KyotoLefty (7550) - 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.
Wombata (492) - Kobe, JAPAN - MAY 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
jonno (2345) - 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.
jbeatty (1199) - 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.
shoulderbroken (2733) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
RBJG2. Aroma is cheesy and fruity, but combined in a good way. Taste is slightly cheesy again. I always like these Yamabushi saisons.
john_henry (123) - - MAR 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
mike12da (80) - Osaka, JAPAN - 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.
sunevdj (3479) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Travlr (15858) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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?
KansaiBeerLvrs (3055) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.