaka 1st year anniversary)
Lychee and blood orange sweetness and a touch of alcohol, after it warmed up, I got rotting apple and yeast as well. Clear amber with a thin white head. The lychee and orange come through nicely with the addition of grapefruit.
Candied fruit, still lychee and orange and an earthy spice. Clear amber with a thin white head. The taste is grapefruit and orange. A bit stronger than the 2012.
Ferris (2946) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Vintage 2012 - Sweet lychee, perfume and booze. Clear orange with a thin head. Candied orange, almost hoppy citrus and a tiny bit of booze with a long finish. Vintage 2013 - Candy orange and tropical fruit. Deep clear copper with a thin beige head. Wheat, mandarin orange and a grainy bitterness.
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
This aromatic Wheat Wine displays kiwis and oranges within honeyed cereals before moving into coniferous hop bitterness and relative dryness.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the misty amber shine.
-The resinous bitterness is long lasting.
-The tropical fruit nose is amazingly reminiscent of kiwi juice.
-This is one memorable Wheat Wine that does not try to emulate any other beer in its style category. Good job !
-Extra kudos for brewing a strong ale worthy of such a memorable bottle.
On tap at Watering Hole.
shoulderbroken (1855) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Craft Beer Market Toranomon. Had to drink this quickly as it took a while to come and we were about to leave. Maybe where the night started to go a bit off-track for me! Golden coloured, small head. Aroma is booze, apples, in fact apple friitters, marzipan. Taste surprisingly easy drinking, apple again, not a hint of booze in the taste. Bit of sweetness. Smooth.
TimE (3092) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark amber color. Soft hoppy nose of Pears, cherries and mandarins oranges. Very soft hoppy mouth, a touch of bread, apples, pears and cherries. Smooth and rounded. Hops are very mellow. So nicely put together .
AndySnow (2820) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Watering Hole, Tokyo. Hazy copper colour with a white head. Sweet aroma of citrus, lime. Sweet sour flavour. A bit of bitterness in the after taste.
maekchu (1943) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Lezzet. Unusual fresh ume (plum) juice aroma, tsukemono (pickles), and a persistent heavy phenolic aroma. Nice copper color, no head. Rotten oranges, some zest in initial; bittering kicks in; final has a long bitter trail. Thin-medium body. Maybe too fresh. Would like to try this one in a year or so; the pub manager has another keg which she said she’ll hold for aging. The phenolic character is a bit distracting; can’t detect the wheat at all. Interesting stuff, but it needs to age a bit. More of a young, dirty devil at this point than an angel.
KyotoLefty (6145) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2012 Draught at Molto. Ruch amber-orange with lace. Estery nose, sweet orange, peach, grape must. Rich sweet fruity flavor, melon, some banana, grape, orange, honey. Slightly phenolic. Good fruit with a nicely bitter finish. Full and smooth palate. Good stuff, and more approachable than fresh Diablo. Less complex and more phenolic the second time I had it. Why?...was it me?
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice way to end a day with a special person. You weren’t with me physically, but enjoyed our trip down memory lane together. Pours nearly flat as a tack. Big American BW nose - Citrus, pine, caramel and OJ. Very smooth and easy drinking. Orange peel, zest, wheat and a sweet dry finish. Not overtly complex but way to easy to drink for 9.5%. Great packaging too. Cheers Rie.