Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Celebration AleHitachino Nest Celebration Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Naerhu on 10-12-2003

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202
Reviews:
171
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy, amber color that is topped by a frothy, quickly disappearing thin tan colored head. The aroma is definitely thick and concentrated; notes of fruit jump out immediately, notably concentrated green grapes. Underneath that are notes of thick malt that also have notes of dry toasted malt. There is also some sweet spiciness that lies just in the background that more than anything accentuates the fruit character.

The taste is quite a bit drier than I was expecting, it is quite malty as well. Definitely evokes thoughts of fresh baked bread, but in a more concentrated manner. Lots of toasty malt notes are joined by a solid, almost thick body to this beer that allows it to linger on the mouth. The fruitiness is here, it is just not as prevalent as in the aroma because the sweetness is not as prevalent in the taste. The fruit notes remind me of pear and green grapes; it even has a finish that has a bit of acidity to it that accentuates the fruit notes a bit more. The finish has a note that reminds me the sharp almost spicy finish of cinnamon, though the note is subtle.

This is definitely a satisfying addition to the winter lineup. It is rich and satiating, and does not have a cloying sweetness to muddy things up. I also like how the spices are not too strong, they are barely noticeable individually and just sort of integrate and make the beer a bit more complex.

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Photo of wrightst
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Zorro
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled through the efforts of Bross242 and BIF 25. 2006 Vintage.

Pours a heavy hazed red colored ale with a small white head. Pour this carefully there is a lot of crap in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is very spicy and fruity from the first sniff. Scents of apples and grapes with a lemon zest added. Aromatic fresh spice scents of Chinese 5 spice powder, anise, cinnamon, ginger, it is all in there. Sweetness is slightly cloying like lychee syrup, which would explain the grape scent. To my nose and taste buds Lychee is grape times two.

Taste is sweet and very fruity at the beginning. Slightly sweet and a bit bitter the taste is like the scent but less sweet. The lychee flavor is a little annoying, if you love grapes you will go gaga for it; it's not my favorite taste.

Mouthfeel is thicker than I would have expected. RIS thick in fact.

I can't say there is anything wrong with this beer on any technical level but I don't really like it that much. Taken as a whole the flavors just don't really come together for me.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Explodes out of bottle filling mug with foam took forever to pour but off-white head vanishes without a trace. Cloudy amber color with yeast at bottom of bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Strong spicy plum nose. Starts sweet almost cloying, spicy toffee flavor balanced finish. High ABV is not noticeable. $3.99 for 2004 330ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of corby112
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 vintage:

Pours a very dark chestnut brown color with dark ruby/blood orange edges hen held to a light source and a frothy, pillowy tyo finger yellowish beige head. Very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap.

Spicy aroma with lots of peppery, zesty character as well as some dark fruit, faint hops and sweet alcohol. Hints of pepper, coriander and clove along with some cherry and other dark berries. As it gets warmer the malt becomes more prominent with lots of caramel character.

The bottle opened with a loud hiss so I was a bit concerned with oxidization but it is pleasantly only faint. Medium bodied which is on the fuller end with soft carbonation up front and a very heavy spice character. Lots of pepper, coriander, clove, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg immediately which is slowly countered by a silky caramel malt presence and a good bit of dark fruit. Hints of toffee, hazelnut, dark cherry, plum, fig and other berries. I've had this fresh and it has definitely mellowed out with six years age. The ABV is very well masked with only some slight alcohol sweetness but no heat or warmth in the finish resulting in a complex quaffable beer. The intense spice character hurts the drinkability a bit but this beer has aged nicely.

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Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
This is a bottle of the 2006 beer.
A- This beer pours a very hazy orangish-mahogany brown with gentle carbonation of micro-bubbles. The head is a thick creamy light tan with a red hue.

S- This beer smells of slightly sweet lightly toasted malt with a fain aroma of spices. The spices are not strong enough to pick out each one but adds a very warm unique depth to the malt.

T- This beer has a light soft flavor of lightly toasted malt with a slight sweetness. The sweetness taste of orange and soft spices. Like the smell the taste of the spices just enhances the malt and doesn't stand out on its own. The finish is a very soft vanilla note that compliments the malt but no alcohol taste. There is a nice soft bitterness in the hops at the finish. As it warms the notes of coriander starts to come though in the orange peel note which is ver y pleasant.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel, with a creamy texture.

