Japanese Name: サッポロ クラシック’10富良野VINTAGE
Release: Oct. 26, 2010
Type: Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥198
It is with great thanks to Simon and Andy in Hokkaido I present this can of Sapporo Classic ’10 Furano Vintage. I never thought I’d get to sample this beer. Cheers guys!
First produced in 2008. As the name indicates, this special vintage of Sapporo Classic uses hops grown in Furano harvested in August, 2010. This is the second year of production, for some reason, it was not made in 2009. It is made with all Hokkaido ingredients (only malt & hops) and produced to celebrate the people of Hokkaido. And consequently, is only available in Hokkaido.
Expectations can get the best of you sometimes. When I first poured this golden elixir into my glass, I didn’t know what it would taste like. I’ve never even had the standard Sapporo Classic before. Given Sapporo’s usual style, I imagined it would be a big bittery-hoppy beer, maybe like their Ginza Lion brew. In the glass it had a very fresh hoppy aroma, the fragrance screams, “right off the vine.” Contrary to my imagination, it was not a big beer at all, surprisingly light and very dry. On the tongue, the first thing that hits you is a slight bitterness, then the fruity hops, and finally a smooth clean finish.
Sapporo Classic ’10 Furano Vintage has a different flavor than the usual beer you’d expect from Sapporo. Once again, I think Sapporo does a good job of keeping everything in check, they don’t let any one flavor get out of hand. It has a balance of fruitiness with slight bitterness, while keeping it light and dry. The final result is a well rounded taste so you don’t feel like you’re missing anything. Well done.