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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
90
outstanding

197 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 34
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

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
Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%

What a pleasant surprise to find this one stashed away in my cellar.
Appearance: Whoa! Better be careful with the pour on this one, it's a foam monster with half beer and half foam on the initial pour into a tulip glass. Body is a cloudy apricot color with an immense beige head that relaxes but never fades away. The pitted head eventually gives way to profuse sticky lace all over the glass.

Aroma: Deep and complex sweet malty notes are everywhere, with caramel, toffee, molasses, rum soaked figs and raisins, and spiced prunes. The spiced prunes lead into an array of spices that suggest orangerind, coriander, and black pepper. Quite interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium full to full bodied with highly charged carbonation.

Taste: Malty sweet, with dark fruits and spices. Maple syrup, toffee, caramel, overripe banana, rum drenched raisins and figs, and a prominent spicy component mingle together nicely. Bitter hops are dry and herbal, balancing the sweet maltiness well. Alcohol is apparent, but is folded into the malt, hop, and spice complexity very well. The fizzy carbonation seems to swirl all the flavors together in a very well fashioned manner. Sweet toffee malt, followed by bitter herbal hops comprise the finish.

Drinkability: Very impressive Eisbock from this always intriguing, Japanese brewery. This is one of their better offerings, and is really an adventure to enjoy and sort through all its nuances. Lots of complexity allows the high abv to sneak up on you, but this one is a lot of fun to enjoy.

merlin48, May 11, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev -3%

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 !

Vancer, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

The beer poured hazy turbid deep amber with odd suspended layers of dark sediment (must be a bottle conditioned beer). The head is tan and huge. It takes quite a bit of time to fall.

The aroma is spicy and malty. The label lists coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. The aroma is filled with the coriander, nutmeg and orange, but the other aromas are in the background.

The flavor is orange with muted spices of cinnamon and coriander with a nice bitterness from orange peel and hops and malt to balance. The finish is dry orange and spices, but not overly dry. The body is medium and the alcohol is only present in a warming sensation.

A very complex and interesting beer. Happy New Year!

11.2 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%

Discovered and absolutely loved this beer in Portland, OR just shy of a couple months ago at the fantastic Yakuza restaurant (don't leave Portland without visiting!). Had to pick up a souvenir bottle. Will it stand up to memory?

The label has an owl, but no geisha girl, as shown here on BA. A healthy *ziss!!!* occurs when the cap is popped. The pour, although not light-speed, was apparently too fast, resulting in nothing but head. After a wait, I pour at a snail's pace revealing a gorgeous blood-orange meets muddy-caramel color and a three-finger head, sizzling and popping down, leaving a thick froth of lace on the glass. Head stays rocky and foamy for a long while.

Aroma highly features spices listed on the label (coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla beans), with nutmeg and cinnamon clearly edging out the others. Incredibly fragrant, and something to put up against the mightiest pumpkin ale aroma. So it's tough to pick out malt, hops and yeast...big deal. This is something else, something clearly not tying to be your typical Winter Warmer, or Witbier, or whatever...it stands on it own. It smells (and tastes) REAL. I'll eat every molecule of glass in this bottle if there was any artificial flavor used.

Flavor brings in everything the nose promises, plus a maltiness that reminds of root beer (a plus in my world), roasted nuts, fried plantains, and, yeah, more vanilla. No surprise that it's bouncy and tingly in the mouth, considering the good health of the carbonation. It delivers the flavors, rather than smothering them.

A ridiculously spicy, dessert-y beer, but superbly balanced, and without the thickness many similar beers might bring with it. Bright and lively...not anything near an everyday-beer, considering its bold spices and high ABV, but if you want a quality walk on the spiced side, there aren't many better choices than this.

Metalmonk, Dec 01, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a hazy copper color with a very light head that sits nicely atop the brew. Nose is gingerbread, with a light pine and moderate sweetness. Reminds me of the Anchor OSA series. The flavor is less gingerbready than the flavor. I get more of the pine and moderate hop bitter. I get a slight metallic flavor as well. Nothing really drawing me in with this one. The feel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. Very pleasing on the palatte. Overall, a pretty pedestrian brew. The alcohol does not come through at all, but the flavors and aroma do not draw me in at all.

kmpitz2, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Reddish amber color. VERY large white tiny bubbled head. Aroma is spice, orange zest and cinnamon. A medium bodied eisbock. Malts are bready and sweet. Hops are spicy. Cinnamon, orange, allspice, clove and vanilla flavors are in the mix. Smooth taste. There are a lot of subtle, and not so subtle, complexities to this beer. The sweetness and spicy play a nice point/counterpoint to the alcohol flavors. At 10% alcohol there is a lot of tummy warming going on, but the alcohol bite, although present is not objectionable. NICE beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Jan 01, 2004
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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

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.

sulldaddy, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

Big and Fat Japanese man on the label holding a beer. Cool label.

