shoulderbroken (3755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 5, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2016 RBJG2. Aroma is cheesy and fruity, but combined in a good way. Taste is slightly cheesy again. I always like these Yamabushi saisons. Rerate 2016. The 2011 version. Very nice. Vinous, ash, dark fruit. Good stuff, thick, lovely, treacle, something very interesting and indistinct. So easy drinking.
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Tanakaya, 01/20/2013. 2010 vintage. Pours dark brown, near black, dense fine-bubbled light tan head, nice lacing as it dies down to the cover the surface. Aroma is lightly tart green apples and white fruit, becoming more vinous with dark chocolate highlights, hint of underlying roast character, funky finish, wood. Taste is smooth dark roasted malts, touch of cocoa powder, yet very fruity, apple and citrus, subtle tartness and sour, dry yeast finish. Medium palate, lively carbonation. A previous bottle from over a year ago showed more souring, but strangely this was less so-very nice, balanced and restrained. This and its non-barrel-aged brother are probably among the best Japanese beers I’ve tried so far.
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. 2010 vintage. Oxidized fruitiness, raisins, bitter plums. Dark, near black, 1-2 cm. dark tan head. Flavors also oxidized: cherries, plums; mid palate has some Bretty notes with more dark fruit; final is dryish. Thin-medium body. Okay, but was better before. The oxidation gets in the way.
TimE (5046) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown color, light brown head. Sour lactic nose with decent woody character. Excellent roasted character, chocolate milk - i had more notes, but they some how got cut off on iPhone. Anyways, I liked this beer, but not as enthralled as others. Still decent.
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - NOV 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow another homer from the best brewery in Japan. This is a saison noir turned lambic. Nose is funky sour geen apples and horse blanket. Really quite funky and fruity with chocolate and apple notes. Really dry finish. The only thing (slightly) holding this back is the over attenuation that puts this in sparkling wine territory at times. Otherwise top notch, original and showing their sake heritage to full effect. 2100 yen for 750ml bottle.
hE5AdEv3qeqAsU5r (80) - - NOV 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tried it from the bottle at Tadg’s and now enjoying a bottle at home. Smells very nice... white wine, much better than the original... the barrel aging really had an impact on this. Very slight sourness to the taste, but very dry otherwise. The original is nice, but this is much nicer. Well carbonated, but not sharp.
KyotoLefty (9305) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the 750 ml bottle, at Tadgs. Great aroma, slightly funky, with yogurt, berries, citrus, chocolate. The flavor is dry, with choolate, funk, light sourness, really gentle and well-balanced. Almost no sweetness, light bitterness, and sour is much less than in usual Belgian sours, but the dryness is very nice. Light a dry Flemmish Red.