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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 beesy:
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has XH.11.10 printed on the back.

A - pours a hazy deep orange with a half finger head that dissipates quickly.

S - powerful notes of rice and alcohol, grainy malt. Smells like a touch of allspice and ginger in it, but doesn't seem to be an ingredient listed anywhere.

T - initially a lot of dryness. A firm hop bitterness starts mid palate and ends spmewhat coarse with A slight amount of oak and vanilla detected in the mid palate. I'm getting the allspice notes on the back end as detected in the nose. Lots of munich type, bready profiles on the end.

M - medium bodied that seems dryier on the tounge than it is.

D - lower for me due to the spice profiles found late on the palate.

Overall, an interesting beer. I wish I had more experiemce with sake to be able to pick more of the sake profiles out, or attribute them to sake correctly. Not something I think I will buy again, unless its to revisit after some sake tastings.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 01:01:36 | More by beesy
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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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

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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.

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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.

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
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