Pours a dusty deep orangish mahogany. The rocky and frothy head morphs into a huge tsunami wave and rushes to the shore. The lacing is thick and active, bubbling as it sticks.

The aroma is excellent. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, caramel apples, cherries, light sugar glazed coriander and fresh fruitcake in the nose. Quite the sniffer, in fact, this aroma deserves a 5!

Particles everywhere. The tidal waves subdues. Orange peel jumps out and hits me first. Spices, many spices from the hops and then loads of cinnamon come in. Loads of juicy fruits come in on the finish with vanilla and an alcohol kick. Finish lingers.

However, this beer suffers.

Overcarbonation plays an enormous role in this beer. The mouthfeel was "soda like" and the overcarbonation affected the flavor and the mouthfeel.

This still was a delightful experience.

Smell the empty bottle when you are done. It smells like fresh peaches.

Crosling, Feb 27, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

david18, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of CRJMellor
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours dark copper/amber color. Absolutely enormous head recedes slowly leaving massive gobs of thin lace on the glass.
Aroma is highly spiced. Most noticeable is cinnamon and nutmeg; also slight orange citrus, coriander and malt and yeast.
Flavor has a malty front, spicy and yeasty middle with cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel on the finish. slight alcoholic mouthfeel on the finish. Beer is very alive in the mouth and highly drinkable beer.

CRJMellor, Jan 18, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

matjack85, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

cliff1066, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

Nice dark maroon colored body, some suspended particles in the beer, with some carbonation also visible. Head is creamy and slow fading, leaving a smal off white layer on the beer. Smell is sweet, with spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and yes, those vanilla beans it talks about on the bottle. Taste is very rich and smooth, the spices impart a mild smokiness to the beer, while the vanilla and alcohol give it a sweet, yet slightly tingling burning sensation. A very smooth drinker, doesn't challenge you, very agreeable on the palate. Excellent, probably the best Japanese beer I have ever had.

TastyTaste, Sep 11, 2005
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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a medium brown color with a huge head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very good for the style. Lots of dark fruits (raisins, plums) and alcohol and some sweetness - very intense aromas. The flavor is not what I expected. Much thicker than expected. The dark fruits are very prominent, but they are melded with some dark malts, possibly some chocolate malt. Very well blended. The alcohol is there only with its warming character toward the end. Very nice flavor. The mouthfeel is borderline thick and the drinkability is very good for the high alcohol.

clvand0, Jul 27, 2005
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

Dark orange russet hued pour with plenty of suspended particles floating around topped off with a mountainous beige head cap that took about five minutes to settle. Lattice lace was already left before the first sip. 11.2 oz stubby browner.

Exceptionally bold scents of fresh oranges and spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. (Reminds me in the nose of local Barley Creek Super Hop.)

First swigs: Dark chocolate like malts in the forefront. Brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Biscuit malty chewy bready flavors make up most of the palate here. 9.0 % ABV is not at all detected until the end once warmed. Overall, loads of fresh oranges await at each turn spotted with alternative flavors of ginger spices, and yogurt like milkyness. Quite a complex brew with endless flavors.

Full bodied and thick with sediment. Quite a dessert like brew with an effervescent rolling carbonation.

Last swigs: Sip after sip of orange sherbert fresh ginger and coriander. Although an eisbock, this seems like a spiced ale actually. Thanks to PopeDX for this bottle.
Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 17, 2005
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4.18/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a chalice as an after dinner brew. solid one finger head that has fortitude and body. Dark tan color almost brown in the middle. smell some metallic but after the first drink it fades. Caramel was the dominant smell and taste. some burnt flavors but mostly sweet and the alcohol is well hidden. This brewery is outstanding and they seem to push the edge of their styles. I do think this brew is at its peak or close to it coming into 2006. I just wish they would ship their beers over in bigger sizes as the stubie to me is not the greatest for long distance.

DogFood11, Aug 29, 2005
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

Monkeyknife, Mar 19, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11.2 oz bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) in Feb 2005 and consumed a couple days later. Huge hiss when I opened the bottle, so I poured as gentle as possible, but still got a 7-finger head from just half of the bottle. A light beige head over the orange liquid...cloudy, even though I'm sure the yeast sediment was retained in the bottle (of which there is a bunch of). Smells enticing. Orange and spicy, with some gentler tones of caramel and vanilla. Starts sweet with notiable alcohol playing strongly over orange, coriander, and a belgian-like yeasty funk. Has a caramel and lightly toffee flavor...any bock character is buried beneath the spicing. Strong wet sugar and some fruity esters do rise barely above the spices. Medium-thick and creamy-smooth mouthfeel and, amazingly, the carbonation is moderate. It forms fine acrid bubbles that dances with the alcohol burn. Couldn't help but get some sediment in the beer now that I've poured the second half in...but the foaming is only about half as bad as the first half of the bottle. The small amount of yeast in the beer definitely does not help the flavor as it flattens some of the fruity character and amplifies the funk and acrid. What the heck, this beer is already shot...in goes the rest of the yeast. It's now a muddy chocolatey appearance of it's former self. Even the head (which is still 3-fingers) is darker... a full-fledged tan. Yeast is more prevalent in the smells. Taste...this is an entirely different beer from the very frist sip. Better than with a smidge of the sediment in the glass. The spicing is more subdued and overall the beer is flatter and more earthy. Still very sweet though. It ends now with a milder alcohol that mixes with noticable caramel/toffee. No lacing and, damn, I've got a buzz off of one beer (am I back in Jr. High again?). 9%...I'll bet it's more. I'm glad I tried it, this was definitely a challenging beer, but I'm not interest in trying it again. So...I'm not going to judge this as an eisbock (as it is presently categorized her on BA), but as a spiced beer. Too bad about the excessively foamy head and clouody liquid, it could have scored much higher.

