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

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RATINGS: 858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong Belgian Brown Ale matured in distilled Sake barrels.the final Maturation takes place in Shochu casks {distilled sake} for 3 months.  Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate  Hops: Chinook, Styrian Golding  Original Gravity: 1.08

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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9992) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
This copper ale poured with a thin beige head and a sour aroma. There is an intense caramel malt base with an equally intense hop bitterness, and a slightly sour finish that tastes likes sake.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
This one is way too poweful for my tastes. It has a very sour and tart finish that almost makes this beer undrinkable. I never has sake before, but after tasting this beer it will not be on the top of my list.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle. Have to love this dark look. Amber body with an off white head. Vinous with grape skins, citrus, caramel malts. Rice, hint of licorice. Interesting beer. Just not sure how well it all came together, but something different that’s for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dmruth (25) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Pour’s a nice dark amber color. Moderate head with a sweet aroma. There is a hit of the sake that is advertised. There is a smoothness on the palate with a bitw on the finish. There is also a malty quality to the beer. A great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep red with a large off-white head. Aroma is grain, malt, and a wonderful oak characteristic. Taste is dark fruit, malt and grain up front, with oak and sake characteristics at the end. The beer finishes with a burn that I don’t know I can attribute to alcohol, but it added something to the experience. What a unique and wonderful beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (4071) - Kansas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle stamped XH8,6. 11.2 fl oz bottle purchased at Lukas Liquors in Kansas City, Missouri. Pour is cloudy ruby orange with a nice full one inch tan head. Sticky lacing left behind. Aroma of oaky sake woodiness, grainy maltiness - bright and somewhat boozy nose. Taste is the oak, sake and malt in that iorder. The aftertaste features a sharpness, that isn’t alcohol, but is bright like that. Also very dry finish. Palate is medium-full, very strong beer all around. The wood and sake notes were probably a bit too much for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2008
12oz bottle. Dark amber with a frothy head. Sweet candied fruit in the aroma with caramelized sugar and tons of booze. All I have to say about the flavor isWhat an odd creation they have made here. Any sweetness that might have been present in the initial brew is overwhelmed by booze and TONS of wood. There are hints of what used to be something like candy/fruit notes or even sweetness but that is gone now, just a ghost. Medium body, semi-dry with an even drier finish. Interesting experiment (though Id not have this again).

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheKeg (23) - Louisiana, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Decent Belgian Ale. Ordered this here in Baton Rouge at Ichiban Sushi Restaurant. Fruity aroma and taste, a bit of bite, left my mouth feeling a little dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Bottle at Hamiltons. Pours with an amber body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sour yet sweet with a touch of funk. Light bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2011 Hazy, caramel brown with big, flotsam, beige head / Delicate, complex, candied, green apple and brett nose / Medium body, acidic and lightly tart, with great balance and bitter finish / Funky flavors of green apple, caramel, gingko, manure, hay, wood, and sake / Reminiscent of Jolly Pumpkin. Good things happening in Japan.


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