Japanese Name: サントリー 「かほりの贅沢」
Release: Dec. 7, 2010
Purchase Price: ￥139 @Sankus (Conbini)
The fourth brew in the Kyoto Kinsei Series, is Kaori no Zeitaku, meaning “aroma of extravagance.” This new genre, daisan beer is made with Nelson Sauvin hops and malt from the Champagne region of France, and it certainly sounds extravagant, doesn’t it? However, reading the ingredient label, you wouldn’t have a clue: happoshu, spirits (wheat), CO2… interesting. In any case, let’s have a go.
As with most Japanese lagers, we have the nice straw colored gold we J-beer drinkers come to expect. As with several recent reviews, fragrant flowery hops seem to be in fad. Popping the can, those Nelson Sauvin hops give off a nice fruity aroma on the nose. Not too much flavor on the front, but the Champagne malt flavors make an appearance on the mid-palate. Then the flavors dissipate as the norm, but with a lot of acidity on the finish.
Kaori no Zeitaku is definitely named well, it has a superb aroma, on par with some of the recent beer releases. I loved the blend of flavors it presented, but the more I tasted it the more the acidic finish was apparent, and ended up being unpalatable.
Japanese beer drinkers, give Kaori no Zeitaku a try. Let me know how you feel in the comments.