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Brewed by Birrificio Italiano
Style: Fruit Beer
Lurago Marinone (CO), Italy
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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Double amber malt produced by way of decoction, with approximately 6.5% alcohol by volume (17 Plato degrees). A small amount of Cassis syrup is added at the beginning of the fermentation with S. carlsbergensis. It is prematurely bottled to obtain high gas saturation, and matured for at least six months at a temperature of approximately 6-7 °C. As in the case of Amber Shock, this is not re-fermentation, but an exclusive procedure adopted by "Birrificio Italiano®" of Lurago Marinone .
Cassissona®" has been produced since 1999. It is made during the summer and served in wide-mouthed glasses with the appropriate dessert.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (14304) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
4th July 2008. A frothy and crisp beer. The blackcurrant is quite mild. Best when very cold. A little watery which detracts.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle @ Cole’s Italian Beer Tasting. Cloudy ruby brown body, thin head. Nose is appley, grapes, apple cider sludge and a small amount of nutmeg. Flavor is apples, some rich candied malt and a nice crispness provided by the carbonation. Reduced apple cider & a bit more sharpness in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10698) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 21, 2009
Bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours slightly hazy amber with a bubbly 3-finger beige head. Mild black current aroma with a hint of herb. Suggests a belgian ale variant. Medium body with very frothy carbonation. Flavor starts very black current, then heads a bit towards citrus, then herb or wood, returning back towards bc. Interesting stuff. Not all that sweet, in fact hardly at all, finishing a bit acid/citric. Towards the end of the bottle I’m really liking it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (5414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2009
[2408-20090801] Bottle. Roasted fruit and mild black currant aroma. Hazy, light orange brown body with a quick foamy white head. More black currant in the flavour with some woody hints. Medium body. Super fruity, odd but not too odd.
(w/ others @ BCTC; Cooperstown, NY)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9389) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Bottle, dated 1-2-06. Pours hazy orange with a huge, rocky, white head, lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (bread, straw), light hop (grass), average yeast (earth) with notes of black currant and sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and an astringent finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Amber with a thick white head. Fruity nose with tons of black currant. Flavor is fruity and sweet, tart and tangy with a mildly sour finish. Not bad for a fruit beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
astrofrk (341) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Gold-amber. Huge, frothy, fast head. Aroma: Currant fruit and malt. Flavor: Berries, yeast, sweet. Sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2009
Huge, chewy malts blend well with the strong currants in the aroma. Opaque straw coloured body is topped by a generous and very long lasting, fine bubbled white head that sticks well to the side of the glass. Currants are strong in the flavour but never overwhelm the round and bready malt character. Medium body with lovely soft bubbled strong carbonation. Tulip glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle. Need to follow up on purchase date but it’s at least two years old.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmoreau (2288) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Stemware sample at local beer seminar. Poured a cloudy, orange/amber, with an off white, foamy head, and clingy lacing. Aroma was tangy, dark fruit and black currants. Flavor was tart fruit etc. as the nose. Medium body with high carbonation. Seems like it would be a nice dessert pairing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4633) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Nice amber coloured body with an orangish tint and a super-large off-white head. Aroma of black currants, malt, coriander seed, wheat and a ton of yeast. Medium-bodied; Sweet taste up front with some malt and black currant flavours roaming through. Aftertaste shows a sweet finish with the currant flavour roaming throughout. Overall, a decent beer - nothing horrible at all and some good flavours going through. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 06-January-2006.


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