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Hitachino Nest 3 Days - Kiuchi Brewery

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 102
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Francepants06 on 01-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

On 11th March 2011, a huge earthquake struck Japan and with it our brewery. Some parts of the brew house were damaged, and the brewing tanks were left leaning at an angle. Completion of the typical mashing period had to be extended to three days until electricity to the brewery was restored. Natural fermentation had already started in the mash tank during these three days with a lactic acid cultured in our brewery. This "3 Days" beer is limited to only 8,000 bottles.
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Photo of WrathsU
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper and amber hued body with a thick moderately long lasting slightly off-white head. Lacing looks to be great. Body is hazy but see through.

S - Lots of complexity in the nose. Clove, orange peel, and ginger hit up front strong, some fruity perhaps peach esters and tartness in it as well.

T - The spice is definitely strong up front. I get the clove and orange peel and other spicy tastes right away. The ginger is there but less pronounced as it was in the smell. A touch of alcohol but it is neither warm nor boozy. A very mellow faint tartness throughout that plays with the mellow bitterness well. It's all there but doesn't over saturate the beer at all.

M - The first thing I noticed on my first sip wasn't the taste, it was the unbelievable smoothness that the beer had to it. Coats your tongue with a slick feeling that isn't undesirable but rather nice. Has a medium body with a moderate carbonation level and slight alcohol burn.

O - This beer is phenomenal. Every aspect of it works perfectly together. It's an 8% abv beer but even being that high it is incredibly drinkable. Refreshing, not too heavy, and delicious to the nose and mouth.

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Photo of rudzud
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Very anxious to try this beer as the story behind it is it was in the tanks when the earthquake/tsunami struck. It then sat in the tanks for 3 days and wound up spontaneously fermenting. They were going to dump the beer, but then tasted it only to discover it tasted good! So, they bottled it. Very limited amount of this stuff.

A - Poured into a Duvel tulip a crystal clear amber, like maple syrup amber. Atop this was a nice, two finger off white almost maple hued head that faded to leave spotty clouding and a light halo.

S - Very interesting. Its a combination of darker fruits and citrus fruits. Nice figs, plum, cherries, raisins, and then theres oranges. Almost like a candied orange. Some spice notes too...definately some cloves, maybe some nutmeg too.

T - Really different. Not your typical wit whatsoever. Those dark fruits are there and present, though lighter. Slight figs/raisins, good cherry notes. A little sour too. The oranges are back on the finish. Really weird, but in a good way. Really, really not a witbier. Drinks like some sorta wild ale hybred. Some jam qualities in this. Really unique.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit heavy/syrupy. It did slowly rise from the bottle upon opening, so maybe that affected it a little. Lower carbonation on here. More would definately help this out.

O - Overall, this is a truely unique beer. It transcends the style. Really nice and unique. Good sourness and tartness, with these dark fruits intermingling with the cherries and oranges. Going to have to buy another bottle or two of this. It already isnt wit like and doesn thave alot of carbonation. Wonder what age would do to it...

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Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is reddish-amber. Pours with a nice head. Little lacing left on the glass but 20 minutes later some head lingers on the edge of the beer around the glass. Carbonation is finer bubbles and results in a creamy texture. Smells of blood orange or tangerine and alcohol is present. Taste is a strong candy flavor. Mis-classified and the result is closer to a Belgian style.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a medium amber/brown with a nicely formed one finger slightly off white head.Spiced yeasty phenols and vanilla dipped roasted pears really stand out in the nose,note's of brown sugar come into play as well.I really like the play of roasted pears and yeasty spice on the palate,normally not a fan of phenols but it works here,slightly medicinal with the lactic flavors really mild in the finish,the alcohol provides a little zip as it warms.This is a pretty damn good beer,it's different and a nice change of pace.

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Photo of palma
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper/dark orange color body. A centimeter deep head recedes quickly leaving a very faint lace.

Nose: minor funk immediately. Not big time but definitely noticeable that this beer had some spontaneous fermentation going on. Very interesting. Fruity, berries, spice and also some nuttiness in the nose. Ginger. Green apple.

Taste: Caramel malt. Ultra ripe fruit. Maple, wheat bread, citrus notes, cooked sugar. Very complex. Delicious. The funky yeast flavor throughout in the background makes it even more interesting.

A wit farmhouse style with some pseudo brett effects? Cool. A very nice and intriguing ale. Too bad only 8000 bottles produced.

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Photo of Florida9
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dirty dark copper in color. Somewhat hazy. Forms a moderate sized tannish colorsed head with some extra large bubbles . Minimal retention and some light lacing.

S: Fairly aromatic with lots of spice. Orange peel, clove, and nutmeg. Mild floral sweetness.

