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Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 2: Saison Noir

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Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Saison
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (715) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUN 7, 2015
Bottle from Tanakaya. Poured into a Duvel glass. Aromas of roasted malt, funky saison yeast, rice, grass, prune, raison and some apricot. Full-bodied and a little too heavy, but good carbonation and mouthfeel. Taste is more of the same with the roasted dark fruit and roasted malt really standing out. Some earthiness and wet hay comes out as it warms. An earthy and funky saison that is roasted as well. Nice dry and lightly bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (1118) - - MAY 11, 2015
Bottle shared. Roasted malt, dried fruits, cocoa, floral hops, clean finish. Great stuff, highly drinkable and enjoyable, kampai!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (1018) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 11, 2015
Bottle 0.75l at Cika Boban Tasting in Vranovo Serbia.01.04.2015.Taste with cika Boban himself and my bro ippopotamo36!Thank you Alberto for this bottle.Pour it dark cola color with small white head.On the nose coffee.Taste and aroma of roasted feel,dark fruits,clove,smoke little bit.Perfect carbonation.Very good balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (722) - Rome, ITALY - APR 3, 2015
At a great tasting in Vranovo-Serbia, with markoijelena and cika Boban. Bottle. Courtesy of Phil from Japan, thank you. Pours dark brown coffee bean-like, medium ivory foamy head. Nose: it has such a charming nose, mild grounded coffee, dry fruit. Mouth: saison background in a coffee environment. How good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenkiGonzo (584) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GenDV138 (3209) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4879) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (7798) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1180) - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (7555) - 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.


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