Japanese Name: サントリー 「絹の贅沢」
Release: Apr. 20, 2010 (Re-released April, 2011)
Purchase Price: ￥118 @Heiwado (Supermarket)
In the aftermath of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, the beer brewing industry has faced many difficulties: damaged factories, aluminum can shortages, cancelled product lines to name a few, many of which will continue to effect the industry for years to come. Luckily, Suntory re-released their Kinu no Zeitaku, dubbed “Silky Comfort” in English, originally produced out of the Kyoto brewery.
From the labling, one will expect to find a smooth taste akin to silk. Drinking Kinu no Zeitaku, yes it is very smooth, and there are no harsh flavors to detract from the experience. Right off the bat, the aroma hops come forth and give off a wonderfully fresh aroma in the mouth. This happousei goes down easily with no harsh aftertaste, only leaving some delightful malt flavors on the back of the palate.
Bang for buck, Suntory Kinu no Zeitaku is not to be missed, especially for you Asahi Super Dry drinkers. This “shin-genre” happousei offers a clean drinking brew, with a bit more complex flavor profile than you’d find elsewhere for the price. As a nice bonus, you’ll be able to enjoy an extra 20 mL, since they produced it in a 350 mL can this time around.