GenkiGonzo (545) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Bungalow. Clear, pale gold with decent lacing. Aroma is all Belgian. Flavour has some nice hops to go with it.
Theis (14292) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Mokichi Craft Beer. Clear amber - white head. Nice bitterness. Tobacco. Orange. Tea. Herbal notes. Light phenolic. Nice fruity. Light tropical fruity.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big fan of this. Nice biscuity malt body, slightly phenolic, though more accentuating than overpowering. Crisp, spicy hoping. Full bodied. Excellent.
shoulderbroken (2643) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2014 Tap at the Watering Hole. Golden colour, clear, small off-white head, aroma is fruity, Belgian yeasty. Taste is nice and fruity, strawberry, bit tropical, bit of citrus too. Nice.
Rerate 4/14 Deep heat, herbal, fruity, but interesting. Herbal saison like element. Unusual and I like it. Lots of deep heat!
MartinT (8396) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This crisp Belgian-style brew benefits from some peppery hops and their herbal bitterness to balance out the fruity fermentation character.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam laces atop the lazy pale golden.
-This is not intense enough in the hop department to be called any sort of ‘IPA’.
-Fruitiness is reminiscent of peaches at times.
-The herbal hop bitterness is enough to create balance, but there isn’t much interest generated by it.
On tap at Molto!.
KansaiBeerLvrs (2888) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Beer Stand Molto. It poured a clear orange-gold with a white head. A nice citrus aroma wafted from the glass but was easy to drink. Quite bitter with a hint of spice at first. As it warmed up you could see more of the Belgian influence(possibly they used a Belgian yest strain?) which made it zesty, spicy and kind of sour with a bite to it. It had a really nice body and mouthfeel. An interesting beer worth trying out. This is the second nice Shonan Beer I’ve had recently...
KyotoLefty (7369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Hopman. Deep gold with a fine, low head. Lemon7 nose, yeasty and spicy, with peach. Great spicy, fruity flavor with sweet honey and something like pineapple and grape and a huge bitter finish. Big and flavorful, a bit harsh bitterness, but nicely put together and balanced. Great.
TimE (3991) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
funky estery, lots of hops, very well made . Moderate bitterness. Basically this beer is fruit and funk that is executed marvelously