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Hitachino Nest 3 Days - Kiuchi Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Witbier |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Francepants06 on 01-20-2012)
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

With this lactic acid, I thought it would be more of a wild ale, and why not. A constant lactic sourness that grows on me. In fact, nicely drinkable, also a little woody (I would like more of that) and a little spice (I would like more of that). Drunk fairly soon after arriving in the U.S. Premiere Gourmet.

Sammy, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at drewone's place.

Bottled 11/2011.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and honey aromas. Taste is much the same with a tart apple and sake-like flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting story behind it.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Alexandria. Served in a snifter.

Pours a moderate reddish-brown color; a bit murky. Short off-white head without much lacing. A good nose with a light bit of acidity along with some cherry and a touch of malt. Good acidity there. The flavor has light malt and fruit flavors with a bit of acidity. Feel is light-to-medium with a moderate acidity and a touch of sweetness. Nice brew; interesting story.

Thorpe429, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

metter98, May 28, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

GRG1313, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is almost copper in color with a white head (maybe a little off-white). A really interesting aroma. Strong banana with a fair amount of spices to it as well. Lots of sweet bread and maybe a light ester quality (apple?). The flavor does have a light tartness to it, but it’s really just more of a typical Belgian style flavor. Banana and spices are prominent, as is the bread and maybe some yeast flavor, too.

womencantsail, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.6%

spycow, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

kylehay2004, May 08, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Knapp85, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

oberon, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -22.3%

JAHMUR, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What an unusual beer, in numerous aspects. The way it looks and smells are way off for the style. The flavor is alright, but it feels overdone somehow. I'm having a hard time drinking it in a timely fashion. I suppose it is silly to judge a beer whose execution was hampered by a massive natural disaster, but this is what a ticker does, I guess. Interesting. Nice label. No need to try to recreate this one in order to make it more than a one-off.

RblWthACoz, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

nickfl, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bob (klipper) for the share. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - White foam settles to a partial cap and thick collar, but no lacework. Hazed orange-brown body.

S - Funk, spicy Belgian yeast, some dry leather, a hint of sourness. Smells like an infected wheat beer alright.

T - Taste is quite bready and yeasty, with wheat, spice, light fruitiness, a bit of funk. No alcohol presence - wouldn't have guessed this was 8%.

M - Zesty carbonation, dry texture, medium body, clean finish, and a touch of alcohol warmth after a full pour.

D - Not bad, but pretty tame. I was expecting a really wild beer, but this was more of an Imperial Nest White Ale with a touch of funk. Good cause, but not a great beer.

MasterSki, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

drabmuh, May 23, 2012
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with golden orange edges and a two finger yellowish-beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Earthy, musty aroma with sweet malts, lactic funk and vinous dark fruit. Smells like a BSDA/barley wine hybrid and nothing about it resembles a witbier. Some grassy hops along with hints of leather, caramel and toffee followed by grape, raisin and dark berries.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a very odd combination of flavors. Tart and vinous with some lactic funk, sweet makes, zesty spice and vinous fruit. Faint acetic solvent character butnit doesn't affect th flavor too much. Slightly earthy, leathery with hints of caramel and toffee as well as some peppery spice, raisin, grape, fig and other dark fruits. Slightly medicinal with a lingering syrupy finish but it's still decently drinkable. Very strange tasting beer.

corby112, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

drewone, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

dbrauneis, May 29, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a muddy, cloudy brown color. Little head and no lace. Aroma of barley malt and musty sweet lemon. In the taste, brown sugar like caramelization, burnt toast, and small acidity. Sweet, caramelized wheat with a warming alcohol glow. Full bodied, smooth and rich. Drinks easily, an amazing beer. This beer was fermenting when Japan suffered the severe flooding from an earthquake that hit Japan in 2011, fermenting an additional 3 days and gaining strength and complexity.

Stinkypuss, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

John_M, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.6%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

PEIhop, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 8.10.12.

A - Pours a dark cloudy orange with a thin light tan head that never really fades.

S - Sweet candy, toast.

T - Sweet carmely, bready-toast, some metallic tastes as well.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Sweet, some metal flavors. Did I just drink a radioactive beer? We will see.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 14, 2012
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Hitachino Nest 3 Days from Kiuchi Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.