jinroh (2365) - ESTONIA - MAR 26, 2016
Pours golden, yellowsh with a white he. Aroma is fragrant, bit of herbal and grassy hops, funky and white IPA’ish base. Taste is very refreshing, bitter and full of grapefruit seeds and peels. At the same time quite light and refreshes you nicely, leaving a nice linger continuing for longer. Easygoing, light and nicely executed sessionable saison. KansaiBeerLvrs (5388) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2015
Shiga Kogen’s Saison Blanc 5.5% maekchu (4069) - Hirakata, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2015
The bright gold beauty has a long lasting filmy head of foam and a spicy saison aroma: peppery, wheat, cloves with some edgy funk - my kind of saison.
Medium bodied with a dry finish. The taste matches the aroma fairly well but then kicks in a bunch of citrusy hop notes. The hop notes in the finish are more tropical, I like it - it remains a saison but got an extra dose of hops.
I get the feeling that lately Shiga Kogen are adding hops to everything which is overkill in my book but they’ve all remained eminently drinkable and I’m sure found fans. This is growing on me, I still think all styles don’t necessarily benefit from tons of hops though..
Bottle from souvenir hop near Nagano Station. Citrus and honey aromas, some funk, like a two-day sweat. Slightly hazy pale straw color. Citrus, NZ hopping, grapefruit rind, grape skins and seeds, citrus zest, a bit of pepper. Dry finish, with some bitter tracks. Medium body. Quite a nose; milder flavors. But very good, overall. shoulderbroken (4256) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 24, 2015
Tap at Craft Hands. Nice, light graininess, light herb, little bit of berry. Good stuff. biirusaikou (2705) - - NOV 16, 2015
Lovely floral nose, muscat. Smooth fruity mouthfeel, grape with some wine quality, peach in syrup, dry earthy finish. Another solid saison, nicely fruity and balanced.
willisread (3695) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle from Tankaya. Pours a clear pale straw color with a small half-finger soapy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Belgian yeast nose that really stands out on the nose with some lemon, white grapefruit pith and cracked pepper. Lots of grapefruit pith and lemon zest on the palate with some light mango and pineapple notes. Very citrusy and tropical fruit-forward on the palate. Lingering light, bitter finish. jc1762 (1633) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Poured into taster showing neon yellow, moderate filtration, translucent, and light foam around the edges. TimE (6164) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 12, 2015
The nose shows tart notes of lemon and a very light malty background.
The palate is highly carbonated and medium bodied. A very slight tartness permeates throughout with a slight hop bitterness constantly lingering in the background. A very light fruit forwardness of lemon and a light citric tingle on the finish. Overall, an easy drinking and fun saison. I would prefer a bit more tartness but I’m not complaining.
Medium golden color. Hoppy nose with wheat, cracked pepper very estry. Big carbonated hoppy mouth but not overly complex. Short dry finish. Decent. I_am_NOT_gay (33) - JAPAN - NOV 11, 2015
A grapefruit bomb #confusingly... fuckin oishii to the max, babycakes!!! My totes fav. brewery in Jaaaapaaaaaaaan #GOODSHIT Wombata (627) - Kobe, JAPAN - NOV 5, 2015
Aroma: Very herbal like a Sauvignon Blanc
Flavor: Herbal, bitter white grapefruit, more herbs and grapefruit rind.
Comment: Sauvignon Blanc!