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Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Celebration AleHitachino Nest Celebration Ale

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 10-12-2003

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Photo of Imbiber
4.81/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish-brown, quite dark; somewhat cloudy. *Very* yeasty. Pouring it gently still disturbed the plentiful sediment, and a thick, manic pale tan head foamed up energetically like lava threatening to burst out of a volcano.

When it subsided to a reasonable level, the aroma was discovered to be big and citrusy - very pleasant. So was the taste, very complex with malt mixing in with spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, citrus (orange peel is in the ingredients), molasses, vanilla, and a touch of vine fruit and burnt notes too. The flavours change constantly through to a moderately dry aftertaste dominated by balanced malt and hops, but with big orange peel character out in front.

This is a very delicious, interesting brew; highly recommended by me - but caution needs to be exercised when opening and pouring!

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Photo of faernt
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I carefully poured this into a chalice, tilting the glass at a 45 degree angle and letting the beer slide in. This 11.2 oz. serving wouldn't fit into a glass normally capable of receiving a 12 oz. bottle easily. The beer hissed as it sat freshly in the glass just like Fred Echardt says a good beer is supposed to. The head was about 1.5" tall and has now subsided to a pillowy irregular 1/2". I repour and choose to let the yeast come along so what was once clear is now cloudy. ( This may be a mistake but here goes.)
The smell is somewhat vinegary and the taste is somewhat tart with a pilsener like hop smell in the background. The tartness doesn't taste "off" but intentional. There are complexities here that are not immediately apparent. Sweetness begins to emerge as the head subsides. There is casual, irregular lace left on the side of the glass now. The head has very tight small bubbles. It continues to have many of the attributes of a very well made beer.
This one seems to be educating me as I go. It requires patience. Don't drink this one quickly or you will miss some of its gifts. It's very creamy now that I'm into the second half. It's worth buying again for its complexity. This is the first introduction to this brewery that I've had and I look forward to exploring more of its work. My next purchase will be more of this 2004 editon. Artfully done

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Photo of RootedFool
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm only half finished this 11.2 ounce bottle, and I'm just beginning to realize how much I'm enjoying this very special brew from the land of the rising sun.

And let me just say that the label is what caught my eye, nestled amongst the other imports, along the impressive wall of beer at the Arcata, California Co-op. It screams JOY. A joyous beer, indeed.

Pours a dark and cloudy amber with an impressive head that nearly spilled over the rim of my glass and still lingers, leaving intricate patterns of lace. Major emphasis on cloudy! I've never seen a beer this nebulous. Specks of spices afloat, a beautiful sight.

Smell is BIG orange peel, as if someone had just peeled a gigantic orange beside my head as my nose approached the glass. Coriander and an alcohol bite also come through the nose.

An incredibly delicious arc of orange, coriander, malts and alcohol play on the tongue, with just the right amount of carbonation, and a slightly dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick yet light on the tongue, "whipped" comes to mind, but it still maintains a density that foregrounds the audacious and festive flavors.

I feel blessed to have found this beer. What a wonderful experience. Straight fives from me.

Happy New Year!

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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 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 SixpointJMH
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this at firewater's in atlantic city and had to try it. i'm glad that i did. it pours with an utterly monstrous head...so much so that my non-aggressive pour resulted in slight head spillage onto the bar (oops). regardless, this brew looked great with it's massive head and amber-ish colour. there is a slight cloudy effect here as well. nice. smells quite nice, with spice dominating vanilla, fruit, hop, malt and what reminded me of the soba noodle smell from rogue's morimoto soba brew. again, quite nice. the taste is quiet similar to the smell, with some alcohol flavouring mixed in, though nothing offensive, just the right amount actually. body is a bit lighter than expected but welcome and refreshing nonetheless. very easy drinking for a 9.0 brew. didn't even realize it was so until i was about 3/4 of the way through. recommended.

