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Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Celebration AleHitachino Nest Celebration Ale

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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 32
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-27-2005)
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Photo of emerge077


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004/2006 editions tasted simultaneously.

'06 bottle pours a deep rusty orange-brown. Opaque with a light skim of foam that settles to a ring around the chalice.

Smell is great. Spicy, similar to a Tripel, fresh fruit and spice create a heady aroma. Orange peel and nutmeg are the biggest, then cinnamon folows up.

Taste is a little bracing, big overripe orange, boozy with spicy accents. A thick but not quite syrupy mouthfeel makes it a sipper for sure. Almost like room temp. grapefruit juice, which doesn't hold much appeal. It may be difficult for me to finish both of these for the comparison.

2004 bottle notes:
In comparison to a fresh version, the aged bottle comes out ahead. Different vintages have different recipes most likely ('04 was classified as an Eisbock).

It retains a better head with way more carbonation, and has a darker, burnt umber color. Spotty eruptions of bubbles surface in the foam, similar to a Belgian trappist. Smells sweet, candi sugar and dark malt mostly. Dried apricot and nutmeg are there too. The taste has a distinctly different sweet bready confection element going on, almost like a cookie or French toast. Less citrusy, but still bitter with spice. Malt seems a little spent, which tells me that cellaring for 2+ years takes something away from it.

From this experience, the best option would be to cellar it for a year and drink it for the following new years...

2007 bottle notes: Took the above advice, and just opened the '07 bottle with the Mt. Fuji sunrise. It exploded when I opened it, and lost at least 1/3 of the bottle. Crap. It was more full-bodied than I remembered, still alot of vanilla and nutmeg, some dull citrus. Didn't leave the glowing impression i've had in years past.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 02:25:55 | More by emerge077
Photo of Gusler


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a somewhat hazy copper with a fine off white heat that has a nice creamy texture, erodes quickly leaving a paper-thin coating of lace. Nose is sweet with fruit and malt, citrus like in its crispness, bit of sourness also noted, and a bit of musk. Start is quite sweet with a nice malt presence and a spicy back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a biting acidity, hops passable, fruit like sweetness carries to the dry aftertaste; enjoy this breweries’ beers, different maybe, generally worth a sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 22:41:49 | More by Gusler
Photo of sulldaddy


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I pour a chilled sample of this brew into a chalice I recently picked up.
THe brew pours a hazy dark amber color. The color is darker than I expected from a brew with so many spices.
A soft creamy off white head foams up easily to about an inch and fades very slowly. In fact, it never completely dissipates. There is also very tighly packed lattice work as the head fades.

The aroma is very spicy, I pick up coriander and a general citrus smell with hints of nutmeg. Definitely other faint scents in there.
The body is medium with average carbonation but very smooth and almost a creamy texture is present.
The flavor is a yeasty twang up front followed by a short hop bite and the finish is spicy, again, citrus and nutmeg dominate.
Overall this is a very tasty brew, but it could be improved with allowing a little bit more of the spice coming through in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 04:45:31 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of drewbage


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, yeah.. I know.. I've left this beer in the fridge for more than a year. Poured into my straight sided Wieckse Witte glass. Shows up a startingly clear red brown with a large whitish head the volumes above the glass and actually holds in place for quite a while before the lips comes into disturb it.

Aromas are of plums, cinnamon, burnt brown sugar, ginger and horehound.

A long lasting carbonation helps hold the head up in such a way as to promulgate a metallic flavor from the head.

Flavors reflect the slightly metallic aroma and flavor of the head with an extra large caramel flavor that's controlled both by the CO2 and the available spciness. Yeast? Kettle Dunno..

Overall, probably a better beer closer to the release date, but hey.. It's still a tast beer with an interesting vision (we hope) of the Japanese beer markey.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 07:24:06 | More by drewbage
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle a cloudy, dark brown with a bit of gold. The bubbly, cream-colored head on this beer was huge and took some time to settle.

The smell is very mild with a touch of sweetness, almost candy-like.

What a mix. This ale is sweet and spicy, yet tart and fruity with a sour finish in every sip.

Sharply carbonated for sure. Oily to the tongue.

