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Sōka Gakkai (創価学会) is an esoteric sect of Nichiren Buddhism which has 12 million practitioners worldwide spread out across 192 countries. Sōka Gakkai has drawn many comparisons to the Freemasons, as much information about the sect is enshrouded in mystery, starting from its practices (apart from the daily recital of the Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō that is unilateral across Nichiren sects); its sudden rise to popularity in post-war Japan; its involvement in global politics through its NGO-affiliate Sōka Gakkai International; its popular representation in domestic politics through the Komeito (公明党) party; and, its eclectic celebrity membership which has attracted the likes of Courtney Love, Orlando Bloom, Roberto Baggio and Jazz legend Herbie Hancock.
The attenuated correlation between this beer and Herbie Hancock’s magnum opus is quite possibly as arbitrary as the relation between Herbie Hancock and Sōka Gakkai. I mean I guess you could make the argument that there are notes of cantaloupe present on both the aroma and flavor of the beer, and the word “cantaloupe” appears on the title of a (virtuoso) jazz composition which even after listening to it over two dozen times doesn’t quite elicit images of “cantaloupe” or an “island,” but I digress.
Blueberry toothpaste, mango, cantaloupe, and wet cedar is unmistakably present on the nose. Earthy, resinous elements meld effortlessly with notes of light malt follow the more fancy and flamboyant fruit characters. Of the mish mash of nouns and adjectives modifying the perceived aroma of the brew, toothpaste, mango, and cantaloupe are the most persistent, which is impressive considering this was poured out of a week-old growler.
Not quite sure how to differentiate the flavor from the aroma so I won’t. There is a little bit of sugar-water like sweetness toward the back, but otherwise it’s basically blueberry toothpaste / mango / cantaloupe / cedar / resin juice. Emphasis on the juice.
Medium-light bodied with a surprisingly fluffy and creamy mouthfeel.
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