Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Apricot Saison

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Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Saison
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
限定版 山伏 / apricot saison 発売です! そう、杏(あんず)のセゾン。 畑のお隣さんに、突然いただいくことになった無肥料・無農薬の杏を、一つ一つ手摘みで収穫し、セゾン酵母で醸した特別版の山伏。もちろん、瓶内二次(いや三次)発酵で仕上げてます。 ベースのビールは、実はあの#700 / a spécial saison。 「"a" には、"autumn" と "amber" の意味も込めてます。(本当は、もう一つあるんだけど、それは今回とは別バージョンの方で。)」 って書いたのですが、そのもうひとつの "a"= "apricot" というわけ。ベースのビールも、ぼくらなりに、すでに杏をイメージしていて、実際に結構そんなニュアンスがあったと思ってます。 その#700 に杏を約6ヶ月漬込みました。 その杏ですが、まさか、あれが、こんな姿になるとは! やや濃いめの琥珀色。ほのかな酸味と、柔らかな甘みを感じながらも、セゾンならではのフルーティーさとドライな飲み口が特徴です。 甘いフルーツビールではないですが、食中酒として、ぼくらが妄想した通りのいい感じに仕上がったのではと思っています。 ご意見、お聞かせ下さい! アルコール度数は6.0%。 価格は、1,500円+消費税(750mil)です。 しばらくなくならないくらいの本数はあるとは思いますが、一仕込み限定ですので、完売の場合はご容赦ください。

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3.7
Desverger (11838) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2016
[email protected] - Fuzzy dark Amber pour with off white head. Aroma and taste is prominent resonating apricot, some hoppy and malty backing, light spice, really nice.

3.6
Borup (14699) - Albertslund, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2016
75 cl. bottle. Dark amber colour with an off-head. Aroma and flavour of apricot, yeast, fruit, spice, hops and malt.

3.6
Ungstrup (37889) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2016
A hazy amber beer with a yellowish head. The aroma has notes of apricot, spices, malt, and spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of lemons, straw, apricot, and spices, leading to a bitter finish.

3.4
joergen (28425) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2016
Bottle at Ungstrup. Hazy orange colored with a medium sized off-white head. Fruity aroma of apricots with notes of spices. Fruity and light acidic flavor of apricots Fruity finish

3.6
yespr (45869) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2016
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small off white head. Aroma is citric and apricot dense. Lingering fruity. Smooth fruity, lingering fruity finish.

3.9
jinroh (1694) - ESTONIA - JAN 13, 2016
Pours dark copper, somewhat murky in colour. Head rises really high, comes down slowly. It sort of seems that carbonation has been continuing in the bottle, so maybe opening it after a few months would result in saison shower. Aroma is not too strong, has some fruitiness and also earthy notes together with horse blanket funkiness and slight hint of sour. Nice. Sourness comes forward much better in the first sip. It is light and fruity, dry and sour. Some residual sweetness remains, making this feel even fruitier. There are also some earthy notes that combine with apricot and peach flavours that are still intact. They must have used lots of fruit in making this! Aftertaste demonstrates some bitterness, fruity bitterness lingers for a bit. I like this beer a lot, absolutely enjoyable!

3.8
willisread (3395) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle shared. Hazy, slightly muddy brown with a light butternut squash colored soapy head that lingers. Horseblanket notes with some apricot, earth and mustiness about. Earthy bitterness with some light caramel and farmhouse funk albeit light. Finish feels slightly heavy with a slight persimmon like bitterness on the finish. Liked it a lot.

3.7
biirusaikou (2705) - - JAN 12, 2016
Bottle shared, thanks Will! Lots of dried apricot with a light tart edge and subtle sourness, floral notes and earthy bitterness (from the peel?), bit of funk, fairly dry finish. Quite a fruit-forward saison, smooth and enjoyable even though probably not the most complex of the series.

3.6
Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - JUL 16, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2015 Color: Hazy brown, with light brown foam Aroma: Yeast, dried green, slightly tart apricot, and ripe apple, roasted grain, light grapefruit, light funk and vegetal notes.. Palate: Medium Bodied. Flavor: Unsweetened apricots dried slightly young, wood, floral notes with light acidity. Bitter apricot skins and vegetal note. Comment: Much drier than I remember when I had it on tap. Highly carbonated. Soft entry with long, bitter finish. Has gained complexity; much better now that it has aged. Yet, I wouldn’t wait. Drink now.

3.7
EdKing (2610) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle care of TimE. Pours chestnut brown in the glass with medium off white foam head. Didn’t expect it to be so dark. Nose is toasty grain, cereal grain, dark bread, some light funk and light farmyard, dried apricots, some tartness and sourness. Taste is funky, toasty grain, caramel, bread, apricot. Not much tart in the flavour, but some cheesiness. The apricot is subtle and I expected it to be light to complement the fruit, but it’s darker. Never-the-less a nice beer.


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