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


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RATINGS: 857   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (3021) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2008
I honestly didn’t expect much...although being aged in oak Sake casks peaked my interest. This beer was impressive. Burnt orange with hints of crimson, this beer had a nice 2-inch off-white head. Aroma is oak, vanilla, brown sugar and darker fruit. Full-flavored, malt-driven, hidden alcohol. NICE!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2008
XH 2008 7% ABV Aged in Sake Barrels. Tap Capital Ale House Innsbrook 08/27/2008. Light fruits and spice in nose. Cloudy amber orange with moderate fine off-white head. Spicey coriander and orange over carmelized malts. Spice is quite floral and sake notes are quite evident. Light body with medium mouthfeel. Finish is slightly sweet with lots of floral almost citrus spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (6179) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottle: Poured a deep cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of a sweet barley malt base with some distinctive notes of light sake. Taste is also dominated by a barley wine type taste of sweet malt with some distinctive notes of rice and sake, which I must admit are quite pleasant. Full body with some great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Another winner beer from a great brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Pours a orange hue with a nice light head. Aromas of a gueuze, apricots, light hops. Mouth feel is medium bodied with a light creaminess. Definitely some brett/funk action but not overpowering. Maybe subdued due to the oak aging, which isn’t over powering either. Flavors are amazing. For a 7% brew, the flavors are strong, while the alcohol hides. Flavors of apricots, plums, a hint of sake, creamy lambic, and cider. WOW!!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Bottle sampled. Pours a dark copper with a light one finger tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, cedar, ginger, and some sake notes. Flavor is moderately sweet with caramel malts, maple, brown sugar, and oak barrel spicyness with a nice warming alcohol finish. a very good belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a orangish colorwith big long lasting head. Funky gueuze like aroma. Brett? Taste is oaky, tart some sourness. Some citus aspects here also. Not sure what the sake would have added but this is funky. Opened up even more as it warmed up. Nice beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (8273) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2008
enjoyed at the second Stumelagram tasting ... a weird fruity bretty aroma ... quite sour bite, with a strong bitterness ... combined with a strange steel drum sweetness .... good lacing ... crazy stuff ... enjoyable and a bit insane ... a good brew to share with a couple of people, a whole bottle could be to much..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 22, 2008
a murky caramel colored beer under a fizzy white head. cedar, oak, caramel, tangerine citrus, ginger, nutmeg. flavor is peachy and hoppy with tobacco and hints of wood. a very unique beer with a great aroma. this is awesome stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle from Hamiltons. Dark garnet red with a slight white head. Red wine and oak aroma. A dark roasty red wine tobacco sake and oak taste.

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