Japanese Name: ヤッホー・ブルーイング 水曜日のネコ
Brewer: YO-HO Brewing
Release: Nov. 6, 2012
Purchase Price: ￥280 @Lawson
Known in Japan for their Yona Yona Ale, Aooni, and a few others, YO-HO Brewing creates Japanese microbrews that can be had at your local Japanese convenience store and even abroad. Browsing the beer cooler at Lawson the other day I came across Suiyoubi no Neko, meaning Wednesday Cat for the first time, so I had to check it out. YO-HO’s Suiyoubi no Neko is a Belgian style white ale brewed with barley, wheat, hops, orange peel, and coriander seed. They say its flavor profile is a spicy combination of citrus and apple, so let’s see. On to the tasting!
Suiyoubi no Neko pours out very nicely, with a perfect head created by miniscule bubbles. It’s a light straw as you might expect, with some cloudiness to boot. The wheat of this Belgian style white ale really shows itself off on the nose. Your first gulp with yield a very silky smooth texture on the tongue while the bubbles show off some the creaminess you’d expect from the head. The flavors of this ale are quite interesting, citrus comes through as well as cinnamon, it’s almost like drinking a tart apple pie. The finish is smooth, not much bitterness at all, but all the flavors just stick around.
In the end, this Belgian white it quite a nice change from the daily grind. Come Wednesday, if you find yourself tired of whatever beverage is lurking in your fridge run out and get YO-HO’s Suiyobi no Neko for a change of pace. Suiyobi no Neko is in stores now, and can be bought online as well. It might even be sold in your country, too.