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Amiata Crocus

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Brewed by Birra Amiata
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Arcidosso (GR), Italy

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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Crocus’ style is attributable to an abbey beer, with the particularity of the addition of pure saffron grown in Maremmafor its characteristic scents. Another key ingredient is the brewing water from Fiora, particularly pure and light, through long layers of porous rock of volcanic origin.

Crocus is a top-fermented beer, which uses yeast from Belgium. It is fermented twice, first in a fermenter and second in the bottle. Like all craft beers of quality, is produced with the best raw materials and with simple methods and ancient. The final product, not pasteurized, has aromas and flavors very special. The second fermentation in the bottle leads to a natural carbonation, which dilates the stomach.

To get the best carbonation is recommended to leave the bottle in the refrigerator at least 24 hours and then place it at room temperature at least 10 minutes before opening.

Ingredients: water, barley malt, saffron (from Maremma), sugar, hops, Belgian yeast.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SkillsFactory (179) - ITALY - MAY 24, 2015
Lotto 634 - 7% Alcol - 20 IBU Ambrata, schiuma bianca di media persistenza. Aroma di zafferano, coriandolo, malti chiari e leggerissimo sentore di malti tostati. Al palato attacca dolce, zafferano, termina con un amaro agrumato che vira verso l'erba ero con una coda discretamente lunga. Retrolfatto di zafferano.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GoufCustom (1072) - HONG KONG - DEC 28, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015

(Re-rate on 14-Feb-2014):

Rationale: the last one I had on 28-Dec-2014 was obviously infected while it stills kept the nice saffron-honey blueprint there. So for one last time, I want to know if this saffron beer is for real, or just some amateur craft brew failure so common in Italian craft beers.

750 ml bottle at abv 6.6%, with expiry date 9-Oct-2015 bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Preparation: for better head and retention, friged bottle stands at room temp for 10 minutes before opening as recommended by official website.

Cloudy hazy straw honey colour with lots of yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of malt, with strong honey, strong canned pineapple, light jackfruits, vanilla, floral, sugar, caramel, strong Belgian yeast, lemon and light grass; Mid to light sweet taste of malt, with moderate to strong tartness, light honey, pineapple esters, molasses, Bel yeast, strong lemon, strong bitter grassy hops; Mid to light body. Slick palate; Mouth feel is really like a strong Biere de Garde - very malty, strong hops and bitterness with underlying sweetness. Good malty body, no infection this time, but with pretty strong tartness which tags closely with hops. Underlying floral background, with sweetness beinglight thick molasses, with pineapple ester from Belgian yeast. Strong hops dominate as in BdG. Pretty mean but nice!.... Hoppiness is lemon and light grass in nose. Strong lemon and very grassy in taste. Bitterness is strong as in BdG, but not quite German Pils or IIPA for a lasting, strong astringent finish; Fairly dry after taste. Very bitter and very hoppy to mouth.

Comments: Without infection I can finally see its true colour: a saffron-honey ale resembling a Biere de Garde but without the cellar. It has pretty good honey floral and estery aroma, good maltyness, fair Bel yeast, and pretty mean and lasting hops. It does have some farm house feel and fairly enjoyable. A smaller dose (say 330ml) will suit me just fine. A neat one.

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(Original review on 28-Dec-2014)

750 ml bottle at abv 6.3% bought at CitySuper in Time Square, Causeway Bay.

Cloudy hazy straw honey colour with lots of yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpet white foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing and notable small carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of lager malt, with very strong honey as soon as it was popped, plus strong canned pineapple, jackfruits, vanilla, floral, sugar, caramel, and strong Belgian yeast; Sweet taste of malt, with sourness, strong honey, pineapple esters, vanilla, floral molasses, Bel yeast, lemon and moderate grass; Mid to light body, slick palate; Mouth feel is saffron-dominated honey sweetness in background, plus rather strong sourness (maybe infected as my bottle). More honey sweet floral over the Bel yeast fruity esters, and together the tastes seems unbalanced… Hoppiness is no nose, lemon and grass taste. Notable moderate bitterness for a light astringent semi-finish; Quite dry after taste. Honey-and-sour plus quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: It could have been a good one were it’s not the infected sourness (my bottle one month pass the expiry date). The nice saffron-honey in aroma and taste is certainly there for sweet teeth like me, if only they have better QC and taste balance. Will re-rate this one again.

AROMA: 8/10; APPEARANCE: 3/5; TASTE: 5/10; PALATE: 2/5; OVERALL: 9/20. RB Score: 2.7 / 5.0.</0>

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

ABV: 8.5%. Clear medium orange yellow colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, fully to mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruity, keller, toasted - caramel, sweet malt, flowers, earthy. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, earthy, crocus, fruity, flowery. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121218]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (2957) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle shared at the PBC tasting. Cloudy straw pour with a foamy white head. Florally nose. Effervescent with floral and saffron notes. Medium in body..

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7575) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle at Taste Firenze. Strange vegetal nose, but with a flavor of sweet orange and saffron, and peaches. Dry, minerally finish. Smells awful but comes around to be interesting in the end, if not exactly nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (10485) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - cloudy blond-orange colour with a white foam left; citrusy and fresh flowery hoppiness in the nose; medium-bodied, sweet and slightly almondy aftertaste with notes of celery

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (21288) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2010
Bottled. Almost clear golden, small head. Saffrom dominates heavily in the aroma. Sweet and phenolic, medium bodied with fairly clean mouthfeel.Fruity, but above all dominated by saffron. Rather peculiar, I’m not really sure I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (30497) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 11, 2010
Bottled. A hazy golden beer with an off-white head. The aroma has notes of vanilla, malt, and saffron. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, vanilla, and spices - among them saffron, leading to a dry spicy finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (35128) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2010
33 cL bottle, courtesy of fiulijn. Pours cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aroma is dry saffron and mild floral. Sweet, citric and slight floral flavoured. Dry saffron seasoned. Dry malty and saffron flavoured finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2009
Strong saffon aroma, with associations to fish soup and rice, of course, but that’s just how I’m trained to percieve it. A full bodied golden ale is used as a base. Does it work? No, not really. The saffron flavour is too strong for the beer. It overwhelms everytung, leaving nothing but a warm spicy saffron flavour. Some apricots and clementines in the background. I think there is some ginger, too, but it might be the saffron having the same warming effect.


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