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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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564 Ratings
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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 331
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 20
Gots: 24 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Klym


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stone nonic. Shared with Cavery.

A: Pours a dark red with some brown hues. A nice 1 finger white head with pretty exceptional lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Wasn't sure what to expect but this still caught me off guard. Definitely yeast is up front in the nose, a little bit of sourness but also a deep fruit sweetness that is singular but reminiscent of watermelon, cherry, and strawberry.

T: My first few sips of this seemed extremely sweet and fruit-centric. Almost exactly like my memory of cherry push-lollipops from childhood. The fruit taste is reminiscent of lollipops/other artificial renditions of fruits, but it doesn't come off as cheap or nasty. As I drink more the yeast starts to play more role in the flavor. Other than that there is a little woodiness and a tad of medicinal bitterness. As I sip more and more, taste seems pretty varying and inconsistent. Even sometimes in one sip I feel like I hit 'pockets' of fruit flavor, with the rest being a somewhat bitter yeastyness.

M: Quite carbonated but with some syrupy like smoothness to the body. Not unpleasant to drink but not a noteworthy pleasure either.

O: This beer had some interesting parts to it, especially the unexpected sweet fruitiness. At the same time, a lot of mediocre qualities took a lot of attention in this beer and made it hard to give it credit for being anything other than just a bit above average. I like Hitachino and they've really impressed me a couple of times, but this is one of the weaker offerings I've had from them. Wouldn't recommend going to any exceptional length to get a hold of this, or even recommend trying it unless you have some strong interest in doing so.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 09:25:07 | More by Klym
Photo of schaffer9252

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-04-2013 14:49:51 | More by schaffer9252
Photo of levifunk


3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle just says XH on it, no "Extra High 8%" written above it. Also, on the neck label it says its 7%

a - light brown liquid, white head.

s - hops, malts, candy sweetness. citrus is pretty big.

t - can definately taste the sake. wierd flavor, but not bad. odd bitterness, part from hops part from the sake? bitterness surrounds the beer, but there is a candy sweetness in it.

m - medium body. bigger carbonation

overall - very interesting beer. probably not my favorite style of beer with the sake aging, but its pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 02:39:05 | More by levifunk
Photo of HookemHops13


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-28-2013 14:08:02 | More by HookemHops13
Photo of capra12

New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo on 8/12/09 from notes.

Appearance: Amber with 1 finger head.

Smell: Floral hops and alcohol.

Taste: Opens piney and hop which is there throughout the sip. The middle consist of a spicy, malty and alcohol which lingers to the end which finishes rather earthy and grainy, leaving a subtle malty and hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry with a warming effect.

Drinkability: I would have this again but only one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 03:06:07 | More by capra12
Photo of PG2G


4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-30-2012 02:58:18 | More by PG2G
Photo of mhewes


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours an amber color with a good head that leaves good lacing behind

S : Weird. It's got some fruit, sweetness, alcohol, and sake

T : Strong sweet malt flavor that ends up getting overwhelmed by the funky sake flavors. Not sure what I think of it since I'm not a big fan of sake

M : Good carbonation, light

D : Not being a fan of sake, it's probably one I would skip. It's not bad, just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 23:58:39 | More by mhewes
Photo of bluegrassbrew


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at vintage and rare beer tasting at the Funky Buddha Lounge.

Pours a deep copper/brown color. With a large head.

Smell is very spicy sweet, a bit woody.

Taste is again sweet and spicy. Hint of apple in there as well. Malty and delicious.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Very familiar yet unique if that makes any sense. One of my favorites from the tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 20:04:31 | More by bluegrassbrew
Photo of SShelly


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hills are alive with giant mountains of white foam.

cloudy,cloudy coppery gold color with a mountain of white effervescence on top. Fruity aroma with a little bit of a bite to it.

The flavor has a nice malty profile with a nice medium bitter quality, There is also a little bit of funk to this beer, the cask aging maybe?

Overall, interesting is a good description, leaves a vague bitter/sourness on the pallet, as with most hitachino it leaves me needing to buy another bottle and try it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 01:37:04 | More by SShelly
Photo of Jamesthebrit


4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Epic head. Body is hazy reddish brown, very interesting.
S: Wow that is good. Hits me with apricot, sweet, maybe some melon in there. Pineapple. Some very interesting smells here!
T: A very unique taste here. The fruit sweetness comes through but isn't overpowering. Some yeast and alcohol in there.
M: Sits really nice. Not too heavy, not too bubbly. Some flavor comes through but isn't overpowering.

