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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) - Kiuchi Brewery

Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)

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532 Ratings
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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
From Japan's most prestigious brewery, Hitachino Nest XH (Extra High) is a strong Belgian Brown Ale, matured in shochu (distilled sake) barrels. Chinook & Styrian Goldings hops are use

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-29-2002)
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Reviews by Richardbeerlover:
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3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I dig the sake influence on this one. The sake aroma is very very faint and not perceptable at all unless you know you are looking for it. This beer has a nice head and aroma. The taste is very Belgium like in that you have that aged oak barrel flavor. A nice beer with a traditional old world Belgium flavor. I recommend this one for the novelty of the sake and aged oak barrels alone. The beer itself is pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 06:27:57 | More by Richardbeerlover
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-28-2014 01:09:55 | More by kmos27
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

03-20-2014 18:47:48 | More by Eighty
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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle marked XH.13.06 at 50 degrees into pint glass – much sediment on bottom
Aroma very faint spice
Head large (6 cm), off white, creamy with some rocks, slowly diminishing
Lacing – fair, sparse ribbon partway around the glass
Body orange, hazy
Flavor very unremarkable – weak spice, no malt, no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl, no hint of that oak sake barrel it was aged in.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Pretty much a “meh” beer, but with the potential to sneak up. This is 8 % and drinks like an unassuming bland session beer, although with the weak flavor why would you drink more than one?

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 13:39:25 | More by Ozzylizard
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-14-2014 22:54:57 | More by sblanton83
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

03-13-2014 02:31:09 | More by wehttam
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Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

03-09-2014 05:23:38 | More by LarryAppleton
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

03-09-2014 00:48:43 | More by willbike4brew
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

02-25-2014 22:44:25 | More by djchrismac
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

02-23-2014 17:20:48 | More by Andy_Luft
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-14-2014 23:05:21 | More by mdagnew
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

02-09-2014 03:13:36 | More by Poupae
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-07-2014 15:49:03 | More by bbrown12
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

02-05-2014 03:02:12 | More by Lukass
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a - dark orange/brown, a finger of frothy khaki head, good lacing but dissipates over time

s - citrus, hops, fruitiness

t - medium piny hops, bready/cream malts usual to belgian darks but largely subdued. alcohol heat, can pick up the sake just barely.

m - slightly sticky, bitter, astringent carb the first few sips, metallic toward the end

o - pretty good beer. definitely tastes like a hitachino, they all seem to have this specific creamy backbone. wouldn't have picked up on the sake if I wasn't looking for it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 08:12:27 | More by wildlife
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4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The color is a red amber color. Beer is transparent with a good amount of active carbonation while in the glass. Light head, only present on the edges of the glass while drinking.

Smell: Toffee amber malt body jumps out right away. There is a semi-sweet, slightly sour grape must type aroma that I assume is from the sake casks. Medium dry fruit really brightens up the aroma.

Taste: Subtle fruits and some sourness greets the palate. A chewy amber malt presence warms up the body and gives this beer a great backbone. Accents of toffee, caramel, apricots, and raisins are prevalent. The dry fruits continue to dance on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Very subtle with everything going on but really pleasant drinking throughout.

Overall: Very much impressed by this one. The tones of this beer mesh together well and create a unique brew. It's been hit or miss from this brewery for me but this one is definitely a hit. Highly recommended if you are looking for something a little different.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:51:15 | More by KFBR392
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a chestnut color with a bit of an off white head. Retention is poor.

S- Vinous caramel notes, and a little booze.

T- Slight caramel backbone, with a grape/wine tone.

M- Medium body, with a very dry finish.

O- Interesting. A little too fruity. I think the sake character is pulled out quite a bit, especially in the feel.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 02:36:49 | More by BWED
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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.