Japanese Name: サッポロ 冬物語
Release: Sep. 29, 2015
Type: Japanese Beer
Purchase Price: ￥213 @Aeon
This year’s Fuyu Monogatari from Sapporo marks 28 years of production as the pioneer of seasonal limited beers in Japan. The Winter Tale, this year, uses a rice lager formula that incorporates Vienna malt and while the hops are added to the wort at the middle of the boiling process to create a rounder flavor. Additionally, they’ve up’d the ABV to 6% in line with other brews this winter season.
Fuyu Monogatari pours a lovely straw color in the glass with lots of malt on the nose. It’s velvety on the tongue and has a rich malty flavor up front, very round. Mid-palate, the hoppy bitterness kicks in aggressively and lingers in the back of the mouth.
This years Fuyu Monogatari stays true to its lineage, and remains a wonderfully rich winter brew full of flavor and bitterness. While the recipe doesn’t stray from the rice lager formula much this year, it does show that beers don’t have to be all malt to be delicious. Check out Fuyu Monogatari while it’s on store shelves.