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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) - Kiuchi Brewery

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

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85
very good

563 Ratings
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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 20
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

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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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean amber/light brown pour with a thin layer of head throughout the drink. smells of sour grapes, yeast, raisins, and heavy booze (rum).
taste is surprisingly sweet with a very weird aftertaste (i guess this is the sake barrel aging?). very fruity notes of plum, apricot, raisin, dates. medium body with a decent amount of carbonation, leaving a slight amount of cream on the lips, and a warm sensation from the heavy abv.

not a bad beer, more of an old ale than a belgian dark though. nothing to write home about, but i don't regret trying it!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 22:11:25 | More by facundoCNB
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3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellar temperature in a tulip.

It pours a dark, deep honey-orange color with a two-finger off-white head possessing decent staying power.

Smells like cherries, plums, caramel, honey, and grains, as far as I can discern.

The flavor reminds me a lot of IPAs, to my surprise. I get a real citrus bite, and even a bit of piney astringency. The finish has some honey-like maltiness and a clean and bitter hoppy sensation. It tastes good, but absolutely nothing like the Belgian strong dark ale style which has been mysteriously attached to it. Any of the expected dark fruit, spice, toastiness and sweet Belgian yeast flavors are completely, one hundred percent absent. Where did the idea that this is even remotely Belgian come from?

Its carbonation is pretty up there, and the body is medium.

This is one of those beers that have a bit of an identity crisis. Though it's labeled a Belgian ale, I would equate it with malt-forward, lightly bitter, darker-hued DIPAs more than anything Belgian. But it is, nevertheless, fairly enjoyable and unique.

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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not much nose, the scent isn't strong. but the beer has great body, a nice round texture. just the right amount of acidity. sweet, caramel-like cask flavor. Very malt forward with just enough hop finish flavor for excellent balance. delicious. great lacing from the head.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 03:44:24 | More by williamtlow
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a murky, hazy dark orange, almost red, with a one inch head and a decent amount of lacing.

Smells dark fruits, slightly sour cherries, and Belgian yeast.

If you had given this to me and asked me to identify what it was without showing me the bottle, I wouldn't have guess it was Sake barrel-aged. It does have some slight oak and vanilla flavors, along with Belgian yeast, and lots of dark fruits, along with a good proportion of very sweet tasting malt. Unfortunately, as this beer warms up, it becomes near undrinkable. I don't really understand what happened. It becomes astoundingly bitter, almost like aspirin, with a cough syrup like cherry sweetness on the back end. Gotta dock a good amount of points for this- beers like this should get better as they warm, shouldn't they?

Medium bodied, very drinkable at first, but then near undrinkable. Low carbonation.

A good effort, but not without it's problems. Drink it fast, and don't expect any sake influences.

Serving type: bottle

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 563 ratings.