Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge by Tamamura Honten

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge is a 6% fruit beer from Tamamura Honten, makers of the Shiga Kogen range of beers, based in Nagano, Japan. It’s a limited edition beer and available from mid-April on an annual basis. Like the other beers in the Yamabushi range, it’s based on a saison, though this one has had blueberries and raspberries infused during the secondary fermentation stage. At the time of writing, it’s available in bottles only though I suspect it has to be on tap somewhere in Japan.

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge

Fruity and sour.

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge Aroma and Taste

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge poured out a light pinkish yellow colour with lashings of frothy white head on top. It kind of looked somewhat like rosé champagne. It had a crisp aroma of berries – the blueberries and raspberries intermingling with each other and also a slight Belgian funk to it as well. It also had a similar dry aroma to champagne as well – tough to describe that one but if you’ve had a bottle of champagne and got your nose in glass, then you’d understand.

The last time I had a tart beer like this was the North Island x Mikeller Haskap Blonde and that was instantly what Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge reminded me off. It had a soft sourness from the berries that wasn’t overpowering but it was noticeable and did make my face turn a bit. The carbonation levels and dryness again and had a champagne like quality to it – light and dry and drink enough of this too quickly then the alcohol rushes to your head like it did to me. It was surprisingly not as sweet as I thought it was going to be either and was very drinkable – especially when chilled. It finished off sour though that dissipated quickly.

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge The Bottom Line

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge isn’t a cheap beer but it’s a great beer and I would happily drink more of it.

Where to Buy Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge

Tamamura Honten Yamabushi Grand Rouge can be bought online at the following places:

About the Author

Rob

Been drinking beer since longer than I can remember. You can find me in a bar, on the slopes, or doing DIY. I enjoy porters, imperial porters, golden ales, and amber / viennas.

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