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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative AleHitachino Nest Commemorative Ale

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Japan

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: czechsaaz on 12-24-2007

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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 108
Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copperish body with two finger head and lace patches down the glass. Aroma is spicy and peppery with hints of anise or licorice. Medium bodied with a little bit of sweetness and smoothness. Has this spicy feel to it that gives it a heated sweetness and there is a touch of woodiness or breadiness that give it a fuller body. Pretty interesting beer.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- 2014 vintage
- Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into stemless wine glass on 3-Feb-15

Aromas of all the listed spices. Don't get much vanilla in aroma, but get more of it in the taste. The flavors work well together and for an eisbock, there's no hint of boozyness whatsoever, which I prefer. Smooth and quite enjoyable. Would seek this out again next season.

Photo of chogm54
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into half pint glass

L - amber, almost nil head

S - faint cinnamon smell, but not getting much in the way of smell

T - strong malts, mixed with spices (vanilla, nutmeg) and ginger. Very short, sharp finish.

M - no carbonation to speak of. Oily texture, full and thick bodied, alcohol is potent.

O - the various spices make this different to other strong eisbocks. in no way sessionable, but a nice cool weather sipping beer.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 twelve ounce bottle poured into a Munique glass.

Spritzy but fluffy oatmeal-colored head forms about a fist thick and somewhat quickly recedes, leaving only a yin-yang shaped lace over the body. The body is a curious shade of amber, almost orangish and hazy.

The aroma is very Belgian in that it's yeast-heavy, floral, sweet with pungent sticky malt, and spice-laden. Tasty fruit flavors that I can't single out swirl around between an odd funk.

Okay, I can definitely dig this flavor. Juicy fruit flavor, like orange meets dark cherry, joins coriander, sweet wheat and malt, and light vanilla flavor. This tastes dessert-like in with a lingering banana sweetness. It's very nice.

As noted, yeast is prominent, spice is prominent, but this brew comes together nicely. At times light, floral and wheaty, at other times coriander forward with sweet creamy malt with a yeasty bite. It's deceptively enjoyable and easy to overlook the 8.0% ABV, which is nowhere to be found on the tongue or throat.

I'm glad I picked this up. Hitachino can often sit on shelves here in New Mexico but there are some gems among their brand. This is one of them.

Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells of toffee and prunes.

Flavor is led by dark fruit, with raisins and prune tartness underlying a light sweetness that becomes dry mid palate and finishes bitter and herbal. Good amount of alcohol heat.

Certainly not an eisbock in the traditional sense, and a little more one-note and bitter than I prefer.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I see a hazy honey coloured brew that brings almost a 2 finger head of foam. Lacing is you betchya!

The nose is pretty festive. I get some nutmeg(a fav of mine in winter brews), coriander, some grape like fruitiness, all on the malty and fruity side and nay to any bitter notes.

Nutmeg and a sweetish malt flavour that reminds me of the lovely oxidation you get in a UK barleywine or old ale is first up for me. I do get some coriander and some other spiciness that doesn't strike me so hot. Now there's a strange bitterness that creeps in in the finish. It really started off great but...

Medium body, lightish carbonation.

Bottom line, it's strong and pretty good overall. I had higher hopes based on my first sips.

Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage: I must say that I admire Hitachino Nest’s work as a brewery - they always seem to strive for unique styles and brews, this time we will have a go of their Commemorative Ale as it is a special occasion for me (my weekend begins now). First off I love the label - very reminiscent of Hokusai (one of my top 10 favourite artists). There is no description for the style of this Ale but with ingredients such as Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans I’m going to categorise it as a Festive Witbier.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy deep copper body with a thin off-white lace ring around the glass. It appears quite dense and lush, I’m really looking forward to the first sip. 9/10.

S: Very nice, festive and spicy with all the above noted ingredients: Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans - plus some dark fruits (plum, date, macerated dark cherries). The whole aroma gives of a Christmas fruit cake fragrance. 8/10.