D- This is a wonderful winter warmer. It has nice spice that really just enhance the malt qualities and they don't need to stick out on their own. In Japanese cooking, there are a lot of very subtle flavors that still add lots of complex. This beer really takes on that idea of "less is more" in the same regard.

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Photo of akorsak
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle labelled as the 2006 Celebration Ale.

A: The ale is a hazy brown color that showcases some orange notes. The head is sizeable on pour but quickly evaporates away.

S: The nose is spicy, strong on some nutmeg and an apricot fruitiness.

T: An Asian take on the winter warmer. The results are better than one would expect. The malts are bigger here, concentrated to reveal the apricot that I noticed above along with some pineapple and tangerine. It's as though the beer synthesized all the flavors that you expect in big hops without the big hops. There are some spices on top of the fruitiness, but I find that the fruit element carries the day.

M: A sound, if uninspiring mouthfeel. The fruity spice elements are enjoyable.

D: One is enough, the alcohol is hidden but when it hits, it does so with a vengence.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle of 2004 vintage from unknown source, be it old BIF or self-purchase, I really can't remember.

Poured into pint mug, formed 3 1/2" of tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades down reasonably quickly for its size, you can see the huge bubbles popping before your eyes, but it still takes a while to fade down to a reasonable height, with actually somewhat minimal lacing for the head presence. Aroma is predominantly sweet and spicy. Taste is sweet upfront, equal parts spices and tartness in the middle, and a slightly warming close, but nowhere near where the abv would indicate. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay ont his one. It's interesting, I'm just not sure it's something I would revisit often. But since it's a holiday seasonal, maybe it's supposed to be a one time annual treat or something. Worth a try regardless.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.27/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Chris at Ebenezer's Pub for getting me this. It was a cloudy amber color with a small head. Wonderful spicy aroma, as well as some vanilla. The taste was disappointing. A nice citrus tang, spice (mainly clove), but I felt overwhelmed by the vanilla. The more I drank, the more the vanilla predominated. Not a very exciting beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first Eisbock. My first Japanese micro.

Stubby 11.2 oz bottle with a bunch of crazy Hello Kitty Japanese crap written all over it. Creepy owl on the cap, which, when pulled off, made a noise like a very small jet engine taking off. The steam coming out looks like smoke. Strange.

This is the biggest, most uncontrollable head I've ever seen. The bottom of the beer eventually starts to look like dark cider.

Smells like dull fruits aplenty along with a harsh, zippy brandywine odor. Big malt in there, too.

Sweet as honey. Raisins upfront with sugar malt and alcohol. Alcohol in the back, along with more fruit and hops. Dry, zippy aftertaste. Almost too sweet. Hints of spices in the back go a long way to kill the sweetness.

The candy sweetness of this little brew pretty much makes it an occasional beer by default, I couldn't see myself having too many of these at once. It'd make a great desert drink, though.

I dunno, this beer is really complex and very pretty, I'm just not all that much into sweet brews.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a somewhat hazy copper with a fine off white heat that has a nice creamy texture, erodes quickly leaving a paper-thin coating of lace. Nose is sweet with fruit and malt, citrus like in its crispness, bit of sourness also noted, and a bit of musk. Start is quite sweet with a nice malt presence and a spicy back, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish has a biting acidity, hops passable, fruit like sweetness carries to the dry aftertaste; enjoy this breweries’ beers, different maybe, generally worth a sample.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Durge
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy cider color with a thin fizzy head and good lace. It smells of cherry and nutmeg, spicey lemon and vanilla, very complex and interesting. The flavor is a bit strong with heavy alcohol like brandy. I pick up more nutmeg with citrus bitterness and a sweet cherry/orange base. Thick bodied and strong, not real drinkable for me but very interesting. This brewery intrigues me so far so I will explore further. But I won't drink a lot of this one. A taste treat in small quantities on occasion.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a large head that keeps growing.
Nose shows nutmeg, wheat, lots of phenols, coriander. Orange peel is noticeable as a sharp tangy note and later as marmalade. Vanilla is subdued initially but quickly becomes more prominent. Aromas from the malt show distinct golden syrup and brown sugar. Very sweet, very complex, very interesting.
Upon tasting....well, let me say this is pretty full-on. Loads of malt with lots of brown sugar notes, some wheat, a fair bit of booze. Very Belgian, has some qualities you'd expect in a Dubbel. Coriander and nutmeg show through. The coriander continues into the lengthy finish, along with a light bitterness and smooth alcohol.
Creamy body and carbonation, although higher carbonation would do well to cut the bitterness.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the hell out of the 2004 so why not give the 05' a whirl. Well lets see here, a cloud of crimson orange for body color. Head is sizable and smoothly frothed and displaying a firm staying power. The cap color remains consistent of a dusty yellowed cream and the lacing adequately sticks in heavy strings and some dusty sheeting.

