やたがらす桃にごり, 11% ABV, エキス分 24%, (Nagano, Japan)

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I don’t love it: fruit juice, sugar, and grain alcohol basically.
  • Where I got it: Tokyo, Jan 2012
  • How much: ~¥1500 ($20)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to liquor afficianados: No

Tasting Notes (straight, chilled): pours opaque cloudy white peach flesh colour, unfiltered peach pulp clings to the side of the glass, half-syrupy viscosity. Grain alcohol and peach juice on the nose, no surprise here. Very alcohol forward for 11% ABV, 7/10 sweetness, decent genuine peach flavour but overwhelmed by the alcohol burn. It’s best on the rocks or as a mixer. Cool bottle.

Apple Cinnamon Ale – Sankt Gallen Brewery (Nagano, Japan)

Apple Cinnamon Ale (Autumn/Winter edition) – Sankt Gallen Brewery, 5% ABV, (Nagano, Japan)

Made with 信州伊那 apples

My Notes:

  • My Rating: C+
  • Why I don’t love it: not enough body
  • Where I got it: Tokyo
  • How much: ¥500
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: No

Tasting Notes: pours red tea brown, quickly dissipating head, medium CO2 with bits of micro, ringed retention, minimal slippery retention, very few slow-moving CO2 streams. Some woody unfiltered apple juice and honey on the nose. Creamy up front, minor apple juice, traces of cinnamon, apricot, 4/10 sweetness, slight 5/10 semi-sharp bitter finish. Medium complexity, low-medium depth, okay carry, medium length, watery in the middle. Main complain is that neither the apple nor the cinnamon are prominent enough to discern – the bitterness kills all the other flavours. Lackluster compared to their full-bodied stout counterparts.