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Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Anbai AleHitachino Nest Anbai Ale
BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
168 Ratings
Hitachino Nest Anbai AleHitachino Nest Anbai Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Gose

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Anbai literally means “Salty Plum” and the word is also used to describe the stat of taste and flavor. Ii Anbai means “just right”!

Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale is brewed based on the high alcohol version (7%) of the siganture beer Hitachino Nest White Ale, infused with locally grown green sour plum (ume), and finished up with a pinch of Japanese sea salt (moshio). The balance of sourness, bitterness, comes from the plum and subtle saltiness, great umami taste of the sea salt is “Ii Anbai - just right!”

Added by JAHMUR on 12-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,176
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
168
pDev:
10.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of ntanp91
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kwjd
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of illpass78
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellow/orange with a huge white head. Great presentation.

Aroma: Wheat, lemon, plum, citrus, a kind of "juice" note. Grainy, briny.

Taste: Delicious gose. Salt is up front, and the sour plum is the dominant flavor. Also some apricot, and the lemon hinted in the nose. Wow, this is good. I wish I had more than just one bottle. Nice tart finish. Not cloying in any way, which I had feared somewhat because of the fruit presence.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy, but with substance. Surprisingly unfussy for a somewhat precious-sounding concept.

Overall: A truly excellent mix of tart and salty. Find this. Also, for those scared off a bit by the ad copy, it's nowhere near as "weird" as it sounds.

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Photo of Eziel
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation and some faint lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy foamy sudsy bright white head that quickly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of slightly sour/tart wheat and grainy malts with a light aroma of brininess. There is a light to moderate aroma of plums towards the end.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy + wheat malts with a light amount of tartness/sourness. Light hints of brininess followed by light to moderate flavors of slightly sweet, then slightly tart plums. Light amounts of lingering tartness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: An interesting fairly high test version of a Gose with a little less tartness than others in the style and a little more grainy wheaty maltiness. I enjoyed the addition of the plums and found the fruit to be complementary to the flavors of a gose and this one drinks pretty easy considering the strength (for the style).

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Photo of hoponit
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cath
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCimpi
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 6/2015. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big plum, apricot, lemon, lime, pear, apple, sea salt, wheat, cracker, straw, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, plum/salt, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big plum, apricot, lemon, lime, pear, apple, sea salt, wheat, cracker, hay, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate fruit tartness, yeast spice, and wheat tang on the finish; with lingering notes of plum, apricot, lemon, lime, pear, apple, sea salt, wheat, cracker, straw grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, salt/plum, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tart/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/saline, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial weizen/gose style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, salt/plum, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and refreshing to drink for the ABV. Even though it is not lactic soured, the plums provide a fair amount of tartness for it to taste similar to the gose style. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Smanke
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light fizzy creamy head that fades at a med pace, light whispy lacing, very hazy honey sun rise orange color.

NOse quiet fruity, plum juice, a rice mash aroma, with mild doughy malts, little citrus note, strange ester profile with strange fruits, I think a pink grapefruit flesh, little yeasty as most beers from this brewery seem to be.

Taste brings more of the typical Hitachino yeast, strange yeasty flavor with some different esters, but then Belgian wit yeast ester profile, some candy malt notes, with more rice wine flavors, a little tartness, with plenty of sweet plum flavor, candied plum, sticky notes, with mild biscuity doughy malt and hint of salt. Finish is sticky, more salt character, little flemmy tart thing, with more plum and candy flavors, with a weird bitterness.

Mouth is med boy, little syrupy sticky and flemmy, decent carb.

Overall if this was a Belgian strong style ale it would be pretty nice, but as a gose it's far from good. As a Belgian nice ester profile, candy malts and syrupy notes, nice plum with that, etc... but as a gose it's way too heavy, very little salt or spices, not very tart or refreshing for taht matter, the plum doesn't go well and esp the ester profile and sticky syrupy character. Sorry guys but this is not one of those cross over style blends that works well.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sarahelise
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Had this beer at Uchi Austin bottled. This beer is interesting to me because of the play on the Japanese ume plum. So the taste profile on this isn't much like your average stone fruit plum, but more of a salt cured funky fruit flavor. The brine is definitely there on the nose and the palate. It has some earthiness to it and a very interesting light mulled wine / burgundy / burnt orange color. The effervescence is there, but subtle. Definitely would drink this again, although for my personal preference I probably wouldn't drink more than two at a time.

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Photo of stevoj
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Co-op. Light and airy pour, almost fizzy, cloudy golden body with small airy head. Plums immediately apparent in aroma, tangy taste, tempering the saltiness somewhat. Dry finish, salt comes out at the end.

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Photo of stompilator
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle (AB 15-05 on the bottle) to a tulip.

A-The beer pours with a short, shiny white head. There is a bubble or two of carbonation visible in the murky liquid. The color is a unique burnished orange. I'm intrigued.

S-The aroma is musty, earthy, and pretty tart. I can sniff a good bit of salt here, as well as some apricot and orange rind. Plum is very hard to detect, but it is there. Kind of an odd package.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. Musty, wet wheat with lots of salt. The plum is more up front on the palate and it mingles with apricot tartness for a nice, fruity mix. There is a good dose of lactic funk here too. Although 7% ABV isn't huge, I feel like the salt amplifies the alcohol on my palate.

M-The body is heavy for a gose style. A waive of medium to fine carbonation keeps things moving.

O-This beer has some potential. It is a touch salty for my taste, but it certainly is unique and with a touch less salt, I could drink this again.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, date stamp of AB 15.06. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange. Very thin ring of white foam at the edge. No other lacing.

Smell: Plums with a bit of some citrus and a bit of a sour aroma. Smells a bit like a plum that has gotten a bit overripe and has begun to ferment - but not rot.

Taste: Tart fresh plums with a hit of sweetness that then quickly transitions into sourness and a hint of saltiness at the finish. Lingering tartness and sour tang at the finish. Well balanced between the fruit, sweet, and sour flavors. Saltiness is mild. If you hadn't told me this was a Gose I might have missed the saltiness and mistaken this for a take on a Lambic. It's shows up more at the finish, but just barely so.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation, definitely sticky on the teeth. Has that sour juice coating mouthfeel to it.

Overall / Drinkability: I can't say that I'd want another one in one sitting, but it's a very interesting beer that I'm glad I picked up and tried. Unique flavor profile - A definite sipping beer and I suspect it would go well with food, but I'm not sure what type exactly.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with hints of plums.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has stronger notes of plums and a little less sourness. Hints of salt are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a gose—it's not as sour compared to other beers in the style and the aromas and flavors of plums add an interesting twist.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of afsdan
5/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy straw under a 1” quickly dissipating white foam collar. S: Topical fruit, stone fruit, spice with moderately low bread crumbs. T: Has a big fruit palate. Starts with lightly sweet, lightly salted plum and ends with a fruity bitterness with a light tart touch. Has a medium light malt background. F: Medium to medium light body and medium carbonation. O: A very drinkable and interesting beer.

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Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 168 ratings
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