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


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RATINGS: 843   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dnstone (2737) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bawelt (631) - Lyon, FRANCE - NOV 8, 2016
Pas trop mal. Supporte trs mal loxydation. Nez trs caramel, rglisse, cannelle, lgrement fum. Bouche assez sirupeuse mais vite rance, lger caramel, un peu plus de fum. Moins de subtilit et de corps. Dommage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rotaldinho (172) - Paris, FRANCE - NOV 5, 2016
Cloudy orange amber color.Thick mouth feel, Medium-high carbonation Malty, complex taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
furthur (994) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 31, 2016
Deep amber, big cream colored head. Aroma is malt, cookies, hintnof oak. Taste is malt, brown sugar, vanilla,oak, plum. Not getting strong sake flavor, but this is delicious. Palate is smooth, carbonation subdued.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wombat23 (892) - Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Hazy amber with a light beige head. Aroma of malt, bread, brown sugar. Taste is malt, caramel, dark fruit notes, oak. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
darbeer75 (636) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2016
Aroma: faintly malty; not much aroma; Appearance: murky amber pour with thin white head that lingers; Taste: oddly reminiscent of sweet potatoes; malty and lightly spicy; Palate: medium body with long, sweet finish; Overall: not really a traditional belgian strong ale, but okay. Might get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moebbels (752) - FINLAND - OCT 29, 2016
A murky light brown beer with a quickly settling light head. Nose has odd wet dog aromas alongside some caramel, rye bread and Taste is mildly sweet with a very strong, harsh and lingering bitterness. Soft carbonation and medium to full body. Not my favorite, flavors are a bit muddled and the bitterness is too harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrewje41 (3130) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2016
11.2 oz bottle. Fun, unique try here. Reddish orange pour with a thin swirling head. Dry, very wood like aroma. Flavor has a soft cherry impression, with a dry oak. Has a sweetness that does not bother in any way. Caramel, dry wood finish. Beat beverage involving sake Ive ever had. Very nicely done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5824) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Deep muddied brown coloured body with a ruby and violet tint, all with a very strong brown glow and a super thin, barely covering tan head. Aroma of sake, alcohol, grain, earth, cereal, chocolate, grapes, pungent figs and a bit more caramelised sugars. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong earthy flavour at first with an almost sour note at first then showing some very refined alcohol and oak flavours that leave the palate relatively clean and nice with barely any malt body showing through. Aftertaste shows the sake very cleanly with the oak, dry grass and earth, along with some fruit - figs and plums and the bit of caramelised sugars that get through the end. Overall, a well structured and nuanced beer that reminds me of a lot of japanese things, but this shows well, just not very strong or pungent throughout, which is okay. I sampled this stubby 33 cL bottle purchased from Tamuras Market in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii on 31-December-2015 for US$5,49 sampled at home in Washington on 30-September-2016.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4878) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #54. I didnt write down whether this was bottle (330ml I assume) or draught; seems likely to have been the former. Anyway, consumed at Acadia Caf in Minneapolis, August 2008. Gorgeous lasting full thick off-white head tops a hazy deep rusty red-brown body...nose is lightly sweet, yeasty (basement dampness) with some hints of stewed fruit (apples, pears)...sweet and citrusy body, faintly hoppy, pleasant light alcohol buzz throughout, rather unusual overall, like a mix of Sprite and bourbon with Belgian yeast in a very full, not-quite-syrupy but well-carbonated body. Strange...didnt love it, but now that I think about it and read these notes, wouldnt mind trying it again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjohnny (535) - - AUG 27, 2016
Super sweet dark fruit molasses honey. Dark brown amber with a quickly fading off white head that leaves a small amount of thin foam on the top and around the edges of the glass. Figs, plumbs, dates. Very smooth. Velvety mouthfeel. A dry finish. I get some dry wine qualities at the end. Like a not quite so big Belgian quad. Very nice.

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