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Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Ibaraki, Japan

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RATINGS: 716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   IBU: 44   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Strong Belgian Brown Ale matured in distilled Sake barrels.the final Maturation takes place in Shochu casks {distilled sake} for 3 months.  Malts: Marris Otter, Munich, Crystal, Chocolate  Hops: Chinook, Styrian Golding  Original Gravity: 1.08


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Satyroneto (99) - - MAR 29, 2014
Cor de cobre escuro, um pouco turva; espuma de baixa/média formação e baixa persistência, quase sem lacing; Aroma complexo de caramelo torrado, mel, saquê e algumas notas cítricas; Sabor de início de caramelo e saquê, evoluindo para notas picantes e licorosas de saquê, um toque amadeirado e amargor discreto; retrogosto picante e licoroso; Corpo médio, sedoso e licoroso. ---Rated via Beer Buddy by Sátyro

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (806) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
330 ml bottle, pours hazy golden brown with a white head. The nose is malty, very caramel with wheat in the nose. Smooth caramel and pleasant malt texture, with a good hop bitter balance, the belgian yeast flavours take a back seat here, but they are there in the background. Nice beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Xenon (82) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2014
This one was more interesting in concept than execution. I actually drink sake a lot but did not notice any sake flavors in this. Some aspects of tannins, but mainly in the mouthfeel. It didn’t stand alone as a belgian strong ale as I’d hoped, but still alright. Caramelly and a bit hoppy without being bitter or pungent at all. Anyway, was an OK strong ale, but as a speciality beer it did not deliver what was promised at least to my tongue.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brentv (336) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottled as Tokyo Station Extra High. Bought at Le Collier Maranouchi at the Tokyo Station, the knowledgeable staff member at the shop recommended it and explained it was the same as the Hitachino Nest XH - indeed the bottle shape and cap markings are identical. This beer pours a hazy red with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel and toffee. Taste is caramel and toffee, sweet with a nice hoppy balance. Good carbonation and medium mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1200) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From notes, consumed on 4/12/13. Bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours caramel brown with a finger of off-white head. Aromas of apples, caramel, subtle sake. Tasting notes of apples, dark fruit, citrus, light floral notes, Belgian yeast, oak, sake, moderate booze and bitterness. Warm finish. Medium body with a semi-dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerdedDave (294) - - FEB 14, 2014
cloudy amber color; mild, winey, saki aroma; cery complex flavor; dry, slightly sweet malt; light piney hops (Chinook); flavors blend really well; deceptively smooth

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Liamrua (26) - Waterford, IRELAND - FEB 7, 2014
330ml from Carpenters, Carlow. Pours a brown golden colour with a finger head that fades. Strong malty aroma with hints of toffee and fruit. Complex fruity, malty, sweet taste that has many undertones. Low carbonation on tongue and a slight sweet malty finish that hangs slightly. Overall a bloody good beer that has been well crafted with many flavours packed in.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1026) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle from the Dram Shop in Sheffield. Pour a hazy amber with a small white head. Flavour is sweet with notes of sherry, caramel and some pine in the hops. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jinroh (337) - ESTONIA - JAN 28, 2014
330 ml bottle, labelled as Hitachino Nest X’mas Ale - but it is also saying this is XH. Pours hazy copper with a white head that doesn’t stay very long. Aroma is sweet, caramel, dark fruits - quite a lot going on there. Could be typical Belgian aroma if you ask me. First sip has some full malt body, nice fruits, toffee and ending in a bittersweet finish. There are hops, alright, but they are nicely balanced with the overall maltiness and the result is a wonderful beer, suitable for slow sipping. Dry mouthfeel, with a bitter sensation. Alcohol well hidden. Could have more of this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1026) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Aroma: floral yeasty hops; sweet. Appearance: small creamy head, hazy gold. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: lovely sweet, very very light hints of bitters, fruity. Overall: lovely Belgium Strong Ale, amazing palate. Bottle at Euston Tap, London.


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