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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Photo of russpowell
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at macadoodles in Springdale, AR; not sure if this is a freshness date, but NY 11.07 is at the bottom right of the rear label...

Pours a very effervescent copper with a pinky of fast fading cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Juicy fruit gum & white grapes

T: Ginger, cinnamon & apple peel with a touch of juicy fruit gum up front (this is actually working for me). The spices seize the day as this warms along with some pear brandy. Finishes warming with a nice mix of spices, some green apple peel & a touch of orange peel showing up very late to the party..

MF: Medium bodied, spritzy carbonation with a warming sensation. Thins out a tad as this warms

The spice mix in this beer works well, this is a bit of an odd bird, but pretty enjoyable. Would go great with dessert, or most Asian food

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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 Rippeddisc
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Wine Shop, Puhi.

A - light amber, huge head...took a long time to be able to pour.

S - orange spice, incense, malt biscuity

T/M - pretty interesting. good citrus kick up front but quickly warms and sweetens. maybe a hint of vanilla (as advertised on label) but would like some more. Malt lingers though...

O - bit of a unique beer. for high abv doesnt feel overly boozey but then we can be getting used to drinking 7%+ beer. worth a try

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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 portia99
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (2008 vintage - randomly found on a store shelf) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - This is gonna take a long time to eruption of fizzy and foamy pale tan colored head rises as soon as the liquid hits the glass. It slowly fizzes away leaving lacing all the way down the glass. Three or four cycles of this yields a glass full of beer (finally). Muddy haze filled amber brown liquid under the still fizzing away cap of foam.

S - Lots going on in here...this has got to be the fruitiest smelling beer I've ever had that doesn't actually have any fruit in it! Plums, ripe berries, grapes, cherries, oranges with cinnamon, white chocolate and other unidentifiable fruity and spicy aromas mixed in. A bit of sour and some funkiness at a lower intensity level.

T - Interesting. It is almost like white chocolate and raspberries together in a layer of whipped cream sitting on top of beer. Intense berry fruitiness and creamy melted white chocolate give the initial impression. Behind that is a wave of mixed fruits with oranges and cherries most noticeable. A light fruity wine-like character...almost makes me think of a sangria that went wrong somewhere. Light funk and a distinct fruity tartness round things out.

M - Very foamy and fizzy on the lips and tongue. Everything this beer touches seems to cause it to foam up. Interestingly, the spicy aroma almost gives me a carbonated sensation in the nose on the inhale. There is a creaminess and underlying sweetness that really smoothes this out. Foamy/fizziness is a bit distracting...feels sort of like the beer is exploding on every surface of your mouth.

O - This is a very strange beer...and one that I'm not sure what my opinion is. I think I'm tending towards liking this, but without a really good reason. The carbonation is distracting. There is so much going on in the flavors that I feel like this beer really doesn't know what it is trying to be...the flavors are diverse but not well integrated with each other (even after 3 yrs of age) and sometimes even clash. Why do I like this?...I don't really know - but I do like it.

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Photo of mcguirmn
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 BeerNemesis
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Commemorative Ale | 330 ml. | 9.0% ABV | 2009 vintage

Brewer: Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer
Glass: nonic pint

Reddish-amber with a frothy white head explosion.

Candied aroma, vanilla, orange peal, cinnamon

Funky farmhouse notes play staccato notes over an assortment of tastes: orange peal, nutmeg, cloves, creamy malt body.

Thick and creamy for a light beer. Wonderful feel on the tongue.

A nice concoction that seems to have aged well. The funkiness gives it an interesting kick while the heavy spicing adds some character.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: 2009
Served: May 14, 2011

Price = $15 at the Gramercy Tavern

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Photo of codsmith
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dense and hazy orange & gold color, with no head, but leaves nice white lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Has a wonderful yeasty smell of a hefeweizen coupled with a great spiced and hot alcohol aroma.

T: Its like a supercharged hefeweizen. That has a great mix of interesting spices and a high ABV. It finishes off with a hot alcohol flavor.

M: Medium-to-heavy bodied. Very flavorful, but has a thin finish.

O: If you want a high-gravity hefeweizen that has full flavor, this beer is perfect for you.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Caramel pour with lively, tight carbonation. Massively fruity aroma, redolent of ripe tropical fruit. Up front very spicy, very fruity, with some caramel malt following in the wake. A bit of bite from the alcohol. Spice is pleasant at first, but grows almost oppressive toward the end, ending on a quite forceful spiced note that is almost, but not quite, too much.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler. My first bottle randomly exploded (blowing out the bottom rather cleanly actually), so I'm not going to age this one after all. 2010 vintage...a bit of a gusher.

Cloudy yet radiant gamboge liquid with a relatively active mass of papaya whip foam. Turbid tendrils of lacing won't stay put. Good retention.

Japanese citrus, melon, and some floral notes in the nose - a distinctive albeit subdued yeast aroma, and a hint of hops as well.

Tart and fruity palate entry closely follows the elements found in the nose. The flavors develop slowly becoming richer and vaguely tropical. Some sweetness at times reminds me of a Tripel, though the finish is clean and fairly dry. Hints of white tea, rosewater, and pink peppercorn round out the profile.

Pillowy, effervescent, but then cutting mouthfeel. Heat grows more prominent as the beer warms.

Hard to guess at what ingredients went into this beer - but it is quite enjoyable (despite being volatile - not wanting to stay in the bottle!).

I actually mistook this for the 2004 New Year Celebration Ale at first (my favorite of their beers, and with some age on it, maybe my favorite Belgian Strong Dark Ales...sadly missed, that one) - glad I picked it up anyway (though unhappy to be out nearly $6 for the exploding bottle). Cheers to Kiuchi, busy at the moment bottling water for quake victims - here's hoping for a full (if not speedy) recovery.

