Yebisu with Joël Robuchon: Yoin no Jikan

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Japanese Name: ヱビス with ジョエル・ロブション 余韻の時間
Brewer: Yebisu
Release: Mar. 1, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer
Alcohol: 5.5%
Purchase Price: ¥245 @Nyusankyu

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Tasting Notes:
The second release in Joël Robuchon’s tag team with Sapporo is Yoin no Jikan. Again using European malt (Champagne, France), Sapporo has also incorporated Mosaic hops, a variety that I’ve never seen in a Japanese brew. This series remains one of my absolute favorite beers in Japan, so I have high hopes for Yoin no Jikan.

Yoin no Jikan pours a deep golden color in the glass. It has a warm, welcoming malt aroma in the glass with hints of spice and citrus. A balanced bitterness comes through from the first gulp, right off the lips. The mid-palate continues to be full and flavorful with malt, tropical fruit, and an herbal-like bitterness that continues down the throat.

The use of Mosaic hops in a Japanese beer is probably a first for the Big Four. After reading up on it, and tasting Yoin no Jikan, these hops are truly magical. As far as depth and complexity of flavor is concerned, the Joël Robuchon series is the Sony Trinitron in the monotone world of Japanese beers. Like Hanayagi no Jikan, this beer is a must drink, and I must say comparing the two, I think I’m more partial to Yoin no Jikan. To me it’s more of a “true” beer. There’s no fluff, it’s just pure malt and hops.

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