Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Anbai AleHitachino Nest Anbai Ale

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Kiuchi Brewery

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

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Photo of patre_tim
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden with a hint of fogginess, and lots of fine, fast rising carbonation. Topped with a white finger of head.

Smells slightly fruity, briny, with some malts.

Lightly sour, fruity with a very typical malt profile for a gose, and definitely some salt but not overdone.

Light body, lots of carbonation.

Very nice beer from Japan, a really good spin on the style just using sour fruit instead. Got on wishbeer, drank in Chiang Mai August 30th, 2016.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow! this is enormously high quality beer brewed with some really special ingredients, glad i scored one of these. always love what these guys get up to, but this one is fairly next level, even for them. its a plum gose, loosely, done with unique plums and unique salt. wheat base, the beer has a slight grain haze to it and a tall white head, golden more or less, brass might be better, lively looking brew. it smells a little fruity but beer first you know, grain and yeast in with some sweet fruit juice, but thats only a quick sniff. a deeper inhale will be very much rewarded here, there is an incredible hit of fresh ripe black purple plums right as i am about to run out of breath breathing through my nose as deep as i can, last second it comes on, what a deeply satisfying aroma that i almost missed in here. that helps me taste the plums better too, they are really juicy and ripe and although well balanced, quite significant in the flavor here. the salt is high mineral but super salty if that makes sense, less of the brine, more of an accentuating agent for the plums. herbal and wheaty this is, and the salt helps dry it out uniquely, sort of being the only element left on the tongue after the swallow, oddly enough. a bit of acid, but the smells a lot more sour and wild than it tastes, super clean as they go, very delicate tang is all. wonderfully flavored beer, brilliantly crafted. this is as good a beer as any in its field out there, if its not in a class of its own already. stunning and memorable, just right this time of year. best use of plums in a beer i can recall!

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Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 2011 vintage of Hitachino Anbai Ale looks remarkably fresh for something that's already celebrated its fifth birthday. The lightly clouded golden body is free of sediment (at least for a time) and displays an energetic radiance that, even without visible bubbles, imparts a lively, exuberant complexion.

The aroma would be spot-on for a Gose if not for the overt inclusion of Japanese green plums; the unique fruit presence overpowers even that of Lactobacillus and sea salt (though, make no mistake, both of those elements factor heavily into the overall scheme of things). Slice it up however you will, this is an awesome bouquet.

Where there's smoke there's usually fire, and where there's great bouquets there's often great flavours - Anbai is no exception. The palate is defined by the same 'salty plum' flavour that's advertised on the label; even half a decade of bottle aging wasn't able to change that. And thank the beer gods for that because this tastes awesome!

As far as mouthfeel goes, the beer couldn't be more perfectly adjusted - those who appreciate tongue curdling tartness, they'll get their fix. Newer initiates, however, won't be turned off as the kind of sourness present isn't much greater than that found naturally on fresh fruit skins. There's no acidic burn and no vinegar notes...

Anbai is a masterfully created ale and the fact that the bottle I'm reviewing stems from 2011 speaks not only to the high-esteem with which Hitachino should be regarded, but also the fact that the Japanese foresaw sours as a fruitful (pun intended) style that would come to represent producers' innovation, integrity, and quality.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 173 ratings