Japanese Name: サントリー クラフトマンズ ビア 千都の夢〈ゴールデンエール〉
Release: Mar. 1, 2017
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥199 @Aeon
After a year long hiatus, Suntory has revived its Aeon Group exclusive Craftman’s Beer series with Sento no Yume Golden Ale. This all malt beer was brewed at the Kyoto Brewery and features top-fermenting yeast and Hallertau Blanc hops for a brilliant aroma. It has a wonderful package design with an illustration of downtown Kyoto and a mosaic of gold-leaf usually seen on Japanese partition screens.
In the glass, Sento no Yume indeed pours a deep golden hue. As expected, they fruity aromas from the top fermenting yeast are predominant on the nose. Right up front there is a sweet cinnamon-like spiciness with tons of malt flavor, the flavors dissipate across the tongue and leave the throat with a wonderful bitter finish.
Sento no Yume is a Japanese ale that drinks like a lager. It doesn’t have the full-on body and heartiness you would expect in an ale, but is on the lighter side. Its fruit and malt combined with a lighter bitterness make for an easy drinking beer. A beer that keeps it interesting, yet one that you won’t tire of. And, at the ￥199 price it is actually a bargain for a premium all malt beer.