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


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RATINGS: 856   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2008
11.2oz bottle: pours a hazy dark brown with slow fading off white head, aroma of bananas sweet spices and a hint of malt, this cant be from japan! flavor didnt hold up as well as i thought it wouldsome of the banana and spices carried through but this beer lacks a much needed body and the spices are a little over powering and the banana is almost not even in the taste. this beer was has a lot going for it with some malt body could be one of my favorite but none the less a great beer from japan and a hell of a lot better then what i expected from a asian country. well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 Pours a cloudy brown color with a thin beige head. Very nice aroma of wood, caramel, mild sourness and fruits. Very good flavor of wood, caramel and fruits, I didnt get much of the sake flavors in it, of course I dont know much about sake to begin with. The body is light with a liquorous texture and gentle carbonation. Interesting and well-made.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - OCT 5, 2008
Smell of waffles, french toast, things that go good with maple syrup, basically. Hazy brown orange hue in the glass. Taste has elements of burnt sugar, caramel, oak, autumn leaves, spiced carrots, and licorice. Kind of a strange and unusual beer. It is sugary, but not in a sweet way, syrupy...yet not in a thick way. Has a certain medicinal quality about it. Interesting glass of beer here. Try?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SDalkoholic (2371) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle from South Bay Drugs. I honestly have always passed this brewing company up when I have noticed them in stores and other shops but my instinct said this might actually be tasty. Creates a dense reddish brown that seems to glow a bit while there is no formation of head to speak of. Once poured there is a bold nose of sweet malts along with a spiced aroma of yeast. The flavor is shocking to my taste buds and the immediate flavors are sugar, wine, and wood barrel, however, the wood apparent is not obvious it stored sake before. Certainly an interesting drink though and well worth a repeat or 2 bottles in one sitting down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1774) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle. Cloudy copper/amber, with a huge tan head. Aroma is fruit, caramel, wood, and spices. Flavor is fruit, malt, wood, and caramel. An interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
explosivebeer (36) - Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2008
This beer pours a deep, slightly hazy amber with a thick, lasting, creamy head. It has a nice sour aroma and flavor that is balanced with a little underlying sweetness in the body of the beer. There are some woody notes followed by a balanced finish. Tasty. I’ll definitely get this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bb (8952) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light tan head. Big fruit aroma leading to salty, sake, and caramel notes. Sake, fruity, woodsy flavors - the actual beer is too hidden in the barrel notes. Medium body. Lingering sake, wood, and slight spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle. Pours brown, murky, with medium off-white head. Aroma is yeasty, with spice, and dark fruit, caramel, malt. Flavor is good--spiciness is strong, ginger, citrus, and some malty tones in finish. Yeasty taste, with some dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2008
11.2 oz. bottle, courtesy of kleyland. 2007 vintage. Woody color, with a large tan head. This one was a gusher. Tart, sour aroma with hints of citrus. Flavor is nicely balanced, with caramel malt, spices, and oak. Clean, dry finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BillWyce (1057) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours a cloudy deep brown with a nice tan head. Sweet, malty aroma with some caramel notes and a floral touch from the hops. Smooth palate, but just a bit syrupy with a tinge of astringency. Rich malty taste with some caramel and a bit of smokiness. Also a touch of citrus. Damn good. This brewery’s products can be hard to find on the east coast, but worth seeking out.

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