Brewed by Kiuchi Brewery (Hitachino)
Style: Fruit Beer
Konosu, Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan
Serve in Flute, Shaker


on tap

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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Anbai literally means Salty Plum and the word is also used to describe the stat of taste and flavor. Ii Anbai means just right!

Hitachino Nest Anbai Ale is brewed based on the high alcohol version (7%) of the siganture beer Hitachino Nest White Ale, infused with locally grown green sour plum (ume), and finished up with a pinch of Japanese sea salt (moshio). The balance of sourness, bitterness, comes from the plum and subtle saltiness, great umami taste of the sea salt is Ii Anbai - just right!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2732) - JAPAN - MAY 7, 2017
Interesting fruit ale. A tad sour, a hint of salt a robust body. Never fully comes together, but better than it sounds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PeatyPete (1034) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2017
Hazy orange colour with white head. Aroma is fruity, marmelate. Taste light sour plums and a bit salty in the background. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minihame2 (603) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 29, 2017
Yellow, light brown colour, cloudy with minor white lacing. Light aroma, little bit of hops with some ume notes. Taste has light sourness to it, more prominent towards the end. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation. Its decent for a fruit beer, enough of both beer and fruit flavours but Im not too crazy about the plum in this combination.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (9999) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 16, 2017
33 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 04/2018.
Pours hazy golden color with a small white head. Aroma is citric and zesty, acidic, herbal and grassy, fresh plum. Flavor is acidic with the plum, salty, herbal and slightly citric. Quite different bouquet of flavors here, the mouth feel is also all over the place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
laiti (8304) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 16, 2017
35,5 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 04/2018. Aroma has peaches, apricot and sweetish malt. Flavour is tart and sourish with apricot, salt and sour plums. Not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (3713) - FINLAND - MAR 25, 2017
Bottle. Hazy orange in color with a whitish head. Sour fruits, wheat, ripe fruity sweetness and mineral salty vibes in aroma. Nice. Mild sour fruity and salty taste. Excellent stuff with really good drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
colui72 (939) - HONG KONG - MAR 11, 2017
Hazy straw colour with a small white head, little lacing. Aroma of sour plums and wheat malts. Taste as a witbier, with the tart addition of those salty-sour dried plums. Soft carbonation, very low bitterness. Nothing amazing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (7098) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 10, 2017
(Bottle, 0.33 l - BB 04/2018, from Alko, 20170310) The beer poured amber and hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had fruitiness, dark fruits and sweetness. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were fruitiness, dark fruits, grass, sweetness, malts, saltiness and bitterness. Aftertaste was salty, malty, sweet and bitter. Aftertaste had dark fruits, sweetness and bitterness. A surprisingly nice spiced brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1945) - HONG KONG - MAR 6, 2017

330ml bottle bought at HK Brewcraft in Central.

Looks: Translucent straw golden colour with a trace of yeast sediments; One-quarter fibger head with residual soapy white foam which fades in 15 seconds; Fair sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Fairly fragrant light malt, with strong wheat, lacto tartness, sour plums, sea salt, floral and lemon.

Taste: Fair to light maltyness, with wheat, strong lacto tartness, green plums, strong sea salt, light alcohol, floral, light fructose, light bread, yeast, lemon, fair bitter hops and light grass.

Body: Medium body. Quite dry and slick palate.

Mouth Feel: Fair maltyness in a solid and very slick background. Wheaty with potent lacto tartness, adding the sour green plum its something strangely special - sea salty, tart and light fruity sweetness. Booze is notable but tasty. Light bready with strong lemon to round. Niiiiice!

Hoppiness: Floral and lemon in nose, same in taste with grass; Bitterness is fair to medium for a lasting, lacto tart and light sweet wheaty finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry; Savory, fruity and fairly bitter to mouth.

Comments: Initially, this one feels like a boozed-up fusion Gose, but ultimately not quite and theres more - the strong wheat and lacto tartness are well complimented by lively green plums and umami sea saltyness, and the silent strong booze seems to wrap things up seamlessly. Poor looks? Fair nose? Its the taste that matters. Nice one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mindwarp (275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2017 Pours a hazy yellow thick white head which quickly disapates no lacing. Nice floral/fruity aroma. Taste orange and maybe some type of flower petals? Overall this isn?t bad. Add on: as it warmed up it got sour and less delightful to drink.

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