jonno (2762) - JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
What a great beer. Draft on the grounds of the Chateau. Really need to drink this fresh, on site to truly appreciate it I would imagine judging by the average ratings. Soft doughy nose with a sprinkle of cinammon. Good honest though lean body with excellent carbonation. Lots of bready malts and the residual sweetness well blanaced by a soft bitterness. Just brilliantly balanced and drinkable. I could drink this all day and well in to the next day. My first and favourite Kamiya beer. KyotoLefty (10265) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
UPDATED: APR 30, 2010 Bottle, mail order from the brewery.
Deep gold color with a tall head. Strong malty aroma, rather sweet, rich. Rich malt flavor, on the sweet side yet clean and relatively light. A touch of fruit, but mostly just rich malt. Very lightly hopped. Finish also is predominated by malt, with just enough hop to give it balance. Very clean and light for such a rich malt beer. Not wholly fascinating, but really well done and pleasant.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
Sampled @ GJBF Yokohama: Gold, light white head, nice lacing. Nose of light malts, some hop very bland and vague. Some malts. Ok, but light. Not too noteworthy. TimE (5827) - Tokyo, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2012 Clear golden color. Thick white head. This brew showed excellent malty breadiness through out with some toasted malt. Very good example of the style. Capa (3304) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 16, 2007
@ GJBF 2007. Pours hazy gold. Alright aroma of fruits, earth, and yeast. Body is a bit thin. Flavor is earthy, some grass, light citrus. Pretty decent if the flavor was more intense.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2006
330 mL ‘pull’ cap bottle…straight from Japan via Santa’s (IslandHaole) USPS box, Cheers!: hazy sunshine yellow. Full, growing, tightly bubbled head. Sweet, fruity aromatics with light grains carrying the floral hops, bananas, and honeysuckle. Doughy tartness on the palate and a creamy mouth feel. A strange sourness lingers and is not totally unwanted…I really like these crazy Chateau beers… omhper (25160) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy pale orange, near no head. There’s a tart citric edge in the aroma that is disturbing, but beneath that it is a fine beer. It’s fairly well hopped with rich malt character and clean, rounded mouthfeel. I wish I could’ve tasted this brewery fresh. Oakes (17697) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Not sure about this one. On one hand, it was pretty tart and bottle-conditioned. I’m not a fan of bottle-conditioning lighter styles because they pick up infection really quickly. But I can’t guarantee that’s what this was. It was a very clean tartness, no gusher, full body, no excessive carbonation. And it didn’t inhibit the drinkability of the beer, either. It was a lot like some of those French microbrews that always have this character (apparently intended).
JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 19, 2005
Doughy, slightly spicy aroma with a hint of banana. Fairly yeasty, tart, with hints of bready malt.
Orange beer with fast dissipating head. Bottle conditioned. This is a strange duck. Aroma of sweet heather and clover honey. There is also a funky barnyard and leather character going on here as well. Slightly sour. Finish is sweet and floral. Maybe infected, but I get some similar notes off of the dunkel. Still an interesting brew. IslandHaole (1268) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAR 7, 2004
Slightly hazy, rich golden color with an eggshell colored head. Floral & clover honey scented. A tasty Helles, sweet but not cloying, a pleasant tangy follow makes for a well balanced taste. IMHO, the best of the CK line.