Japanese Name: サッポロ 富良野の秋-まろやかリッチ-
Release: Aug. 21, 2013
Type: Liqueur (発泡性)
Purchase Price: ￥105 @Aeon
With the line of fall beers hitting the store shelves, it’s a subtle reminder that we can put the hot summer behind us and enjoy some more comfortable weather. Kicking off the fall seasonal beers (well, new-genre beverages) is Sapporo’s Furano no Aki, using Furano Beta hops which are only grown in a small parcel of northern Furano, Hokkaido. It’s supposed to have a round-rich flavor, so let’s see if the advertising is true.
Furano no Aki pours out a slightly deeper golden color, the head dissipated quite quickly (making the photography difficult). On the front end, it truly does have a rich full bodied flavor, there’s a little sweetness, finishing clean without much bitterness at first glance. A slight bitterness does kick in after a while, and ending with some tartness in the cheeks.
As a value play, Furano no Aki is very nice. It has a fuller flavor, due to a boost in the sweetness, but if you’re the type that likes beers on the bitter side, you may be disappointed. All in all, Furano no Aki is very easy drinking and satisfying, however in the end, I’d seek out a new genre offering with more bitterness.