Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative AleHitachino Nest Commemorative Ale
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Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
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Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This commemorative ale was brewed specially to celebrate the new year using cinnamon and coriander. Please enjoy while you forget the worries and troubles of the old year.

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#27,983
Reviews:
117
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251
pDev:
11.23%
 
 
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Reviews by Lauthaha:
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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a beer glass.

Appearance: Pours with a MONDO heavy head (user error) which does not recede very quickly at all. Awesome airy head retention on top of a cloudy burnt sienna or tan liquid base. Very delicate lacing as the head recedes, almost polka-dot fashioned bubbles on the interior of the glass. Head finally settles at about a finger.

Smell: Orange and cinnamon pop out at me. The bottle also boasts additions of nutmeg, coriander and vanilla beans. Can't argue with that, though it takes me a minute to grasp the vanilla.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet, orangey taste right up front. The nutmeg and cinnamon follow, piercing the taste uds with spiced beauty. Medium carbonation allows for full savoring of the many tastes in this brew. I taste very little alcohol in this brew...it's decidedly sneaky and goes down quite easily, leaving a soft layer of creamy, herbal goodness on the palate.

Drinkability: At $5/bottle (330 ml) it's a bit out of my price range...but price not considered, I could easily drink this a few times a week. Would definitely recommend it as a dessert beer. The sweetness is not overwhelming, but doesn't seem to lend itself well to the main course.

Really good brew! My only other Japanese beer experience came from Sapporo (who is to Japan as Budweiser is to the USA, I assume). This was a welcome surprise on an impulse buy! (I liked the owl on the bottle)

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More User Reviews:
Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vintage: I must say that I admire Hitachino Nest’s work as a brewery - they always seem to strive for unique styles and brews, this time we will have a go of their Commemorative Ale as it is a special occasion for me (my weekend begins now). First off I love the label - very reminiscent of Hokusai (one of my top 10 favourite artists). There is no description for the style of this Ale but with ingredients such as Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans I’m going to categorise it as a Festive Witbier.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Cloudy deep copper body with a thin off-white lace ring around the glass. It appears quite dense and lush, I’m really looking forward to the first sip. 9/10.

S: Very nice, festive and spicy with all the above noted ingredients: Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Vanilla Beans - plus some dark fruits (plum, date, macerated dark cherries). The whole aroma gives of a Christmas fruit cake fragrance. 8/10.

T: Sensational! This is one Christmas fruit cake beer not to be trifled with! Festive puns aside there is a hell of a lot going on with this brew - Orange Peel, Coriander, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Vanilla Beans (yes, yes, yes and yes), plus those dark fruits and a truckload of molasses that sticks to your mouth. It finishes with a slight herbal hop note and a touch of spirit burn at the back of the throat. It has to be one of the most aggressively flavoured/balanced beers at 8% ABV that I’ve ever had, fantastic! 9/10.

M: Heavy bodied with some stickiness from that molasses and a dense but light carbonation. 8/10.

D: The more I drank the more hop bitterness came to the fore, it’s a minor distraction from this Festive Witbiers overall score. As far as the flavours go this is a beer that would give some of the Trappist brews a run for their money - it is a BIG, hairy, challenging Ale with finesse that is not often seen (or tasted) outside of Belgium. Hitachino Nest have once again shown just how much the Japanese craft brewers can be players in this large boutique beer world. Kampai! 8/10.

Food match: I would recommend this brew after that big traditional Christmas dinner but before or with that traditional Christmas pudding.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Rmason104
4.59/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a beautiful cloudy golden amber color w/ a thick creamy head...too thick, very active!

S: oh my, the spices hit the nose right away! Perhaps a hint of great things to come?

T: wow! There is a LOT going on here! Starts sweet and caramelly, then the spices come in hitting you w/ coriander, nutmeg, and finishing w/ the roasty malts. The alcohol warmth stays in the background the whole time.

M: thick and chewy and I love it! Like drinking very tasty bread.

D: yeah, I could drink a couple of these! Goes down smooth, but I think it would filling after a while.

Got this as a Christmas present & it's an instant favorite! Research says that it's brewed as a new Year beer. I want to make this a tradition!

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Photo of intoxabroad
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dewback4
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Commemorative Ale 2011.

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and pretty good retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent light grapefruit red. Generally appealing - it's beer.

