Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative AleHitachino Nest Commemorative Ale

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Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by czechsaaz on 12-24-2007

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Photo of stcules
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange,a lmost no foam, and floating chunks.
Spicy smell, strange: cinnamon, corianderm in a strange mix. Decent malty base.
Some sugar in the mouth, but again spices, more strong, for a sweet candy effect, quite tiring, realy.
Light body, the aftertaste starts with a soft sugariness, but quickly overwhelmed by a too strong spiciness.

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Photo of Tilley4
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a single bottle of this from Mr. Whiskers in Nashville.

This beer looks crazy! It pours out ver, very murky with a Duvel-like carbonation that forms a 4 inch head in the tulip with half a bottle left to pour... Looks weird... Sort of an orange color but with brown highlights...

Aroma is strange as well.. Sort of yeasty and funky with the slightest of orange peel and perhaps a little cinnamon...

Hmmmm... Not a big fan of the taste here.... Maybe a little orange and spices but I can't get through the carbonation on this one... It just seems to foam up in the mouth and kill any taste there is... Disappointing...

Won't be getting this one again...

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light orange with a haggard foggy brown tent to it. Not the prettiest looking beer

S: Orange peel rolls into your nose like a blistering freight train

T: Orange peal mixed with ginger followed by a light hint of vanilla bean and finally apple spice . Not sure if it really works together, as the flavors seem to detract from each other. On paper it sounds good but not really a well rounded beer.

M:  Full bodied with a medium dry finish. Nice carbonation

O: This beer was one of those that had such potential but kind of fell short. It is worth a  try but kind of unimpressive

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Photo of donmonkey1
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy brown with an enormous head. It recedes at a nice rate but must be poured slowly. Nice lacing from the frothy tan head. There appears to be good carbonation but it's hard to see through the murky head.

Smell: Raisins, caramel, sweet malt.

Taste: Cloves, corriander, some type of sweet and sour fruit.

To be fair, I think this is probably a good, well made beer, but I just don't like it at all. It's got some spices I can't identify and I don't care because I'll never drink this beer again unless it's all I have. I have had a lot worse beers though.

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Photo of clvand0
2.95/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

2009 Edition with vanilla beans, corriander, orange peel, nutmeg, cinnamon. This beer pours a cloudy amber color with a nice head that hangs around for a while. The orange peel and corriander come through strong in the aroma, but the other spices are still there. A touch of alcohol and very little malt or hops in the smell. The flavor is all about the spices. Very spicy. The citrus components mix with the nutmeg and cinnamon to create a powerful flavor that overwhealms all other flavors. Malt and hops are hidden. The alcohol is also apparent. It has a medium mouthfeel, but the way the spices coat the mouth, it makes it seem more full. The drinkability suffers here, in my opinion. There is just too much spice and too much alcohol that isn't balanced. Interesting beer, but not one of my favorites. Oh yeah, I didn't get any of the vanilla bean.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First ever beer from Japan that I have tried.

Pours out a fairly dark orange with hints of ruby red and a nice 2 finger off-white fluffy head.

The aroma is heavy on the coriander and citrus notes with hints of malt and yeast.

The taste is dominated by the coriander and citrus notes and then those fade to a slightly sweet malty character and then that fades into a nutmeg/cinnamon with spicy characteristics. All the flavor are pleasant, but they don't seem to mix/blend together which is a little odd.

Overall, a very nice beer for this style and I'll have to pick up more from this brewery.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange with a touch of bronze and a small whispy cap that left abruptly, no stick.

S- Oranges, coriander, vanilla, other spices

T- Vanilla, coriander, oranges, other spices. This is for sure a Kiuchi beer, LOL!!

F- Medium, light carb, small linger of alcohol.

D- Glad I split the bottle, not a winner.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark buckwheat amber color, and with a vigorous pour, I got a serious foam surge. But, the head that amounted was poor in retention and just a fizzy rush that killed itself shortly afterwards. A lot of turbidity through particulation.

Papery oxi note, first, with some sweet spiciness. Picking up honey notes, coriander, citrus peel, and maybe some warm vanilla in there; all with a stuffed up malt and fading hops, hops that might have been citrusy on their own. Smells messy.

Burly amber ale malts with latent spiciness and dank orange peels. The vanilla just adds to what is a cumbersome sweetness, with the seeming turn of the malts. Past its peak? Maybe, but this is a 2014 Commemoration. Coriander is there near the finish with more lingering honey and a heap of treacle. Has some Christmas-y flavors. Not my cup of beer.

Textured carb-barb feel. Definitely gritty, whereas I can feel those particles. Hampers things, a bit.

Spiced beer or Imperial Amber? Christmas Ale with Witbier spices? What is this mess? And, why do I feel like there is no such thing as a fresh example?

