Hitachino Nest 3 Days - Kiuchi Brewery

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 cvm4
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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...

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of siege06nd
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Florida9
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of WrathsU
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms and recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace is left behind.
S: Funky and fruity. That is about it. Some dusty basement like aromas and some apples. Really not bad, but very one dimensional.
T: Follows the nose with lots of funk and a bit of fruity sweetness. Simple and direct to the point.
M/D: A medium body that is a bit thin. Not as crisp and dry as I would like. Easy enough to drink. I will finish the bottle with ease.

A beer the brewer found fermenting in the tanks after the Japan earthquake. It happened to have a lactic acid culture forming. I certainly enjoy this, and an interesting novelty. Though nothing more, and not a top notch wild ale, funky Saison, or Wit. Which is what this is trying to be. Worth a try, but not something I care to return to.

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Francepants06
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very limited beer only 8000 bottles ever made. It was made by accident because of the Earthquake in Japan.

It appears to be a yellow-orange hazy cloudy beer with a somewhat thick head. It smells of bread, wheat, and sugars. It tasted of wheat, funk like in a farmhouse ale, slight sugar in the back end. The mouthfeel is medium to full body. Overall this is a good witbier with a twist.

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Hitachino Nest 3 Days from Kiuchi Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.