Sm: Bright fruit, clean malts, some toasted or caramelized malt, spices, cream, chestnut, caramel, perhaps plum, and hints of floral hops. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Caramelized and toasted malts, subdued fruit notes - none of them distinct, chestnut, hints of floral hops, and varied bright clean malts. Decently balanced but lackluster and a bit scattershot. Built okay. No alcohol comes through, an impressive feat. Indistinct. I don't detect vanilla bean even when I search for it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with adequate thickness and carbonation. Complements the flavours generally, but doesn't feel tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable but not impressive. I like it but I wouldn't have it again, especially at import prices. I imagine it's quite well-priced in Japan, but here it's too much for its limited quality.

High C+

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Photo of mcguirmn
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kiuchi Brewery
Commemorative Ale 2010

In the wake of the recent earthquake, Kiuchi Brewery has suspended all brewing and instead begun to bottle water. Liquor store near me ran a special on this so I decided to pick it up.

Poured it into a Chimay glass (only glass that was clean)

Appearance: Reddish, amber color. Very foamy. Had to wait a few minutes halfway through the pour in order to let the foam settle down.

Smell: Definitely hints of fruit. Very sweet smell.

Taste: Lots of spice and definitely a nice kick from the alcohol. For having 8% alcohol, it is pretty mellow. Don't get me wrong, there is a definite kick to it. But I expected a little more of a kick given the ABV.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very carbonated.

Overall: A nice brew. Not too strong, with complex flavor. Carbonation in my bottle was very high, and took away from the experience a little. I bought a couple more Kiuchi beers to try, hopefully they won't overflow with foam like this one.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2014, so it's a little out of date. 2013 vintage; ABV stated as 8%. Picked up a while back from Trembling Madness in York. Described on the label as a spiced beer brewed to commemorate the new year.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A deep, hazy coppery-orange hue with plenty of floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing. Aroma of warm spicy notes with hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, mild coriander, subtle caramel malt, pine needles, a twinge of fruitiness, stewed hops and earthy yeast. A whiff of warming booze in the background. Complex but a shade overdone.

Tastes of a blend of spices with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, mild coriander, caramel malt, pine, stewed leaves, faint fruitiness, subtle earthy yeast and harsh cardboard. Well-attenuated, followed by a powerful herbal bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with pleasant carbonation and good body. Rather astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of acrid woody spice, stewed herbs/leaves and faint caramel malt.

It's certainly spicy, but not the most balanced or relaxing brew I've ever sampled. Looks alright, with an pleasantly spicy aroma. However, the flavour is rather harsh and dry due to an excess of spicing. Not much fruitiness to speak of and the malt takes a back seat. Subdued hops - mostly pine. Body is satisfying enough. Despite its strength, the malt just doesn't stand up to the spice regime. Someone chucked a rack into the mash if you ask me. Interesting but not particularly drinkable - no need to hunt it down.

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Photo of quilty
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jayman931
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2011
11.2oz bottle served in a snifter 8%

Very nice orange/amber color...white head that disappeared pretty quickly.

Decent malt smell and faint spices (hint of licorice and some orange and I guess the other is coriander)...wouldn't hurt to have a little more but this is 2 years old.

Its a solid beer. I would purchase it again. Really nice malt character but not overboard. Little caramel with light spices. I bet if this were a newer vintage it would have more spice flavor to it but I was expecting a little more spice but i am very okay with the lighter spice flavor.

Mouth feel is good. Well balanced and no heat from the alcohol.

Over all I think its a solid ale. I have had quite a few better...but have had a ton alot worse.

Cheers

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of 2neardead
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Caterwaul
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2014 edition, 8% abv. i love what these guys do, but this one isnt my favorite, not by a long shot. i had much higher hops, loosely an eisbock with vanilla beans and spices added, this should taste better than it does, although freshness might be an issue in my bottle. it pours a rich caramel color, bronze to amber really, honey thick, and heady as they come, frothy and lasting. it smells fine, the vanilla is lost to booze, malt sweetness, and oxidation though, and i cant really place the spices, but they seem a little all over the map. notes of cardamom, clove, allspice and anise in the tastes confirm that, and the vanilla seems almost superfluous to what else is going on, like the grain bill is complex enough and sweet enough that it basically does the same thing. im also not sure im getting eisbock as the base style very effectively, although being this sweet its hard to tell. its spicy, but not over spiced, and i find myself liking that aspect more and more as i drink it. the amped up carbonation also helps, but i wouldnt and maybe couldnt drink more than one of these in a sitting.

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 251 ratings