Aroma is soft of dry balsam, masonite, cardboard and even some wood glue. Did I just open my model airplane kit? Hints of phenolic pepper and corriander kinda creep through, but overall much softer and lighter then I was hoping.

Taste is down right nice though. Another complex and subtle play of soft spice, softer fruits, and layered wood. A fun interplay of dryish woody things bring out some soft pine and various craft woods. Fruits of a drying nature lurk around every corner, kinda like dried or baked grapes but not in a raisiny sense. There's a nice underseige of pepper and phenols that actually maintain a unique and very pleasant softness on the palete. Finishes with hintings to dried dates and figs, a slight touch of pineapple, dustings of cocoa and somekind of nuttyness, walnut maybe? And some pie crust and leftover powdering of wood dust.
Overall: softly and uniquely dry. I like it. Little fruity burbs too.

Feel is about medium with a very easy and soft palate of drying and smooth carbonation. Simple, delicate, and fairly well rounded within its drying character.

Not quite up to par with the 2004, which was a favorite of mine to have around til I couldn't find it anymore. But this is still a pretty nice little beer and wouldn't pass it up for nothin'.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – For a high ABV beer this thing has a monster head. It came up huge on an easy pour and went down slowly. The body is a thick, dark, deep orange in color.

Smell – Oh, man, this is a monster. This is more like a heavy-duty Barley Wine than an Eisbock. Either way you cut it, this is a big ‘un.

The huge malt and wine notes are just soaked in alcohol. The big fruits are juicy sweet and very inviting. The chewing tobacco juice almost oozes from the glass. Overall, a seriously big nose with lots of promise.

Taste – Man is this big. The malts are soaked in sugar and alcohol with strong grape notes and, again, lots of chewing tobacco juice. The dark fruits are enormous. I especially like tasting the booze-soaked raisins, but there are plenty others to choose from.

I can also pick up some bready yeast as unbelievable as that sounds. This is the “kitchen sink” of Japanese beers, that’s for sure.

Mouthfeel – This one is full-bodied and very entertaining. Everything from sharp booze to sugary grapes to some dry spicing to a tingly yeast mouth are to be found here.

Drinkability – You have to try this “full effect” beer just to say you’ve had it. It is a wild ride.

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Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of francisweizen
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a murky dark brown gusher, with a light tan head of foam. The aromas are excellent and consist of spicy alcohol, deep malts, light hops, different fruit esters, and the various spices that they used in this brew (ie: cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, orange peels) The taste is almost as good as the aroma, with the gentle spiciness hanging out with the huge maltiness and spicy alcohol flavors. The mouthfeel is super creamy, and almost dreamy and the drinkability is excellent for a 9% experimental beer from one of Japans greatest breweries.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Squat brown glass bottle, 11.2 fluid ounces (330ml). A very colorful neck and main label, which includes picture of a traditional Japanese dude supping a pint of beer. No discernable freshness date, but listed as 9.0% ABV. Described as an ‘Ale brewed with Spices’. Cost $3.99.

Appearance: Massive, and I mean MASSIVE head forms when poured. A humungous slightly off-white head fills the Pint Glass before I even get chance to pour a third of the bottles contents. Lovely red-brown color, with some ruby hue when backlit, it is clear with little visible floating deleterious matter, yet it still exhibits a ‘haze’. The initial voluminous beige head soon disappears with an audible fizzing to a more manageable ¼” collar. Not much lacing but nice conditioning levels. Head stays throughout.

Nose: This beer has a monstrous odor profile. Warm and spicy, orange and coriander are immediately detectable in the strong smelling nose. Vanilla and cinnamon and nutmeg and toasted malts also mingle with the New Years crowd, coming and going at times. It filled my room with the smell of mulled Xmas spices. Quite amazing and very strong.

