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Brewed by Kumazawa Brewing (Shonan Beer)
Style: Saison
Chigasaki, Japan
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2341) - JAPAN - MAY 5, 2013
Fruity little number. Soft water,pineapple, a touch of mango and coconut and light esters. Pleasant.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3226) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2013
Clear pale golden color. Rocky white head. Very clean malty nose with a touch of yeasty nose. Clean malty beer with modest yeast character. Nothing fantastic but well made and enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (13440) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2013
Draught at Q- Brick, Osaka. Clear golden - white head. Dry malty. Toasted. Grassy. Hashish. Light popcorn. Light skunky. Zesty bittery. Light phenolic notes....... And: Draught at Mokichi Craft Beer. Clear golden - white head. Phenolic. Fruity phenolic. Apple. Licorice. Sulphor. Light malty. Bitterness. Herbal notes. Light fermented fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Fallen leaves, citrus and white pepper coalesce atop peach esters and floral notes in this crisp, characterful Belgian-style Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the clear pale golden.
-The flavor profile is balanced.
-The mouthfeel is smoothly effervescent and the body lean.
-I would love to try this bottle-conditioned.
-This is the kind of beer that revealed more and more as temperature warmed up and I got used to its dominant aromas.

On tap at Q-Brick.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (3400) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2013
Tap at Ant n Bee, Tokyo. Golden colour with a large white head. Aroma of citrus, yeast. Flavour is sweet, slightly spicy, a bit of hops.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2062) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2014 Tap at Popeye. Clear golden colour, big fluffy off-white head. Aroma is bit chemically, strong citrus, full on Belgian yeast. Taste is nice enough, Belgian again, quite fruity, bit citrus, Belgian tripel hints. Maybe a bit unexciting, bit maybe I am a Belgian beer snob. 03/14 Was very harsh last time or it has improved a lot. Still citrus but lots of other fruit too. Very interesting graininess. Really like it this time. Belgian yeasty and pineapple.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6505) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 3, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 Draught at Bungalow. A new version, with way more hops. Glowing, deep gold, fine head. A slightly funky nose, estery, grapefruit and lemon, very Belgian. Flavors of grapefruit and peaches, biscuity malt, big bitterness. Body is full and just a bit too heavy, but a big improvement.

March 13: 7/3/6/3/13. Draught at Bungalow. Clear golden with a low, fine head. SPicy Belgian yeast nose, biscuits, pilsner-like malt, grass. Sweet, yeasty, spicy flavor with light hops. Bready. Ok, but a bit lacking. Seems like they just fermented their pilsner with a Belgian yeast strain. Decent, but could use more hopping and dryness.


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