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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: 201
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 38
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Japan

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 10-12-2003

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Photo of seaoflament
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jastack for including this extra in our trade!

I’ve had the Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout and was really impressed by that one, so I’m excited to have the opportunity to try another beer from this brewery.

Celebration Ale 2007

We have a gusher! I guess I should have waited and given this beer a days rest from its long trip. As soon as I popped the cap a few centimeters open a violent stream of foam burst through. Fortunately I managed to keep most of it in the pint glass. Maybe that volcano in the label was a warning.

After it settled down a bit, I poured the other half of the beer into the pint and created a very attractive, non-threatening, two finger pillow of light brown foam. The color of the beer itself was a very rusty brown, similar to Mexican tamarind juice.

The aroma is a complex and floral bouquet of spices and fruits. When it was gushing into my pint glass there was a great bready and toasted malt aroma, but now in the glass the spices really pick up. I detect tangy orange, peppery coriander, ginger, nutmeg, and an adequate dose of cinnamon and vanilla. It smells like a spicy fruit cake. There are also hints of dried apricots, fresh nectarine, a bit of banana, and apple skins. This beer is full of aromas but I could see this one benefiting with at least a few months of ageing to tone down and blend these aromas a little better.

Tastes quite in line with the aroma, bread and toasted bread upfront and quickly assaulted by the spices: orange, cinnamon, nutmeg with a finish of orange/vanilla ice-cream and a little fruity alcohol heat. Good taste, but the spices do get to be too overwhelming.

Very carbonated, but still decent. The finish is somewhat dry and has a lot of spice flavor lingering in the back of the mouth.

Overall it’s a good beer and I look forward on trying more from this brewery.

Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  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.

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

Pours a pretty deep orange color with golden highlights, and a touch of yeast suspended in the body due to a less-than-careful pour. Nice carbonation yields a solid inch of off-white creamy head that sticks around for a while, leaving some nice lacing as it recedes. Aroma is spicy and yeasty, with lots of holiday spices (clove, nutmeg, allspice). Palate is full of sweet malt and tangy spices, along with a good bit of astringency. Body is nice and creamy, but the astringency leaves a tingly, antiseptic feeling in the mouth. A nice winter warmer, particularly if you like spiced ales.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Truh
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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 !

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of kmo1030
3.92/5  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.

Photo of drewbage
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of putnam
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of FightingEntropy
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of maxpower
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Jessefive
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first impression of this beer was how spicy it was! It was hard to describe or pinpoint. The flavor was bright floral and almost soapy. I would describe this as tart, rather than bitter. And the tartness balanced the delicious sweetness very well. I don't have much to compare this to, it was so unique. So far, I love the beers this brewery is putting out!

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Jon
3.96/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of theghost3
3.97/5  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.

Photo of mcontr2
3.97/5  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.

Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev -1%

Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.