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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
202
Reviews:
171
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.15%
 
 
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Photo of canucklehead
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like most reviewers this beer gushed out and made a glass of foam that took forever to calm down. This is a very carbonated beer that tasted much lighter than the ABV suggests. I felt that was tasting a Saison with added spices which is pretty different for a Winter Warmer. I liked the flavours though a little less carbonation would have helped the mouthfeel and finish.

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Photo of tpd975
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a rusty orange hue. The head is rocky foamy and frothy. Nice thick lace is noted.

S: The aroma is inviting with tons of spice and fruit. Fresh ground cinnamon, nutmeg, hints of ginger can be noted. For fruit there is apples, peaches, oranges, and cherries. The aroma makes you want to bake the contents and eat it.

T: Despite the aroma, it is a bit off in taste. Everything mentioned above is noted but it does not meld together in taste as good as it does in the nose. The beer just has too much going on. The flavors come at you from all over, I couldn't finish it.

M: Slight over carbonation makes it prickly on the tongue.

D: Just too much going on. It is a love it hate it brew. At first taste I liked it, but as I consumed more it became undrinkable. It is just a little too overthetop.

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chaduvel for this bottle. Pours a light brown with shades or reddish orange, accompanied by a sticky light tan head. Smell is a nice interplay between candy-sweet malts, orange sorbet, vanilla, and coriander. Taste is much like the smell. Sweet throughout, although not too cloying (unlike stille nacht--cloyed my eyes out!). Nice mix of spices and sweet malt, with adequate hop bitterness to take off some of the sweet tooth edge. I quite liked this celebratory ale--my first offering from Hitachino too by the way!

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark and brownish amber color. The head quickly dissipates and very little to no lacing.

Smell: A strong vanilla smell with a variety of spices such as cinnamon and some orange.

Taste: As it smells. The vanilla dominates over most of the pallate while it's buoyed by the spices. The orange taste is very weak and tends be dominated by the other tastes.

Mouthfeel: No carbonation and a smooth body.

Overall: A pretty nice beer and somewhat indulgent winter warmer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I pour a chilled sample of this brew into a chalice I recently picked up.
THe brew pours a hazy dark amber color. The color is darker than I expected from a brew with so many spices.
A soft creamy off white head foams up easily to about an inch and fades very slowly. In fact, it never completely dissipates. There is also very tighly packed lattice work as the head fades.

The aroma is very spicy, I pick up coriander and a general citrus smell with hints of nutmeg. Definitely other faint scents in there.
The body is medium with average carbonation but very smooth and almost a creamy texture is present.
The flavor is a yeasty twang up front followed by a short hop bite and the finish is spicy, again, citrus and nutmeg dominate.
Overall this is a very tasty brew, but it could be improved with allowing a little bit more of the spice coming through in my opinion.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.97/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My publican saved a bottle of this brew for me from his latest "find". I am eternally grateful. The label lists spices used: coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla beans. My mouth was watering before I even smelled it.
Pours a beautiful, hazy dark red with a touch of orange and noticeable "depth", like a truly great paint job on Ferrari. A big, fluffy, creamy head that stays forever and leaves massive amounts of lace coating the glass.
Smell is rich, decadently filling my nose. Spices all over, as expected, especially nutmeg and vanilla, some cinnamon, fruit ( orange, green grapes and green apple), roasted malt, a hint of smoke and light hops. A slight bite of the hop up front, mainly on the tip of the tongue then the flavors just roll all over the tongue, filling every nook and cranny of the mouth. Hints of dark chocolate and vanilla linger in the aftertaste. Amazingly complex and perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel is smoooth with a capital Smoo! Creamy, rich, lightly warming mouth and throat, full-bodied.
Drinkability: if you don't drink this when the opportunity arises, you will do yourself an unbelieveable disservice. An absolute "must-drink" beer.

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Photo of david18
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of merlin48
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant surprise to find this one stashed away in my cellar.
Appearance: Whoa! Better be careful with the pour on this one, it's a foam monster with half beer and half foam on the initial pour into a tulip glass. Body is a cloudy apricot color with an immense beige head that relaxes but never fades away. The pitted head eventually gives way to profuse sticky lace all over the glass.

Aroma: Deep and complex sweet malty notes are everywhere, with caramel, toffee, molasses, rum soaked figs and raisins, and spiced prunes. The spiced prunes lead into an array of spices that suggest orangerind, coriander, and black pepper. Quite interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium full to full bodied with highly charged carbonation.

Taste: Malty sweet, with dark fruits and spices. Maple syrup, toffee, caramel, overripe banana, rum drenched raisins and figs, and a prominent spicy component mingle together nicely. Bitter hops are dry and herbal, balancing the sweet maltiness well. Alcohol is apparent, but is folded into the malt, hop, and spice complexity very well. The fizzy carbonation seems to swirl all the flavors together in a very well fashioned manner. Sweet toffee malt, followed by bitter herbal hops comprise the finish.

Drinkability: Very impressive Eisbock from this always intriguing, Japanese brewery. This is one of their better offerings, and is really an adventure to enjoy and sort through all its nuances. Lots of complexity allows the high abv to sneak up on you, but this one is a lot of fun to enjoy.

