Japanese Name: サントリー クラフトマンズ ビア 褐色の余韻
Release: Dec. 9, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥205 @Aeon
Suntory’s third installment of its Craftsman’s Beer line exclusive to the Aeon grocer chain, is Kasshoku no Yoin meaning… well, a lingering memory of brown? It is an all malt brown ale as the package states.
As you might expect it pours an unusually dark amber boardering on brown in the glass. Kasshoku has a fruity sweet aroma full of hops and a nice creamy head. On your first gulp you will encounter a full bodied, chewy mouth feel. It has a well rounded roasted malt flavor up front in addition to bitterness that spreads across the palate. A refined sweetness shows off this ale, with hints of orange peel and cognac. The finish is somewhat light however, with the bitterness tapering off at the end.
Kasshuku no Yoin is an excellent offering from Suntory. It’s really showing off the direction of the Big Four, and how the tastes of the Japanese market are changing. Again, an ale is rare from the major brewers, so Kassuku is a welcome breath of fresh air. That, combined with its well-rounded flavor, make this beer a must try. Hopefully, we’ll encounter more of this kind of beer in 2015.