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Photo of elricorico
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with a slight brown tinge to it. Way too much head, this bottle foamed and foamed, it took about 10 minutes to pour a glass.

Citric and somewhat soapy smelling. Yeasty funk. Not much else to say, despite a variety of ingredients.

Sticky sweet, then spicy, then funky, then finishes a little hot. Caramel to vanilla in the sweetness, notable cinnamon in the middle. Flavours are all over the place and don't really seem to work together as much as compete with each other. Not bad, just gives a disorganized impression.

Mouthfeel is sticky and syrupy. Carbonation just barely cuts through, feels a little heavy.

This isn't a bad beer, but it isn't a great beer either. I think it may have come together better with some age, but I'm not enthusiastic about it enough to bother trying.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330mL bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's beer of the month club and poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours a hazy orange in my glass. Whatever little amount of white foam initially crowned the beer disappeared *immediately*, very disappointing. The nose is a bit better though, vanilla comes through very prominently. The cinnamon and nutmeg come through a bit as well, with a slight, welcome citrusy aroma from the orange peel and coriander closing things out. That great vanilla note is greatly diminished in the flavor, which hurts the beer a fair bit. It had really provided the foundation for the other spices and influences to come in over the top of in the aroma, and without it there's no real support for the various flavors. The body is solidly middle of the road, appropriately in the background. The carbonation though is way over aggressive, creating a distinct, harsh, fizziness with each sip.I believe this is my third beer from Hitachino Nest, and I still haven't found one that impresses.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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 kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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 JayQue
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy apple cider orange color with a tiny delicate bubbly head that disappears fast. No lacing to speak of. The 2011 version is listed at 8.00% rather than 9.00%.

Smell is average , a hint of spices.

Taste is surprisingly good. The combination of spices and vanilla make this taste almost like a Belgian Tripel - slightly boozy, spicy, a little sweet and rich...the Belgian yeast is the only thing missing.

Mouthfeel is good. Spices play across the tongue. An overall rich beer with a little warming effect of the alcohol.

Overall pretty good. A big flavor even though the aroma is lacking. I would like to see a bit more vigorous head and lacing. Would drink this one again.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There was talk of a dispute between Kiuchi and Sierra Nevada over the use of "Celebration." This arrived in stores at about the same time of the year as former Hitachino "celebration" ales so I beleive this is a name change and not a one-off. There is no info on it on the Kiuchi web site. After drinking it, it seems more in line with the Wood Aged XH than any of the celbration ales.

Very fruity yeast aroma right off. Some toasty malt notes follow that up. More fruit as it warms up. Hops aren't really a factor here.

Nice amber color and slightly cloudy. Big thick white head that is long-lasting and leaves good lacing. A little bit of rising carbonation in the glass.

Flavor start off very earthy and woody. I wonder if this is a wood aged beer becuase it seems to have a lot of the flavor character of the other wood beers I've had from them. Follow up is very sweet malty and the aftertaste is a little wild-ale funky. The flavors don't really seem to me to work together. As it warms up it seems more sour.

Full bodied with very high carbonation level.

Definitely not one of my favorites from this brewery. It's not bad in any way. It's just not the big rich ale I was hoping for.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2008
11.2 oz. Brown Bottle

Poured into a snifter. This commemorative ale pours a murky, orange-amber color with a ton of off-white head that drops very slowly, that leads to really nice lacing. Strong sweet malt aroma, with some citrus and spices thrown around in the nose. Sweet flavors of citrus and tropical fruit, with a slight sour/tart ginger hint. High carbonation level, with a nice clean mouthfeel, but I get that from almost every Hitachino beer that I have had. I am gld I had a chance to have it, but not quite what I expected.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice orange amber color with minimal head. Smell is very sweet and fresh. Taste is pretty good. One can taste the coriander and orange peel along with faint vanilla bean and nutmeg and cinnamon. Slight spiciness at the finish and the 8% AB hits you pretty good. A very good refreshing beer. Hitachino hits the nail on the head on delivering taste on this one.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red-amber colour, mild pink tinge wit head that is off-white and mostly dissipated, with decent lace left behind. Looks OK.

Smells fruity and slightly earthy, with plenty of English toffee malt, baked apple, marshmallow and bubblegum sweetness on there. Some date/walnut notes as well. Bit too sweet but otherwise OK.

Taste starts out with that bubblegum sweetness but gets better. Still quite malty with banana bread notes throughout, plenty of nutmeg and slight ginger spice as well. Bit oversweet still with not much finish to speak of. It sort of doesn't quite go anywhere starts sweet, finishes sweet. Would have liked some more variety in the palate.

Thin but smooth, not overly carbonated.

Not a bad brew. Mostly malty with hints of interest here and there. I had thought that maybe it had simplified and diminished a bit with age but the bottle says still good for another year, so take that however you like.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a short stubby brown 330 ml bottle, label states abv. as 8%

Finger-width spongy off-white head that settles to a thinner, tighter, creamier cap. Appearance is a cloudy light amber.