This is a very interesting beer and would expect nothing less from Hitachino. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 21:06:12 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of gmcfarre


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a 2004 sitting on the shelves at John's Grocery, so I had to pick it up as I have enjoyed all other Hitachino offerings that I have tried. As it turns out, the 2004 tasted wildly different than I remember the 2005 tasting. Do they change the recipe each year? Seems like aging would not make such a wild change compared to my first review (but maybe I was off my rocker that day...)

A-Carbo had certainly built up in this baby! Only got about 1/2 of bottle into chalice on first pour b/c head was about 3 inches. Color was brownish mahogany at first glance, although it appeared much more of a ruby red when held up to the light. Billowy head w/ slight tan appearance. nice lacing effect.

S- Nutty and malty, but with a mild amount of hops. Not sensing much of the promised ingredients on the label (coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla bean).

T- More of the same as above. Ok, maybe I can taste the nutmeg, maybe the coriander but definitely not the orange peel, cinnamon or vanilla bean.

M- Smooth and slightly creamy with a touch of bitterness at the back of the tongue.

D- As drink progresses, the taste sours and becomes less enjoyable. Alcohol never was a huge factor in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2006 20:18:49 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy, amber color that is topped by a frothy, quickly disappearing thin tan colored head. The aroma is definitely thick and concentrated; notes of fruit jump out immediately, notably concentrated green grapes. Underneath that are notes of thick malt that also have notes of dry toasted malt. There is also some sweet spiciness that lies just in the background that more than anything accentuates the fruit character.

The taste is quite a bit drier than I was expecting, it is quite malty as well. Definitely evokes thoughts of fresh baked bread, but in a more concentrated manner. Lots of toasty malt notes are joined by a solid, almost thick body to this beer that allows it to linger on the mouth. The fruitiness is here, it is just not as prevalent as in the aroma because the sweetness is not as prevalent in the taste. The fruit notes remind me of pear and green grapes; it even has a finish that has a bit of acidity to it that accentuates the fruit notes a bit more. The finish has a note that reminds me the sharp almost spicy finish of cinnamon, though the note is subtle.

This is definitely a satisfying addition to the winter lineup. It is rich and satiating, and does not have a cloying sweetness to muddy things up. I also like how the spices are not too strong, they are barely noticeable individually and just sort of integrate and make the beer a bit more complex.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 04:56:35 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Truh

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gathered small twigs and leaves for padding with this one on 2/1/2005. 11.2 fl. oz. bottle poured in a shaker.

Kind of a loose, cavernous, Pitfall Harry look to head. Hazy orange hue with a great deal of action; impossible to see through. Orange peel predominates on the nose with some soluble white pepper and a mustard flash. Grock of tart lemon rind shredding that puckers the lips and crosses the eyes; after a time, tongue and mouth become accustomed, or numbed, to this and other aspects pull through – a smart hop bite, some light wasabi heat, and almost a rubbery taste. Mouth cringes at first with this one, but eventually things settle with a crisp alcohol sting. Not for the uninitiated.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 15:12:08 | More by Truh
Photo of GilGarp


3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celebration 2006. I didn't notice the date when I bought it but I figure 4 years won't hurt a 9% spiced winter warmer.

Served cool into a Watou glass. Celebration has a beautiful red-amber color and good clarity. The head is thick at first, an off-white color, but it settles quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma is nicely spiced with corriander, clove, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla.

Flavor is, unfortunately, a bit of a let-down. There is definately a strong spice character, dominated by the clove but lesser amounts of cinnamon. There is a bit of cherry and port. It tastes like it could have been oak barrel aged such is the vanilla. Caramel rounds it out and the balance is all the better for it.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body with lower carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but disappointing. I would love to try it fresh because it may not have been aged properly (I only bought it 6 months ago) so I'll keep my eye out for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 23:52:17 | More by GilGarp
Photo of Zorro


3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through the efforts of Bross242 and BIF 25. 2006 Vintage.

Pours a heavy hazed red colored ale with a small white head. Pour this carefully there is a lot of crap in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is very spicy and fruity from the first sniff. Scents of apples and grapes with a lemon zest added. Aromatic fresh spice scents of Chinese 5 spice powder, anise, cinnamon, ginger, it is all in there. Sweetness is slightly cloying like lychee syrup, which would explain the grape scent. To my nose and taste buds Lychee is grape times two.

