Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale by Kankiku Shuzo

Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale

Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale is a 5% fruit beer from Kankiku Shuzo, based in Kujukuri, in Chiba, Japan. It’s part of their fruited beers lineup, and can be found in both bottles and on tap. In spite of being based in Chiba, Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale uses lemons sourced from the Setouchi area of Japan – who doesn’t seem to use them when it comes to adding lemon flavours into a beer?

Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale

Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale Aroma and Taste

Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale poured out a hazy light orange colour with no semblance of head on top besides a few white bubbles that appeared around the edge of the glass. The beer didn’t look as vibrant or refreshing as the posters in the brewery shop made it out to be, so I suspect there could have been some camera trickery involved there. The aroma though too was not as vibrant as the bottle makes it out to be – I was hoping for lemons, but what I got was an oxidised butteriness with some wet cardboard aroma. Once Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale had warmed up, there was just a smidgen of lemon going on, but nothing really punchy or vivid.

The nose should have been a warning for me, as the body was just as bad as the nose. An oxidised mess of a beer that made me think, hang on, did they add lemons to a dodgy batch of beer to try and make something good, or did someone actually plan this? Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale tasted oxidised and buttery with nothing really of positive note to taste. The lingering off flavours were not pleasant but then half drinking less than half of this, I didn’t have to worry as Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale joined the illustrious drain pour club as my wallet weeped.

Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale The Bottom Line

I guess if you drink this, then you get some vitamin C. Perhaps the only good thing to say about this beer.

Where to Buy Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale

Kujukuri Ocean Fruits Ale can be bought online at the following places:

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