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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

198 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 36
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

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 jdhilt
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Explodes out of bottle filling mug with foam took forever to pour but off-white head vanishes without a trace. Cloudy amber color with yeast at bottom of bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strong spicy plum nose. Starts sweet almost cloying, spicy toffee flavor balanced finish. High ABV is not noticeable. $3.99 for 2004 330ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

jdhilt, Jan 14, 2007
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.

Zorro, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the Falling Rock in Denver. A good amber color, hints of golden haze. Nice medium head, retained well with a bit of lacing.

Taste had some hints of caramel and coffee, but mostly tasted of citrus and basil. Orange peel and some alcohol was also present.

Felt a bit thin, but it covered well and finished crisper than I thought it would. Still left a bit of alcohol aftertaste, but not so much as to burn.
A nice brew, but no cause for Celebration

Mebuzzard, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1.2%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle of 2004 vintage from unknown source, be it old BIF or self-purchase, I really can't remember.

Poured into pint mug, formed 3 1/2" of tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades down reasonably quickly for its size, you can see the huge bubbles popping before your eyes, but it still takes a while to fade down to a reasonable height, with actually somewhat minimal lacing for the head presence. Aroma is predominantly sweet and spicy. Taste is sweet upfront, equal parts spices and tartness in the middle, and a slightly warming close, but nowhere near where the abv would indicate. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay ont his one. It's interesting, I'm just not sure it's something I would revisit often. But since it's a holiday seasonal, maybe it's supposed to be a one time annual treat or something. Worth a try regardless.

ppoitras, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev -1.2%

harpus, Sep 26, 2013
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.

Gusler, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of GraduatedCashew
4/5  rDev -1.2%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the hell out of the 2004 so why not give the 05' a whirl. Well lets see here, a cloud of crimson orange for body color. Head is sizable and smoothly frothed and displaying a firm staying power. The cap color remains consistent of a dusty yellowed cream and the lacing adequately sticks in heavy strings and some dusty sheeting.

Aroma is soft of dry balsam, masonite, cardboard and even some wood glue. Did I just open my model airplane kit? Hints of phenolic pepper and corriander kinda creep through, but overall much softer and lighter then I was hoping.

Taste is down right nice though. Another complex and subtle play of soft spice, softer fruits, and layered wood. A fun interplay of dryish woody things bring out some soft pine and various craft woods. Fruits of a drying nature lurk around every corner, kinda like dried or baked grapes but not in a raisiny sense. There's a nice underseige of pepper and phenols that actually maintain a unique and very pleasant softness on the palete. Finishes with hintings to dried dates and figs, a slight touch of pineapple, dustings of cocoa and somekind of nuttyness, walnut maybe? And some pie crust and leftover powdering of wood dust.
Overall: softly and uniquely dry. I like it. Little fruity burbs too.

Feel is about medium with a very easy and soft palate of drying and smooth carbonation. Simple, delicate, and fairly well rounded within its drying character.

Not quite up to par with the 2004, which was a favorite of mine to have around til I couldn't find it anymore. But this is still a pretty nice little beer and wouldn't pass it up for nothin'.

tavernjef, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – For a high ABV beer this thing has a monster head. It came up huge on an easy pour and went down slowly. The body is a thick, dark, deep orange in color.

Smell – Oh, man, this is a monster. This is more like a heavy-duty Barley Wine than an Eisbock. Either way you cut it, this is a big ‘un.

The huge malt and wine notes are just soaked in alcohol. The big fruits are juicy sweet and very inviting. The chewing tobacco juice almost oozes from the glass. Overall, a seriously big nose with lots of promise.

Taste – Man is this big. The malts are soaked in sugar and alcohol with strong grape notes and, again, lots of chewing tobacco juice. The dark fruits are enormous. I especially like tasting the booze-soaked raisins, but there are plenty others to choose from.

I can also pick up some bready yeast as unbelievable as that sounds. This is the “kitchen sink” of Japanese beers, that’s for sure.

Mouthfeel – This one is full-bodied and very entertaining. Everything from sharp booze to sugary grapes to some dry spicing to a tingly yeast mouth are to be found here.

Drinkability – You have to try this “full effect” beer just to say you’ve had it. It is a wild ride.

RoyalT, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of Durge
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy cider color with a thin fizzy head and good lace. It smells of cherry and nutmeg, spicey lemon and vanilla, very complex and interesting. The flavor is a bit strong with heavy alcohol like brandy. I pick up more nutmeg with citrus bitterness and a sweet cherry/orange base. Thick bodied and strong, not real drinkable for me but very interesting. This brewery intrigues me so far so I will explore further. But I won't drink a lot of this one. A taste treat in small quantities on occasion.

