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

This brew pours a murky copper hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head and sticky lacing everywhere,the aroma is very herbal/spicey/peppery with some orange and vanilla in there aswell,it has a nice full creamy mouthfeel with tastes of spicey orange peels,vanilla and fruitcake laced hops,overall a nice brew that once again for this brewery is different to most other breweries brews and ive gotta say i havnt had a bad brew from this brewery yet even though this brew isnt my favourite from this brewery it is still a top notch brew so if you havnt tried their brews yet and see them i recommend you do. (633 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the 2010 version - served on tap at Brass Rail Deli 1/27/10.

A - A very attractive looking beer with slightly murky amber-banana milkshake appearance w/ whipped up ecru cap which settles to a band. The bead is fine and stringy lace collects

S - Slightly fruity full spicy nose w/ fruit ester of yeast and hint of floral aroma w/ a mild pineapple ester w/ subtle bubblegum aroma

M - a slightly viscous feel- sugary on the palate w/ moderately high effervescent and fruity texture w/ slightly spicy middle and alcohol presence is somewhat high in the finish w/ residual sweetness in the finish

T - The beer tastes like a strong ale in some respects as malt is sweet and has an unripe banana kind of tanginess from the yeast w/ mild peppery spice which hints at coriander w/ a nice tropical fruit element and sweet finish

D - A tasty strong spiced brew. The beer is nice for half the glass, but as it warms seems to become more alcohol influenced and the attenuation isn't there. The yeast notes of pineapple and spice seems to fit sippin' in winter (1,060 characters)

Photo of SShelly
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/red with a giant poofy cloud for head (very gentle pour after spending a week in the fridge, at least 5" of head that isnt retreating 5 min. later...)

aroma is spice, cinnamon, coriander and a little orange zesty thing (hey just what it says on the bottle!)

Spices are dominant in the flavor, a little fruity with some christmas cheer thrown in for good measure, a little thin in the mouth. some malt can be found behind all the spices and it sits on the pallet a little sweet at the end

not the best kiuchi beer ive ever had, I would want the body and malt to both be bigger to offset the spices, worth trying but wont be looking for it again. (667 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy cranberry red with a long-lasting white head, no lace.

S: Spicy fruitcake, vanilla, I'd liken it to a scented holiday candle.

T: Mix of sweet cherries, plums and strawberries. Orange peel is candy like and clear in the flavour. Notes of cinnamon as well, the other spices aren't as clear cut.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium-bodied, not thin at all, pretty long aftertaste.

D: Good winter beer, nice and spicy, would be good on a cold night. (478 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml short-ass bottle, 8% ABV - the most New Year's Eve appropriate beer in my fridge - the label presents the Hitachino owl mascot, which looks like it's been watching "Battling Seizure Robots", pasted in front of Mt. Fuji. Sufficiently Japanese for this gaijin.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fat Western fingers of puffy, bubbly, and foamy off-white head, which recedes rather slowly, leaving some broadly awkward sudsy coral reef lace around the glass.

It smells of bready - the gingery sort - malt, mild musty citrus, metallic cinnamon, a softly spicy herbal note that is most likely the advertised coriander, and a musty, earthy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more in the same vein - rather sweet caramel and wheaty malt, kissed with ginger and nutmeg, overripe citrus, sugary coriander, woody vanilla, and a bit of herbal, lightly perfumed spiced rum warming.

The carbonation is rather tame, not even throwing up a front of frothiness, the body a stolid medium weight, mostly smooth and perhaps a tad creamy. It finishes well off-dry, malty, fruity and pleasantly boozy. And clean, let's not forget about that.

A pleasant, subdued, but still thoroughly flavourful holiday ale, one with strong mirror-world BSDA holiday-season tendencies. The large-ish (8% here) alcohol is well integrated, manifesting in nothing more than a particularly suitable warming, and as the last few hours of 2009 zoom by, the label's fortune cookie-esque English translation of a decidedly forward-looking upbeat New Year's saying actually hits the spot right now. (1,586 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a short stubby brown 330 ml bottle, label states abv. as 8%

Finger-width spongy off-white head that settles to a thinner, tighter, creamier cap. Appearance is a cloudy light amber.

Tart wheat and coriander are predominant, sweet peachy notes and dry spice.

Dry, earthy, spicy flavour, doesn't get more complex than that.

Fullish-bodied, creamy yet dry mouthfeel.

