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

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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (2003) - - FEB 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013

Cloudy dark brown colour with dusty sediments; Small head and off-white foams with faded quickly; Minimal lacing and slight carbonation; Aroma of banana, sake, brown sugar and toffee; Medium to light body; Potent sweet taste of sake, sugar, burnt toffee and caramel. Alcohol taste is definitely sake style, quite subdued at first but with a warming - boiling sensation with repeated tasting; Pronounced hop bitterness and astringency as finish. Dry after taste. Fairly easy to mouth.

Comments: this Japanese take on BSA is quite unique. Overall, its taste is somewhat reminiscent of Leffe Brune, but with a much stronger presence of sugar and sake tastiness. It is also comparable to Hoegaarden Grand Cru, but it’s darker, sweeter and even drier than the latter. As a BSA, its minuses being a deflating head, smell and taste are overtly sugar, burnt toffee and too hoppy. On the plus side, its sake character really gives it an interesting twist. So I think it’s a brew all by its own. Not a true BSA, but worth having it again for what it is.


3.4
ruigo (3000) - PORTUGAL - JUL 19, 2017
33cl bottle. Hazy copper with a small tan head. Caramel, dark fruits, candy sugar and yeast. Sweet and nice.

3.7
fellebag (1477) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2017
Bottle 33cl. Small gelly white layer. Heavy body, dark orange brown cloudy color. Quite fizzy. Aroma is meat, fruit, raisins, smoked grain, cookies, cinnamon. Sweet meaty taste. A stand alone desert.

2.7
jbuzz (831) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Very heavy feel. Almost leaving a so sauce like after taste. With a Sharp malt nose.

3.8
kalkone (23) - BELGIUM - JUN 25, 2017
La bière a comme référence la Rochefort. On goûte, le malt, la levure, caramel. Très bonne.

3.5
Scipio (1082) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2017
Pours a dark amber or copper in color with a thin off white head. The aroma is enticing, although it isn’t very strong. It gives a sweeter impression, with caramel, raisin, yeast, and earthy malts. The advertised sake is faint. The taste is sweet and much more bitter than I was expecting. The flavors are balanced. Its still earthy, has floral hops, caramel, brown sugar, yeast, and spices. The sake is still detectable, but really comes through in the form of a heavy aftertaste. Light to medium in body, a very slick texture, and average carbonation. This is pretty good, though I’d move to something else after just one.

3.7
YantarCoast (1369) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JUN 5, 2017
330ml bottle from Pinta's in Moscow. Pours dark brown with a medium-sized light brown head. Aroma is dried fruits, caramel, liquorice, sake. Taste is caramel, spices, quite heavy sweetness, notes of alcohol.

3.2
colui72 (1029) - HONG KONG - JUN 3, 2017
Pours copper, fizzy with a large cream head and little lacing. Aroma is floral, berries, sweet malts. Taste is very malty and boozy, with some fruits and berries, candi sugar, dry bitter. Medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, bitter finish, Tried it again after 2 years, same feeling of something missing.

3
MeadWhisperer31 (24) - - MAY 4, 2017
Il y a comme un côté liquoreux, orangé qui confère à cette bière de type belge, un côté fort sympathique !

2.8
jopp (18) - PARIS, FRANCE - APR 30, 2017
Bière orange, gingembre au gout du printemps, épicé, légère capsule chouette avec une chouette

3.6
RhetoricalAns (939) - 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.


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