Hitachino Nest Saison Du Japon | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Saison Du JaponHitachino Nest Saison Du Japon

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison du Japon is brewed with a local wheat and koji (malted rice) which is a vital ingredient to create sake. This beer has a uniquely sweet flavor of rice koji and a natural acidity caused by the fermentation.

Added by shigg85 on 07-01-2014

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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a foamy, sudsy, four finger head, and a hazy, copper body, nice lacing, good retention.
S: A nice grainy aroma comes off immediately, with some pleasant lemon and wheaty undertones, and some spicy, estery yeast notes, the yuzu is definitely noticeable and quite pleasant.
T: There is a warm biscuity (and lightly honeyed, like a graham cracker) sweetness here that marries immediately with the yuzu and a grainy note, this is followed by a slight tartness and a spicy yeast character.
M: Crisp, clean, dry, and heavily carbonated.
O: While not a revelation, this is any excellent saison that is easy to enjoy and should be a crowd pleaser at any party you could bring it to. It is not incredibly complex, but it interesting enough to be the subject of light conversation and enjoyable enough to coast through a night with. Try it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(330 ml bottle, code JP.18.01w, purchased cold... poured into Chouffe tulip)

L: suds gushed out of bottle upon crown removal... relatively-clear, yellow-orange liquid; foam firecracker-ed out on pour, virtually no cap or collar remaining... nice little slug of sediment empties out with remaining 1-2 oz, clouds up brew

S: Belgian yeast for sure with notes of (rasp?)berry and lime zest... excellent overall intensity (sediment ruins clarity)... delicate malt (liquor-ish) note in the background, lightly-spicy Belgian phenols likely giving it the quasi-boozy note

T: solid yet subtle malt base; fruity, kind of wine cooler-like aftertaste... metallic tang lingering in aftertaste once sediment included, but no off-flavors... while it has a firm tropical fruit blend essence to it, arguably a hint of papaya lingering, any spice note is muted, yeast carrying and leaving behind a little pithy bitterness

F: very little carbonation... light-medium, almost juicy body... kind of dull, but at least it's light enough and doesn't leave behind to much sludge on the tongue

O: definitely has saison qualities, but with a bold 'malternative' undertone... pretty sure bottle was past its prime for one reason or another, but thought I'd take a chance since it was not too old and I found it in the fridge at the bottle shop

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Photo of needMIbeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into the test glass
A - Deep glow from a dark golden color, active carbonation feeds a towering white pillow. A slight haze offers some intrigue.
S - Lots of honey, Amarillo hops maybe, orange jam , a touch of apricot as well. The graininess is welcome in that sweet base, a dusty quality that adds some depth.
T - See aromatics, add the slightest bit of white pepper, and kumquat.
M - Soft on the palate, surprisingly lush for the style, a bit of oiliness that the carbonation can not clean up. The linger is sweet and avoids being obnoxious.
O - A full body on this add to its many intriguing characteristics, Saison that's a bit oily, flavors that are rich but in a narrow band, tropical but lacking some of the esters from a more traditional example. All in all I really like it. worth the experience for certain

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vidisad
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HattedClassic
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice white fluffy head that dissipates moderately. The beer itself is a nice and clear medium amber color that has a nice orange hue to it.

The smell and taste both have a nice and soft tart note that mixes well with an earthly orange hop bitterness. The bitterness is stronger in the taste than in the smell. Aside from the bitterness, the beer has a slight sweet note from the sake rice and it creates an enticing contrast with the bitter notes. The beer also has an earthy wheat earthiness to help a fairly balanced beer.

The feel is good. It has a medium body with biting carbonation to give it a slight softness. Medium dry finish at the end.

Overall, it was certainly a unique and interesting beer but not mind-blowing. It's still interesting enough to try at least once though.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Trying to stretch my international beer legs, so why not revisit the brand with an old flame in Hitachino. I'm curious to see what the Koji yeast will lend to this beer.