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

Poured from a stubby 11.2 oz brown bottle with a rather ornate label, it's murky brown with traces of orange. The head just explodes, even on a slow pour and leaves a 1 cm. layer on top of the glass to the end. The smell is just about sensory overload: spicy and hoppy. All the listed ingredients-coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, and vanilla beans-make their presence known in spades. It just smell like the holidays. All of that makes its way to the taste but the hop bitterness just knocks things out of whack slightly. It's nice, but it doesn't quite live up to the promise of the smell. It certainly doens't taste like a 9% beer. Happy New Year.

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

Pours a pale brown with a supe duper head, I even got a dark brown yeast swirl at the top. Smells of mild woodsy spices and faintly of hops. The taste is nice, almost belgian dark ale, good thick chewy yeast and roasted malt flavors backed up by spices and mildly dry hop finish. This beer does not reveal its 9% abv at all while I consume it, no alcohol flavors at all, just nice spiced, Belgian type dark ale flavors with a well balanced dry finish. Super job from Kiuchi on this beer.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours forth with a spectacular head of orangey creamy foam that settles over very yeasty hazy brownish liquid. Orange peel aromas greet the nose with nutmeg wafting behind it. Malty sweet goodness and a tad of alcohol follows behind. Notes of vanilla, alcohol and orange wash over the palate, crashing together to form a wonderful taste sensation, full malty backbone/mouthfeel. The hops cut thru all of the above with a pleasant lingering bitterness after the sweet and spicy notes fade. Finishes warming and powerful, very unique and well worth the 4 dollar purchase price.

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Photo of marburg
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a superb little holiday brew from the Kiuchi folks. Monolithic, glacier-sized head fades back to a thin film interspersed with little "bacterial colonies" of bubbles. Aroma flings itself off this brew and into your nose whether you try to catch it or not -- coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange dominate. Distinctly yeasty, the coriander, cinnamon, and alcohol lay overtop an orange rum cake base. Finishes with a bit of an unexpected bitterness -- pure, true, chewy-woody bitterness. I'm guess that as good as this is now, it'll be that much better at this time next year. Quite impressive.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Candied spices are always a good choice during the holidays.

Pours a murky dirty off brown. A massive fluffy head with some puffy lace down the sides of the glass. Scents are strong. Heavy orange peel and coriander to start. Some wood notes and a milky nutmeg. Sweet and spicy.

The flavors are very spicy sweet. Holiday candied fruits are sweet. Some nutmeg, vanilla and cream help to balance the candied spices and fruits. There is a sweet and sour finish which is very nice. Excellently thought out flavors which reflect the holiday spirit.

This ale drinks pretty easy. Mouthfeel is robust. It really hits the palate. I could only drink one of these at a time because of the sweetness. It is very nice but it singes the mouth with a bit of a puckering feel.

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Photo of steorn
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale pours a beautiful dark amber with a full off white head.Lovely to look at. The nose is citrus and spice, nutmeg?,candy sweet, intriguing.
Sparkly mouthfeel. The 9.0 is evident here but not in a negative way.Im getting a cinnamon-like flavor at first,then the citrus-spice promised by the nose kicks in.I cant pick out all of the flavors but they all seem to be speaking in unison and its reaaaly nice! As this beer warms I warm even more to it.The head remains atop this top notch ale throughout.
It IS a real celebration as Kiuchi brewery continues to win me over.

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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 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 marc77
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Turbid deep chestnut hue. Mountainous, rocky light tan leaves steadfast lace. Complex, yet balanced melange of vibrant spices, of which orange peel and cinnamon are dominant. Subtle coriander along with rich, deep toffee surface as the beer warms. Trace diacetyl adds a mellow, agreeable, buttery note. Quite "festive" and inviting aromawise. Cinnamon cookie sweetness hits the palate upfront. Orange peel and hop immediately leap in and lend a sharp, bright, but unastringent bitterness. Mild cocoa notes and sour, fermented plum persist throughout. Subtle vanilla melds with trace butterscotch fully facilitating a dessert like flavor profile. Coriander is slight, but decidedly herbaceous and akin to the leaf of the plant, cilantro. Alcohol augments in intensity after being initially overshadowed, and lends a spicy, red licorice note. Medium bodied and quite spritzy in mouthfeel initially, but eventually viscous and nearly creamy. Finishes with lingering citric sourness contrasted by dark caramalt sweetness. A very tasty, whimsically spiced and potent brew. Not everything has coalesced yet in flavor yet, but this should change with time. Enjoyable and dangerous, indeed.

