Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan


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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Label: March 11, 2011 14:46, a huge earthquake struck Japan and with it our brewery. Some parts of the brewery house were damaged and the brewing tanks were left leaning at an angle. Completion of the typical mashing period had to be extended to three days until electricity to the brewery was restored. Natural fermentation had already started in the mash tank during these three days with lactic acid culture in our brewery. This "3 DAYS" beer is limited to only 8,000 original bottles.

Re-released(?) labelled "16.03" (March 2016)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, - NOV 11, 2012
Clearish amber ale with an everlasting, lacey white foam. Very strong phenolic yeast character come out of this malty ale whose alcohol remains subtle. Earthy, toasty malts are the foundation. Nutty/resinous flavours come across as slightly oxidized with stale overripe fruit esters (apple, pear) intermingling with the generous residual sugars to provide a jammy, if not syrupy texture. Pie-like spiciness, presumably from the forward phenols bring forth strong nutmeg and subtler clove/cinnamon touches. Reminds me a little of the Charlevoix yeast and its all over the place from start to finish. While residual sugars are plentiful, theres a lactic character (yogurt) that hangs above it all, whilst its soft acidity combines with the sweetness to create a key lime pie reminiscence. Intriguing, but fairly chaotic ale that follows no direction, which is perhaps circumstantial considering its singular history.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (11023) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 31, 2017
@RBB. Amber color. More malty with Belgian yeast subtle. Light tartness and pit fruit. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lukaduke (3098) - Gray, Maine, USA - SEP 28, 2016
Pours a hazy brown amber color with a half finger of egghsell foam. Nose is metallic with notes of iron, rotten fruit, caramel. Palate follows the nose... with less metallic notes but lots of odd sweet malts mingling with some tart composted fruit and lingering earthy coffee grounds. Bitter walnut, dark turbinado sugar, chestnuts, dried cherry, cardboard... some interesting flavors but probably should have just been dumped rather than sold for $$ !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2016
From bottle its hazed brown with a short off-white head. Aroma is sherry and red apple, caramel malt and alcohol, old fruit (peach, pear), honey, wood oil, autumn spices. Medium-full bodied, sweet and acidic, prickly and zesty-citric. Kind of an odd Manhattan cocktail effect, that surprisingly comes close to the character of Flemish Red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7509) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is murky medium brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), with notes of apple, sherry, brandy, cherry, oak, tangerine, alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. This just hit store shelves locally in the past week, WTF? Is this really 5 years old, and why is it only now reaching retailers? If there were only 8000 bottles, how the hell is there any left and available at a big warehouse liquor store in Colorado? Questions I will likely never have answers to, but oh well. Its not cardboardy, thankfully...the acidity has no doubt helped smooth out the aging process, so that the oxidation is pleasantly sherry-ish, and there are other, more enjoyable odors here to complement that: cherries, caramel apples, brandy, oranges, etc. Quite enticing, much more so than most oxidized beers Ive encountered. Sour but not all that strong...nicely balanced with the caramelly sweetness. Definitely better than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (2678) - - FEB 27, 2016
Draught at CBM event. Real Ale version. Rich sour plum and cherry with a sweet tart edge, pretty tasty and balanced stuff, could have done with a bit of carbonation maybe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (7808) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2016
Bottle. Thanks, J! What an interesting and unexpected treat. Pours a murky dark brown with a thin light tan head that fades quickly. Mild sweet nose, biscuity, crackery, caramelly, soft roasted nuts. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Nutty, caramelly, sesame seeds, nougatty mid palate. Mild softly sweet finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
JimmyBoy74 (637) - rebro, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
33 cl East West Sushi. Kommer bara ihg att denna l var vldigt smakls och en stor besvikelse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (4015) - Kansas, USA - JAN 27, 2014
550 ml to go bottle purchased at Coffee District Beer and Wine Bar in Delray Beach, Florida. The pour is haze copper brown golden with a 1/4 inch lasting tan head. The aroma is big malty sweet and yeast fruit, with some vanilla showing as the beer warmed. The taste is fruit lactic yeast dominant up front, than sweet toffee malt behind. The house Hitachino yeast notes are present as well. Nice depth of character - tannic. The palate is medium to heavy bodied soft carbonation, and a lingering integrated alcohol in the finish. The lactic fruit and vanilla sweetness linger. Unique flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8226) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2013
A rather interesting brew, for sure . . Has that mild tartness to it, grains and hay too, and something wlse i cant put my fat finger on .. . Good foam .. Easy quick finish .. . . My personal hell would be me locked in a room full of toddlers and each one has something stuck in their eye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Appearance: Deep slightly rustic copper and garnet under a spotty white head which lingers mostly full with some random arcs of lace decorating my glass at whim.
Nose: Gentle sour tropical fruits with fleshy sweetness coming in the back. Freshly baked moist white breads underneath, as if to sop up all the above juices. Apricots, peaches, and kumquats. Candied pineapple. Intriguing rice milk esters in the very back.
Palate: Faint rice milk/rice cake esters in the back. Overall milder than expected from the initial impressions its nose gave. Light pineapple, apricot, peaches, and cantaloupes more juice than flesh or skins. Soft leather notes in the back reminiscent of the softest brushed golden leather possible. Tartness along the sides. Gentle dries my mouth and brings me back for more.
Final Thoughts: An intriguing beer with a truly heart-wrenching story behind it that reaffirms the strength of humanity that out of destruction shall come something new and wonderful. Honestly, I enjoyed Hitachinos 3 Day Beer and would liken it to a sessionable wild ale with a tropical kiss. Unique and never again. I consider myself lucky to have tried and shared this beer.
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