T: Very flavorful with a slight sour or tart quality. Lots of orange, but the flavor is more like orange rind than orange juice. Some more spice as well, predominantly clove. Luckily it's a light clove flavor and not an aggressive one. Mild bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Slight spice in the mouth.

O: overall, very well done, regardless of whether it was supposed to be like this or not. Good drink ability. Tries to serve this with some Japanese food, but it didnt pair all that well.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a reddish colored brew, definitely not something a Witbier typically looks like. The head was white with a good retention to and a light lacing. The smell of the beer is unique, I was picking up some kind of cinnamon notes in there as well as the sweet malts and maybe a few other subtle herbal notes. The taste was on the sweeter side, It has some light spice there as well with a dry finish to it. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very smooth and gently carbonated. Overall it was a really good brew, probably one of my favorites from this brewery so far. I felt this was more like a Winter Warmer than a Wit though. I would drink this beer again if the price was right. It was pretty pricey for what you get I think but still worth a try at least once.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest 3 Days

Appearance: cloudy caramel, medium head, and a little lacing.

Smell: yeasty pear and other fruits.

Taste: yeast, wheat, and a faint citrus sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

This is a good accidental brew. It has almost a milky texture while being smooth. It is very interesting.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Reddish orange in color, moderate internal carbonation, pours decent lacing, only the slightest bit cloudy

S: Quite fragrant, dried fruit, some lemon zest and coriander, nice citrus, some herbal elements, touch of alcohol, very pleasant

T: Very flavorful, identical to the nose, fruity, heavy citrus, coriander, herbal notes, some mint, light alcohol to finish, nice balance

M: Incredibly smooth, very refreshing, light fruit/citrus aftertaste, not drying or overpowering

O: A unique and delicious wit, smooth, fragrant, and flavorful; great marketing but with the beer to back it up

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is dark hazy amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: The smell is somewhat malty and has notes of citrus and hints of spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is a bit sour with complex flavors of dark fruits, orange citrus, spices and wheat.
M: It feels a medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate and coats your mouth. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an unusual variation of the Nest Beer that is quite malty for the style and has some interesting bits of sourness. The alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of Brabander
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my buddy Leon, Basica, when he was in Holland a few weeks ago. Thanks for this bottle Leon. This is my first Japanse beer i guess!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks good but it is strange for a witbeer. Fluid like cloudy tea and a lightbrown head with some lacing after a while. No carbonation visible.

Good smell of some koriander. Taste is dito. This is a good brew for a sundayafternoon. Not very much carbonation in the mouth. Thanks again Leon!

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Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich amber with a thin head. Smell is malty, caramel, a little oxidized (in a good way), nutty and bready. Flavor is caramel, bread, pear, cherry, mild hops in the finish. Finishes pretty dry. Reminds me of a really good amber biere de garde. Light acidity on the tongue. Carbonation pops and works with the light acid. Fairly light bodies, considering the rich taste. Overall this is a really solid, rare offering, and a little bit of history.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Ommegang Witte glass does not agree with this beer. From what I know, this is a weizen-base (bock maybe?) with a natural lactic fermentation. Either way, classification would be difficult. So, my review is unbiased to style and based on impression alone.

Pours a dark amber-y color, with a cream colored couple fingers of head that laced well. There's a slight funky tart note (apple?) up front in the aroma, with a slight brown sugary note with some caramel malts in there. There's definitely a bit of a lactic acid note on the taste, front and back. It's not huge, in fact, it's very mild, but it's there. Like with the aroma, some sugar malt sweetness to back it up. It's a creamy, medium bodied brew.

This is interesting. I have no idea what style of beer this is, but it's still tasty and unique. This was expensive ($11.29/18.6oz), but was worth the gamble.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy caramel to dark amber in color. The beer has a half finger tall creamy tan head that reduces to a thick film, a thicker patch, and an even thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Slightly sweet smelling with hints of citrus and coriander. Malty with light amounts of dark fruit.

T: Light notes of citrus, some spices, and just a hint of sourness. The beer has a solid malt body with some sweetness including a light presence of dark fruits. Additionally there are hints of banana (esters) and some light caramel notes along with wheat.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy but it also really coats the inside of your mouth + tongue.

O: This beer is extremely unique in style, likely due to the story behind why/how it was made - this is an interesting result to the experiment forced upon the brewery. I enjoyed this beer quite a bit and would recommend others to try it. There is a slight presence of alcohol in this beer.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's. Have to say, this really doesn't look like any witbier I've ever seen. In any case...

The beer pours a somewhat hazy, light ice tea color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is likewise unusual for a witbier (the beer menu calls it a hybrid, whatever that means in a beer), as I get considerable spice. The aroma profile otherwise showcases considerable clove, brown sugar and cinnamon, and the ber smells as if it will be fairly sweet. Certainly the beer is pretty sweet for a wit beer, though the flavor profile otherwise replicates the nose. I also pick up some light maraschino cherry and chocolate, which in combination with the spice and brown sugar, is kind of intriguing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and I get no sense of the 8% abv. (the beer menu at Max's lists this as a 6.5% beer, and frankly that's more along the line of what this beer drinks like).

