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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

624 Ratings
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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 338
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.73%
Wants: 26
Gots: 33 | FT: 1
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Japan

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-29-2002

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
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber-brown, hazy, half finger white head, quick to a sticky lace.
Raisin pops in the smell, malts, some wood, faint caramel, a touch of sour grapes.
Fruity taste in the beginning, with plum, apricot, some raisin, mild sweet citrus, touch of pineapple and even some coconut. Malty, with caramel, faint cocoa powder and toasted grains. Belgian yeasts, some extra vanilla and cinnamon too. Starts dusty, gets even dustier. Close to the finish the sake barrels show up, with a bit of sourness, very very clear wood, faint nuttiness and a dry alcoholic feel, sort of like stronger dry white wine. Finishes crisp, a bit boozy, grassy bitterness, leaves a complex aftertaste (tobacco, sake, cocoa power, faint dark fruit).
Medium body, prickly carbonation.
This was new and sorta weird for me, but i liked it. Sake barrels dominate as it warms, so it gets a bit more boozy and quite dry. Really cool.

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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.

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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.

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.