Hitachino ‘XH’ Belgian Brown Ale


image“Strong Belgian Brown Ale matured in distilled Sake barrels.the final Maturation takes place in Shochu casks {distilled sake} for 3 months”

This is brewed in Japan. It’s an extra high alc vol brew sitting at 8%, using “more malt and hops than normal”??? A google search describes as a Belgian strong ale matured in sake barrels. Anyhow, pours a nice amber/mahogany with a bubbly 6-8mm head that slowly fades. On the nose we get Belgian style yeast, caramel, subdued floral hops, booze and some pine. The mouth feel is very smooth indeed with definite hints of rice wine, sweet caramel malt, plums. Light carbonation here but good body. Subdued booze hit from the malts used. Candy like taste on the palate. We see the use of styrian goldings as hops…can get that English ale taste here. No lacing on the glass here. We also notice on ratebeer that it was awarded 97/100. It is definately a smooth drop. Goes down very easily and if it wasn’t strong you could have a couple of these. We like the fact it’s been matured in sake barrels for 3 months. Quality drop.