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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: 30   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Unfiltered, Bottle-Conditioned, Brewed with Home-Grown Hops and Sake Rice.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (612) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 25, 2015
750 ml bottle from the Dogenzaka Shinanoya. Poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden yellow to dark straw with a huge soapy head that dissipates and leaves a thin coating throughout. As it warms up, big funky barnyard nose with clove, nutmeg, yeast and pepper all present. Medium carbonation with a light to medium body and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. This gets better the longer it sits out at room temperature. The second glass was a lot more complex than the first. Hint of sweetness on the palate but mostly funky with great bubbly finish that is somewhat dry and yeasty. What a great saison!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2627) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle from Tanakaya at home. Pale blond, slightly hazy, big white fluffy head. Aroma is lemony, grainy, herbal, bit of fruit (berries), yeasty. Crisp and refreshing. Taste is slightly creamy, herbal and floury. Very nice solid saison. Not mind-blowingly different, but pretty nice all the same.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (541) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 12, 2015
Bottle from the brewery. Slightly opaque, big white head. Fruity aroma, a bit of spice. Dry and refreshing, very well balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (7312) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 20, 2010
750 ml bottle. Slightly dark golden color with a foamy, pillowy head. Fruity, spicy aroma with honey and touches of green apple and grapefruit. Fruity, rich malt flavor with mandarin orange, honey, apple, rice, and pepper. Crisp, tangy, rather light in body and somewhat spritzy. An excellent saison. though I would prefer less rice, as its lingering after taste is unnecessary and takes away from the hops. It is there to make it more "Japanese," I guess.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tim Webb (258) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2010
Took this 75cl one home from Japan, let it settle for two months then tried it alongside Saison Dupont & Saison IV (unfair perhaps). The hopping fronts up well though does not linger quite as long as the others. I agree with KyL that the rice is too much - halve it - and dilutes the body in a beer style that needs grain to balance the floweriness of the hop mix.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8396) - 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...

Bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wombata (482) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2865) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 22, 2014
On tap at CBB’s 2nd anniversary event. 650 yen for a glass. Really nice classic saison nose, funk & spice. Really nice soft body. Lovely flavor, earthy spicy saison, some cloves. Really refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (666) - Rome, ITALY - APR 1, 2015
At tasting in Boban place, Vranovo-Serbia with markoijelena. Bottle courtesy of Phil from Japan. Thank you. Pours semi-clear golden with a white medium foamy head. Nose: spicy, peppery, in style. Mouth: lovely! Elegant saison, perfect execution of a classic style. Easy drinking. Tart, spicy but balanced. Great one! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biirusaikou (981) - - APR 25, 2015
Bottle shared. Fruity/floral hops, sweet rice, touch of spiced funk, earthy finish. Great stuff, huge drinkability, love the sake edge.


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