Taste: An impressive array of fruity flavors that fuse with strong malts set on a high powered alcohol base. Herbs and Spices work constantly on several strata’s throughout the beers experience. Vanilla beans are there at the start, Cinnamon and Nutmeg in the middle, Coriander & Malts throughout, and the Orange peel lingers long in the finish with a bitter astringent ending. Wow. Not much of the 9% alcohol comes through in the huge tastes – a light warming in the throat after the swallow – but I just don’t think all the 9%ABV can muscle its way past all the friggin’ flavors though!

Mouthfeel: Big fruity mouthfeel and an incredible dominating presence. The Spices tingle the cheeks whilst the orange peel strips the tongue of saliva and lays a bitter coating that lingers in the finish. Smooth and Rich and Extremely Tasty.

Drinkability: It’s 9%, and it’s warming in the end, but it really slips down easily for such a huge beer. This is amazing – even more so, given my experience with other thin light insipid Japanese beers.

Overall: Very nice. I’m not a fan of Japanese beers per se, but this was impressive. I may have to pick me a couple more of these the next time I hit the beer Store. If you only have one Japanese beer in your life, make it this one. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of cokes
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a Belgian, despite it’s geographical distance. Particle-strewn amber rust. The pale tan head is explosive, and retains it heightened stature.
Fragrant of oranges. Full, juicy ones. Not just the peels. Blessed by cinnamon. Laid upon a caramel base.
The sweetness materializes first. Gobs of caramel nougat. Fades towards drier breadiness just as the spicing gains control. Oranges are first and foremost. It's still quite juicy at this point. Peppery yeast hues are conjoined with the nutmeg and assertive cinnamon. They dry this out further, and add traces of astringency. Tartness creeps in -actually, it was always there, but the other goings-on relax enough for it to step to the fore. Lemon-juice mostly, but sour orange-pulp as well. Ying-Yangy sweettart white grapes poke around. Vanilla hues are present, but more so after a cheating peak at the label. Traces of rum-sweet alcohol. But it's magically cloaked by the collage of flavors.
Airy and deft in the mouth. Despite its fullness, this drinks only a fraction of its strength.
I couldn't down a lot of this...and not everyday. If only because of its wildly flailing flavors and aggressive spicing (something I typically abhor...though not here). But, somehow, this 330mL bottles is disappearing at a rapid clip. This just improves as it warms. I wish I had more bottles. Let me correct myself. Maybe I *could* drink a lot of this. Yes, yes, I think I could.
Good shit, this one. Lusty little sucker here.
Wrong again. It's not so little. As my swimming head reminds.

This is a beer-based Screwdriver-float, garnished with a cinnamon stick.

I dig it.
A lot.

Tasted blind, I'm pretty sure I could nail this as Japanese.
Yeah, right.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this one for a while, seemed like a good time to try it.

Pours out cherry red/brown with a huge beige head that threatens to pop out of my flute and holds extremely well. Tons of carbonation here.

Smell is malty and fruity, with cherries, dark fruits, a bit of raisin and plum, nutmeg, cinnamon, and spices coming through pretty well. No hints of the big ABV in the nose. Little bits of orange and vanilla in there as well.

Flavor is similarly malty, with a big caramel flavor and a certain amount of doughiness that is nicely offset by a big dark fruit flavor with little citrus overtones. It dries up a bit on the finish and lets the alcohol peak through a little more, but until then, it's just a malty, complex brew that doesn't let too much booze read on the tongue. The carbonation translates well into the flavor and keeps it a bit spritzy rather than too syrupy. The spices blend well with the fruits, especially the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

Overall: Very nice one, not too big and out of control, but a very nice, complex brew.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle a cloudy, dark brown with a bit of gold. The bubbly, cream-colored head on this beer was huge and took some time to settle.

The smell is very mild with a touch of sweetness, almost candy-like.

What a mix. This ale is sweet and spicy, yet tart and fruity with a sour finish in every sip.

Sharply carbonated for sure. Oily to the tongue.

This is a very interesting beer and would expect nothing less from Hitachino. Definitely worth a try.

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Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
4.04 out of 5 based on 202 ratings.
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