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Brewed by Soni Kohgen Beer
Style: Altbier
Nara, Japan

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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (1306) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark but slightly medium amber pour with nuce head.  Brown sugar, caramel, chocolate, fruit. Sweet with some bitterness. A beer that is nice and easy to drink.


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GoufCustom (2255) - HONG KONG - AUG 23, 2017


330 ml bottle bought at Soni Kohgen’s booth during HKTDC Food Expo 2017 in HKCEC, Wanchai.

Clear amber colour with a thin ring of yeast sediments; One-quarter finger head with residual soapy off-white foam which fades in 30 seconds; Poor sticky lacing with near zero carbonation; Aroma of malt, with fair red fruits, light caramel, light toffee, pickled turnips (!), sugar, bread and faint grass; Very light sweet taste of fair malt, with grains, very light wet paper, light caramel, floral, molasess notes, herbs, seaweed (!), light bread, light lemon, medium bitter hops and light grass; Light body. Thin and slightly slick palate; Mouth feel is fair maltyness in a watery background. Low sweetness exposes the lack of usual malt characters such as red fruits and caramel. The seaweed off-taste is surprising, and herbal hop extracts isn’t doing this one much flavor, either. No!... Hoppiness is faint grass in nose. Floral, herbs light lemon and light grass in taste; Bitterness is quite strong for a lasting, mid to high astringent bitter herbal finish; Slightly dry after taste. Herbal chem-ish and bitter to mouth.

Comments: Oh my, this one starts off badly with rotten veg nose and seaweed taste. Although in only small amount it’s impessive for all the worng reason, as the Alt itself (it claims to be) is very lean with that light dark malt has some potential, but then again it’s all ruined by its amateurish approach. After having 3 of this signature brews (Pils, Koelsch and Alt), it’s better to stay away from this brand altogether!

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KansaiBeerLvrs (5501) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 10, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2014 Part of the 1212 yen trial set for new customers direct from the brewery via their Rakuten page. I’m happy they switched labels the bottles look much better than the photo online. They need to update their webpage. It pours a great honey brown with a light beige verging on tan head. The aroma is powerfully malty, toffee, figs, maybe even fruitcake? Some fruitiness & possibly a touch of sourness. The taste is malty but has some cardboard, grainy & slightly bitter. I feel it is a bit off. It is alright but not their best, that was their kolsch.

3.1
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2013
Bottle at Yuzan Guesthouse, Nara. - shared with Mette. Clear brown - white head. Raisins, dried fruit, light chocolate, sweet malty, toasted malts, light roasted notes, caramel, earthy, ryebread - sweet ryebread. OK.

3.8
worldbeertaste (1819) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2011
Bottle from a sake shop in Nara. Dark Amber colour, light carbonation, slightly cloudy. Earthy, chocolate aroma. Carbonated body. Fruity (plum), dark chocolate, hops. Hop taste is not as strong as in other beers. Slightyly sweet and not bitter aftertaste. Leaves the toung slightly sweet. Very enjoyable

3.1
KyotoLefty (10808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2009
UPDATED: APR 21, 2010 Bottle from the brewery. Medium to dark amber color with a middling head. A bit cloudy. Earthy, dry aroma of chocolate, caramel, earthy hops, and just a bit of fruit. Nice and genuine. Restrained caramel malt flavor with nice dark chocolate and very nice hops. Nicely bitter, dry, finish. This finish lasts a long time. Much nicer than the last time I had it, when it obviously was off. Good, though I would prefer just a bit more malt sweetness, actually.


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