Hitachino Nest 3 Days | Kiuchi Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kiuchi Brewery
Japan | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
On 11th March 2011, a huge earthquake struck Japan and with it our brewery. Some parts of the brew house were damaged, and the brewing tanks were left leaning at an angle. Completion of the typical mashing period had to be extended to three days until electricity to the brewery was restored. Natural fermentation had already started in the mash tank during these three days with a lactic acid cultured in our brewery. This "3 Days" beer is limited to only 8,000 bottles.

Added by Francepants06 on 01-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
103
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
19.69%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
For Trade:
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 103
Photo of Oakenator
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is reddish-amber. Pours with a nice head. Little lacing left on the glass but 20 minutes later some head lingers on the edge of the beer around the glass. Carbonation is finer bubbles and results in a creamy texture. Smells of blood orange or tangerine and alcohol is present. Taste is a strong candy flavor. Mis-classified and the result is closer to a Belgian style.

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Photo of siege06nd
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a cloudy orange copper. No head to speak of. Very faint lacing.

S. Some light cherry, citrus, pomegrenate, and a little acidity.

T. Sweet cherry, some biscuity malt, something that tastes like Belgian spice or yeast. Some very light acidity on the finish.

M. Well carbonated and moderate body. Finish is a little malt heavy, but I like the acidic notes. Pretty good.

O. What a cool story behind the creation of this one. Drinks like an APA/wild ale hybrid, and it's pretty good at that. Warms the heart to see such creativity and dedication in the face of such tragedy. I will order one of these anywhere I go.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/14
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep rust color with a one finger of head. Head recedes quickly leaving minor wisps of lacing.

S: Nose is plum, toffee and raisin.

T: Taste starts with a decent toffee sweetness before plum comes through. A continued plum flavoring pursues and some roasin with toasted notes come in. A touch of spicing is present...almost like a nutmeg.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat crisp at first and then fills up with a chewier body.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, nice kick, different, but decent representation of style.

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Photo of Brabander
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer from my buddy Leon, Basica, when he was in Holland a few weeks ago. Thanks for this bottle Leon. This is my first Japanse beer i guess!

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks good but it is strange for a witbeer. Fluid like cloudy tea and a lightbrown head with some lacing after a while. No carbonation visible.

Good smell of some koriander. Taste is dito. This is a good brew for a sundayafternoon. Not very much carbonation in the mouth. Thanks again Leon!

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Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich amber with a thin head. Smell is malty, caramel, a little oxidized (in a good way), nutty and bready. Flavor is caramel, bread, pear, cherry, mild hops in the finish. Finishes pretty dry. Reminds me of a really good amber biere de garde. Light acidity on the tongue. Carbonation pops and works with the light acid. Fairly light bodies, considering the rich taste. Overall this is a really solid, rare offering, and a little bit of history.

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Photo of cvm4
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours amber in color with an off white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Spice & orange peel with a bit of floral to it.

T - Spices & orange peel. Citrus flavors abound with some malt.

M - Great mouthfeel & carbonation. Really coats thd palette.

O - Not sure what style this is but i like it.

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Photo of yamar68
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall slim bottle that I'm guessing is a 22oz? No real indication. Awesome concept...

A harsh pour shows a amber gold body with little beading other than what is forced from the etching. Healthy, slightly off white head that leaves a good trail.

Grapes, wheat, some kinda weirdness... something spicy. I'm struggling to pin this one down.

Maltier than I had expected... great light grain presence, some grape bits, very mellow and approachable. Nice beer.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sea-foam light tan head, thinnish but retains well. Clear, light brown.

Mild nose, very faintly tart. Kinda saison-y?

Sour/off tang at the beginning, metallic. Rich, full wheaty body. Kinda funky. The metallic taste is vaguely 'off' but not a dealbreaker. Some orange and spice.

Mouthfeel is lovely and smooth.

I was nervous about this; I didn't like that last Hitachino I had and I assumed this was one that had gone from bad to spoiled; I was wrong. Not amazing, but definitely not worth throwing out as a bad batch.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hitachino Nest 3 Days

Appearance: cloudy caramel, medium head, and a little lacing.

Smell: yeasty pear and other fruits.

Taste: yeast, wheat, and a faint citrus sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium and smooth.

Overall:
This is a good accidental brew. It has almost a milky texture while being smooth. It is very interesting.

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Photo of palma
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper/dark orange color body. A centimeter deep head recedes quickly leaving a very faint lace.

