Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale - Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative AleHitachino Nest Commemorative Ale

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Reviews: 109
Hads: 221
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Eisbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: czechsaaz on 12-24-2007

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Commemorative Ale | 330 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2009 vintage

Brewer: Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer
Glass: nonic pint

Appearance:
Reddish-amber with a frothy white head explosion.

Aroma:
Candied aroma, vanilla, orange peal, cinnamon

Taste:
Funky farmhouse notes play staccato notes over an assortment of tastes: orange peal, nutmeg, cloves, creamy malt body.

Mouthfeel:
Thick and creamy for a light beer. Wonderful feel on the tongue.

Harmony:
A nice concoction that seems to have aged well. The funkiness gives it an interesting kick while the heavy spicing adds some character.

Would I get it again?:
Yes.

Bottled: 2009
Served: May 14, 2011

Price = $15 at the Gramercy Tavern (699 characters)

Photo of codsmith
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense and hazy orange & gold color, with no head, but leaves nice white lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Has a wonderful yeasty smell of a hefeweizen coupled with a great spiced and hot alcohol aroma.

T: Its like a supercharged hefeweizen. That has a great mix of interesting spices and a high ABV. It finishes off with a hot alcohol flavor.

M: Medium-to-heavy bodied. Very flavorful, but has a thin finish.

O: If you want a high-gravity hefeweizen that has full flavor, this beer is perfect for you. (513 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caramel pour with lively, tight carbonation. Massively fruity aroma, redolent of ripe tropical fruit. Up front very spicy, very fruity, with some caramel malt following in the wake. A bit of bite from the alcohol. Spice is pleasant at first, but grows almost oppressive toward the end, ending on a quite forceful spiced note that is almost, but not quite, too much. (365 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. My first bottle randomly exploded (blowing out the bottom rather cleanly actually), so I'm not going to age this one after all. 2010 vintage...a bit of a gusher.

Cloudy yet radiant gamboge liquid with a relatively active mass of papaya whip foam. Turbid tendrils of lacing won't stay put. Good retention.

Japanese citrus, melon, and some floral notes in the nose - a distinctive albeit subdued yeast aroma, and a hint of hops as well.

Tart and fruity palate entry closely follows the elements found in the nose. The flavors develop slowly becoming richer and vaguely tropical. Some sweetness at times reminds me of a Tripel, though the finish is clean and fairly dry. Hints of white tea, rosewater, and pink peppercorn round out the profile.

Pillowy, effervescent, but then cutting mouthfeel. Heat grows more prominent as the beer warms.

Hard to guess at what ingredients went into this beer - but it is quite enjoyable (despite being volatile - not wanting to stay in the bottle!).

I actually mistook this for the 2004 New Year Celebration Ale at first (my favorite of their beers, and with some age on it, maybe my favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ales...sadly missed, that one) - glad I picked it up anyway (though unhappy to be out nearly $6 for the exploding bottle). Cheers to Kiuchi, busy at the moment bottling water for quake victims - here's hoping for a full (if not speedy) recovery. (1,458 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apple cider orange color with a tiny delicate bubbly head that disappears fast. No lacing to speak of. The 2011 version is listed at 8.00% rather than 9.00%.

Smell is average , a hint of spices.

Taste is surprisingly good. The combination of spices and vanilla make this taste almost like a Belgian Tripel - slightly boozy, spicy, a little sweet and rich...the Belgian yeast is the only thing missing.

Mouthfeel is good. Spices play across the tongue. An overall rich beer with a little warming effect of the alcohol.

Overall pretty good. A big flavor even though the aroma is lacking. I would like to see a bit more vigorous head and lacing. Would drink this one again. (687 characters)

Photo of boudreaux
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
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 (738 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep ruby amber. Low whispy eggshell white head. High clairity. A few small bubbles.

S - very pleasant fruity yeasty initial smells. Banana candy. Lots of bubblegum. Exactly like a bag of big league chewing gum.

T - initial sweet tangy spices show. But then bitter mild hops. A bit more of that bubblegum and a finish of malt. Nice.

M - smooth and fizzy

D - very nice. First time to have this but it's a winner. Sad hitachino has such poor consistency. (463 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's beer of the month club and poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a hazy orange in my glass. Whatever little amount of white foam initially crowned the beer disappeared *immediately*, very disappointing. The nose is a bit better though, vanilla comes through very prominently. The cinnamon and nutmeg come through a bit as well, with a slight, welcome citrusy aroma from the orange peel and coriander closing things out. That great vanilla note is greatly diminished in the flavor, which hurts the beer a fair bit. It had really provided the foundation for the other spices and influences to come in over the top of in the aroma, and without it there's no real support for the various flavors. The body is solidly middle of the road, appropriately in the background. The carbonation though is way over aggressive, creating a distinct, harsh, fizziness with each sip.I believe this is my third beer from Hitachino Nest, and I still haven't found one that impresses. (1,017 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange with a touch of bronze and a small whispy cap that left abruptly, no stick.

