overall
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style
Nippon Craft Beer
Brewed at De Graal

Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Tokyo, Japan

bottling
unknown

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Tasting Notes Visual: Pale light yellow and cloudy with a creamy head.
Aroma: Fresh yuzu aroma is dominant, matching well with the yeast-derived phenolic aroma.
Flavor: Low-level malt and hop flavor, as well as a slight bitterness. Subtle fresh sour creates richness in taste.
Body: Full bodied, with a low level of natural carbonation that is created in the bottle-fermentation process and provides a very smooth drinking experience.

Designed by Nippon Craft Beer Inc.
Brewed in Belgium

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThreeCats (879) - ISRAEL - DEC 26, 2016
Hazy golden color with a big white head, Aroma very interesting. Spices, but not ones I can easily identify. Definitely some yeast spiciness, some spruce, lots of lemon (Yuzu?). Very interesting. Taste delicate and bitter. Lemon rind, spice, yeast, grain, high carbonation. Interesting beer. Unlike most Belgian String Ales Ive tasted, and probably better.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kerenmk (4504) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 16, 2016
Bottle sample. Thanks Gal K! Murky blond. Floral, cookie dough and some plastic in the nose. Floral and yeasty taste, mellow bitterness. Full body, very fizzy, some grapes in the finish and very slightly alcoholic.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nosajhongkong (62) - North Point, HONG KONG - NOV 4, 2016
0,33L can bought at the Bottle Shop Hong Kong. Appearance: Pours a hazy lemony yellow colour with soft and thin bubbly white head . Aroma: Lemongrass and banana with yuzu, grassy and herbal notes. Some mild Belgian yeast and space. Taste: Flavours of banana, lemongrass and strong Belgian yeast. Mild sweetness of honey and wheat. Extremely light herbal and grassy bitterness. Palate: Light to medium body. Strong carbonation but with smooth texture. The aftertaste is quite herbal, grassy and yeasty with some crisp lemongrass finish. Overall: Personally like its herbal, clean and crispy characters as a Belgian ale. But the fresh yuzu and lemon grass aroma have added some Japanese twist to it. Also like the minimalistic yet artistic design of the bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (4516) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 30, 2016
330 ml bottle, brewed in Belgium, with a BB date of Feb. 2017. Look: clear pale amber body with a large, semi-durable white head. Some foamy lacing. A very interesting ale. A strong Belgian influence was immediately evident: theres a yeasty, spicy fruity flavor and aroma. The flavor is both bitter and tart. Reading the fine print on the label I see that this is in fact brewed in Belgium, although "designed" in Tokyo. Feel: medium-light body with soft,medium-high carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (12030) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2016
Bottle at Beer Collection, Bangkok. Very hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, yuzu, citrus and light herbal notes. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Yep its a Belgian beer with a Japanese twist.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (3254) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - OCT 17, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2016 Bottle, small stable bubbly head, strong carbonation, light cloudy light orange color, light citrusy aroma with candy and yeast, citrusy, fruity, tea flavor with yeasty hints, light to medium body. Nice and enjoyable

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MayumiH (1107) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2016
Can at my parents. Pours cloudy yellow with a white head. Sweet floral nose, honey, malty. Medium body. Easy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (5728) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2016
At some fancy sushi joint: pours orange with a nice frothy white head. Aroma is yuzu, citrus, somewhat malty backbone, and some other aromas I jad a little difficulty pinpointing. Taste is lightly sweet. Quite citrusy. Not too thick body. Low bitterness. Interesting flavors. Better than expected. Also did not realize how much alcohol was in this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6191) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2016
I dont know if this benefitted from lowered expectations, but we liked this one. Fruity and citrusy, some pine and spicy notes, like Im guessing coriander. Soft palate. Not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1785) - ISRAEL - JUN 25, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks DSG. Clear yellow golden with a big creamy head. Aroma of herbs and coriander seeds, a bit floral. Sweet, spicy, herbal (like lavender), fruity, bitter finish. Light-bodied, dry and fizzy. Nice.


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