T: Sensational! This is one Christmas fruit cake beer not to be trifled with! Festive puns aside there is a hell of a lot going on with this brew - Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla Beans (yes, yes, yes and yes), plus those dark fruits and a truckload of molasses that sticks to your mouth. It finishes with a slight herbal hop note and a touch of spirit burn at the back of the throat. It has to be one of the most aggressively flavoured/balanced beers at 8% ABV that I’ve ever had, fantastic! 9/10.

M: Heavy bodied with some stickiness from that molasses and a dense but light carbonation. 8/10.

D: The more I drank the more hop bitterness came to the fore, it’s a minor distraction from this Festive Witbiers overall score. As far as the flavours go this is a beer that would give some of the Trappist brews a run for their money - it is a BIG, hairy, challenging Ale with finesse that is not often seen (or tasted) outside of Belgium. Hitachino Nest have once again shown just how much the Japanese craft brewers can be players in this large boutique beer world. Kampai! 8/10.

Food match: I would recommend this brew after that big traditional Christmas dinner but before or with that traditional Christmas pudding.

Photo of goochpunch
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 Commemorative Ale.

Pours out a copper orang with a thin, frothy, off-white head. Spicing is subtle in the nose. I get mostly citrus-related notes: the coriander and orange peel. I also pick up a lot of caramel. Reminds me of a winter release of a typical biere de garde. Flavor is loads of caramel, orange, bread, honey, lightly toasted grains, with a fairly mild yeast character. Cocoa in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky and a bit sticky. I really enjoyed this, and it reminds me of some French bieres de garde that are released around the holidays. I should have saved this for Thanksgiving dinner; it would have gone perfectly with it.

Photo of xShoWTeKx
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smell is very nice, caramel, orange, grassy hops, and spice.

T: Up front is huge nutmeg and caramel, light citrus and bready yeast, a fairly strong hop presence.

M: Mouth feel is a bit strange the beer pours fairly thick but it feels very light, light carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O: Definitely different, this was my first beer from this brewery and it has me wanting to try more.

Photo of Cylinsier
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz, 2013 on the label

Pours a hazy deep amber, tending towards a brownish color, with minimal white lacing for a head.

Smells of fresh grassy malts over bretty elements and a mix of spices such as coriander, lemongrass, and a very prominent fresh ginger.

Tastes of fresh bready malts with a bit of caramel richness over some mild grassy notes and more lemongrass and pronounced ginger. A mild hop bitterness in the finish.

Medium to full body with a fizzy carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A truly unique and pretty good stronger ale, a lot to like here. Also a lot of love-it-or-hate-it spicing. Personally, I tend towards liking this ale which feels most like a Belgian saison but with notable Asian influence.

Photo of thecheapies
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark buckwheat amber color, and with a vigorous pour, I got a serious foam surge. But, the head that amounted was poor in retention and just a fizzy rush that killed itself shortly afterwards. A lot of turbidity through particulation.

Papery oxi note, first, with some sweet spiciness. Picking up honey notes, coriander, citrus peel, and maybe some warm vanilla in there; all with a stuffed up malt and fading hops, hops that might have been citrusy on their own. Smells messy.

Burly amber ale malts with latent spiciness and dank orange peels. The vanilla just adds to what is a cumbersome sweetness, with the seeming turn of the malts. Past its peak? Maybe, but this is a 2014 Commemoration. Coriander is there near the finish with more lingering honey and a heap of treacle. Has some Christmas-y flavors. Not my cup of beer.

Textured carb-barb feel. Definitely gritty, whereas I can feel those particles. Hampers things, a bit.

Spiced beer or Imperial Amber? Christmas Ale with Witbier spices? What is this mess? And, why do I feel like there is no such thing as a fresh example?

Photo of KTCamm
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a pint glass. 2/18 review.

Pours amber orange cloudy with a light layer on top of white foam. Orange nose with a wheat back. Slight sour. Some citrus taste. Label speaks of other spices, but all I get is orange. Good, not great.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's a little out of date. 2013 vintage; ABV stated as 8%. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a spiced beer brewed to commemorate the new year.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy coppery-orange hue with plenty of floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of warm spicy notes with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, mild coriander, subtle caramel malt, pine needles, a twinge of fruitiness, stewed hops and earthy yeast. A whiff of warming booze in the background. Complex but a shade overdone.

