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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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580 Ratings
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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 22
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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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Photo of humulusphile


4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-13-2013 05:51:06 | More by humulusphile
Photo of mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-22-2014 18:49:07 | More by mtomlins
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%

11.2oz bottle into crystal hock. Bottle date "XH.11.03"

Hazy copper color, very little head that reduces to a ring. Smell is very interesting: reminiscent of a dry white wine, some sake smell. Taste is dry and semi-sweet. Finishes with a sake taste, slightly sour. Mouthfeel is low carb with a slight puckering sourness.

Looking at other reviews I wonder if my bottle went bad. What I had was something like a Sake-Beer with almost none of the Belgian characteristics coming through. This beer needs some sort of richness from the malt to better balance, too much sake going on for my tastes.

01-02-2012 22:45:08 | More by VaterRoss
Photo of hermit990


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-04-2014 01:36:29 | More by hermit990
Photo of gmcfarre


3.18/5  rDev -15.6%

11.2 oz bottle poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a hazy orange color with yellow hues around the edges. A massive foamy head develops that keeps rising out of the pint glass to crest at about 1/2 inch above the glass (but without spilling over). Really bizarre head, something I don't think I've ever seen from a beer. Loads of lacing.

S - A pleasant oak woody scent is plainly evident, and it seems to combine nicely with both the malt and hop flavors. Mildly sweet with some floral aspects. A bit of sour fruit.

T - Starts off with a dry and sweet malt presence that is heavy on dark fruit flavor. Alcohol is only barely evident. At the finish a woody sour flavor takes over and is slightly unpleasant, or at least out of line with the rest of this brew.

M - Fairly heavy for a lighter colored beer. Mild carbonation. Sour and still sweet at the finish.

D - An interesting beer that unfortunately never really comes together for me. Appearance was outstanding, but the taste didn't live up to that high precedent. Probably my least favorite offering from an otherwise outstanding brewery.

10-19-2008 01:05:00 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of schaffer9252

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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


3.08/5  rDev -18.3%

Appearance- Cloudy, deep orange-amber with fine particles of sediment. Thick creamy off-white head. Excellent retention.

S- Strong sour astringent aromas. Phenol.

Taste- Powerful sour flavor, green-apple tartness with phenol and cloves. Overall hard to describe. No strong malt character, maybe a bit of hop-bitterness.

Mouthfeel- light body with carbonation that seems almost deflate quickly.

Drinkability- Not one I'll pick up again, as the strong phenolic flavor is one I don't particularly care for. I love sake, and the idea was an intriguing one. Unfortunately sake flavor was not present, as far as I could tell.

03-12-2009 23:26:31 | More by endincolorado
Photo of cbarrett4


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Seriously creepy/cute owl. Man I love the Japanese!

*** Label slightly different than one pictured, states "Matured in Sake Casks" *** But apparently is the same beer (and all newly created listings with 'sake cask' get popped under the regular XH listing).

Also of note: this beer was not really aged in sake casks, it was aged in sochu casks. For those of you who know Japanese liquor (and it's a love/hate relationship as I'm sure you agree) Sochu (Sochyu, soju, shochu) is a rice wine (sake) fermented into an 80 to 90 proof liquor and often matured in cask.

Poured a dark brown/black with blue-ish highlights. Oatmeal colored, persistent head, low carbonation.

Smells a lot like a sour ale. Lot's of fruit, a hefty dose of the sour cherry, lacto thing with some sake like notes, a little spice, and plum. Really reminds me of a barrel aged Belgian.

Flavor is remarkable. The sour note adds so much and keeps the intense sake-like flavors subdued. Very intense and fruit forward.

Texture is lovely with a massive amount of wall to wall flavor, great grip, and a good balance of acidity and alcohol.

This beer sings, and I'm all ears (and tastebuds). I immediately returned and bought every bottle they had at Whole Foods. This is going to be a cornerstone beer and one that I will love fooling beer geeks with blind tastings.

09-01-2011 18:53:50 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of amano_h

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-08-2014 15:21:13 | More by amano_h
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

05-14-2014 23:29:23 | More by ariceclemson
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Pours an opaque chestnut red with a 1/4" coating of medium tan head.

S: Dark fruit (plum being the most prominent), floral hops, fruity yeast. Perhaps a little vanilla, and a bit "grainy." Spicy character underlying it all--not sure if it is from the hops or sake cask.

T: Bready, toffee-y malts, dark fruit, spicy character and floral hops. The sake seems to come through with a slightly grainy, slick finish.

M: Medium carbonation makes it seem light-bodied. In the finish it seems a bit heavier, and the slightest bit syrupy.

D: Very interesting offering from Hitachino--great to see unique things like this from abroad.

01-12-2010 03:51:34 | More by darklordlager
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-30-2012 19:40:38 | More by flyingmick
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -5%

The solution to gushing bottles is to drink the beer on tap. It passes the buck to the barkeep.
Appearance was cloudy deep orange with a medium white head that stays for quite a while and leaves reasonable lacing.
Smell had an unusual mixture of peach and apricot.
Taste was sour, lots of malt. Slight bitter edge. Not sue what the sake barrels donated to the effort. Finish reminded me of Lemon Pledge.
Surprisingly good body.
An interesting idea. I haven't tried it in a bottle, but those who did might want to give it a try on tap.

11-12-2009 14:48:09 | More by Travlr
Photo of Klym


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

07-13-2011 09:25:07 | More by Klym
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

07-25-2010 02:39:05 | More by levifunk
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-28-2013 14:08:02 | More by HookemHops13
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

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.

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


4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

02-14-2009 01:37:04 | More by SShelly
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

04-11-2012 21:33:43 | More by Jamesthebrit
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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
Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.