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Photo of Vancer
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice warmer – had a good glow after finishing this in about 50 minutes. A deep, hazy amber with a thick tan head. Notes of malt and a citrusy pine in the aroma. Quaff morphed into the standard winter spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Sharp and hoppy, a very oily brew indeed. Also some sweet hints of sugar cane and orange in the finish.

Alcohol was noticeable, but not detracting at all. Very nice sipping brew for the cool weather.

Thanks be to lou91 !

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured hazy turbid deep amber with odd suspended layers of dark sediment (must be a bottle conditioned beer). The head is tan and huge. It takes quite a bit of time to fall.

The aroma is spicy and malty. The label lists coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla beans. The aroma is filled with the coriander, nutmeg and orange, but the other aromas are in the background.

The flavor is orange with muted spices of cinnamon and coriander with a nice bitterness from orange peel and hops and malt to balance. The finish is dry orange and spices, but not overly dry. The body is medium and the alcohol is only present in a warming sensation.

A very complex and interesting beer. Happy New Year!

11.2 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Discovered and absolutely loved this beer in Portland, OR just shy of a couple months ago at the fantastic Yakuza restaurant (don't leave Portland without visiting!). Had to pick up a souvenir bottle. Will it stand up to memory?

The label has an owl, but no geisha girl, as shown here on BA. A healthy *ziss!!!* occurs when the cap is popped. The pour, although not light-speed, was apparently too fast, resulting in nothing but head. After a wait, I pour at a snail's pace revealing a gorgeous blood-orange meets muddy-caramel color and a three-finger head, sizzling and popping down, leaving a thick froth of lace on the glass. Head stays rocky and foamy for a long while.

Aroma highly features spices listed on the label (coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla beans), with nutmeg and cinnamon clearly edging out the others. Incredibly fragrant, and something to put up against the mightiest pumpkin ale aroma. So it's tough to pick out malt, hops and yeast...big deal. This is something else, something clearly not tying to be your typical Winter Warmer, or Witbier, or whatever...it stands on it own. It smells (and tastes) REAL. I'll eat every molecule of glass in this bottle if there was any artificial flavor used.

Flavor brings in everything the nose promises, plus a maltiness that reminds of root beer (a plus in my world), roasted nuts, fried plantains, and, yeah, more vanilla. No surprise that it's bouncy and tingly in the mouth, considering the good health of the carbonation. It delivers the flavors, rather than smothering them.

A ridiculously spicy, dessert-y beer, but superbly balanced, and without the thickness many similar beers might bring with it. Bright and lively...not anything near an everyday-beer, considering its bold spices and high ABV, but if you want a quality walk on the spiced side, there aren't many better choices than this.

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Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours dark copper/amber color. Absolutely enormous head recedes slowly leaving massive gobs of thin lace on the glass.
Aroma is highly spiced. Most noticeable is cinnamon and nutmeg; also slight orange citrus, coriander and malt and yeast.
Flavor has a malty front, spicy and yeasty middle with cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel on the finish. slight alcoholic mouthfeel on the finish. Beer is very alive in the mouth and highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of matjack85
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of kmpitz2
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a very light head that sits nicely atop the brew. Nose is gingerbread, with a light pine and moderate sweetness. Reminds me of the Anchor OSA series. The flavor is less gingerbready than the flavor. I get more of the pine and moderate hop bitter. I get a slight metallic flavor as well. Nothing really drawing me in with this one. The feel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. Very pleasing on the palatte. Overall, a pretty pedestrian brew. The alcohol does not come through at all, but the flavors and aroma do not draw me in at all.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of beerguy101
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish amber color. VERY large white tiny bubbled head. Aroma is spice, orange zest and cinnamon. A medium bodied eisbock. Malts are bready and sweet. Hops are spicy. Cinnamon, orange, allspice, clove and vanilla flavors are in the mix. Smooth taste. There are a lot of subtle, and not so subtle, complexities to this beer. The sweetness and spicy play a nice point/counterpoint to the alcohol flavors. At 10% alcohol there is a lot of tummy warming going on, but the alcohol bite, although present is not objectionable. NICE beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celebration 2006. I didn't notice the date when I bought it but I figure 4 years won't hurt a 9% spiced winter warmer.

Served cool into a Watou glass. Celebration has a beautiful red-amber color and good clarity. The head is thick at first, an off-white color, but it settles quickly leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma is nicely spiced with corriander, clove, and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla.

Flavor is, unfortunately, a bit of a let-down. There is definately a strong spice character, dominated by the clove but lesser amounts of cinnamon. There is a bit of cherry and port. It tastes like it could have been oak barrel aged such is the vanilla. Caramel rounds it out and the balance is all the better for it.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body with lower carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but disappointing. I would love to try it fresh because it may not have been aged properly (I only bought it 6 months ago) so I'll keep my eye out for more.

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Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Big and Fat Japanese man on the label holding a beer. Cool label.

Pours a dusty deep orangish mahogany. The rocky and frothy head morphs into a huge tsunami wave and rushes to the shore. The lacing is thick and active, bubbling as it sticks.