Overall a pretty good beer. While some aspects were really great like the smell, the taste was good. I wish there had been a little bit more distinctness in the taste but still a really nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 21:33:43 | More by Jamesthebrit
Photo of henryclay_

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +26%

05-10-2014 15:22:01 | More by henryclay_
Photo of likeemdark


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

01-27-2012 14:01:45 | More by likeemdark
Photo of Hultkrantz


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

03-23-2013 23:31:22 | More by Hultkrantz
Photo of amano_h

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-08-2014 15:21:13 | More by amano_h
Photo of Douglas14


3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out an amber color with a nice, tan, fluffy head. The smell is heavily of citrus and bitter fruits and sake, with a touch of oak. The taste is strongly influenced by sake and the sake casks...it's actually a little overwhelming. Fruits also make an appearance. This brew has some very interesting qualities...some are good, but they are a bit too overpowering. Nice to try though.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 02:48:13 | More by Douglas14
Photo of corey0212


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky reddish color, not unlike the color of some barleywines I've had. Nice foamy tan head settles quickly into a sudsy collar around the glass. Some definite sourness in the nose, fruity & yeasty, and a slightly eye-watering alcohol smell. Taste is softer than the nose would imply, some oaky flavors, slight tartness, some bitter green apple skin. Nice thick mouthfeel on this one, even though the ABV isn't raging high, it's still a slow sipper. All in all, a very interesting brew, but not something I'd actively seek out on any kind of regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 00:18:19 | More by corey0212
Photo of HungarianCount


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-01-2012 17:32:48 | More by HungarianCount
Photo of BWED


3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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
Photo of ygolordned


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-27-2013 14:23:05 | More by ygolordned
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of a 12 oz bottle and into a chalice a hazy brown with a minimal trace of a head, just a few bubbles gathering around the perimeter of the glass. There are slight hints of gold visible when the glass is held up to the light

Caramel on the nose mingles with some fruity notes, a slight grape smell a kin to wine.

Caramel malts, bourbon-esque tones, the oak comes through but it's not over powering. Some piney hops present. It's amazing how well balanced this is. Nothing aggressively jumps out at you, yet it is in no way bland or one dimensional. A superbly crafted brew

Active carbonation, viscous a good mouthfeel

I enjoyed the experience of this beer though I can't see myself drinking it too often

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 02:24:44 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of dpnelson1978


3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. (330ml) bottle into Duvel tulip.

$4.99 / ea.

S: Sweet ripe fruit with a little licorice. Very nice!

A: Medium beige with nice lacing and cover. Cloudy brown body.

T: The fruit is much more subdued than in the scent. Can definitely detect the sake cask. Ok taste, but not very nuanced.

M: Light to medium body with medium to high carbonation. Carbonation is a bit higher than I like to see in this style.

D: Well hidden -OH and light body make this pretty drinkable, but old ales aren't something I do in excess.

O: Good, but not great. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 03:40:44 | More by dpnelson1978
Photo of TGS


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

08-26-2012 04:53:48 | More by TGS
Photo of speter

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Explosive pour (yes, I'm crying over spilled beer) a cloudy dark amber wiht a huge tan head that slowly dies to a ring around the edge with lacing overall.

S: The sake is very present in the nose, as is roasted malt and belgian-type yeast smell. Japanese Belgian?

T: Unbelievably complex. It starts with a burst of malty sweetness in the front, along with spice and rice-like sake overtones. The center has a brett-like cask tannin bite to it. The finish is bracingly dry, with a lingering sake aftertaste.

M: The heavy carbonation offsets the tannins and sake sweetness. Difficult to tell if the alcohol perception was in the mouth or in the nose.

D: This was an amazing beer, but ultimately it bordered on being just a bit too complex. One serving was great, but I feel it'd be pushing it with two.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 23:11:47 | More by speter
Photo of intoxabroad


4/5  rDev +6.1%

02-05-2014 15:59:37 | More by intoxabroad
Photo of weatherdog


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a 13oz Hitachino stubby tulip shaped pint glass at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle Il

It pours a lively reddish brown with a 2 finger head. The beer was pretty cloudy and lots carbonation bubbles were surfacing.

The aroma was pretty muted for what I would expect from the description. It had some wood and cherry type fruit notes mixed in with some nice Brett funk.

The taste was nice and tart with some fruit notes. It reminded me of a flanders style beer at first. Some wood came through as well. I'm sad to say that I've never partook in drinking sake so I cannot report on any influence in this beer. Overall it had a decent funky brett flavor profile but everything seemed muddled and sloppy. The carbonation was on the high side and became distracting forcing me to take smaller sips in order to savor the beer properly. An interesting beer for sure and glad to find it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 17:17:32 | More by weatherdog
Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.