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%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
enotheque (25) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Insanely good, really. Take the best elements of a good English bitter and add a distinctive wood element from the sake cask that enhances the nose and flavor profile with the yeast/buttery/biscuit characteristics that oak gives really fine white wines.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RhetoricalAns (920) - Red Deer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2017
Copper brown pour, small beige head with minimal retention, no lacing. Varied malt aroma, biscuit, caramel, some darker fruit. taste leans toward sweet but not overly with mild hop bitter finish. fairly dry. Heavier malts come through in the flavour. higher carbonation, bubbly mouthfeel. Alcohol comes through a tad too much for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (1658) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle; pours amber with an off white head; aroma of caramel, brown sugar, wood, and hints of dark fruits; taste is slightly sweet with caramel and brown sugar with some dark fruit and wood notes; dry, boozy finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehaak26 (429) - - MAR 12, 2017
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Aroma of malts and fruits, cut nicely with alcohol from the sake barrel. Taste was overpoweringly sweet at first, but improved as the beer warmed a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stupre (274) - Nanterre, FRANCE - MAR 12, 2017
Bouteille achete chez Intercaves. Bel quilibre entre lalcool et les armes fruits. Rondeur trs agrable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grumbo (2438) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2017
Bottle at the Spread Eagle, Ipswich. Pours dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruit and veg, and treacle. Medium plus sweetness, light bitterness. Medium, slight oily texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CyborgX (96) - THAILAND - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle - A slightly fruity aroma. Pours a cloudy Amber. Taste is similar to a strong Belgian ale, with a distintive alcohol signature, probably from the Sake and Shoju barrels. Drinkable, strong, but i wouldn't rush to order a second... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmacklin (1071) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 23, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours an unclear dark orange with lots of yeast particles floating around and a large, frothy, long lasting, beige head that laces. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, dried fruit, peach, apricot, orange, sake and a hint of oak. Sweet flavour of caramel malt, dried fruit, sake and oak with a dry, bitter, warming finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lbianchi66 (379) - FRANCE - JAN 31, 2017
Robe ambre et cuivre, trouble La mousse ne tient pas. Armes malt, crales, biscuit, caramel, alcool. Got mielleux, biscuit, levure, fruits confits. On reste sur les fruits confits et lalcool avec des notes de rsineux et dagrumes lis une amertume prsente mais bien quilibre. La texture est lgrement sirupeuse avec une carbonatation trs fine mais pas trs abondante. Excellente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boto (2178) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2017
11.2oz bottle: This one pours a hazy darker amber color. There was just a touch of an off white head that leaves no lacing. Interesting nose. Dark fruits, toffee and a hint of the sake. The taste is good, if a touch different. Caramel malts, faint dark fruits, a touch of sake. It has a faint sourness to it. This is good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
johnarktor (102) - FRANCE - JAN 10, 2017
Aroma: Smoked, cooked rice, old liquor (brandy, rum, sake), ripe fruits (stewed orange, plum ?), toast, biscuit, volatile alcohol in the background ; Appearance: clear/sparkling dark red, minimal white head ; Taste: medium sweetness, then mild bitterness, followed by a salty sour feel, and (Im not totally sure of it) a hint of what I think is umami ; Palate: full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, warm, moderately long aftertaste. Overall a great beer, with a rich depth of flavours and a very pleasant complexity. This is however a somewhat sophisticated beer, not fully accessible to the untrained. I would recommend it with Stilton or old Laguiole (or similar cheeses).

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