Bilk | Abashiri, K.K.

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Brewed by:
Abashiri, K.K.

Style: Happoshu

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by soulgrowl on 07-20-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is simply no good category for this beer, which is brewed with barley malt, hops, barley extract, and... milk. Nothing more, nothing less. However, it is brewed with less than 25% malt, so it fits best in the happoshu category. Here goes...

Appearance: Dandelion yellow with a proteiny haze that gives this a sort of white wine look. Head is paper-white and thin, made up of big bubbles that dissipate quickly.

Smell: Surprisingly, remarkably fruity... and milky. Like Strawberry Quik, or pineapple cream cheese, or mango yogurt or something. This is weird... but not bad. It's not terribly beery - malts are just barely detectable, and the hops are lost (or maybe they contribute to) the bizarre fruity aroma. Overall, it's like a mash-up of white wine and milk.

Taste: Good lord this is weird. Imagine taking a can of Kirin Ichiban, mixing it with euqal parts cheap white wine and yamahai sake, and sipping it in between spoonfuls of vanilla ice cream. I know that's an odd description, but it's the best I can do! Malt profile is extremely subdued, yet this beer has a lot of character and body thanks to the milk; soft and vinous and surprisingly alcoholic with a tang like yogurt or sake yeast. Really, not bad... just takes a bit to wrap your head around. Finish tastes like cottage cheese with side of Noble hops (definitely the beer's low point).

Mouthfeel: Weird with a sort of milky thickness. Surprisingly fine carbonation keeps it quite light.

Drinkability: That top 10 list wasn't kidding: this is a bizarre beer. But it's not bad. Not bad at all, really, and I would encourage anyone who can to try it with an open mind. I wouldn't want more than one bottle of this right now, but I definitely wouldn't turn it down in the future.

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Bilk from Abashiri, K.K.
3.32 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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