Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison is a 4% saison from Ise Kadoya, based in Mie, Japan. It’s was first released in 2015 as part of their seasonal range of craft beer and can be found on sale late spring / early summer. Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison is one of the first beers in Japan to use 農大花酵母, known as noudai-hanakoubo or Agriculture Great Flower Yeast in English, with the rest of the Hanakin series also using this yeast traditionally used for sake manufacturing. At the time of writing, Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison can be found in bottles and on tap across Japan.
Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison Aroma and Taste
Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison poured out a hazy golden colour with a large frothy white head on top, like a saison is supposed to have; however, the head did fade quickly to a thin ring of bubbles around the outside of the glass. It had a strong peach-like aroma with a hint of bitterness to it that was almost sour – had this bottle gone off? It had been stored correctly and was well within its best-before date. There was a pleasant citrus kick to it as well which reminded me more of lemons than of anything else.
The body though was too thin to carry all the aromas and flavours. Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison started off with a citrus zesty kick to it, though faded fast with some OTT carbonation. The malts didn’t really come through as they were masked by a weird sake-citrus concoction that really just carried on from start to limping over the finishing line. Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison ended up being quite dry and bland in the end and before I knew it, I had drank the whole bottle and had pretty much forgotten anything outstanding about it.
Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison The Bottom Line
Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison is a bland attempt at a saison with some special gimmick. Give it a miss unless you have money to burn.
Where to Buy Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison
Ise Kadoya Hanakin Saison can be bought online at the following places: