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North Island Belgian Stout by North Island Beer

by Rob
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North Island Belgian Stout is a 7% Belgian Stout from North Island Beer, based in Ebetsu, in Hokkaido, Japan. It’s part of their winter lineup and can be found in both bottles and on draught. North Island Belgian Stout is also a winter seasonal from North Island Beer, with it usually on sale between January and February, so you better get in quick to ensure you get a bottle of it. North Island Belgian Stout is brewed using Sorachi Ace hops from the Hokkaido area.

North Island Belgian Stout

North Island Belgian Stout : At A Glance

Basics

  • Alcohol : 7%
  • Style : Belgian Stout
  • Hops : Sorachi Ace
  • IBU : 11

Sale Information

  • Availability : Winter seasonal
  • On Sale : From January 2021
  • Size : 330 ml
  • Price : From 700 yen

Aroma & Taste

  • Notable Aromas : Sweet phenolic aroma with black malt. Light coffee and chocolate.
  • Notable Tastes : Smooth texture, with slight peachy phenol. Low bitterness. Light coffee and chocolate flavour.

North Island Belgian Stout : Aroma & Taste

North Island Belgian Stout poured out a dark brownish black colour with a thin amount of off-white head on top that faded to a few bubbles around the side of the glass. North Island Belgian Stout had a clean sweet phenolic aroma that lingered on the nose, and hints of roasted black malt. As North Island Belgian Stout warmed up, the beer developed more of a coffee and chocolate profile to the beer but it wasn’t overpowering.

The body started off with a low bitterness – nothing unexpected there, yet North Island Belgian Stout had a smooth texture to it that was followed by a slight peachy phenolic flavour in the body. The dark malts brought a light coffee and chocolate flavour to the beer that was balanced against the phenols. There was just a touch of acrid black malt as North Island Belgian Stout warmed up but it didn’t detract away from the main flavours of the beer.

North Island Belgian Stout : The Bottom Line

North Island Belgian Stout is a nice smooth beer that is well balanced and a good surprise from North Island Beer.

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North Island Belgian Stout : Where to Buy

North Island Belgian Stout can be bought online at the following places:

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