Taste is sweet and very fruity at the beginning. Slightly sweet and a bit bitter the taste is like the scent but less sweet. The lychee flavor is a little annoying, if you love grapes you will go gaga for it; it's not my favorite taste.

Mouthfeel is thicker than I would have expected. RIS thick in fact.

I can't say there is anything wrong with this beer on any technical level but I don't really like it that much. Taken as a whole the flavors just don't really come together for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 05:39:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of kmo1030


3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a murky orangey brown ith a thin tan head.
the aroma contains a good amout of malt, but also a lot of dry herbal hops. i also find nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, also some orangy fruitiness
the taste has lots of spicy caramel malts balanced well with some drying herbal hops. the cooking spices are in there too, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and vanilla again. this has some wheat characteristics too along with a little bit of the citrus juicyness from the aroma.
fullish medium body with moderate sharp carbonation. i could use a little less in here.
good drinkability with a very well hidden 9% abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 21:03:09 | More by kmo1030
Photo of putnam


3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with crispy, honeywhite-colored foam on top.
Deep, malty, sweetly spicy aromas conjure images of palm, chicken broth, vanilla and cake.
The attack is jarring : unpeeled, raw bitterness introduces flavors of caramelized tropical fruits and woody resins. Burned toast, butterscotch and roasted fibers ornament a surging, alcoholic mass. Woody, vegetal tannins occupy one side of a clash with sticky, candied caramel alcohol.
With time in the bottle this could prove to be a treat. Now, it is a challenge.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2005 23:11:49 | More by putnam
Photo of Vancer


3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice warmer – had a good glow after finishing this in about 50 minutes. A deep, hazy amber with a thick tan head. Notes of malt and a citrusy pine in the aroma. Quaff morphed into the standard winter spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Sharp and hoppy, a very oily brew indeed. Also some sweet hints of sugar cane and orange in the finish.

Alcohol was noticeable, but not detracting at all. Very nice sipping brew for the cool weather.

Thanks be to lou91 !

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 12:39:37 | More by Vancer
Photo of FightingEntropy


3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fluffy off white head piles in the pour in spite of being the 2005 edition, so close to a year old. The aroma jumps up with an assertive vanilla and spice, cinnamon is evident and the underlying spice I think is the nutmeg list on the side of the bottle. Coriander is in the taste more, and the orange peel seems to be light at this point. Also, a bit of a musty taste, not bad, but the beer definately aged and mellowed some of the flavors. It is has a slight oily mouthfeel, creamy in the front and side until it hits a dry spicy finish--not bitter--just strong spice. Overall a pleasant beer, though it didn't warm up well, became a bit cloying with the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 02:19:24 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of maxpower


3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz short bottle pours a cloudy glowing reddish orange color with a nice creamy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Spicy cinnamon and citrus aroma, vanilla, cinnamon, citrus and wheat flavors. Full bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, alcohol is more noticeable as it warms, I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 19:11:59 | More by maxpower
Photo of HattedClassic


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark and brownish amber color. The head quickly dissipates and very little to no lacing.

Smell: A strong vanilla smell with a variety of spices such as cinnamon and some orange.

Taste: As it smells. The vanilla dominates over most of the pallate while it's buoyed by the spices. The orange taste is very weak and tends be dominated by the other tastes.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation and a smooth body.

Overall: A pretty nice beer and somewhat indulgent winter warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 02:08:52 | More by HattedClassic
Photo of PopeJonPaul


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange-brown with an explosive head, puffy and thick and way carbonated. Had a sweet malty sugary smell, with tangerine, caramel, orange peel and clove flavors that mix with some lemony hops in the finish. Sugary and fizzy mouthfeel, a bit too syrupy sweet and fizzy to make it as drinkable as I would like, but still wuite good. I think this one would benefit from a couple more years on the shelf, will have to grab another and see what it's like in 2007.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 02:25:47 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of tmoneyba


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured hazy orange color with a large frothy white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Moderate spice and fruit aroma. Light to medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium spicy sweet flavor with a medium spice finish of moderated duration. Refreshing complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 00:23:29 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Jon


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich amber color with a frothy white head. Very attractive.