All in all doesn't blow my skirt up though, the elements go together quite well, but it's a combination that simply doesn't pull it together, at least not over my palate. Perhaps not listed properly, this would make a decent saison, although that's still not high up on my list of preferred styles either. (679 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 batch

A: Dark, dank orange in color. Cloudy. A huge, sticky head that is a light orange-tan in color and has excellent retention. Some sediment is noted.

S: Malt. Bourbon and alcohol. Orange peel. "Christmasy"

T: Again a good dose of malt on the front end. Then orange peel and your typical assortment of "winter" spices like nutmeg, allspice and, to a lesser extent, ginger. Finishes with a strong, lingering nutmeg-cinnamon aftertaste.

M: Medium in body with higher carbonation that quickly fades. The spices give a light tingly feeling.

D: A good winter warmer and for that I should have read the side of the bottle. I picked this one up at Mitsuwa to go with some sushi and I can assure you the two don't mix well. However, I will admit that was my own fault for incorrectly stereotyping this beer as a Japanese beer for Japanese food. (853 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass nov28 2009

A cloudy peach with tonnes of little bubbles this beer is very much alive, large 3 finger head has excellent retention and leaves decent lace. pretty sexy looking beer if you ask me

S I don't smell vanilla mentioned on the label but I do pick up on some clove not mentioned along with the nutmeg and a little booze

T as it smells but with a little citrus along with some allspice and a touch of warming booze, not a bad winter warmer much better then I expected

M before it turns to foam in your mouth it has a creamy feel upon entry

D a little dangerous if you ask me, a very unique ale and my first from a Japanese micro

this was a great introduction to micro beers from Japan, I have the inside scoop on a number of new ones that should be hitting shelves in Alberta soon. I think the bottles alone will make these quite popular and the fact that the beer inside is quite good won't hurt their cause (958 characters)

Photo of checkfeet
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely copper with an orangish head, which thins then sticks around for awhile.

Nose is all apricots and honey.

Tastes like vaniila, licorice and cloves cut through by pickled plums...a heavy alcohol aftertaste rises quickly. There's almost no maltiness between the fruit and booze. You can taste the 9%. Its like somebody went to drizzle a fruit pie with Jaeger and brandy and ended up dumping half the bottle by mistake.

A solid brew, but a bit too boozy; not enough balances it out.

Kudos to the nest for constantly trying interesting styles. No one else in Asia is doing anything like it. (604 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber with a big off white head with very large bubbles.

S - Spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon and light citrus, mostly orange peel.

T - Very herbal, almost tea like, citrus with spice. Maybe hints of allspice, nutmeg or cinnamon. Sweet with orange peel and citrus. Slightly yeasty.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel, well carbonated, herbal and yeasty.

D - Interesting beer but is almost like a meal in a glass with how heavy it is mixed with aal the spice and citrus. (462 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy ruby red color with orange hues a huge, thick yellowish-beige head that last throughout, coating the glass in chunky lacing. Spicy citrus aroma with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, lemon zest and orange peel. Very carbonated but still has a creamy medium body. Light fruit notes of cherry, lemon, orange peel, with hints of vanilla spicy cinnamon and slight alcohol warmth in the finish. The ABV is very well masked. (434 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (461 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2009 Edition with vanilla beans, corriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon. This beer pours a cloudy amber color with a nice head that hangs around for a while. The orange peel and corriander come through strong in the aroma, but the other spices are still there. A touch of alcohol and very little malt or hops in the smell. The flavor is all about the spices. Very spicy. The citrus components mix with the nutmeg and cinnamon to create a powerful flavor that overwhealms all other flavors. Malt and hops are hidden. The alcohol is also apparent. It has a medium mouthfeel, but the way the spices coat the mouth, it makes it seem more full. The drinkability suffers here, in my opinion. There is just too much spice and too much alcohol that isn't balanced. Interesting beer, but not one of my favorites. Oh yeah, I didn't get any of the vanilla bean. (853 characters)

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version

330ml brown bottle. back label has possible batch number of "CH.7.10.2"

poured into tulip

slow gusher. rampant, foamy head - about 70% foam on my slow and careful first pour! this head almost never fades either! foamy and rocky, with light beige color. the beer itself is nearly clear on the early pours despite the thick and ample sediment in the bottle. orangey amber in color.

aroma: fruity cherries and even raspberries or strawberries. sweet caramel and candied citrus peel, hint of candied ginger. whiff of grassy hops. whiff of alcohol. whiff of musty yeast. trace of vanilla.

taste: orange, both fruity sweetness and tartness together upfront, meets with gentle nutmeg, anise, vanilla and light phenols, into a grassy hop bitterness that is moderate yet snappy. slight tartness in the aftertaste and finish, plus hop resins. some caramel underlying everything, fighting back against the phenolic bite.

medium body, relatively smooth, with momentary astringency and resins before smoothing out again in the finish. moderately prickly carbonation can be fluffy at the start.

this really should be classified an herb/spiced beer. reviewing it as a winter warmer might bring down the score. (1,214 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Vengeance526
4.37/5  rDev +15%
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. (957 characters)

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

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. (731 characters)

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

Big thanks to Chris and Kyoko for bringing this one back from Japan and sharing it around!

