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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

584 Ratings
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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 333
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of Kuaff
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

Kuaff, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of williamtlow
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

williamtlow, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

GreesyFizeek, Jul 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

mrjez, Jun 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

patre_tim, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

tykechandler, Jun 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Mikeluzzjr, Jun 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

spoonsock, Jun 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Gasc0igne, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

amano_h, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

GRG1313, Jun 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Soterios, Jun 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

hermit990, Jun 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

mizx, May 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

b2611, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

ariceclemson, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

vermilcj, May 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jcugafsu, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

acurtis, May 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

RummyRedbeard, May 05, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +6.1%

(purchased at Free Bridge Wine & Spirits, chilled - bottle code XH.12.05 - poured into a balloon)

A: orange-ruby liquid, fair amount of haze and speckled proteins in suspension... about a finger width of tan foam on the pour that slowly petered out into a messy outer collar... little boogers of lace here and there

S: dried-out wood planks, bruised grapes, hint of dark crystal malt, touch of bourbon... has an overtone of oxidized malt that I've become familiar with in old bottles of German lagers, however, the aforementioned aromas do match and balance the aged qualities... faint hint of floral alcohol

T: vague port/plum wine flavors up front... dark, turning-over fruit flavors, however, not too much sweetness... fair bit of rum-soaked raisin and lightly-tart citrus peel in the finish... a quiet, dried-leaf, tea-like hop bitterness slowly builds at the back of the palate with each sip... a weak flavor of old black coffee builds in the back, only becoming apparent in the final few sips...

been so long since I had sake - can't say for sure what flavors it picked up from the oak casks, however, their seems to be a similar nuance to some Japanese plum wines I've had - could it be this particular oak plus oxidation/age?

M: medium-bodied and round, attenuated ever so slightly by an undercurrent of brandy-like booze... a touch chewy on the edges... touch of tannic puckering and mellow warmth after the finish... fairly dry in the end

O: very much in line with the qualities of their other stronger ales... dunno if it's good practices or having fortunately stumbled upon a long-chilled bottle, but their (stronger) stuff seems to hold up and age fairly well... got lucky I suppose

Bouleboubier, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of ramrod666
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

ramrod666, Apr 29, 2014
Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.