Tart wheat and coriander are predominant, sweet peachy notes and dry spice.

Dry, earthy, spicy flavour, doesn't get more complex than that.

Fullish-bodied, creamy yet dry mouthfeel.

All in all doesn't blow my skirt up though, the elements go together quite well, but it's a combination that simply doesn't pull it together, at least not over my palate. Perhaps not listed properly, this would make a decent saison, although that's still not high up on my list of preferred styles either.

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Photo of chogm54
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into half pint glass

L - amber, almost nil head

S - faint cinnamon smell, but not getting much in the way of smell

T - strong malts, mixed with spices (vanilla, nutmeg) and ginger. Very short, sharp finish.

M - no carbonation to speak of. Oily texture, full and thick bodied, alcohol is potent.

O - the various spices make this different to other strong eisbocks. in no way sessionable, but a nice cool weather sipping beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow to light orange with a half finger tall beige head. Head reduces quickly to a thing ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very soft, not an intense aroma. Orange, ginger, vanilla, floral notes, coriander, and some sweet malts are present.

T: Light hint of alcohol is observed. Flavors are dominated by zesty orange and spices - ginger, coriander, cinnamon, and vanilla. The finish is grassy and earthy.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

O: Not as spicy as I was thinking it might have been - the spices are more subtle and that improves the enjoyment of this beer. Very interesting flavor profile but slightly lacking in the nose. Glad that I tried this beer which is a good example of the style.

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Photo of checkfeet
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a lovely copper with an orangish head, which thins then sticks around for awhile.

Nose is all apricots and honey.

Tastes like vaniila, licorice and cloves cut through by pickled plums...a heavy alcohol aftertaste rises quickly. There's almost no maltiness between the fruit and booze. You can taste the 9%. Its like somebody went to drizzle a fruit pie with Jaeger and brandy and ended up dumping half the bottle by mistake.

A solid brew, but a bit too boozy; not enough balances it out.

Kudos to the nest for constantly trying interesting styles. No one else in Asia is doing anything like it.

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Photo of jsh420
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours cloudy amber copper with a 1+ fizzy finger head that decent retention

smells fruity vanilla with lots of xmas spices - (smells like a SN meets an Anchor Xmas)

taste - the first thing that hits me is the orange peel and coriander then the vanilla and the sweet malts - the the other spices take me long to pick out but they are there

mouthfeel has a medium body with over the top carbonation so much so that the beer seems to dissolve in you mouth

drinkability is so so - the beer is rather pricey (little less the $5 a 12oz) the medium body with the high carbonation makes the beer very filling

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber with a big off white head with very large bubbles.

S - Spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon and light citrus, mostly orange peel.

T - Very herbal, almost tea like, citrus with spice. Maybe hints of allspice, nutmeg or cinnamon. Sweet with orange peel and citrus. Slightly yeasty.

M - Medium to full mouthfeel, well carbonated, herbal and yeasty.

D - Interesting beer but is almost like a meal in a glass with how heavy it is mixed with aal the spice and citrus.

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Photo of danieelol
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one gushed a bit which explains the relative lack of head and lacing. Nice red-orange colour.

Smell is cola. Kind of reminds me of Redoak’s Christmas Cheer. There’s also quince and other sour red fruits. I do pick up most of the adjuncts in this beer, so they’ve obviously served their purpose. The vanilla and orange go down nicely. It’s certainly spicy and complex. Bit of a strange, synthetic or perhaps ethanolic smell.

Taste is sweet (but not cloying) red fruit, nutty Belgian yeasty. Alcohol presence provides dryness.

Medium body with lots of carbonation.

Overall an interesting and complex beer with nothing offensive but doesn’t seem worth a repeat purchase to me.

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Photo of linecook12
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I found one lonely bottle of this at Sam's and I had to grab it. I really liked almost everything I've had from Kiuchi so I was excited about this one. It pours a clear, deep amber color with a beautiful cream colored head. Aroma is that of sweet spices (the bottle says that vanilla, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg are used) and roasted malt. The vanilla comes through the most in the first sip, nearly overshadowing the other spices used. Good roasty flavor from the malt with a lot of residual sugars, overall a fairly sweet beer. beer There is very little hop flavor and bitterness, and were it not for the lack of it would probably make for a more balanced beer. Mouthfeel is rich with the head being so fine and thick you could almost cut it. It is still refreshing though and leaves you wanting to drink more. This kind of reminds me of an abbey ale, with a higher residual sugar and of course spices. Overall I think this a very good beer. Probably too much head, too much vanilla and a lack of hops are my only complaints. I would not hesitate to pick it up again. I look forward to seeing if the beer is any different next winter.


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