Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative AleHitachino Nest Commemorative Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan
kodawari.cc

Style: Eisbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by czechsaaz on 12-24-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
115
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
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18
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Photo of Bigdood33
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a copperish body with two finger head and lace patches down the glass. Aroma is spicy and peppery with hints of anise or licorice. Medium bodied with a little bit of sweetness and smoothness. Has this spicy feel to it that gives it a heated sweetness and there is a touch of woodiness or breadiness that give it a fuller body. Pretty interesting beer.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

- 2014 vintage
- Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into stemless wine glass on 3-Feb-15

Aromas of all the listed spices. Don't get much vanilla in aroma, but get more of it in the taste. The flavors work well together and for an eisbock, there's no hint of boozyness whatsoever, which I prefer. Smooth and quite enjoyable. Would seek this out again next season.

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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 ONovoMexicano
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 twelve ounce bottle poured into a Munique glass.

Spritzy but fluffy oatmeal-colored head forms about a fist thick and somewhat quickly recedes, leaving only a yin-yang shaped lace over the body. The body is a curious shade of amber, almost orangish and hazy.

The aroma is very Belgian in that it's yeast-heavy, floral, sweet with pungent sticky malt, and spice-laden. Tasty fruit flavors that I can't single out swirl around between an odd funk.

Okay, I can definitely dig this flavor. Juicy fruit flavor, like orange meets dark cherry, joins coriander, sweet wheat and malt, and light vanilla flavor. This tastes dessert-like in with a lingering banana sweetness. It's very nice.

As noted, yeast is prominent, spice is prominent, but this brew comes together nicely. At times light, floral and wheaty, at other times coriander forward with sweet creamy malt with a yeasty bite. It's deceptively enjoyable and easy to overlook the 8.0% ABV, which is nowhere to be found on the tongue or throat.

I'm glad I picked this up. Hitachino can often sit on shelves here in New Mexico but there are some gems among their brand. This is one of them.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smells of toffee and prunes.

Flavor is led by dark fruit, with raisins and prune tartness underlying a light sweetness that becomes dry mid palate and finishes bitter and herbal. Good amount of alcohol heat.

Certainly not an eisbock in the traditional sense, and a little more one-note and bitter than I prefer.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I see a hazy honey coloured brew that brings almost a 2 finger head of foam. Lacing is you betchya!

The nose is pretty festive. I get some nutmeg(a fav of mine in winter brews), coriander, some grape like fruitiness, all on the malty and fruity side and nay to any bitter notes.

Nutmeg and a sweetish malt flavour that reminds me of the lovely oxidation you get in a UK barleywine or old ale is first up for me. I do get some coriander and some other spiciness that doesn't strike me so hot. Now there's a strange bitterness that creeps in in the finish. It really started off great but...

Medium body, lightish carbonation.

Bottom line, it's strong and pretty good overall. I had higher hopes based on my first sips.

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Photo of Allegue04
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of _morandi_
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of n2pux
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RochefortChris
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of doktorhops
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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 ariceclemson
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Risenhower
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ttroha
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of goochpunch
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 Commemorative Ale.

Pours out a copper orang with a thin, frothy, off-white head. Spicing is subtle in the nose. I get mostly citrus-related notes: the coriander and orange peel. I also pick up a lot of caramel. Reminds me of a winter release of a typical biere de garde. Flavor is loads of caramel, orange, bread, honey, lightly toasted grains, with a fairly mild yeast character. Cocoa in the finish. Mouthfeel is silky and a bit sticky. I really enjoyed this, and it reminds me of some French bieres de garde that are released around the holidays. I should have saved this for Thanksgiving dinner; it would have gone perfectly with it.

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Photo of chefduff2
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of rderedin
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of torriman
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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