Kaori Hanayagu Yebisu: Japan meet Joël Robuchon

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Japanese Name: 薫り華やぐヱビス
Brewer: Yebisu
Release: Feb. 20, 2013
Type: Japanese Beer
Alcohol: 5%
Purchase Price: ¥259 @7-eleven

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Tasting Notes:
When you have a can of Yebisu, know there’s something good inside. And with the “Chef of the Century’s” name gracing the label, it has to be special. The original premium Japanese label Yebisu x Joël Robuchon have combined forces to create the limited production Kaori Hanayagu Yebisu, utilizing malt from the Champagne region of France and Nelson Sauvin hops from New Zealand. You would be smart to stock up on this one if you love bitter.

The package design sports a unique red harlequin pattern. Popping the scarlet can, reveals and unexpected light straw colored brew in the glass. Also unexpected is the strong fruity fragrance of the hops coming off the head, just incredible. Your first gulp will reveal the bitterness of a microbrew. Without being too overwhelming it slowly slides down the back of the tongue and stays building with each gulp. On the back end there are also some hints of fruitiness and some clove-like spiciness to top it off.

Beers like this do not come to the Japanese masses very often. If you like your beers bitter and flavorful, stock up while you can.

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2 Responses to Kaori Hanayagu Yebisu: Japan meet Joël Robuchon

  1. Awesome brew. Just as you described. The fruitiness was seriously impressive.

    I’m not sure if they are still brewing these. I’m guessing they aren’t? I’m still finding some of these poor guys hanging around at various stores, unloved. Of course, I have to bring them home 🙂

    • DM says:

      Yes, where I live unloved cans of Kaori Hanayagu Yebisu tend to be seen in somewhat “out of the way” convenience stores. I guess they have to hang onto their ordered supply… good for us!

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