Valentine's Chocolate Beer by Sapporo
- pellegrini Feb 1, 2010 01:18 AM
Has anyone tried the new "Sapporo x Royce Chocolat Brewery" seasonal beer that hit stores recently?
Just wondering if it's worth trying.
It's interesting. Since it contains actual cocoa, it is classified as a "happo-shu" since that's not an official beer ingredient. The chocolate aroma is pronounced, and this carries over into the flavor. There is very little bitterness, and a rather rich body, but sweetness is minimal considering the flavor. Certainly worth the 250 yen price.
I thought it was undrinkable. My brief and highly subjective report is up on my blog (Jan 26) but basically I found the 'beer' itself unpalatable and the 'chocolate' too sweet. My advice to the OP: avoid at all costs!
A small point: it's not the addition of the cocoa as such that makes it happoshu, it's the fact that it doesn't contain enough barley malt (there needs to be a minimum level for it to qualify as a beer). As far as I know, there is no 'official' list of beer ingredients in Japan — over the years since the jibiiru boom began producers have tried adding all kinds of things to their brews to boost their 'local' character. Hatcho Miso Beer anyone?
I should also add a word of greeting to everyone on this board, as it's my first post under this moniker... Looking forward to interacting with one and all!
It's worth a try, as a novelty, although I probably wouldn't drink it again. As stated earlier, it's very cocoa-y. Not at all like a chocolate porter or some other chocolate beers I've tried in the States.