The aroma is excellent. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, caramel apples, cherries, light sugar glazed coriander and fresh fruitcake in the nose. Quite the sniffer, in fact, this aroma deserves a 5!

Particles everywhere. The tidal waves subdues. Orange peel jumps out and hits me first. Spices, many spices from the hops and then loads of cinnamon come in. Loads of juicy fruits come in on the finish with vanilla and an alcohol kick. Finish lingers.

However, this beer suffers.

Overcarbonation plays an enormous role in this beer. The mouthfeel was "soda like" and the overcarbonation affected the flavor and the mouthfeel.

This still was a delightful experience.

Smell the empty bottle when you are done. It smells like fresh peaches.

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Photo of Damian
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods Market, West Hartford, CT
2004 vintage

First, I must comment on the amazing bottle graphics. Hitachino always does a great job with their cute and quirky designs but this bottle, complete with gold leaf-like Japanese lettering, complete outdoes all the rest.

As for the beer itself: It poured a murky, copper mahogany with lots of white, floating particles. The three-finger, light tan, sea foam head lasted a number of minutes before fading to a thin film of lace. Sparse amounts of drippy lacing trickled down the glass.

Aroma was fragrant, smooth and sweet. Rich malts, brown sugar and spices dominated, while notes of vanilla lingered in the background.

Taste was similar to the nose but a bit more sharp. Malty rich with spices, brown sugar, citrus and a slight alcohol bite. As the beer moved along the palate, some oaky and woody nuances came out as well. A slight hoppiness on the back end helped to balance things. Finish was a mix of leafy hops and residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel was quite disappointing. The body was medium and quite good but the excessive amount of carbonation was almost stinging.

As for drinkability, this beer was a mixed bag. It was quite tasty and the 9% ABV was hardly noticeable in the taste (yet it did warm the mouth and throat), but the carbonation made this beer almost difficult to drink at times.

Overall, this beer was rather good, albeit very unique for the style. (It looked, smelled and tasted like a Belgian tripel yet was somehow labeled as a "winter warmer.")

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice dark maroon colored body, some suspended particles in the beer, with some carbonation also visible. Head is creamy and slow fading, leaving a smal off white layer on the beer. Smell is sweet, with spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and yes, those vanilla beans it talks about on the bottle. Taste is very rich and smooth, the spices impart a mild smokiness to the beer, while the vanilla and alcohol give it a sweet, yet slightly tingling burning sensation. A very smooth drinker, doesn't challenge you, very agreeable on the palate. Excellent, probably the best Japanese beer I have ever had.

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Photo of clvand0
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown color with a huge head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very good for the style. Lots of dark fruits (raisins, plums) and alcohol and some sweetness - very intense aromas. The flavor is not what I expected. Much thicker than expected. The dark fruits are very prominent, but they are melded with some dark malts, possibly some chocolate malt. Very well blended. The alcohol is there only with its warming character toward the end. Very nice flavor. The mouthfeel is borderline thick and the drinkability is very good for the high alcohol.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark orange russet hued pour with plenty of suspended particles floating around topped off with a mountainous beige head cap that took about five minutes to settle. Lattice lace was already left before the first sip. 11.2 oz stubby browner.

Exceptionally bold scents of fresh oranges and spices of nutmeg and cinnamon. (Reminds me in the nose of local Barley Creek Super Hop.)

First swigs: Dark chocolate like malts in the forefront. Brown sugar and molasses sweetness. Biscuit malty chewy bready flavors make up most of the palate here. 9.0 % ABV is not at all detected until the end once warmed. Overall, loads of fresh oranges await at each turn spotted with alternative flavors of ginger spices, and yogurt like milkyness. Quite a complex brew with endless flavors.

Full bodied and thick with sediment. Quite a dessert like brew with an effervescent rolling carbonation.

Last swigs: Sip after sip of orange sherbert fresh ginger and coriander. Although an eisbock, this seems like a spiced ale actually. Thanks to PopeDX for this bottle.
Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice as an after dinner brew. solid one finger head that has fortitude and body. Dark tan color almost brown in the middle. smell some metallic but after the first drink it fades. Caramel was the dominant smell and taste. some burnt flavors but mostly sweet and the alcohol is well hidden. This brewery is outstanding and they seem to push the edge of their styles. I do think this brew is at its peak or close to it coming into 2006. I just wish they would ship their beers over in bigger sizes as the stubie to me is not the greatest for long distance.

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

Pours a dark hazy amber with a huge light tan head leaves good coating of lace. Only my 2nd Hitachino Nest brew but both have had huge heads lots of carbontation but not overly so in the feel.
Aroma is spice cinammon, orange, hints of nutmeg some malt comes thru but spices dominate.
Taste is also spice cinammon, nutmeg, hints of orange rind and vanilla riding on top of malt base that has some caramel present. Finishes with peppery coriander and some hops adding bitterness.
Taste is pretty good just a little to much spice for me.
Mouthfeel is a little light of medium spices just don't add much body .
Drinkability is good not a bad little beer, if you love spicey beers this one is for you. My bottle had 2004 on it but it was the spiced version 2005 for sure, not the eisbock of 2004.

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