Pours a fizzy yet pillowy head. Dark golden-bronze in color, somewhere in between. Also I'm seeing a lacing that stays when rolled in the glass that is very impressive.

General saison smell with hints of lemon from the Yuzu. Maybe a little rice note. It's been months since I've had sake so I can't confidently say I'm certain there's anything like that here.

Funk is predominant flavor but it is also very rounded. It isn't very funky per se, but it's evident that's the first thing you taste. I have to assume that's the yeast doing that. Other flavors are like sweet lemon and grassiness. A little sweeter than a saison would be expected to be.

The thing with this beer is that as a saison, it's got a smooth mouthfeel (which is unexpected) and a less-than-funky funkiness. It's a weird turn, but at the very least, it's unique. The abv is only 5% as well. Since it's added to this very unthreatening body and funk, it is incredibly drinkable, like any decent sake. So there we go, it showed up somehow.

The first thing this beer makes me think of is Sorachi Ace by Brooklyn. It's distinct from it, but I'm a way that I feel isn't making a better saison. I'd say it's a more "approachable" saison with Japanese character, which in itself is nice, if a little unchallenging.

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Photo of flyingpig
2.49/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

330ml bottle from Asda supermarket (£2.05):
Poor stuff from Kiuchi here, this one is easily the worst of the ten Hitachino Nest beers that I've tried so far. This one didn't start all that bad really, it opened with some decent citrus but the tart levels were way off what I'd have expected from the style then it was all downhill from there. The beer seemed a little weak & bland, despite looking well carbonated it was a little disappointing in that department too & as a result it wasn't particularly easy to drink; definitely one to avoid & not the brewery's best effort.

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Photo of rulisekmartin
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of damndirtyape
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ollie's Place, Centerville OH. Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Hazy gold with initial 1/4" thick white head. Foam died back slowly and left a thin skin across the top. Lots of fine persistent lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: A hint of something tart/sour with lemon and berry notes.

Taste: Sour and tart from start to finish, but not overpoweringly so. At first I thought that I may have been given a sour beer rather than a saison, but I see that some natural acidity is part of this beer as per the brewer. The malt is not very sweet - just barely there. Some wheat tang and definitely some citrus tartness in the beer.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light carbonation, a little sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: An interesting take on a saison, but not as refreshing as I had hoped. Paired well with South Pacific style tacos (tropical flavors and spicy sauce - lime slaw on top) but one glass of this per evening was enough. Not sure I would get again, strikes me more as a sour beer than a saison.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours yellow with an orange hue. It's a gusher and I think this beer is infected. The date on the bottle says JP 15.10. It's 5 %. Nose is lemony with some decaying vegetal smell. Some spice and chlorine. There is some floral and a scent like barnyard that has gone off sickly sweet. Drinks just like that although some of the cracker malt has sirvived as well as some hop bitter.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Here is a thought worth considering... and maybe even worth arguing with.
The Japanese were world-winners in the 1970s and 1980s in applying themselves to producing American products.
Could they also be using those same talents to make Belgian beers ?
Saison is a hard style to copy (or improve on) because Belgian yeast cultures take a long time for the lay-people to learn as well as the monks. Maybe Kiuchi is figuring out these yeasts fast ?

As for Saison du Japon...
I liked it and it will Have it again, but it needs more heft... possibly barley as the wheat and rice in it are interesting, but not fulfilling.But much of what a Belgian-type yeast brings to a beer, it is in Saison du Japon. (Maybe also spice it up a bit.... after all, the Japanese are trying to make their money mostly off of Americans.)

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Photo of louislouis91
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Foley67
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jcubz
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TGS
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, M and S, Bristol - Pours cloudy golden with a thin white foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma- strong forefront of ripened orchard fruits - apples, pears, light bready background. Taste - Sweet, light tart, ripened orchard fruits - apple,pear, yeasty/bready feel, light, malty, bitter finish. Nice full fronted saison.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Hitachino Nest Saison Du Japon from Kiuchi Brewery
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