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Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 2: Saison Noir Aged in Oak Barrels

Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 2: Saison Noir Aged in Oak Barrels
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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: 17   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biirusaikou (2585) - - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle shared at Jay’s music&beer mixing bash. What a great treasure. Still in very good shape, drinks like cherry wine with a nice oak edge, more dark fruits, really deep and complex with a lovely dry finish. Truely outstanding and unique brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (2538) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2016
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenkiGonzo (1069) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 11, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4656) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
john_henry (124) - - MAR 10, 2014
One of the best beers I’ve had in Japan. Certainly worth giving a go if you into funky beers. I’ll definitely be stocking up on these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
brystmar (1314) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (620) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
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 P’s 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 I’d serve this closer to a cool pinot temperature--12-14C.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Bottle at RBJG#2 - Grand Tasting Tim’s Place. Clear dark brown - mouldy, oxidation, minerals, sweetness, rise, sake minerals, light peppery, spicy, light roasted notes, light messy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2013
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?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3963) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
Bottle at Tim’s 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.

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