S- Oranges, coriander, vanilla, other spices

T- Vanilla, coriander, oranges, other spices. This is for sure a Kiuchi beer, LOL!!

F- Medium, light carb, small linger of alcohol.

D- Glad I split the bottle, not a winner. (308 characters)

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into my victory tasting tulip.

A- a small cap of off white head that dissipates quickly leaving only the thinnest of rings around the glass. Hazy dark peach orange in color with a nice glow when held to light.

S- rather simple nose just some spiced banana bread and a good musty yeasty hit. Touches of stone fruits.

T- good bit of spice and earth with a baked good sweetness and some yeasty fruity esters.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body with a light carb that gives a slickness to the feel.

D- another tasty brew from kiuchi I would love to have this on xmas eve with some kind of tasty fall spiced baked good. (643 characters)

Photo of veinless
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2009 Commemorative Ale.

Poured a dark, cloudy sap brown, with more red than orange. Head is ample, white, and foamy like soap suds. Very fine bubbling and lots of retaining, but next to no lace.

Smells grassy and vaguely spiced, with bits of citrus and nutmeg coming out the most in the smell. Other scents seem to be in the background, but are masked by that first wave of smell.

Taste brings the rest of those to the party, with cinnamon and coriander mixing with a little bit of a raw vanilla bean finish. Orange turns out to be the citrus, and the malts turn semi-sweet into a roasted grain/coffee taste. Everything seems a bit off though, I think because the spices/flavors just don't mesh quite together.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with a sticky finish. Drinkability is good, although the bombardment of spices may make it a bit overwhelming at times. (876 characters)

Photo of Rmason104
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
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! (721 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a orangish brown in color with pale yellow highlights that had a 2 finger head that dissipated quite fast and left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a combination of caramel and herbal notes seem to dominate the aroma along with floral, citrusy, spice, sweetness from malts and faint booze.

T: the herbal and caramel notes are more apparent on the palate with some spice, slight brown sugar, earthy, and citrusy accents. It did have a touch of underlying booze as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of tingly carbonation which had a sweet, spice, herbal, and citrusy finish.

D: drank decent and was a good herbal beer that reminds me of a sahti style beer. I didn't know the japanese had it in them. (750 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours cloudy amber copper with a 1+ fizzy finger head that decent retention

smells fruity vanilla with lots of xmas spices - (smells like a SN meets an Anchor Xmas)

taste - the first thing that hits me is the orange peel and coriander then the vanilla and the sweet malts - the the other spices take me long to pick out but they are there

mouthfeel has a medium body with over the top carbonation so much so that the beer seems to dissolve in you mouth

drinkability is so so - the beer is rather pricey (little less the $5 a 12oz) the medium body with the high carbonation makes the beer very filling (604 characters)

Photo of scott451
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was a gusher so I poured it into a glass mug. Not surprisingly a towering foamy head with vigorous carbonation at first. A beautiful slightly hazy reddish amber. Mindful of a saison. The head soon settles down to a persistent thin layer. Weak bubby lacing.

Floral smells. Light spicy malts. Big flavour on the first sip. Coriander. Belgian yeasts, a bit of sourness.

Smooth creamy. A very good beer but very hard to place the style. Saison? Triple? Herbed/Spiced? It is not any one, but a good winter warmer nonetheless. A bit sweet and boozy for a session. Just one is plenty. (582 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours with a MONDO heavy head (user error) which does not recede very quickly at all. Awesome airy head retention on top of a cloudy burnt sienna or tan liquid base. Very delicate lacing as the head recedes, almost polka-dot fashioned bubbles on the interior of the glass. Head finally settles at about a finger.

Smell: Orange and cinnamon pop out at me. The bottle also boasts additions of nutmeg, coriander and vanilla beans. Can't argue with that, though it takes me a minute to grasp the vanilla.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet, orangey taste right up front. The nutmeg and cinnamon follow, piercing the taste uds with spiced beauty. Medium carbonation allows for full savoring of the many tastes in this brew. I taste very little alcohol in this brew...it's decidedly sneaky and goes down quite easily, leaving a soft layer of creamy, herbal goodness on the palate.

Drinkability: At $5/bottle (330 ml) it's a bit out of my price range...but price not considered, I could easily drink this a few times a week. Would definitely recommend it as a dessert beer. The sweetness is not overwhelming, but doesn't seem to lend itself well to the main course.

