Brewed by Cittavecchia
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Sgonico (TS), Italy


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Una birra forte e specialissima ad alta fermentazione. Uno stile tra la Strong Ale e la Birra D’Abbazia. Ha un colore scuro ed una schiuma densa e persistente. Nonostante l’alta gradazione alcoolica è caratterizzata da un corpo non eccessivo che la rende facilmente bevibile. Va servita attorno ai 15°, temperatura che evidenzia il gusto di frutta matura: ciliegia e marasca, liquirizia, legno e un leggero affumicato. Accompagna molto bene le carni saporite i formaggi stagionati, i dessert ed il cioccolato, in particolare la torta Sacher. 18.5°

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (16426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 17, 2007
Beautiful dark amber color; persistent creamy head. Aromaof malt and cereals. Good body strength, medium sweetness, good malt and caramel taste, supported by a good bitterness level. A solid and very pleasant Strong Belgian Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 4, 2007
The head is modest on this dark brown Italian. The aroma is malty and fruity and the flavour is sweet and malty with notes of plum and raisin and a hint of harsh butter. The bitterness is moderate in the finish, but one thing is certain, this beer doesn’t give credit to it’s name IMO

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8429) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2006
For once, may they forgive me, rated from memory Dark brown beer with good, but not persistent dark yellow head. Very dark malty and spicey nose, totally in the Ardennes style. Nose gets fully confirmed with earthy, leafy, dry-spicey and near coffee notes. Completely in the Achouffe/Fantome/Du Bocq style, including a hint of too many fusels. Less fuller bodied than the taste would have you, a bit thinnish, connecting with a touch of sourness at the swallowing. Named after the beer of Maigret - hence the Walloon character?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5094) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2006
75 cl bottle at Mentana 104, Parma. Cloudy bronze-brown colour with a creamy offwhite head. Raisins and potent nutty nose. sweet fruity flavours, met by semi-dryish strong nuttiness. Medium body. Lives up to its name.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2006
Fruity malt aroma, hazy orange/red, wearing a tiny custard head. Tastes of malt, toffee, and butterscotch. Medium bodied, sweet, and very well balanced. Unique! Thanks for sharing R!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tsp (113) - DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
(Bottle 0.7L) Pours red amber, with beige fluffy head. Taste is fresh with dominant notes of citrus, bitter hops and perhaps honey. The nose contains notes of apples/cirus and sweet malts. All in all, this beer is very enjoyable. I can’t wait to taste my next beer from Cittavecchia.. :-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorqui (2144) - Brescia, ITALY - JUL 30, 2005
Light and medium compact foam. Sufficient persistence. Dark brown color, lightly reddish. Medium bubbly. Determined and unusual scent; notes of ripe fruits and withered, light rumors of alcohol and mildew. Medium pungent taste and wrapping. Bitterish and of medium duration end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2010 Bottle 75 cl. Pours a hazy amber with a lively off-white head - comes gushing. Sweet aroma of caramel and brown sugar. Medium body, sweet burned caramel, dried fruits and a little yeast. There’s a vague underlying tartness and combined with the gushing it indicates an infection - just like the bottle I had 5 years ago!! No real bitterness. 100910

Bottle 75 cl Dark, reddish amber, unclear with a light brown collapsing head. Fresh, tart, fruity nose. Has some of the same rustic, earthy malty notes also found in the Baladin beers. Weird underlying sourness - I wonder if it’s intentional or a sign of infection? Interesting if not exactly formidable. 6/3/5/2/12= 2.8 180505

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2005
Bottle. Muddy brown colour with a small off-white head. Dark fruits and a caramel malty aroma and a sweet fruity light sour taste. Medium body and a sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (23500) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2005
Bottled. Cloudy red brown colour with a small beige head. Nice flavour with lots of malts, dried fruits and sweetness. Malty flavour with notes of tobacco and dried fruits. Strange acidic finish. A nice attempt of making a belgian ale, but not quite succeeded.

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