Hitachino Nest 3 Days - Kiuchi Brewery
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4.53/5 rDev +17.1%
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.
02-07-2012 23:57:09 | More by WrathsU
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
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...
03-01-2012 23:01:13 | More by rudzud
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
09-07-2012 01:24:05 | More by Oakenator
4.23/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
06-24-2012 21:43:28 | More by oberon
4.23/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
04-17-2012 18:19:01 | More by palma
4.2/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
02-11-2012 00:56:10 | More by Florida9
4.18/5 rDev +8%
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.
11-07-2012 22:01:50 | More by Knapp85
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
06-05-2012 05:32:29 | More by megahurts4
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
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
05-22-2012 00:30:39 | More by MatthewWilde
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-28-2012 19:55:43 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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!
10-21-2012 16:28:32 | More by Brabander
Hitachino Nest 3 Days from Kiuchi Brewery
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