Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale - Kiuchi Brewery
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5/5 rDev +34%
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!
02-15-2012 01:40:16 | More by bluHatter
4.6/5 rDev +23.3%
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
03-10-2011 21:51:14 | More by boudreaux
4.58/5 rDev +22.8%
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!
01-06-2011 03:45:27 | More by Rmason104
4.47/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
08-26-2008 17:22:02 | More by PorterLambic
4.43/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
01-30-2013 01:34:20 | More by Oakenator
4.4/5 rDev +18%
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.
01-26-2009 18:27:19 | More by Vengeance526
4.38/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
01-21-2012 15:42:20 | More by justintcoons
4.35/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
05-05-2013 00:12:34 | More by Boto
District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
01-29-2009 19:04:35 | More by timtim
4.3/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
08-20-2009 13:38:57 | More by avalon07
4.28/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
12-03-2010 15:32:22 | More by eric5bellies
4.25/5 rDev +13.9%
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
06-30-2009 00:46:39 | More by belgbeerdrinker
4.24/5 rDev +13.7%
(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!
04-29-2014 06:39:14 | More by Bouleboubier
4.23/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
06-04-2014 00:24:44 | More by Cylinsier
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
chris and kyoko shared this bottle. thanks!
330ml bottle. sampled sept 28/08.
pours hazy orange with a small dense off-white head. the head drops fast and leaves a few spots of lace.
aroma is really neat. bit of winey character. bit of wacky almost vinegary character. wild light fruity and citrusy component. hint of alcohol. light caramel.
taste is great. low bitterness level. light alcohol. great light citrusy character. tangerine, sweet orange. white bread. bit of cracker. nice light caramel sweetness. there's so much more complexity that i'm having trouble putting into words. really neat.
mouthfeel is good. light body. medium carbonation level.
drinkability is good. good balance. really cool and interesting beer.
10-15-2008 16:44:58 | More by grub
Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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