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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 boudreaux
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Commemorative Ale 2011

A: pours a frothy, creamy golden color; head pours white about 2 fingers thick; decent carbonation; overall a great looking beer

S: Vanilla? wow, it's right in the nose; hints of spice and citrus sit just underneath the sweetness, with coriander and orange peel reminding me of a witbier

T: practically identical to the smell and even more delicious than expected; cinnamon notes are also present as the beer warms, as is a hint of nutmeg

M: creamy and velvety on the tongue; the carbonation provides a nice contrast to the almost 2% milk-like consistency; so good I make sure it hits every corner of the mouth and tongue

D: very pleasant and smooth; not too heavy; the perfect dessert drink to finish a dinner

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep ruby amber. Low whispy eggshell white head. High clairity. A few small bubbles.

S - very pleasant fruity yeasty initial smells. Banana candy. Lots of bubblegum. Exactly like a bag of big league chewing gum.

T - initial sweet tangy spices show. But then bitter mild hops. A bit more of that bubblegum and a finish of malt. Nice.

M - smooth and fizzy

D - very nice. First time to have this but it's a winner. Sad hitachino has such poor consistency.

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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 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 oglmcdgl
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into my victory tasting tulip.

A- a small cap of off white head that dissipates quickly leaving only the thinnest of rings around the glass. Hazy dark peach orange in color with a nice glow when held to light.

S- rather simple nose just some spiced banana bread and a good musty yeasty hit. Touches of stone fruits.

T- good bit of spice and earth with a baked good sweetness and some yeasty fruity esters.

M- on the fuller side of medium in body with a light carb that gives a slickness to the feel.

D- another tasty brew from kiuchi I would love to have this on xmas eve with some kind of tasty fall spiced baked good.

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Photo of veinless
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vintage: 2009 Commemorative Ale.

Poured a dark, cloudy sap brown, with more red than orange. Head is ample, white, and foamy like soap suds. Very fine bubbling and lots of retaining, but next to no lace.

Smells grassy and vaguely spiced, with bits of citrus and nutmeg coming out the most in the smell. Other scents seem to be in the background, but are masked by that first wave of smell.

Taste brings the rest of those to the party, with cinnamon and coriander mixing with a little bit of a raw vanilla bean finish. Orange turns out to be the citrus, and the malts turn semi-sweet into a roasted grain/coffee taste. Everything seems a bit off though, I think because the spices/flavors just don't mesh quite together.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with a sticky finish. Drinkability is good, although the bombardment of spices may make it a bit overwhelming at times.

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Photo of Rmason104
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a orangish brown in color with pale yellow highlights that had a 2 finger head that dissipated quite fast and left some good bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a combination of caramel and herbal notes seem to dominate the aroma along with floral, citrusy, spice, sweetness from malts and faint booze.

T: the herbal and caramel notes are more apparent on the palate with some spice, slight brown sugar, earthy, and citrusy accents. It did have a touch of underlying booze as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of tingly carbonation which had a sweet, spice, herbal, and citrusy finish.

D: drank decent and was a good herbal beer that reminds me of a sahti style beer. I didn't know the japanese had it in them.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a glowing almost lava colour with a large off white head that hangs around and laces.

S - Vanilla and citrus are the dominant flavours.

T - Very srupy citrus at the beginning with a boozy middle that ends with an eternally lingering nutmeg and spice finish. Equisite.

M - Fullish body, creamy and medium carbonation.

D - A rally good spiced beer with plenty to offer.

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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 scott451
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was a gusher so I poured it into a glass mug. Not surprisingly a towering foamy head with vigorous carbonation at first. A beautiful slightly hazy reddish amber. Mindful of a saison. The head soon settles down to a persistent thin layer. Weak bubby lacing.

Floral smells. Light spicy malts. Big flavour on the first sip. Coriander. Belgian yeasts, a bit of sourness.

Smooth creamy. A very good beer but very hard to place the style. Saison? Triple? Herbed/Spiced? It is not any one, but a good winter warmer nonetheless. A bit sweet and boozy for a session. Just one is plenty.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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'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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Photo of mulder1010
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Upon opening it started gushing on me. Settled down pretty quick though. Poured a hazy, deep orange color. Early on a lot of visible carbonation. After full pour only a few carbonation bubbles were left. Had a one finger off white head that had a lot of large bubbles in it. Upon swirling the head got compact but went back to big bubbles.

S-- Sweet, candied orange blossom. Little bit of Carmel and bread tones to it. Reminds me more of Belgian styles really with the sweet bread smell.

T-- Lots of orange and cinnamon. Just a little bit of Carmel and bread to finish it off.

M-- Pretty high carbonation and quite fizzy. Orange softens in the mouth and the cinnamon really takes over. Not a hot cinnamon but strong taste. Also sticks around a while after finishing. Feels more like a wheat beer with a lot of cinnamon to me.

D-- Decently hidden ABV. Listed as 8% on the bottle. Pretty easy to drink but for me too much cinnamon. Would have liked to have seen more orange paired with it. Otherwise a very solid spiced beer and one of the better ones out there that can be found on a regular basis.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 11.2oz brown glass pry-top bottle. 2009 edition.

Beautiful orange color with off-white low profile head. Nose is slick and sweet smelling. Very floral with notes of pale caramel. Palate is fat but balanced by creamy carbonation. Floral and caramel flavors, a bit boozy, but a long spicy finish.

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Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale from Kiuchi Brewery
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