Tastes of a blend of spices with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, mild coriander, caramel malt, pine, stewed leaves, faint fruitiness, subtle earthy yeast and harsh cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a powerful herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid woody spice, stewed herbs/leaves and faint caramel malt.

It's certainly spicy, but not the most balanced or relaxing brew I've ever sampled. Looks alright, with an pleasantly spicy aroma. However, the flavour is rather harsh and dry due to an excess of spicing. Not much fruitiness to speak of and the malt takes a back seat. Subdued hops - mostly pine. Body is satisfying enough. Despite its strength, the malt just doesn't stand up to the spice regime. Someone chucked a rack into the mash if you ask me. Interesting but not particularly drinkable - no need to hunt it down.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

(purchased at Free Bridge Wine & Spirits, chilled - bottle code NY.12.11 - poured into a balloon)

A: hazy, pink-tinged orange liquid... about a finger's width of creme-colored foam on the pour

S: tropical-fruity bath soaps... fragrant orange-scented lip balm... spices slowly emerge - i'd say the nutmeg first, followed closely by a soft cinnamon... the coriander seems tough to single out... vanilla is the last to arrive along with some spicy alcohol

T: all the best flavor is in the follow-through... it almost tastes like some sort of clove-y, strong Belgian pale ale (a la Kwak?)... vague impressions of each individual constituent spice, if you're searching for them... luscious, chewy malt foundation... certainly a dynamic display orange peel and a moist kiss of spice in the aftertaste

M: superbly smooth, moderately viscous malty body with a mild sting of spice and alcohol up front on the tip of the tongue and a hearty warm whoosh! of booze starting early and carrying through the finish, lingering in palate... reminds me, all in all, of a boozy Scotch Ale

O: quite a fantastic blend and balance of all the flavors - nothing stands out too boldly... seems to have that signature Hitachino flavor at its core... dunno how they do it, but their ales are fantastic!

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: This beer has a reddish yellow tint. Poured non-aggressively, so there is an absence of head.

S: Big vanilla notes, spice, clove.

T: Vanilla is prominent. Spice and earthy notes come through, then some ginger, sweet bread, honey, sugar, and Christmas cookie. Lovely taste!

M: Medium with a very nice carbonation. I really like the carb, as it provides a smooth and refreshing tone to the beer.

O: Awesome! Well-balanced, unique flavor, and refreshing and smooth.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice orange amber color with minimal head. Smell is very sweet and fresh. Taste is pretty good. One can taste the coriander and orange peel along with faint vanilla bean and nutmeg and cinnamon. Slight spiciness at the finish and the 8% AB hits you pretty good. A very good refreshing beer. Hitachino hits the nail on the head on delivering taste on this one.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beutifully capturing the best of what the holiday season has to offer, Hitachino's Commemoration Ale gives a taste of bready and spiced desserts, a hint of citrus and the warmth of muddled spiced rum. Its culmination is quite suitable for present opening and feast eating.

As the ale opens, its rich honey-amber hue is copper, brown and red in all equal parts. A creamy and fluid head climbs from the ale and hugs the rim firmly with a hard clinging attitude as the ale recedes. Its a very convincing appearance!

Aromas of honey, caramel and something of a sorghum frames the beer's hearty-sweet upstart. Couple that with the spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of clove allows a distinctive "ginger snap" aroma to arise. Hints of citurs waft about and bring in a bring and zesty note heading into taste.

Its creamy-sweet flavors are pronounced with caramel, toffee and that bit of sorghum. Hearty in that the malts are a little over caramelized, a toasty and crusty taste accompanies the sweeter taste. But its middle is sprinkled with that cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus peel character for the spicy breadiness that reinforces the ginger-snap flavor that was detected in the nose. As the ale trails, the fleeing sweetness allows for a glimpse into the citrusy and spicy hops and moderate alcohol.

