willisread (1896) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared. Thanks Neil for the generous share! 2011 B-11.12. Deep brown to black with a finger and a half of head that dissipates quickly. Huge oaky notes with that sherry thing going on alongside cacao and some nice light apricot and prune notes. Creamy and sherry-like on the palate with more fruit and oak. Just never seems to end. A huge improvement on the original. Fantastically complex!
GenkiGonzo (929) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from the brewery. 2011 B-11.12. Pours like coke with a very carbonated, tan head. Sour, oak aroma. Nice dryness from the oak.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4005) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Brian, batch 6 from 2010. This beer is a cola brown pour with no real head. Musty barrel-aged character. Light zesty mouthfeel with a very effervescent body. The taste is nutty, wine-like & fairly malt forward with a good degree of sourness.
john_henry (124) - - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the best beers Iíve had in Japan. Certainly worth giving a go if you into funky beers. Iíll definitely be stocking up on these.
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown body, tan head adorns the glass. Highly carbed, no shortage of yeast yet lacks the funky depth I expect from BA saisons. Minimal oak. Bitter, boozy finish. Decent.
Wombata (606) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2014 Aroma: floral, yeast, coffee and dried fruit.
Flavor: dried fruit, light flavors of dark berry, wood.
Comment: 2010 Bottle. Light bodied, Pinot like. 3.6 score.
A B-6 bottle at Pís house. Taken out of the fridge for an hour before drinking.
Aroma: Smoke, wood and dried coconut, mold, coffee.
Flavor: Wood, dried coconut, unsweetened cola and a hint of coffee.
Comment: Very polished and integrated. Long finish with a great mouthfeel. If served overly cold, the subtle flavors get lost, so Iíd serve this closer to a cool pinot temperature--12-14C.
Theis (14939) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Timís Place. Clear dark brown - mouldy, oxidation, minerals, sweetness, rise, sake minerals, light peppery, spicy, light roasted notes, light messy.
Travlr (19556) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBJG2. Hazy dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of softly sour dark fruit. Taste is sour plums, red wine, roasted cocoa. Tasty. Is it a saison? Or a flemish sour?
sunevdj (3734) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Timís RPJG#2. Smells of cork. Pours a clear dark brown with a small beige head. Sweet and dry with a mellow tartness. Lots of woody aromas. Hints of funghi and of red wine. Medium bodied. Lively carbonation.
shoulderbroken (3320) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBJG2. Aroma is cheesy and fruity, but combined in a good way. Taste is slightly cheesy again. I always like these Yamabushi saisons.