A sake reminiscent of pourriture noble (noble rot) wines like Sauternes, Gen can be enjoyed in the same situations as such wines. It works as a dessert wine or after-dinner drink, while showing good affinity with foods such as sauteed foie gras, meat dishes with lightly sweet sauces made using Madeira, Marsala, or Port wine, with blue cheeses like Roquefort and Gorgonzola, or with gnocchi or pasta topped with blue cheese sauces. Drink it with ice or well chilled in a wine cooler.
The name Gen means "original" and "foundation." It reflects the origin of this sake type in the Genroku era and also the founding of Katsuyama in that era.