Nose, dominated by spices, is a bit too much to be seriously inviting. Nutmeg and ginger notes, with emphasis on coriander and black pepper linger.

Flavor-wise, this beer traverses the boundaries of spiciness and maltiness, creating a pretty nice end product. Do not serve this too cold, as at a low temperature, the spiciness is just too much. As the beer warms, however, a nice, mellow doughy maltiness appears and is quite tasty. Minor astringency looms on the finish, with citrus and spice notes left behind.

Mouthfeel, creamy and full, is impressive. Nicely carbonated.

Deeply complex, yet simple enough to enjoy, this is a beer that hits hard with spice before settling into a mellow, satisfying sipper. A very nice brew with which to celebrate.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2004 03:17:08 | More by Jon
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the 2007 version on a cold night for Louisiana.

This started out as a gusher. Once it settled down, it poured a reddish light brown with a huge, 4-finger light orangey beige head. Medium lacing.

The smell is very strong of spices--nutmeg and coriander are most prevalent. There is also a strong scent of orange. The taste is sweet malts along with spices--coriander, nutmeg, and cinnamon are all there. There's also a sort of medicinal citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly acidic, sticky, with some alcohol warming.

This is a drinkable beer. I'm not so keen on the gushing, but this more than makes up for it in the complex flavor & real warmth.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:56:25 | More by theghost3
Photo of mcontr2


3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying, wait loving the bottle artwork on this 2004 ed. of Hitachino Nest. Found this bottle aged at the store and was unable to pick up a 2005 v. By far one of my fav. artworks on a bottle this year.

Hazy Copper/Amber appearnce.
Strong Orange/Vanilla/Nutmeg boquet

Ginger takes a pic axe to the tip of the tongue. Love the mouthfeel, really can feel the spices on the tongue. Leaves along a tingly feeling on the tongue from the spices that almost feels slightly numbing. High malt charecter, around 9% alc. but given a year of aging I would assume it may be around 9.3 (?). Makes for a great night cap beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 00:15:30 | More by mcontr2
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District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance and Presentation – 12 oz bottle from Julio’s, poured into my snifter. The head is off-white and gigantic and stays forever. Lacing is thick and creamy. The beer itself is deep, dark mahogany with rapid streams of carbonation.

Smell – Great smell, dark fruits, chocolate and hints of alcohol spiciness.

Taste – Slightly roasted, chocolaty, coffee aftertaste. The fruits from the nose are in the middle of the taste as well, raisons mainly. Out of the spices listed on the label I can only pick out vanilla, but together they do give the beer a bit of a Belgian spiciness in the background. The front is sweet, but lacks much flavor. Very little bitterness from hops or otherwise.

Mouthfeel – The body is a bit weak for such a big beer, and the carbonation is too strong as well. The great head does lend some nice creaminess to the mouthfeel, but not enough to redeem the lacking body.

Drinkability and Notes – The thinish body makes this very drinkable for an eisback, but that isn't actually what I am looking for in amassive beer. However this is a good version of a strong Bock, and in my opinion the best beer I have had from Hitachino thus far.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2005 20:27:32 | More by OldSock
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-09-2012 18:57:20 | More by cliff1066
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting brew, and a fine example of the style. Overall, I have enjoyed the hitachino beverages, but I think moreso for the japanese take on western styles than for the actual taste. this one has a ton of spices - i feel like i was on a journey through the Cape of Good hope to meet marco polo to bring back spices, but instead I decided to dive into the barrels a bit on the way (does this mean I was on the wagon, or off the wagon - 2 points for the reference). Anyway, that's really what you will get out of this brew - extremely balanced however. You can tell some time was put into this in choosing the spice levels, unlike some more popular winter beverages, cough (sam adams).

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 04:17:50 | More by Lnedrive14
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a Japanese beer that I liked. The beer poured a dark amber with a huge off-white head. It is hazy or maybe murky is the word with well defined lacing. The aroma is of spiciness. I think of coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, and I believe a hint of vanilla. The taste is much like a Christmas ale in the US. The spiciness is very pleasant without being cloying. It is moderately thick in the mouth and gets better as you drink.

Note: There were considerable lees in the bottle, which turned off some drinkers, but it didn't bother me.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2004 22:47:43 | More by rdrummer
Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 195 ratings.