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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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85
very good

207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: czechsaaz on 12-24-2007)
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Photo of bluHatter
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My bottle was labelled "Commemorative Ale 2009". One would expect it to be a little past its prime, but that was not the case.

A: Pours as almost 100% big bubbly head, which slowly melts into a bright red/amber color. Lots of bubbles, but mine didn't gush as others have reported.

S: Old wooden cask, musky flowers, spice... wow there's a lot here. Phenomenal.

T: Dry oak, red rice, sweet malts and vinegar. Extremely unique flavor, really brilliantly balanced. The wood notes are so vivid they bring a tear to the eye.

M: Perfect carbonation. Medium bodied. Brilliant.

O: Kiuchi Brewery does it again. I am blown away by this ale, even 3 years after its prime. The only problem is that now my store has run out, and I doubt they will get it again. So sad!

Photo of boudreaux
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Commemorative Ale 2011

A: pours a frothy, creamy golden color; head pours white about 2 fingers thick; decent carbonation; overall a great looking beer

S: Vanilla? wow, it's right in the nose; hints of spice and citrus sit just underneath the sweetness, with coriander and orange peel reminding me of a witbier

T: practically identical to the smell and even more delicious than expected; cinnamon notes are also present as the beer warms, as is a hint of nutmeg

M: creamy and velvety on the tongue; the carbonation provides a nice contrast to the almost 2% milk-like consistency; so good I make sure it hits every corner of the mouth and tongue

D: very pleasant and smooth; not too heavy; the perfect dessert drink to finish a dinner

Photo of Rmason104
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a beautiful cloudy golden amber color w/ a thick creamy head...too thick, very active!

S: oh my, the spices hit the nose right away! Perhaps a hint of great things to come?

T: wow! There is a LOT going on here! Starts sweet and caramelly, then the spices come in hitting you w/ coriander, nutmeg, and finishing w/ the roasty malts. The alcohol warmth stays in the background the whole time.

M: thick and chewy and I love it! Like drinking very tasty bread.

D: yeah, I could drink a couple of these! Goes down smooth, but I think it would filling after a while.

Got this as a Christmas present & it's an instant favorite! Research says that it's brewed as a new Year beer. I want to make this a tradition!

Photo of xaoslaad
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of PG2G
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange/brown. Big, no huge, fluffy light tan head.
Smell is sweet, malty, hints of raisin, apple, citrus, hops & oak.
Taste is the same as the smell. Nice complexity with a note of alcohol in the aftertaste.
Warming the back of the throat and palate. Medium-full body, smooth, almost creamy, rich, no hop bite at all. Get one and enjoy it. Drinks like a Belgian dubbel.

Photo of Oakenator
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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 Vengeance526
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 11/29/08. Enjoyed this one as I watched the Gators destroy the Seminoles...

Pours an orange copper color that produced a thick and creamy 2-3 finger white head that beautifully laced the glass. Lots of carvonation here...a gentle pour put this slightly over the edge of the glass. Some sediment at the bottom.

Aroma is very floral with notes of citrus and coriander. Some sweetness also detected, a little bit like maple syrup.

Taste is...wow. Exceptionally spicy...coriander very obvious with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and oak all evident. An orange like citrus taste also hits in the background. For me anyway, the taste was truly amazing.

Medium modied and a lot of carbonation. Doesn't feel as strong as ABV indicates as the spiciness seems to mask the alcohol quite a bit. I found this one to be very enjoyable and I've only seen it once so if anybody has a botlle hanging around it might still be worth
picking up just to try.

Photo of justintcoons
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GUSHER ALERT!!!
Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange with 3 fingers of fluffy head that dissipates extremely slow. Good lacing and moderate carbonation.

N: Banana, orange juice, hints of coriander and strawberry. There's also a subtle funk and a hint of nutmeg.

T: Strawberry banana upfront along with orange cream flavors and some funk. More orange cream mid-palate along with some lemon zest and grassy noble hops. Finishes with some beautiful funk notes of barnyard, hay, grass, earth and peppercorn. There's also some lingering hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and possibly ginger.

M: Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, spicy and refreshing.

O: The spice notes are not as pronounced as I expected which is nice. Beautiful blanket of Belgian funk really takes over and I love that. Strawberry, banana and citrus notes are huge. Finishes similar to a funky Saison. Complex with no alcohol presence.

Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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 timtim
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

commemorative ale 2009!!! i know ba calls it a winter warmer, but i'm looking at it like an herbed/spiced beer. kind of in the same vein as anchor's happy christmas merry new year beer. i mean with vanilla beans, corriander, orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon and whatever else, how can it not be a spiced ale? whatever... burnt amber, tan head, very very good retention, but little lace. nose is vanilla right off the bat, and maple syrup, citrus, and cinnamon seem to be the other highlights. very strong, very pleasant nose. taste is a well balanced mix of everything i already mentioned, but the corriander and nutmeg come out a lot more, some sourness arises (like grapefruit sour) and there is a tiny bit of booziness to it that mixed with the carbonation produces a touch of a prickly feeling. this beer could easily be confused as representing a few different styles, and that is what is cool about it and interesting about the brewery itself. cutting edge, always pressing the limits. pricey, but a definite must for the kiuchi fan.

Photo of goochpunch
4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
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 avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a coppery color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A sweet, strong smell of spices, citrus and some hops.

T: Tasted of spices (coriander, cinnamon, a little pepper) and citrus. Very vibrant and sweet.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: A good, drinkable example of a spiced beer. Goes down very easy with very little trace of the 9% ABV.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a glowing almost lava colour with a large off white head that hangs around and laces.

S - Vanilla and citrus are the dominant flavours.

T - Very srupy citrus at the beginning with a boozy middle that ends with an eternally lingering nutmeg and spice finish. Equisite.

M - Fullish body, creamy and medium carbonation.

D - A rally good spiced beer with plenty to offer.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: copper/reddish clear color, thick pillowy head settles to a thin but bubbly veil, little lacing
s: yeast followed by nice fruity, and slightly tart aromas, like a very nice wild/sour ale
t: excellent balance of sweet and sour; vanilla, coriander; slight metallic/earthy tinge and very crisp finish with moderate tartness and some alcohol
m: medium body with lots of carbonation throughout
d: nice brew that does pack a bit of a punch at 9%, but a great brew

Photo of doktorhops
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Caterwaul
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
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!

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.