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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 ManekiNeko
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cL bottle served at cellarish temps in a Brewer's Art chalice.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown topped by a thick sizable head made up of very tiny bubbles. Incredible retention. There was always a layer of foam as I drank this. Left nice wisps of foam on the glass.

Smell: Incredibly fruity nose composed of peach, orange, apples, melons, and strawberries. Cinnamon, clove and peppery smells undergird this fruit salad.

Taste: An initial sharp tang of booze and peppery spice that fades away to reveal some lightly peachy malt sweetness. Grassy flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably light bodied for the style and ABV. Very fizzy and quite crisp.

Drinkability: This is a mighty tasty beer with a lot going on. Many Belgian overtones with the hops and fruitiness. If I see more at the store, I'm snagging it. I can't say it's an authentic eisbock (as the label claims) as I've only had one other eisbock in my life, but this is still a stellar beer. I suspect the discrepancy here might be a bit of "Japlish," as it were. Zig for great justice!

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Photo of lou91
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a cameleon - at first tasting like a belgian xmas ale with spice and begian sugar and an alcohol warmth. As it warmed it finished with a crisp hop flavor with flavors of orange and hints of cinamon. The astringent effect of the hops throws you off. I really liked the first beer and was less excited once it warmed. Still, this is a rich and creamy beer that is unique and worth a try. Buy it at berkeley bowl for $4.50 per 12oz.

One year later the flavors have converged well with an herbal flavor dominating the flavor profile. Still a really tasty brew.

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Photo of DESTRO
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a heavy duty winter brew, this thing weighs in at 9% abv. on the bottle it states "ale brewed with spices, coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla beans". yum. pours out a cloudy deep amber/orange with a big thick sticky/rocky slightly off white head. leaves sporadic lacing as the liquid diminishes. big aromas of tropical fruits (pineapple), citrus hops and i cant help but think of fruit flavored chapstick. taste is like the nose, big pineapple rush followed by a small spicy alcohol kick and ending on a light hop note. also some metallic flavors noticed on the finish. it's complex and i have a hard time nailing a certain something about it...it's just damn different. creamy and smooth...it's a sit back and take your time with it beer. very interesting, like nothing ive had before and im impressed.

paid $2.99 for 12oz.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted twice with consistent results:

Massive tan head, opaque red amber color body. Crazy big head and lace down to the bottom.

Big huge piney-medicinal hoppy, aroma, buttery, slight caramel nose and home baked bread aroma.

Stiff moderate bitterness. Honey thick beer. perfumy delicious.

From some English Distributor:
New Year Celebration Ale 2004 Notes:
Malt Pale, Munich, Wheat, Crystal, Chocolate

Hop Styrian Goldings, Hallertauer, Tettnang, Saaz

Adjuncts Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla

Color Amber

Flavor Full bodied beer with sweet wheat flavor and
beautiful dense foam top. It has a pleasant bitterness and
unique spicy aroma with Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg,
Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans. Complex yet soothing.

Alc/vol. 10.0% Original Gravity: 1.083 EBC: 35.9 IBU: 26
Format 24 * 11.2oz bottles, 30L, & 50L Kegs

Hitachino Nestbeer New Year Celebration Ale 2004 is brewed
in the tradition of a true Eisbock where the brew is
concentrated by allowing the water to freeze {but not the

After the mashingof five different malts {Pale, Munich,
Crystal, Chocolate , and wheat} four differing types of hops
are added in the brewkettle for bitterness & aroma {Styrian
Goldings, Hallertauer, Tettnang, Saaz} . Five different
spices complete the New Year Celebration Ale recipe
{coriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon & vanilla beans}.

After a freezing period of three days at 24F {= -4C} the
frozen water & protein are removed. The bottle conditioning
will then ring in a six month maturation time in the bottle.
Silky mouth feel, long lasting flavor.

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Hitachino Nest Celebration Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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