Nose: minor funk immediately. Not big time but definitely noticeable that this beer had some spontaneous fermentation going on. Very interesting. Fruity, berries, spice and also some nuttiness in the nose. Ginger. Green apple.

Taste: Caramel malt. Ultra ripe fruit. Maple, wheat bread, citrus notes, cooked sugar. Very complex. Delicious. The funky yeast flavor throughout in the background makes it even more interesting.

A wit farmhouse style with some pseudo brett effects? Cool. A very nice and intriguing ale. Too bad only 8000 bottles produced.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

550ml bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color threw me off, was expecting this to be a lot lighter in color. One finger beige head that just never seems to go away. Spotty lacing here and there.

Aroma: Interesting brown sugar, caramel malt. Notes of fruit and
ome musty basement funk.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt. More brown sugar. Yeasty slight spice. Basement funky flavors. Hints of fruits, white grape comes to mind. Definitely some complex and interesting flavors going on here.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and soft, easy carbonation. Somewhat mouth-caoting. Lingering funky lactic thing going on here. Not really what I would expect from a "witbier" More like a dark Belgian strong.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2011

A: Reddish orange in color, moderate internal carbonation, pours decent lacing, only the slightest bit cloudy

S: Quite fragrant, dried fruit, some lemon zest and coriander, nice citrus, some herbal elements, touch of alcohol, very pleasant

T: Very flavorful, identical to the nose, fruity, heavy citrus, coriander, herbal notes, some mint, light alcohol to finish, nice balance

M: Incredibly smooth, very refreshing, light fruit/citrus aftertaste, not drying or overpowering

O: A unique and delicious wit, smooth, fragrant, and flavorful; great marketing but with the beer to back it up

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear bronze, beautiful color. The head is very thin but lingers for a while.

Smells like a good dunkel weisse with the addition of a tart nose.

The taste is light and very much like a sour wheat beer. There is a bit of banana yeast flavor, a touch of sour, and some light or faded hop character.

Mouth feel is very smooth, it feels like a cask ale. Slight tingle and a pillowey texture.

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Photo of madtrixter787
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally broke this out of the beer fridge. Poured into Allagash Coolship glass. Nice head, fades fast. Nice amber hue, not what I expecte from a so called "witbier". Not too sure that label is correct. Drinks like a sweet dubbel of some sort. Lots of caramel and candied sugars flavors. May be just a bit too sweet for my liking, but in no ways a bad beer. Glad I was able to snag a bottle of someone making the best of a shitty situation.

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Photo of beerbiatchMD
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Novare Res in Porland, ME into a 25cL bier glass.

A: reddish orange in color, minimal white head and lacing. looks good, but not very witbierish.

N: sweetness up front, honey, light fruit--maybe honeydew melon though I might be pushing that one a bit, and some citrusy hops.

T: some fruitiness (darker tasting than the nose), a reasonable hop character, some sweet caramel, herbal characteristics as well.

M: good, smooth, small carbonation, no real problems at all with mouthfeel.

O: this is a unique and good ale. It's difficult to describe the overal tastes, but it does taste like I'd imagine a Japanese beer should (for whatever that's worth). I definitely recommend it.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very limited beer only 8000 bottles ever made. It was made by accident because of the Earthquake in Japan.

It appears to be a yellow-orange hazy cloudy beer with a somewhat thick head. It smells of bread, wheat, and sugars. It tasted of wheat, funk like in a farmhouse ale, slight sugar in the back end. The mouthfeel is medium to full body. Overall this is a good witbier with a twist.

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Photo of WrathsU
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Copper and amber hued body with a thick moderately long lasting slightly off-white head. Lacing looks to be great. Body is hazy but see through.

S - Lots of complexity in the nose. Clove, orange peel, and ginger hit up front strong, some fruity perhaps peach esters and tartness in it as well.

T - The spice is definitely strong up front. I get the clove and orange peel and other spicy tastes right away. The ginger is there but less pronounced as it was in the smell. A touch of alcohol but it is neither warm nor boozy. A very mellow faint tartness throughout that plays with the mellow bitterness well. It's all there but doesn't over saturate the beer at all.

M - The first thing I noticed on my first sip wasn't the taste, it was the unbelievable smoothness that the beer had to it. Coats your tongue with a slick feeling that isn't undesirable but rather nice. Has a medium body with a moderate carbonation level and slight alcohol burn.

O - This beer is phenomenal. Every aspect of it works perfectly together. It's an 8% abv beer but even being that high it is incredibly drinkable. Refreshing, not too heavy, and delicious to the nose and mouth.

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Hitachino Nest 3 Days from Kiuchi Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.
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