Buckwheat Ale - Rogue Ales
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4.35/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
aquired in a bottle measuring 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. and poured into your typical pint glass. The beer shows a lightly cloudy yet mostly transparent, light brown hue. It smells like your typical ale should, but after one taste you realize there is something else in here.
The "soba" means buckwheat, and a quick venture ot the Rogue brewery site revealed that buckwheat is in the rhubarb family. Research soon yielded information pertaining to buckwheat. It's an "annual Asian plant having clusters of small whitish or pinkish flowers and small, seedlike, triangular edible fruits, which may be used either whole or ground into flour." So that's what the taste was.
If you've ever had buckwheat honey you may want to compare the taste of the honey that of the beer. I actually did this and found them to compliment each other wonderfully. (the honey was eaten on toasted buttermilk wheat bread from the local Polish bakery) The immediate taste reminded me of Asian food, particularly Thai, or perhaps the ginger served with sushi. the beer is hardly bitter and not at all overpowering; it leaves only another sip, and another, to be desired. The buckwheat taste grew on my tastebuds quite nicely. It truly tastes like delicate flowers mixed with a nice, light ale.
I wrote this review based on my drinking of the beer without any food, yet I'm anxious to try it with whole chicken or maybe certain fish like flounder or cod. Recommended!
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2006 23:03:14 | More by pons
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3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I poured this beer from a 12oz bottle, it has a light orange color body with a small head. The smell has has a light wheat aroma. The taste has a little spice upfront then the wheat to play on the back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is smooth and is a easy drinking beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 02:18:30 | More by chefhatt
Buckwheat Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.