Japanese Name: サントリー 冬の薫(かお)り
Release: Sep. 29, 2015
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥105 @Aeon
For Suntory’s winter new genre limited they’ve chosen to focus on aroma hops, creating Fuyu no Kaori. This brew doubles the usual hop percentage and uses a combination of three varieties of aroma hops, in addition to an “infusion” brewing method with does not bring the wort to a boil, instead raising the temperature in steps to bring out the flavors of the barley.
Fuyu no Kaori pours out your standard straw gold and has a very aromatic hoppy nose, a bit on the spicy side. The first gulp is quite flavorful right from the start, it has a fresh hoppy taste, staying more on the light side but with an acidic zing to it. The flavors start to tapper off towards the back of the mouth, finishing very clean with no aftertaste.
I would normally expect a winter brew to be more on the full-bodied side, so Fuyu no Kaori was quite unexpected. I really enjoyed having the majority of the flavor up front and having a very clean finish, making me want to take sip after sip… this can was finished quite quickly. For some, it may be a bit too light, but I enjoyed the fresh crisp flavor. If you like your beers on the light side, look no further than Suntory’s Fuyu no Kaori this winter.