Suntory Craftsman’s Beer 2014 Kifu no Kaori

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Japanese Name: サントリー クラフトマンズ ビア 貴富の薫り
Brewer: Suntory
Release: Apr. 10, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Alcohol: 5%
Purchase Price: ¥205 @Aeon

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Tasting Notes:
First in a new line of limited edition beers for the Aeon Group is Suntory’s Kifu no Kaori, which means something like “The aroma of nobility.” Suntory has chosen to produce a wheat lager, more akin to wine than beer. Let’s see how they did.

This wheat lager poured out bit darker than I had imagined. It’s got an orangish hue in the glass. The Nelson Sauvin hops impart a very fragrant flowery aroma on the nose. The first gulp starts off very light, while the effervescence starts to release its flavors of fruit, with hints of citrus, and for some odd reason pizza dough, which must be coming from the wheat and yeast.

Suntory Kifu no Kaori is an interesting beer. It has a wonderfully full body without much bitterness at all. All the flavors are on the fruity side, with Suntory comparing their brew to white wine, which makes this beer unlike any that’s come to the mainstream market. Production has been halted, so if you haven’t tried Kifu no Kaori yet, you’d better get on the move.

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