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: 24   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Unfiltered, Bottle-Conditioned, Brewed with Home-Grown Hops and Sake Rice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbeatty (1098) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle, 07/01/2013. Pours pale golden straw color, frothy white head settles to the surface, soapy lacing. Aroma is light toasted grains, earthy spices, light banana and sweet pear, yeast and soft herbal hops. Taste mostly similar: grains with light fruity notes, yeast and round spicy bitterness lingering on the tongue. Medium body, crisp carbonation. I prefer the barrel-aged version for sure, but this is still decent and I wouldn’t turn down another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2013
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy yellow body with a medium egg-white head. Aroma of florals, earthiness, rice, yeast, and citrus. Flavor of grapefruit, yeast, banana, pear, and florals with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (468) - Kobe, JAPAN - APR 29, 2013
Aroma: very floral, ripe lemon, light banana ester, yeast, note of fresh, uncooked green peas. Flavor: floral, grainy malt, lemon, banana. At the end of the mid-palate, the bitterness kicks in and hangs on. Comment: very aromatic with a soft, gentle mouthfeel. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
This citrusy, dry Saison’s pleasant aromatics hang on till the very end over mild straw-like cereals and brettanomyces allusions.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the pale straw blond.
-The herbal hop bitterness creates a great finish.
-The high level of dryness makes this one stand out to me.
-This is a wonderful base Saison with which Eigo-san can play for years. The Barrel-Aged version is becoming mindblowing already...


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13196) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle at RBJG courtesy of TimE, thanks! Cloudy pale yellow color. Aroma of raw white bread dough and citrus. Taste is similar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7868) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle thanks to KyotoLefty. Pours with a hazed yellow hued body and a lasting white head. Aromas are earthy, wooden, floral, peppery, phenolic and dry. Flavors are hoppy, spicy, floral, light pear and ginger. Bone dry. Grassy. Very nice carbonation. Great saison!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - NOV 3, 2012
Soft slightly phenolic, spicy nose. Some sake qualities. Big bodied, smooth, though with high carbonation. Some bread, hay, rice, mineral, apple and a slightly sweet dry finish. Good Saison, though it falls well short of a classic Belgian.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (2283) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 7, 2012
Bomber. Heavy yeast, lemon, and some barnyard aromas. Bright yellow, huge thick head. Dry initial, leading to some honeyish notes; mid plate has good fruit (peaches); final brings a solid bitterness. Very crisp and dry. Good saison, lightened up with rice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 6, 2012
A rich and lightly cloudy gold color with a white head. Aroma is herbal, vegetal, a bit of plastic notes. Flavor is dry, some light pepper notes, vegetal and odd in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (31793) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark yellow with a small white head. Aroma is dry, phenolic and light spiced. Smooth, phenolic and light toasted malty. Light buscuitty malt. Smooth and bitter dry to herbal finish.

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