Tamamura-Honten Yamabushi Saison 1 Aged in Oak Barrels

Brewed by Tamamura-Honten (Shiga Kogen Beer)
Style: Saison
Yamanouchi, Shimotakai district, Nagano prefecture, Japan
Serve in Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Aged for 10 months in oak casks.

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jinroh (2448) - ESTONIA - DEC 25, 2017
Bottle. Mail order from the brewery. Pours hazy yellow, little to no carbonation, looking pretty flat. Nose has huge barnyard, nice fermented autumny apple juice character. Light apple skin bitterness in taste, light acidity, spicy but light. Flavours gain some intensity once it warms a bit. Bitterness somewhat light, more like Brett based than hops. Nice balance, spicy. Oak is a bit lost to me, not very woody, maybe some notes of it in the linger. It's a treat, I like this kind of funky saisons.

tderoeck (10593) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2016
26/XII/15 - 75cl bottle @ Tim’s 1st Second Christmas Day Tasting - BB: XII/2014, Barrel 8-10 (2015-1790) Thanks to sebletitje for sharing the bottle!

Little hazy blond to almost beige beer, creamy yellowish head, little stable, bit adhesive. aroma: bad cork, mildew, mold, walnuts, rotten stuff. Pretty bad... and it doesn’t even have a real cork in it! MF: lively carbon, medium body. Taste: bad rotten cork, very dirty.

sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2015
Buteille 75cl de KansaiBeerLvrs. 2011, BB 12/2014, si je lis bien le tout. Merci à toi Phil pour cette bouteille. Excité et soudainement très déçu du résultat de cette bière qui augurait de très bonnes choses. Couleur léger orangé, col fin blanc. Arôme est d’office un peu ’off putting’ avec un nez rappelant le bouchon de Liège qui a trop vécu sur des effluves de moisi et de vieille cave d’estaminet. Retrouve un boisé très minimaliste tout comme le côté houblon. Rétro boisé-vin blanc léger avec un côté de noix verte, vieux grains - rance. Palais est orienté grains, note de raisin blanc à la Sauvignon, mais dont tout le caractère est loin de sa prestance d’embouteillage. Tout passe comme ayant mal pris l’age. Le houblonné est sec versant sur le noble mais apportant peu en terme de complexité. Selon moi, elle est 1 1/2 trop vieille. Dommage, l’age ne fait pas que de bonnes choses pour les bières.

77ships (11479) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2015
Thank you Sebletitje! 750 ml. bottle sampled @ “Tim’s Christmas Tasting”. 2011 Vintage. BBF 12/2014 if I read that correctly. Hazy golden, small white. Nose is massive oxidation, smells like Kulminator, mold, huge wet cork, cardboard,… Oxidation dominates in the taste, cardboard, wet cork, mold, Kulminator but some of the beer still shines a bit through, fizzy boozy esters, sake, Japanese white rice, light lemon, touch white grain alcohol, oak, perfume,… Fizzy white grain alcohol body. I looked forward to this one & the oxidation is a real shame here because I feel like this one would have been quite nice fresh.

GenkiGonzo (1096) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2015
Bottle from Yamaoka. First glass poured a lovely, opaque gold. The second was a murky, dirty gold. Huge wood aroma. Flavour is light and crisp. Great mix of fruit and oak.

EdKing (2663) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2014
2011 bottle from Tanakaya. In the glass it’s a pale golden amber to orange colour, white head. Nose is sour, tart, Brett yeast, lemon citrous, light funk, cereal grains, yeasty, biscuit malt. Taste is light sour, light tartness, cereal grain malt, toffee, light funk and farmyard, bit of barrel aged wood, dry Champagne yeast. Palate is quite clean and crisp, with light citrous and funk on the finish.

maekchu (4098) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUN 29, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2014 Bottles from Otsuki. We sampled five different versions at one session. I’ll give my rating and comments for the best one of the five, which was a 2010, Batch B4 with Brett Brux, bottled in June 2011. Time in barrel is uncertain, but probably around 12-18 months. Big sour nose, full of lemon and ripe peaches, and some light perfumey notes. Very light lemon juice color. Very sharp, tart initial flavor, rounded peach and pear, full and smacking-good. A bit of oxidation, which was actually a plus. Great smooth and lightly tingling finish. Medium body, as smooth as can be. The aging has worked wonders. Each flavor appears and develops on the tongue. Great!
Other versions sampled at the same session are as follows:
2010, Batch B5 with Brett Lambicus, 12-18 months in barrel, bottled in May 2011 - Rated at 4.1
2010, Batch B5 with Brett Brux, 30 months in barrel, bottled in December 2012 - Rated at 3.9
2011, Batch B7 with Brett Brux, 20 months in barrel, bottled in December 2102 - Rated at 3.6
2011, Batch B8 & B10 with Brett Lambicus, 20 months in barrel, bottled in December 2012 - Rated at 3.9

KansaiBeerLvrs (5498) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 18, 2014
Bottle direct from the brewery & shared with Albert from AQ Bevolution & Brian "Stillwater" at Dig Bar. Batch 8 - 10 blend. A cloudy orange gold pour. With a thick filmy head that clings to the glass. Big barrel character in the nose oaky wine barrels - nice! Very soft mouthfeel, smooth. The taste is oaky, wine like, sweet, dry & tasty with a cork like mustiness plus a touch of spice.

Ferris (17070) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle - Funky yeast, grass and some light pear and melon fruit. Cloudy yellow with a rich white head. Lots of sweet yeast, light grain, pear and a bit of grass. Very dry.
Earlier Rating: 12/17/2013 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle - Lemon, some Brett and oak notes. Clear amber with white head. Light grass and lemon, slightest sour note and yeast. This was nice but could have sat in the bottle to allow the Brett to advance some more.

dfearnley (2379) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
Bottle to flute at Dry-Dock Tokyo Lemon, Brett, and maybe some caramel. Clear amber with a thin long lasting creamy white head due to the strong effervescence. There are some particulates, but not unexpected as it’s a saison.

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