Creamy and lightly bready early on, the texture of gingerbread milkshakes seem to draw favorable comparisons. But as the ale slowly releases its carbonation, the spicier, drier and more resinous textures prevail. This leads to a warm and peppery finish that soothes the stomach, palate, and more so- the mind.

Without saying on the label exactly what "Commemorative Ale" is commemorating, the ale really tries hard to capture the taste of Christmas desserts with gingersnap cookies and they do that to perfection. If this is not their intent, then they are way off target.

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet biscuit and earthy toffee, with some copper hops and oak and vanilla and cinnamon.
T: It tasted like copper hops and earthy caramel and roasted barley, with some vanilla and cinnamon. It had a clean bittersweet and spiced aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice big body.
D: This was a nice winter warmer with delicate and complex scent and taste. Can't be too cold or you'll miss all the subtleties. The body was great, and the finish was smooth. Well hidden alcohol too, so it was easy to drink. Would be really interesting to age, but still nice fresh. Solid brew.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dirty blonde with rimming eggshell head.
Floral, woody, perfumed nose with maraschino notes- deep.
Candy apple, some blonde caramel, pineapple, lots of barky spice in the middle, and herbal, grassy end.
Vanilla bean finish and ringing minty linger.
Medium, some cling, but clean.

Hops are straight noble and there are bits of crystal and chocolate that add up to a solid amber with BSDA notes. It's also well-attenuated and hides it's heat, but strangely one-dimensional for everything that goes into it. I could see the coriander-cinnamon-nutmeg combo, but I'm not getting orange peel or vanilla as much. For holiday beers, SN Celebration brings similar spice with just hops, which is far more impressive.

Somehow less than the sum of its parts.

Photo of Boto
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle: 2011 version. This one pours a hazy amber color. There was almost no head on it, and what was there was off-white. This one has a really nice nose. Definitely spicy, with coriander at the top of the list. A bit peppery too. The taste very good. Peppery and coriander notes on top of a malty brew. There is a slight tartness and bitterness to the taste. Definitely some fruity notes, and very complex. A really nice brew.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear golden orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, and slight spice aromas. Taste is much the same with honey and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells slightly better than it tastes in my opinion.

Photo of stcules
2.62/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange,a lmost no foam, and floating chunks.
Spicy smell, strange: cinnamon, corianderm in a strange mix. Decent malty base.
Some sugar in the mouth, but again spices, more strong, for a sweet candy effect, quite tiring, realy.
Light body, the aftertaste starts with a soft sugariness, but quickly overwhelmed by a too strong spiciness.

Photo of Oakenator
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2010 version. Pours a amber to brown with a full, frothy and easily two finger head at pour. Cloudy in appearance - looks hearty. Head disappates over time. Not much lacing. Smell is spices and orange citrus. Strong orange gives it alcohol presence even on the nose. Taste is semi-sweet with more spice presence - vanilla and coriander. Orange peel is present and gives some burn on the back of the throat but not overpowering.

Photo of Jayman931
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2011
11.2oz bottle served in a snifter 8%

Very nice orange/amber color...white head that disappeared pretty quickly.

Decent malt smell and faint spices (hint of licorice and some orange and I guess the other is coriander)...wouldn't hurt to have a little more but this is 2 years old.

Its a solid beer. I would purchase it again. Really nice malt character but not overboard. Little caramel with light spices. I bet if this were a newer vintage it would have more spice flavor to it but I was expecting a little more spice but i am very okay with the lighter spice flavor.

Mouth feel is good. Well balanced and no heat from the alcohol.

Over all I think its a solid ale. I have had quite a few better...but have had a ton alot worse.

Cheers

Photo of cliff1066
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2012, 8% ABV.
Pours a frothy light amber head with moderate retention with a deminishing head.
Aroma is malt, hops and spices - coriander and nutmeg feature with hints of vanilla and
cinnamon.
Flavor is a mix of fruity flavors, citrus, and spices, with a decent malty backbone, late vanilla, coriander and nutmeg notes. The alcohol is well hidden.
Overall very drinkable spiced beer reminiscent of a belgian.

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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