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Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 2: Saison Noir

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: 20   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (484) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 11, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2015 Bottle from the brewery. Super dark brown, big off-white head that lasts. Aroma is mostly fruit and yeast. Flavour has some nice roasted malts. Very understated red wine finish. Could do with some maturation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (2580) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Small glass on draft at Craftheads, leftover from the Shiga Kogen anniversary event. Black with beige head. Aromas of earthy notes, light roast, caramel. Tastes of earthy notes, dark chocolate, light roast, sweet dark fruit. Medium body with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4756) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 1, 2014
Thick brown head with diamonds reflecting the light. Dark brown liquid. Quiet scent builds with warmth; dark whisky malt. Flavour is light for dark beer, Saison notes are list, smooth creamy liicorice with some chocolate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7343) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle, shared at RBAG 2014 by Derek I believe. Muddy brown body, effervescent light brown head. Raisins, dark sugary fruits, lightly phenolic. More toward an abbey dubbel style. Odd, but intriguing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1137) - Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle to goblet at RBAG14 Plum, citrus, rose, and earth. Dark brown with a thin, creamy off white head. Dark brown, a little sludgy, thin off white head. Taste is plum, mace, and some nutmeg. I love Japan!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (6563) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle - Perfumy, flowery and a nice herbal. Jet black with a rich beige head. Light malts, plum, fig and flowery. An odd beer for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2013
Black saison! Draft at Ushitora in Tokyo. Coffee and caramel and cream notes in aroma and taste. Nice dry palate of the saison, but metallic and wineous finish. Interesting combo, but falls a bit flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wombata (469) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2013
3-10-2013 Cask ale version Aroma: coffee, bitter chocolate, peach Flavor: bitter sweet coffee, pear, turned to mildly sweet pear and red berry on the mid-palate, bitter chocolate and lasting coffee on the finish Comment: the taste shifts from an initial bitterness to a moderate sweetness and then back to a bitterness on the finish. At the same time, I perceived the body’ as going from light to medium to light.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2418) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle from Tanakaya. Dark brown colour, big bubbly golden head. Aroma is touch of soy sauce, herbs, booze, roasty malt, slight floral/perfumey smell. Taste is very nice. Bit of chocolate, some savoury elements, herbs, bit plummy. Sweet and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1104) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle from Tanakaya, tasted 06/19/2012. Black pour, huge dense fine-bubbled fluffy head, sticks around for quite a while. Aroma has fruity saison yeast, light notes of chocolate, roasted malts and rice grains, somewhat grassy citrus character in the end. Taste opens with rich chocolate and roasted malt, almost porter-like, becomes sweeter and fruity with the Belgian yeast, mild bitterness. Medium to full palate, silky carbonation. This was a surprise, quite lovely, and will definitely seek out more from this brewery when I get the chance.

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