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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

616 Ratings
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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 335
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 24
Gots: 31 | 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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4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Attractive dark amber with a creamy foam on the second pour.

Starts out sweet with the dry yeasty edge. This tastes very much in the Belgian style to me. It's actually better than a lot of actual Belgian dark beers. This is cleaner, with just enough funk, and it has a bitterish edge that is the right counterbalance to the sugars. Smooth caramel finish.

Tremendously drinkable and not excessively strong. It's complex, intriguingly fruity, and has that mysterious Belgian yeastiness. From the 3.75 ml bottle purchased in Tucson (thanks, Jason).

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3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hops come through first in the aroma with a lemon and orange quality; the malt aroma takes time to appear but has a sweet bread and toffee character; there is also some fruitiness akin to cherry, prune. The body is hazy and deep amber with orange-ish highlights; the head is frothy and cream colored; there's lots of sticky lacing. The flavor at first is surprisingly hoppy upfront, soon followed by alcohol and then malt. The hops seem fruity and citrusy with a bit of earthy bitterness. The malt is also rather pronounced and has a bready and toasty character. The alcohol quickly mellows out and contributes to a somewhat spicy quality. The medium-light body is smooth with lots of carbonation and a little carbonic bite; there's also some alcohol warming.

The overall impression, particularly after a few sips, is one of maltiness with a dark and mild fruity accent. It's pretty tasty and satisfying, though not especially complex overall.

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.