Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) | Kiuchi Brewery

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH)

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Kiuchi Brewery

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
From Japan's most prestigious brewery, Hitachino Nest XH (Extra High) is a strong Belgian Brown Ale, matured in shochu (distilled sake) barrels. Chinook & Styrian Goldings hops are use

Added by UncleJimbo on 12-29-2002

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Photo of VaterRoss
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle into crystal hock. Bottle date "XH.11.03"

Hazy copper color, very little head that reduces to a ring. Smell is very interesting: reminiscent of a dry white wine, some sake smell. Taste is dry and semi-sweet. Finishes with a sake taste, slightly sour. Mouthfeel is low carb with a slight puckering sourness.

Looking at other reviews I wonder if my bottle went bad. What I had was something like a Sake-Beer with almost none of the Belgian characteristics coming through. This beer needs some sort of richness from the malt to better balance, too much sake going on for my tastes.

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Photo of forummember
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a chalice at cellar temp. Bottle says abv is 7.0%; BA says 8.0%. Perhaps this is an older bottle? Forms very little head; there's some white lacing on the surface and a ring around the beer. The liquid is a clear dark amber. The nose is plum, cherry, red fruit. Maybe a trace of clove? More of that on the tongue, with a delicate hint of wood and some yeast character right before the fairly dry finish. It's light on the tongue, and prickly. Overall, a pretty nice beer, well balanced though tending toward the lighter side of the style. More of a dubbel than a strong dark, I think.

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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.87/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Bottle Date: XH.08.10 (I presume then that this was bottled in August of 2010.)
Upon opening, this one is a gusher. Fortunately, I'm prepared, and I only lose about a swallow's worth of beer. The smell is immediate and beautiful!

This is a very nice, golden orange color, with light hints of brown. The light brown head of foam is almost one-fingers worth. It has some really nice retention and the lacing is in thick strands that stick around for awhile.

The nose on this one is awesome! Hints of Lambic tartness. Very wine-y, which was not expected, at all. Big belgian yeast notes behind it, along with some candi sugar sweetness. Bananas and apples and pears...oh, my!

Wow. Belgian yeast and barnyard funk dominate, with a light touch of tartness to it. Bananas with apple and cherry skins. Belgian yeast spiciness. Orchard fruits sweetened with light candi sugar. Light hints of brown sugar.
This is nicely complex. Very tasty.

This is full-bodied with a high level of carbonation, which is filled with (what seems like) millions of tiny bubbles. It is smooth and awesomely creamy! A delight to drink!

This is almost a perfect brew. It's somewhat like a really good Tripel blended with Lambic, or something. It has great balance, but is still just a touch too far to the sweet side, otherwise it would achieve perfection. It's not what I expected from Sake barrel-aging, but if this is what that creates....bring on more Sake barrel-aged beers, please!
Easily my fave from Hitachino, to date.

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

12 oz.

Pours a brownish golden color, red glow held to light, with a fluffy eggshell head that clings to the side of the glass.

Smells of dry grassy malt grains and mild piney floral hops.

Tastes mildly pine hoppy with some of the dry cereal like grain flavor underneath. A bit of honey sweetness as well.

On the fuller side with soft fluffy carbonation.

Tasty little ale, not sure what I was expecting but I'm not let down. BA classifies this as Belgian Dark...tastes more like a double IPA with the hoppiness cut in half. Either way, worth a try from this intriguing Japanese brewery.

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Photo of Kromes
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy dark brown with a thick tan colored head. Good lacing down the glass.

S: A nice caramel malt aroma with some peat and earthy aromas and booze.

T: A caramel malt flavor that is immediately taken over by a sake and cedar wood flavor. It is sweet and slightly acrid. The finish is slightly dry with a cedar flavor remaining.

M: A little bit thin feeling with low carbonation, but it is smooth.

O: Not too bad for a strong ale. It is unique in the fact that it is aged in something besides an oak or bourbon barrel.

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Photo of karatebartender
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of thadbme
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beer pours a reddish brown with about a half finger of head. A light film of head remains on the beer, and some of the hops / yeast is lively in the beer. It also has a cloudy appearance and isn't transparent.

S: Has a very pleasant smell to it. Smells like a typical strong dark ale, except with a sweet smell to it. This must be the sake barrels that its aged in. This is an awesome smell to a beer. Very pleasant.

T: It has a sweet taste to it thats similar to how it smells, but just a hint of bitterness and hops, but in the end it feels a little empty. Its a nice taste, but doesn't have much finish or lasting power to it.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. It finishes just like it tastes.

O: High hopes for this one after the smell, but the taste of it just doesn't hold up to it. Its just missing a finish and some complexity, and it would be an easy A. But until then, its in the B range for me.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very thick and rather heavy burnished red-brown colour, bright at the sides but deep in the centre. Head is filmy and pocked with large bubbles, but forms a silky slick on the top of the beer. Lacing is patchy. Body is full and thick, but doesn't hold the surprisingly large bubbled carbonation particularly well.

Nose is spicy and exciting. Big sweet nutmeg and dried ginger spices on the nose, giving aromas of brandy soaked christmas cake. This is linked with an interesting green freshness (almost like hoppiness), that probably comes from the cedar sake barrels. It's sweet but cut, complex but smooth. Very exciting.

Taste is similar, but less complex and less truly exciting than it might have been. Still, there's those big dark spice characters coming through, with the luscious sweetness lending tones of dates and raisins to the mix. Spice on the back has a slightly tannic quality to it, giving some tea and wood. There isn't the resiny, sharp and fresh flavour the cedar barrels give (say) the JCA, but there's interesting complexities to it.

Another very intriguing and interesting beer from Kiuchi. While this doesn't smack me across the face to open my eyes like the Japanese Classic Ale does, it lends some interesting twists to a genre, and delivers a fine beer-drinking experience along the way.

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Hitachino Nest Extra High (XH) from Kiuchi Brewery
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