Pours a cloudy darkened amber, medium sized off white head forms, drops down to a thin layer rather quick, some spots on the glass, very murky. Smell is neat, wine, citrus, vanilla and oak, caramel, some dark fruitiness and yeast, light bit of sourness, smells nice. Taste is similar, caramel, very woody, vanilla, sherry, kind of milky, alcohol, bread, oranges and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation, some warmth going down. I liked this, pretty interesting combination of flavours and aromas, not too spicy which is my usual complaint about winter warmers. Thanks Chris and Kyoko! (704 characters)

Photo of Nipitato
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Copper hue. Off white head that is huge and has great retention. Good clarity.

S: Wine/port like. Spicy and sweet with some bitter notes.

T: Surprisingly, some very subtle lactic sourness. Nutmeg and cinnamon spices are noticeable and well done. Balance is on the malty sweet side.

MF: Rich and full mouthfeel. Well carbonated. Some alcohol warming. Dry finish.

D, notes: This is the totally wrong time of the year to be drinking this beer (I drank this in August and am writing this review of notes). That being said, this is a pretty solid, well balanced brew that handles its spices very well. A nice sipping beer. (684 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Tilley4
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a single bottle of this from Mr. Whiskers in Nashville.

This beer looks crazy! It pours out ver, very murky with a Duvel-like carbonation that forms a 4 inch head in the tulip with half a bottle left to pour... Looks weird... Sort of an orange color but with brown highlights...

Aroma is strange as well.. Sort of yeasty and funky with the slightest of orange peel and perhaps a little cinnamon...

Hmmmm... Not a big fan of the taste here.... Maybe a little orange and spices but I can't get through the carbonation on this one... It just seems to foam up in the mouth and kill any taste there is... Disappointing...

Won't be getting this one again... (666 characters)

Photo of oejustin
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Have been looking for more beers from these guys. I've had alot of the others, most notably the red rice ale. So when I happened across this I had to buy a few. First thing I noticed is it's more carbonated than it should be. I feel like this beer has a smoother taste hidden behind the excess of bubbles. It's still a decent beer and has a higher than expected ABV. Worth trying, you might like it more than I did... (417 characters)

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

Was pleasantly surprised to see this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer smells very sweet with almost a cherry cough drop nose. The beer is every bit as sweet on the palate, but not overly so. This beer is quite smooth and tastes rather potent. While not tiring to drink, and while the abv. is not overly noticeable, you can tell the abv. is up there. The beer is quite warming, making it an excellent winter warmer (though the beer sheet at Max's describes this beer as an eisbock). The beer finishes well and has a long, smooth finish. It really strikes one as quite rich.

This is a pretty nice beer, though one at a sitting would be my limit. (726 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage, 11.2 oz bottle poured into my New Belgium goblet, the Commemorative Ale is a dark, murky copper with a huge, fluffy ivory head that is very long lasting but leaves only scattered lace. Took several pours to get the small bottle into my large glass. Also, since it foamed out of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap, there was no hope of not rousing the sediment...

Smell is strong, sweet and floral, tropical citrus fruits, it reminds me a bit of fruit punch starburst candy. Or a saison.

Taste is quite different, not very sweet, tinny and dry, grainy with a firm bitterness and only a slight amount of spice, that frankly I'd guess is all (Belgian) yeast esters were it not from the spice bill listed on the label (coriander, orange peel, nutmeg and cinnamon), except for the orange, which is most distinct. This has a 'kitchen-sink strong Belgian' feel to it, a little bit of everything that in the ends comes across rather lacking character, rather then being big and spicy. I should say the ABV is well hidden, it drinks more like a 6-7% WW.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, yeasty, somewhat heavier body.

Drinkability is not bad...not super tasty, but pretty smooth and easy going down in spite of it's size. Not something, however, that I wish to revisit anytime soon. (1,296 characters)

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