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


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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 5, 2013
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (9388) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 26, 2011
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.

   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 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (2543) - 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 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonno (2520) - JAPAN - NOV 19, 2011
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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hE5AdEv3qeqAsU5r (80) - - NOV 8, 2011
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.

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