Fact is, this is beer is very reminiscent of the annual christmas beer from anchor, which certianly is no bad thing. However, like the anchor seasonal, it's pretty hard to imagine drinking a lot of this, even though there's no doubt this is a pretty solid beer from Hitachino.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/14
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep rust color with a one finger of head. Head recedes quickly leaving minor wisps of lacing.

S: Nose is plum, toffee and raisin.

T: Taste starts with a decent toffee sweetness before plum comes through. A continued plum flavoring pursues and some roasin with toasted notes come in. A touch of spicing is present...almost like a nutmeg.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat crisp at first and then fills up with a chewier body.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, nice kick, different, but decent representation of style.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disaster beer, pretty good actually. Beer is amber / red and clear with a nice white head, some lacing, decent retention.

Aroma is interesting, mostly lactic and some malt.

Beer is pretty tart and sour, it is very lactic and succinic. It is nice and odd at the same time, definitely a happy accident. I do enjoy it and might even have it again. The sourness wins overall.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 3 finger frothy head with decent retention for its size on a murky amber body.

S: nice malt profile with some fruitness and even an herbal and corriander note.

T: caramel malts up front transitions to a dark fruit, spicey flavor with a tart, funky finish. Relatively yeasty throughout.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: Interesting story and beer. The lingering funky aftertaste is its greatest shortcoming otherwise its almost like a very malty belgian dark strong. A must try.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sea-foam light tan head, thinnish but retains well. Clear, light brown.

Mild nose, very faintly tart. Kinda saison-y?

Sour/off tang at the beginning, metallic. Rich, full wheaty body. Kinda funky. The metallic taste is vaguely 'off' but not a dealbreaker. Some orange and spice.

Mouthfeel is lovely and smooth.

I was nervous about this; I didn't like that last Hitachino I had and I assumed this was one that had gone from bad to spoiled; I was wrong. Not amazing, but definitely not worth throwing out as a bad batch.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a cloudy orange copper. No head to speak of. Very faint lacing.

S. Some light cherry, citrus, pomegrenate, and a little acidity.

T. Sweet cherry, some biscuity malt, something that tastes like Belgian spice or yeast. Some very light acidity on the finish.

M. Well carbonated and moderate body. Finish is a little malt heavy, but I like the acidic notes. Pretty good.

O. What a cool story behind the creation of this one. Drinks like an APA/wild ale hybrid, and it's pretty good at that. Warms the heart to see such creativity and dedication in the face of such tragedy. I will order one of these anywhere I go.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear bronze, beautiful color. The head is very thin but lingers for a while.

Smells like a good dunkel weisse with the addition of a tart nose.

The taste is light and very much like a sour wheat beer. There is a bit of banana yeast flavor, a touch of sour, and some light or faded hop character.

Mouth feel is very smooth, it feels like a cask ale. Slight tingle and a pillowey texture.

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Photo of nickfl
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of off white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, amber-brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt, red apple, and a bit of caramel and cinnamon.

T - Rich, toffee malt and licorice up front. Some red apple in the middle with caramel and more licorice in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very interesting, this is not at all what I expected. I don't get the tartness I though would be here, but there is definitely some funk. Overall, it comes off something like an English Old ale of winter warmer with spices and complex fruity and toffee flavors.

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Photo of cvm4
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber in color with an off white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Spice & orange peel with a bit of floral to it.

T - Spices & orange peel. Citrus flavors abound with some malt.

M - Great mouthfeel & carbonation. Really coats thd palette.

O - Not sure what style this is but i like it.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res in Porland, ME into a 25cL bier glass.

A: reddish orange in color, minimal white head and lacing. looks good, but not very witbierish.

N: sweetness up front, honey, light fruit--maybe honeydew melon though I might be pushing that one a bit, and some citrusy hops.

T: some fruitiness (darker tasting than the nose), a reasonable hop character, some sweet caramel, herbal characteristics as well.

M: good, smooth, small carbonation, no real problems at all with mouthfeel.

O: this is a unique and good ale. It's difficult to describe the overal tastes, but it does taste like I'd imagine a Japanese beer should (for whatever that's worth). I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of yamar68
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall slim bottle that I'm guessing is a 22oz? No real indication. Awesome concept...

A harsh pour shows a amber gold body with little beading other than what is forced from the etching. Healthy, slightly off white head that leaves a good trail.

Grapes, wheat, some kinda weirdness... something spicy. I'm struggling to pin this one down.

Maltier than I had expected... great light grain presence, some grape bits, very mellow and approachable. Nice beer.

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Hitachino Nest 3 Days from Kiuchi Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.