**Read This First: After I wrote the article, I discovered via twitter comments that some of what I wrote had been discovered by Wild Beer themselves and they recommend not drinking the beer until 2020 or beyond but to age it at least 3 months at warm to room temperature to allow it to clear up. More info here.**
This has to be the strangest concept for a beer I have come across but more than that, it's probably the strangest beer I have ever bought. I think it was £12.99 when I was in The Vineyard recently. You will buy anything when you have spent the day judging beer and then had a few pints on top of it. I also seem to have bought a bottle of Pecheresse, something I pretty much despise. I opened that first, remembered why couldn't drink it and decided to try and make ice cubes out of it instead. Can throw them in to some sort of cocktail or even just suck on them in hot weather. That's when I broke out the Yadokai.
The spiel on the back speaks for itself. It's supposed to be a double seaweed infused sake inspired saison with sea buckthorn and some sort of juice thrown in because why not? I haven't heard of most of the ingredients before. It's also the size and ABV of a bottle of wine. I decided to try it with a steak dinner but to be safe, I also opened a bottle of Rioja just in case the pairing was weird. It was so the wine saved the steak. I think this beer might have been interesting with seafood. It may have done very interesting things to oysters actually.
I'm not sure how well you can see it from the image but it pours like engine oil with lots of white stuff floating around. The white stuff disappeared after a few moments so just foam suspended in a viscous liquid.
As you can see above, the liquid is so thick that it sticks to the side of the glass in a gloopy strand. In the mouth, I have never experienced anything like it. It's not the same as cough syrup but it's pretty similar except for the carbonation.
I eventually decided that I didn't dislike it as such and carried on. Texture-wise, it's the strangest liquid I have ever consumed.
An aroma of umami and some sort of herbal notes. there's a bit of lemon citrus and orange marmalade. It tastes much the same as aroma but it's quite tart and bitter. The texture indicates something much sweeter but it's not a sweet beer at all. It's less a beer and more some kind of potion.
Yahokai grew on me as the night went on. Pauline liked it too but was also baffled by the concept and the texture. I wonder is the texture normal or did the seaweed thicken it up? Carrageenan is a thickner so why not Kombu or Hijiki?
It was simply the strangest and most interesting experience I have ever had while drinking a beer.