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Shiga Kogen Miyama Blonde (Japanese Saison)

Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Saison
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jc1762 (387) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 1, 2015
Poured into a tulip taster showing cloudy light yellow but lightly filtered with sparse white foam around the edges. The nose shows light Belgian sweet yeast with light notes of malt. The palate is full bodied with light carbonation. Surprisingly very little Belgian yeast influence, mostly a barely perceivable maltiness that runs through the background without being sweet. A very light pilsner light bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (4122) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey during the Baird/Shiga Kogen Tap Takeover. Hazy yellow with thin off-white head. Aromas of herbs, citrus, biscuit. Tastes of citrus, light floral notes, biscuit. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5991) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Easy drinking and smooth. Some hay and some citrus. Pours hazy yellow with OK head. Light bitter finish with some tang. Tap at Churchkey.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (839) - ESTONIA - JUL 17, 2015
Bottle from Dogenzaka Shinanoya. Pours nice golden, very little foam and even this is gone is seconds. Aroma is surprisingly malt-forward, nothing much seems to be going on, just some bready notes and you can feel saison’s spiciness only when you try hard. Taste is nicely hoppy, quite bitter actually. Has some saison-like character but not much of it. Malt base comes to the forefront at the end and contributes to stronger body. Overall, not a bad beer far from that - but not really saison. Or if this is saison, then quite a quirky one. I do like quirky beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (1301) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2015 Re-rate: On tap at CBM Koenji. Hazy straw color again with a small white head. Slight barnyard aromas this time with a hint of grain and citrus. Slight Lemon and white grapefruit taste on the palate. As it warms up more of the lemon and pith taste comes out as well as a bit of funkiness. Still not as good as the Indian Summer Saison, but the draught version was much improved for me. Old rating: 330ml bottle from Shinanoya. Poured into a tulip. Slightly cloudy straw yellow color with a small head that dissipates rather quickly. Mostly grainy aroma with only a slight hint of yeast. Grainy taste almost like a lager. Not getting any fruit at all. Not really a saison more of a yeasted up lager. Some of the yeast comes through as it warms up. Dry on the palate with a little bit of vegetable and pepper. Pretty one dimensional and bland for what I’ve come to expect from Shiga Kogen.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 13, 2015
Draught at Devil Craft in Tokyo. I believe this was labelled "harvest".
Cloudy golden with a fluffy white head. Smells of biscuit. Taste is a little sweet with fresh herbal hops. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (776) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 11, 2015
On tap at the Tamamura Honten brewery. Nice cloudy straw colour. Fruity aroma, small hops. Soft mouthfeel, very refreshing. Perfect after walking around in the snow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
borre_m (814) - NORWAY - DEC 20, 2014
Pours a clear pale. aroma is a little spicy. taste has a lot of spice to it as well. body is light and it has a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3565) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2014
Harvest Brew fresh hop version 7% saison on tap at Bungalow. It pours a light gold with a solid eggshell white head. It has a big fruity hop bouquet with a mild saison character.  Fairly light bodied with a spritzy mouthfeel. The taste is grassy, green, a bit metallic, a bit of anise and saison spice. Pretty nice but not super saison like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnRMurdoch (3984) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 1, 2014
Tap @ Brasserie Beer Boulevard, Tokyo. Golden amber, reasonable head. Spicy resinous hop aroma. Cereal grain citrus fruit flavour. Bitter biscuit grapefruit aftertaste. Not a typical saison, more like a hoppy blonde beer. I liked it.

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