mentor, Feb 09, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Turbid deep chestnut hue. Mountainous, rocky light tan leaves steadfast lace. Complex, yet balanced melange of vibrant spices, of which orange peel and cinnamon are dominant. Subtle coriander along with rich, deep toffee surface as the beer warms. Trace diacetyl adds a mellow, agreeable, buttery note. Quite "festive" and inviting aromawise. Cinnamon cookie sweetness hits the palate upfront. Orange peel and hop immediately leap in and lend a sharp, bright, but unastringent bitterness. Mild cocoa notes and sour, fermented plum persist throughout. Subtle vanilla melds with trace butterscotch fully facilitating a dessert like flavor profile. Coriander is slight, but decidedly herbaceous and akin to the leaf of the plant, cilantro. Alcohol augments in intensity after being initially overshadowed, and lends a spicy, red licorice note. Medium bodied and quite spritzy in mouthfeel initially, but eventually viscous and nearly creamy. Finishes with lingering citric sourness contrasted by dark caramalt sweetness. A very tasty, whimsically spiced and potent brew. Not everything has coalesced yet in flavor yet, but this should change with time. Enjoyable and dangerous, indeed.

marc77, Dec 27, 2003
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3.93/5  rDev -3%

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.

GilGarp, Mar 31, 2010
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4.97/5  rDev +22.7%

My publican saved a bottle of this brew for me from his latest "find". I am eternally grateful. The label lists spices used: coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla beans. My mouth was watering before I even smelled it.
Pours a beautiful, hazy dark red with a touch of orange and noticeable "depth", like a truly great paint job on Ferrari. A big, fluffy, creamy head that stays forever and leaves massive amounts of lace coating the glass.
Smell is rich, decadently filling my nose. Spices all over, as expected, especially nutmeg and vanilla, some cinnamon, fruit ( orange, green grapes and green apple), roasted malt, a hint of smoke and light hops. A slight bite of the hop up front, mainly on the tip of the tongue then the flavors just roll all over the tongue, filling every nook and cranny of the mouth. Hints of dark chocolate and vanilla linger in the aftertaste. Amazingly complex and perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel is smoooth with a capital Smoo! Creamy, rich, lightly warming mouth and throat, full-bodied.
Drinkability: if you don't drink this when the opportunity arises, you will do yourself an unbelieveable disservice. An absolute "must-drink" beer.

PorterLambic, May 27, 2005
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3.23/5  rDev -20.2%

Pours a cloudy light amber with some chunkies floating in the glass. Off white two finger head of loose bubbles.
Aroma is very spicy, heavy on nutmeg, cloves, and apricot fruits.
Flavor is malty sweetness with lots of spices and the apricot fruit flavors that end in alcohol.
Aftertaste seems to have some rice in it. Maybe it's my imagination, but there is a rice starch quality to the aftertaste that mixes with the booze and apricot left in the mouth.
A completely different take on a winter warmer.

IntriqKen, Apr 02, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%

This beer was purchased at Belmont Party Source. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear bronze coloration. The head was a thick and creamy biege coloration. The head had pretty good staying power. The beer left thick creamy rings of lacing around my glass.

Smell: The beer has a apricot caramel bready base. The beer lays out a fantastic combonation of spices. The spice bill as I can smell consist of peppery coriander, spicy cinnamon, vanilla, ceder, oakey wood, citus zest. This is a great combo and never ventures into over spiced.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell big time. The beer has sweet and sour maltyness and plenty of spicyness. The beer never goes into a cloying sweetness. The alcohol is definately a spicy component in the taste but never offensive.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The alcohol is well incorporated in the beers flavor and smell. This is a dam fine strong ale. I will actively seek this beer treat out. This beer was hard not to guzzle. This is a first class beer offering from Kiuchi Brewery.

The beer vastly improved as it approached the warmer side. The beer took on a pineapple, starfruit tropical fruit mix of smells and flavors. I would recommend serving this with just the lightest chill possible.

nlmartin, Jun 27, 2006
Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.