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


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RATINGS: 850   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (6068) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2008
12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy dark brown with a rich tan head. The aroma has toasted malt, lots of sourness, funky yeasty qualities, graininess, anise and other spices. The funk almost gives a Jolly Pumpkin type of hint to it. Medium slick body that has a multitude of micro-sized carbonation coating the tongue, but never intruding on the flavor. The flavor starts with all kinds of funkiness that seems like an enjoyable infection was going on here. There is also dark malt, anise, fitting mustiness and something I cant put my finger on (probably sake). The finish is sour with some burntness and a hint of elderberries. A great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6380) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2008
Bottle (330ml). Near-murky brick red with a MASSIVE tan foamy-frothy lasting head. Aroma of dry/sour/funky yeast, floral hops and gin (or I guess sake). Taste - wow, dry and incredibly sour/tart, but mostly in a good way, a bit on the wild yeast side, white pepper and pungently floral, alcohol and sake riding along too. Average body, solid carbonation, quite acidic in the finish ---- sort of generic tart Belgian meets a different barrel along the way - worth trying for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2008
pours an apricot color, slight bubbles on the top. this beer has aroma smells (i have no real idea what but i think i caught some wood). it is also taste flavored, with hints of musky spice, and a perfumey finish. i found this one alien to me, complex, but not unappealing overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gregc (3) - ny, New York, USA - APR 21, 2008 does not count
Draft at spuyten duyvil... A very nice cask aged beer.... Floral aroma, oak and sake Flavor was citrus, lavender, hops with a slightly sour finish...a very unique flavor profile...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2008
12 oz bottle

This has been sitting on deck for about a month now. It was worth every penny of the $3.99 I spent even though I probably wont pick up another bottle due to limited cellar space. It makes me want to explore other Asian non pale lagers at some point to see what is going on in that region of the world. The hard part is going to be finding them in this part of the country.

Aroma / Appearance - A two finger off white head danced to the top of the glass suffocating the caramelly red body underneath. Rice, wood and malts blended with caramel and cherry wood shavings. The entire experience was sweet and pleasing to the nose.

Flavor / Palate - The mouthfeel was dense without being cloying. Rice, cherries and malt were the most obvious as they were in the nose. The moist fruity aftertaste was a nice touch as well. The hops then took over to provide a floral endnote not unlike rose petals. It was mellow and easy to drink which makes it worth trying. If you are hesitant split one with a friend first.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (12814) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2008
Bottle. brown color. Vinous aroma with a touch of oak and sake. Grapes in the flavor, with oak and sake. malty with just a touch of rice-like sweetness. Citric. Unusual but quite nice beer. Warming alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
Mahogany pour with a pretty substantial white head. The nose is spicy and full of oakiness. Flavors were again, substantial oak, touches of herbal spiciness and a rich sweet syrupy maltiness. The alcohol was subdued. Bigger oak profile than I anticipated, but I did not pick up any of the expected sake flavors or aromas. Pretty interesting experimental brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Davinci (295) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
Wow, I am really impressed with this one. Aromas of smokey grapes in oak barrels mingle well with a touch of alcohol. Flavor comes off very similarly with the flavors combining smoothly toward a very unique and wondserful flavor. Finishes somewhat sdmokey with some definite drying of the tongue leading to that woody taste and feeling. I think this is world class stuff. Definately confused about the belgian ale distinction????

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4051) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 17, 2008
Bottle from Sams Blue Light in Durham, NC. I think I paid $4 and some change. Been wanting to try this one for a while and kept forgetting to pick one up. Have tried several Hitachino beers but none in the last couple years. Anyway--the beer. Poured into my newly purchased Rodenbach GC tulip, the color is a deep (and almost opaque) red amber with a thick off-white head that shows no sign of fading. Aroma is sweet and tart, with a hints of cherry, oak, a bit of funk, and spices. Flavor is heavily woody upfront, with a bit of cherry/oak/sake in the finish. The sake casks are not overpowering at all in this beer and I like it a lot. Simple, yet very refreshing on this beautiful April day in Carrboro, NC.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2008
murky red color with a light tan head that leaves a good bit of lacing. aromas of spice, dark fruits and a sour note. Slightly cola, cherries, oaky resins, sourness, dry sour finish. I like the japanese take on the belgian style.

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