Japanese Name: サントリー 秋の贅沢
Release: Aug. 19, 2014
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥112?? @Aeon
Suntory, instead of brewing their usual Akiraku threw a curveball this year and unleashed Aki no Zeitaku on the masses. Aki no Zeitaku also uses roasted malt, but given Asahi’s disappointment, I have to keep my hopes toned down. Suntory Aki no Zeitaku does win my vote for best package design this fall. Now all I have to do is figure out how to cross my fingers while popping the top. Wish me luck!
Imparted with roasted malt, Aki no Zeitaku pours out a deep amber. The head is has a very yeasty aroma along with a tinge of char. The first gulp is very smooth, the effervescence is not very strong giving a more full-bodied mouth feel. For a darker brew, Aki no Zeitaku is not heavy at all, it has a lot of fruitiness and a reasonable amount of bitterness on the finish.
Suntory has always done a wonderful job of brewing a great tasting new genre beverage for fall, and Aki no Zeitaku is no slouch. While it doesn’t have the total package you’d get with Kirin’s Aki-Aji, Aki no Zeitaku is about 40% cheaper per 350 mL can. If you’re on a budget like me, you can drink an enjoyable beverage without breaking the bank. Suntory Aki no Zeitaku is my pick for this fall season.