Durge, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of francisweizen
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a murky dark brown gusher, with a light tan head of foam. The aromas are excellent and consist of spicy alcohol, deep malts, light hops, different fruit esters, and the various spices that they used in this brew (ie: cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, orange peels) The taste is almost as good as the aroma, with the gentle spiciness hanging out with the huge maltiness and spicy alcohol flavors. The mouthfeel is super creamy, and almost dreamy and the drinkability is excellent for a 9% experimental beer from one of Japans greatest breweries.

francisweizen, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Squat brown glass bottle, 11.2 fluid ounces (330ml). A very colorful neck and main label, which includes picture of a traditional Japanese dude supping a pint of beer. No discernable freshness date, but listed as 9.0% ABV. Described as an ‘Ale brewed with Spices’. Cost $3.99.

Appearance: Massive, and I mean MASSIVE head forms when poured. A humungous slightly off-white head fills the Pint Glass before I even get chance to pour a third of the bottles contents. Lovely red-brown color, with some ruby hue when backlit, it is clear with little visible floating deleterious matter, yet it still exhibits a ‘haze’. The initial voluminous beige head soon disappears with an audible fizzing to a more manageable ¼” collar. Not much lacing but nice conditioning levels. Head stays throughout.

Nose: This beer has a monstrous odor profile. Warm and spicy, orange and coriander are immediately detectable in the strong smelling nose. Vanilla and cinnamon and nutmeg and toasted malts also mingle with the New Years crowd, coming and going at times. It filled my room with the smell of mulled Xmas spices. Quite amazing and very strong.

Taste: An impressive array of fruity flavors that fuse with strong malts set on a high powered alcohol base. Herbs and Spices work constantly on several strata’s throughout the beers experience. Vanilla beans are there at the start, Cinnamon and Nutmeg in the middle, Coriander & Malts throughout, and the Orange peel lingers long in the finish with a bitter astringent ending. Wow. Not much of the 9% alcohol comes through in the huge tastes – a light warming in the throat after the swallow – but I just don’t think all the 9%ABV can muscle its way past all the friggin’ flavors though!

Mouthfeel: Big fruity mouthfeel and an incredible dominating presence. The Spices tingle the cheeks whilst the orange peel strips the tongue of saliva and lays a bitter coating that lingers in the finish. Smooth and Rich and Extremely Tasty.

Drinkability: It’s 9%, and it’s warming in the end, but it really slips down easily for such a huge beer. This is amazing – even more so, given my experience with other thin light insipid Japanese beers.

Overall: Very nice. I’m not a fan of Japanese beers per se, but this was impressive. I may have to pick me a couple more of these the next time I hit the beer Store. If you only have one Japanese beer in your life, make it this one. Highly Recommended.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a Belgian, despite it’s geographical distance. Particle-strewn amber rust. The pale tan head is explosive, and retains it heightened stature.
Fragrant of oranges. Full, juicy ones. Not just the peels. Blessed by cinnamon. Laid upon a caramel base.
The sweetness materializes first. Gobs of caramel nougat. Fades towards drier breadiness just as the spicing gains control. Oranges are first and foremost. It's still quite juicy at this point. Peppery yeast hues are conjoined with the nutmeg and assertive cinnamon. They dry this out further, and add traces of astringency. Tartness creeps in -actually, it was always there, but the other goings-on relax enough for it to step to the fore. Lemon-juice mostly, but sour orange-pulp as well. Ying-Yangy sweettart white grapes poke around. Vanilla hues are present, but more so after a cheating peak at the label. Traces of rum-sweet alcohol. But it's magically cloaked by the collage of flavors.
Airy and deft in the mouth. Despite its fullness, this drinks only a fraction of its strength.
I couldn't down a lot of this...and not everyday. If only because of its wildly flailing flavors and aggressive spicing (something I typically abhor...though not here). But, somehow, this 330mL bottles is disappearing at a rapid clip. This just improves as it warms. I wish I had more bottles. Let me correct myself. Maybe I *could* drink a lot of this. Yes, yes, I think I could.
Good shit, this one. Lusty little sucker here.
Wrong again. It's not so little. As my swimming head reminds.

This is a beer-based Screwdriver-float, garnished with a cinnamon stick.

I dig it.
A lot.

Tasted blind, I'm pretty sure I could nail this as Japanese.
Yeah, right.

cokes, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of whartontallboy
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one for a while, seemed like a good time to try it.

Pours out cherry red/brown with a huge beige head that threatens to pop out of my flute and holds extremely well. Tons of carbonation here.

