Kagua Rouge | Nippon Beer Co. Ltd.

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Kagua RougeKagua Rouge

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Nippon Beer Co. Ltd.

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Paccamacca on 07-29-2014

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As the world continues to shrink, the inspiration of craft in beer making expands. Inspired by Belgian beer making but brewed in Japan, a wonderful amber ale springs to life but with an aura of spice that illuminates from citrusy sansho peppers.

Pouring a rusty amber hue and woven with a hazy, yeasty glow, the beer's frothy sand stained froth applies a rounded scent of toast, caramel, pepper and stone fruit on the noses. Short sweetness of nutty pecan, bread crust and steely caramels lie gently on the early palate.

Yet as the flavors unfold on the middle palate, the soft Belgianesque display comes full circle. A rapidly fading sweetness ensures a moderate fruit flavors of cherry, berry, grape and apple will balance with a light spicy twinge of peppercorn, cinnamon and fennel. Spicy alcohols bring about a spicy rose wine tone to close its taste.

Medium light on the palate, the spicy, dry and irresponsibly drinkable ale springs from the palate with a zip and a zeal of sparkling wine. Tart, crisp and spicy, an antiseptic finish brings about the spicy sansho taste and texture that's both numbing and piquant.

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Photo of ordybill
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a cloudy dark amber color with a small white head. The aroma is lightly fruity with some pepper spice. The taste follows the nose. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Stardusthotel83
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle with a BB date stamp on the cap of 2-2017.

Look: Dark red-copper color with a large, durable, creamy, tan head.

Aroma: markedly spicy; more intriguing than appealing, at least initially. Hints of lemon and pepper.

Flavor: Mildly bitter overall with the sweetness of the malts and the bitterness of the hops well balanced. Spicy aftertaste reminiscent of a Belgian rye ale with lemon (not that I've actually had such a beer).

Body: Full bodied with medium-high carbonation. Smooth.

Overall: bonus points for distinctiveness, presumably tied to the use of sansho. Considerably better than Kagua Blanc.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anthonypapini
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of citylion
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigmanlavos
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky reddish brown in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some moderate ruby red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of yuzu fruit with light aromas of sansho peppers/spicy, dark fruit (plum), and dark malts.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with a light to moderate amount of dark fruit (plum) sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of yuzu citrus and sansho peppers (which only contribute a hint of spiciness). Hints of bitterness in the finish which fades away pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin, especially for the style.

O: The combination of yuzu fruit and sansho peppers is very interesting and definitely works though this is a bit of a strange example of a BSDA. Enjoyable and I'm glad I tried it but not sure I would go out of my way to find this one again.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Kimono Rooftop Beer Garden, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy very dark amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of yuzu fruit are present in the nose along with some hints of sansho peppers.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of yuzu fruit and notes of sansho peppers, the latter of which linger into the finish but aren't that spicy.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The sansho peppers lend a slight amount of prickliness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer tastes nothing like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale, but is very interesting with the mix of yuzu fruit and sansho peppers.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of torrenju
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great--interesting, peppery taste with a nice, fruity nose. Deceptively sessionable--hard to tell it's so strong from the taste!

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Photo of mightyyt
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice fruity aroma, no obvious hops smell. Color reminded me of a watery coffee with milk, a bit cloudy. Decent head, not much retention. My newbie taster skills fail to find a taste foothold to build on.....hate to say generically "fruity", but can't honestly expand much from there. Slight acid burn on finish. Feels fine, carbonation level quite appropriate. This is an expensive bottle of beer where I live, doubt if I will try again anytime soon. Does render a pleasant tasting burp....

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Photo of AxlSkull
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lrdrd
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stomioka
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Strong ginger smell. The taste is also strong ginger, but iys still enjoyable ale

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Photo of djrn2
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrankShirley
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jaysicles
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of StephenLeblond
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Monochrome
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very fragrant, first thing I smell in this beer are the Sansho berry spices, I get a hint of yuzu(although slightly overpowered by the malt) as well.
Color is a rather dark copper, with an off-white head.
Taste wise I get predominant sansho spice, roasted malt and a hint of yuzu(citrus taste).
Mouthfeel, it's rather smooth with sharp spice notes.

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Kagua Rouge from Nippon Beer Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 23 ratings