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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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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8852) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2007
11.2oz bottle shared courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a meduim and slightly hazy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of rice, sake, oak, light vanilla, earthy and caramel. Tastes of race, sake, fruity, caramel, and vanilla. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5299) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Poured a reddish amber color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla, oak, koji, rice, a bit of caramel malt, and some spice. Taste of sweet caramel malt, earthy yeast, some smoke, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, light alcohol and a bit of tart citrus fruits as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4470) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Thanks to egajdzis for sharing this bottle. Pours a lightly hazy golden amber with a medium bubbly off white head. Aroma of mixed fruits, sake, earthy, Belgian yeast, citrus, Flavor of vanilla, rice, ginger, oak, Belgian yeast, citrus, sweet malts and Sake characteristics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Bottle shared by Sliffy & Pud - Poured amber with a short offwhite head. Aromas of alcohol and wine with some caramel and earthy notes. Flavor included many vinous notes some alcohol, vanilla, and oak. Very dry with slight carbonation and an interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Bottle: Pours a hazy copper color with an off white head. Aroma, caramel and earthy notes, some fruits. Flavor, fruits, grains, caramel, woody, with some sweetness, and my notes say rice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2008 Name: XH
Date: 07/26/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

Appearance: muddy amber, wispy beige head, specks of lace,
Aroma: fruity wine aroma with lots of sweet vanilla and light spicy oak plus a touch of bitter grape skin,
Flavor: rich sweet flavor with lots of dark caramel and vanilla, nice fruity esters, good amount of oak and light tartness for balance, the tartness grows as it warms and morphs into a woody cherry pit character,
Overall: an interesting unusual yet tasty sweetness in the aroma and flavor that must be from the sake barrel
-------- /> Name: XH
Date: 08/19/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

-------- /> Name: XH
Date: 03/15/2008
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting

Aroma: sweet oak and vanilla still comes through strong on the aroma,
Flavor: oak flavor is stronger than ever with lots of spicyness, vanilla sweetness continues to balance, sake adds great and unuasual character,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4817) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle from State Line. Gingerish woody aroma with caramel and honeyish yeast. Sedimented murky brown pour with a creamy lacing beige head. Touch of orangy citrus, with pepper and spice. Taste is very dry and orange with perfumey ginger notes, sharp crisp palate attack with slightly unsettling oaky bourbon notes. Touch of apple. Fullish body is alternately smooth and crispy, finish is dry and very tangy. Flavors tend to clash a bit, but still, a lot of fun here, a very interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a thin ring of white head. Nice, complex sweet caramel and oaky aroma has some light fruit and bready notes. Body starts with a light caramel sweetness and some mild tartness toward a drier, mildly warming finish with notes of spicy black pepper and some floral character. A very interesting, and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2007
7/26/2007: Hitachino Nest XH is a transparent amber-copper color with a small foamy head. The aroma is sweet with notes of sugary malt, creamy rice, and some raisin and plum. The flavor is sweet and very interesting with rich sugary caramel, dark fruits (raisin and plum), and milky coconut. A bit more sake and alcohol become evident as the beer warms. The flavor also become more woody and has some hints of English walnut in it as well. This medium body of this beer is milk and smooth on the palate as well as a bit syrupy and sitcky from time to time. What a great texture! I really enjoyed the uniqueness and complexity of this beer. It really is quite excellent!

11.2 fl. oz. bottles shared by Tmoney99 at the Dilly Deli. Thanks Tom! Rating #27 for this beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2007
Bottle. Pour is a nice reddish brown with a small, dense head. Aromas remind me of a barley wine, especially at first. Fruit notes and brown sugar are dominant at first, but after a minute of sitting there breathing a whisky smell starts to take over. I’d swear there is a bit of a charcoal aroma, too. Faint, but present. Flavor is very sweet and fruity at first, but then transitions into a bit of a tartness and some alcoholic warmth. Fairly complex and interesting.

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