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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (2965) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 22, 2010
Really an unbelievable beer. Complex all around. Woody, brett, winey aroma and a bit sweet smelling. A beautiful deep hazy red/orange color with a thin off-white head. The taste is very complex; starts lightly sweet and bitter like a pale ale, turning to a slightly brett-like orange peel bitter-sour, then it smoothes out into a vanilla-like wood flavor finishing extremely smooth with a hint of sake at the end. Definitely one of my all-time favorites...like something out of willy wonkas brewery!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehaak26 (365) - - 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 (152) - 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 (2294) - 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 (93) - 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 (1038) - 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 (359) - 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 (2172) - 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 (97) - 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).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexmate (138) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2017
Appearance: dark brown, not much head or carbonation. Nose: has a definite wine nose, plum, caramel and brandy - reminded me a lot of the Flying Dog Horn Dog Barley Wine. Taste has a dominant grape musk taste similar to brandy, as well as toffee\caramel, raisins and plum port. A complex beer, which wont be for everyone, but one of the more exciting beers I have tried to date. Price Paid: 2 on clearance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeorgePratt (64) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2017
Pours a dark amber with small white head. Complex aroma of caramel, banana, apricot, coriander. Smooth silky taste of burnt oats, dark chocolate, raisin, wood, bread with a smooth slightly metallic finish. Excellent.

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