Smell is malty and fruity, with cherries, dark fruits, a bit of raisin and plum, nutmeg, cinnamon, and spices coming through pretty well. No hints of the big ABV in the nose. Little bits of orange and vanilla in there as well.

Flavor is similarly malty, with a big caramel flavor and a certain amount of doughiness that is nicely offset by a big dark fruit flavor with little citrus overtones. It dries up a bit on the finish and lets the alcohol peak through a little more, but until then, it's just a malty, complex brew that doesn't let too much booze read on the tongue. The carbonation translates well into the flavor and keeps it a bit spritzy rather than too syrupy. The spices blend well with the fruits, especially the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

Overall: Very nice one, not too big and out of control, but a very nice, complex brew.

whartontallboy, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a large head that keeps growing.
Nose shows nutmeg, wheat, lots of phenols, coriander. Orange peel is noticeable as a sharp tangy note and later as marmalade. Vanilla is subdued initially but quickly becomes more prominent. Aromas from the malt show distinct golden syrup and brown sugar. Very sweet, very complex, very interesting.
Upon tasting....well, let me say this is pretty full-on. Loads of malt with lots of brown sugar notes, some wheat, a fair bit of booze. Very Belgian, has some qualities you'd expect in a Dubbel. Coriander and nutmeg show through. The coriander continues into the lengthy finish, along with a light bitterness and smooth alcohol.
Creamy body and carbonation, although higher carbonation would do well to cut the bitterness.

CrazyDavros, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of mynie
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Eisbock. My first Japanese micro.

Stubby 11.2 oz bottle with a bunch of crazy Hello Kitty Japanese crap written all over it. Creepy owl on the cap, which, when pulled off, made a noise like a very small jet engine taking off. The steam coming out looks like smoke. Strange.

This is the biggest, most uncontrollable head I've ever seen. The bottom of the beer eventually starts to look like dark cider.

Smells like dull fruits aplenty along with a harsh, zippy brandywine odor. Big malt in there, too.

Sweet as honey. Raisins upfront with sugar malt and alcohol. Alcohol in the back, along with more fruit and hops. Dry, zippy aftertaste. Almost too sweet. Hints of spices in the back go a long way to kill the sweetness.

The candy sweetness of this little brew pretty much makes it an occasional beer by default, I couldn't see myself having too many of these at once. It'd make a great desert drink, though.

I dunno, this beer is really complex and very pretty, I'm just not all that much into sweet brews.

mynie, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of tpd975
3.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a rusty orange hue. The head is rocky foamy and frothy. Nice thick lace is noted.

S: The aroma is inviting with tons of spice and fruit. Fresh ground cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of ginger can be noted. For fruit there is apples, peaches, oranges, and cherries. The aroma makes you want to bake the contents and eat it.

T: Despite the aroma, it is a bit off in taste. Everything mentioned above is noted but it does not meld together in taste as good as it does in the nose. The beer just has too much going on. The flavors come at you from all over, I couldn't finish it.

M: Slight over carbonation makes it prickly on the tongue.

D: Just too much going on. It is a love it hate it brew. At first taste I liked it, but as I consumed more it became undrinkable. It is just a little too overthetop.

tpd975, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chaduvel for this bottle. Pours a light brown with shades or reddish orange, accompanied by a sticky light tan head. Smell is a nice interplay between candy-sweet malts, orange sorbet, vanilla, and coriander. Taste is much like the smell. Sweet throughout, although not too cloying (unlike stille nacht--cloyed my eyes out!). Nice mix of spices and sweet malt, with adequate hop bitterness to take off some of the sweet tooth edge. I quite liked this celebratory ale--my first offering from Hitachino too by the way!

alexgash, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris at Ebenezer's Pub for getting me this. It was a cloudy amber color with a small head. Wonderful spicy aroma, as well as some vanilla. The taste was disappointing. A nice citrus tang, spice (mainly clove), but I felt overwhelmed by the vanilla. The more I drank, the more the vanilla predominated. Not a very exciting beer.

lordofthewiens, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is hazy copper with a good-sized, light brown head. The smell is spicy, with corriander and orange peels popping out. The taste is equally as spicy as the aroma. A peppery wood taste is joined by light touches of orange and other spices. A light sweetness is noted too, a combination of the cinnamon and nutmeg. The 9% ABV is not noted in the flavor at all. Different tastes hit every part of my tongue, each with different spices jumping out. Wow, this is very complex and interesting making it hard to adequately describe. Lots of respect to Kiuchi for making such an experimental brew.

Gagnonsux, May 12, 2005
Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.