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Shiga Kogen SOBA
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Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Specialty Grain
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Shiga Kogen Original Buckwheat Ale
Made with 20% Organic Buckwheat and fermented with saison yeast.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Lightly viscous buckwheat contributes black bean-like caramelized sugars, as citrusy hops and Saison yeast build an intriguing quencher.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam tops the misty pale brown.
-The flavor profile is original and quite pleasant throughout.
-This may be sweeter than the rest of their lineup, but I can see it going very well with soba noodles (obviously) or many meals with a delicate soy touch.
-The citrusy hops are surprisingly harmonious.

Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 14, 2013
Bottle. Amber colour with a white head. Hops, citrus aroma. Flavour is sour, caramel, spice, fruit.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 2, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber color, small white head. Aroma of lightly spiced white bread. Taste is spiced caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wombata (358) - Kobe, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2013 Aroma: Earthy caramel, roasted grain and malt, yeast and a banana note. Palate: Initially a full mouthfeel that quickly turns to a light bodied, very dry drink. Paradoxically it retains some creamy fullness while being light. Flavor: Starts with moderately sweet, earthy caramel, that turns into a roasted grain, malt, yeast, banana, notes of milk chocolate on the mid-palate and finish. Comment: Good aroma. A bit rustic--the soba may be what gives it itís earthy, almostly dirty character. Better in well-stored bottle than on tap in my experience (the tap seemed to be thinner in flavor). Well made with moderate complexity. Try this when youíre in the mood for something unusual. 2/14/2013 Retasted with same score 5/18/2013 Aroma: Saison-like nose, light balsamic vinegar sourness at first, yeast, earthy grain. Flavor: roasted grainy, nutty malt, lightly grassy hop, yeast, lemon and lemon peel. Finishes with roasted nuttiness. Comment: light-medium malt that is well balanced with the lively carbonation and subtle bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1698) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 28, 2012
Tap at Ushi Tora 2. One year aged version. Amber, touch cloudy, small gold head. Aroma herb, little bit caramel sweetness, malty, pretty subtle but nice. Taste nice, sweet but slight savoury element, canít get the soba, but definite Belgian yeasty element. Nice sweetness. Pretty crisp, and very drinkable. Maybe a little nondescript. Itís actually very nice, but maybe something is not quite there. Bit of hops in the taste in the background. Definitely lots of wheatiness.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (1756) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 5, 2012
Draught at Tadgís. Slight, weak wheaty and grassy aroma. Cloudy orange/yellow color. Sourish sort of initial flavor; mid palate sweetens up a bit; final diminishes quickly with a little touch of bitterness. Thin body. Pleasant stuff, but the soba doesnít really provide much body. Also, the less-than stellar serving condition may have affected the aroma and flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (2977) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2012
soba and marachinno cherries in the nose. A tad sour, bready, soba, cherries and decent depth. Moderate soba finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2129) - JAPAN - JAN 20, 2012
Donít know what ,mark was drinking, but out of the bottle this was very Belgian, with a lot of fruity esters. Fruity and sweet nose - bubblegum and banana. Same in the mouth with a bit of astrinency and a very soft tart finish. Solid, especially at 4%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (5895) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 16, 2012
Draught at Q-Brick. Hoppy, citrus nose, grapefruit, apple, minerals, and maybe buckwheat? Slightly cloudy dark amber with a fine head. Complex fruit flavors, citrus, apple, grapes, canít really tell that I am tasting buckwheat, but the spiciness might be coming partly from that. Very tasty with a nicely bitter finish. Rather interesting but a bit too sweet. Now that I know itís only 4% I cut it a little more slack, since it was flavorful but a bit too light. Good, not quite great.


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