Really good brew! My only other Japanese beer experience came from Sapporo (who is to Japan as Budweiser is to the USA, I assume). This was a welcome surprise on an impulse buy! (I liked the owl on the bottle) (1,420 characters)

Photo of mulder1010
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Upon opening it started gushing on me. Settled down pretty quick though. Poured a hazy, deep orange color. Early on a lot of visible carbonation. After full pour only a few carbonation bubbles were left. Had a one finger off white head that had a lot of large bubbles in it. Upon swirling the head got compact but went back to big bubbles.

S-- Sweet, candied orange blossom. Little bit of Carmel and bread tones to it. Reminds me more of Belgian styles really with the sweet bread smell.

T-- Lots of orange and cinnamon. Just a little bit of Carmel and bread to finish it off.

M-- Pretty high carbonation and quite fizzy. Orange softens in the mouth and the cinnamon really takes over. Not a hot cinnamon but strong taste. Also sticks around a while after finishing. Feels more like a wheat beer with a lot of cinnamon to me.

D-- Decently hidden ABV. Listed as 8% on the bottle. Pretty easy to drink but for me too much cinnamon. Would have liked to have seen more orange paired with it. Otherwise a very solid spiced beer and one of the better ones out there that can be found on a regular basis. (1,135 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. 2009 edition.

Beautiful orange color with off-white low profile head. Nose is slick and sweet smelling. Very floral with notes of pale caramel. Palate is fat but balanced by creamy carbonation. Floral and caramel flavors, a bit boozy, but a long spicy finish. (360 characters)

Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a tan head that leaves some spotty lacing behind

S - Is of Christmas spices and dark fruits

T - Spices are very forward with dark fruit and sweet malt

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This is an enjoyable interesting beer it has a good taste that pretty easy to drink worth picking up if you see it at the store (377 characters)

Photo of carpezytha
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: Tulip
A: Enormous lumpy head over a very murky cedar-red body. Head disappears leaving almost no lace traces.
S: Damp blanket with a strong sour cherry note and brazil nut. Some dried fig and pear.
T: Sharp crabapple followed by dark German farmer's bread. Some sweet earth. Thoughtfully balanced sour, sweet, malt and funk. Hops just there enough to dovetail behind the more powerful flavors. A complex beer.
M: Moderate carbonation, full body and some heat.
D: Quite quaffable but in small quantities. I would try this well balanaced ale again for certain, but not for a few months. (598 characters)

Photo of juju7
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Sometimes this is what it's about for me - something original, difficult to categorize and stays with you for a while. First of all, yes, 5 for appearance. Hazy ochre orange with a mountainous head that started at about 3 fingers and was still 1 finger at the end of the glass. Brilliant. An eclectic aroma of orange, spice, lemon, coriander, cinnamon and a slight hint of vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden in this bad boy, noticeable but not hot or overpowering. The flavours are again an interesting orgy of witbier, strong ale and American Pale ale. Maybe it doesn't fit perfectly into any particular category according to BJCP, but who really cares. An individual. (684 characters)

Photo of Dawkfan
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was lively as soon as I opened it, good thing I had my glass close by.

A- A ton of foam, 4 fingers worth of white spongy head. Retention is good, lacing is minimal. The body is a cloudy apricot.

S- Yeast and spice mainly, there's a bit of zing in here from some citrus. Reminds me of a wit in someways.

T- Christmas spices and orange peel. Booze is noticeable in the finish, but not bad for 8%abv.

M- Not a bad mouthfeel, fairly creamy, medium body and above average carbonation.

D- I wasn't really digging this at the start, but it got better near the end I thought. (577 characters)

Photo of elricorico
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with a slight brown tinge to it. Way too much head, this bottle foamed and foamed, it took about 10 minutes to pour a glass.

Citric and somewhat soapy smelling. Yeasty funk. Not much else to say, despite a variety of ingredients.

Sticky sweet, then spicy, then funky, then finishes a little hot. Caramel to vanilla in the sweetness, notable cinnamon in the middle. Flavours are all over the place and don't really seem to work together as much as compete with each other. Not bad, just gives a disorganized impression.

Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy. Carbonation just barely cuts through, feels a little heavy.

This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a great beer either. I think it may have come together better with some age, but I'm not enthusiastic about it enough to bother trying. (798 characters)

Photo of pecokid
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy orange amber. Smell - I did not pick up much aroma at all with this beer, maybe a little yeast though. Taste - spices come through strong with a solid backbone of orange maltiness. Mouth feel - not cloying and just less than a barley wine. Drinkability - Tasty full bodied brew I would think about buying another. Overall - nice beer with a lot of spice. I don't remember what I paid for it. (411 characters)

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.