krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
scraping by in the apparent beer wasteland of italy, i seized upon a bottle of this: birra artigianale di farro, based on it’s comparatively intriguing label. amid many a morretti and peroni-- beers that one is no more inclined to sniff than one’s own armpit, i considered any on-label dialogue about the beer--even in a language i can’t understand-- to be suggestive of serious intent. for example, i thought the word ’artigianale’ meant something about artestry being applied to the brewers subtle craft; sigh; but it turns out it’s the italian word for artichoke. either that or penguin dander. i think. at any rate, the beer achieved a level of mildness one looks for in a infant formula, not a grand beer of excellence and boldness but a little scooter beer that really depends more on gravity to go down than aeronautical engineering. la petrognola in it’s green bottle decanted with the same enthusiasm that people turn out for jury duty: the color was washed out orange, mostly clear, and the head has more words for "comatose" than the eskimos have for snow. but once i’d dealt with the tragedy of lifelessness in the glass, i discovered some details in the deep cavity search we beer geeks call "rating": there were some carmelly grassy scents with yeast and a touch of ginger. it lay on the tongue with the vivacity of a sorely stricken malaria patient on a tennis court. the balls of my inquisition flew by, and the beer could only perspire and whimper. a very watery feel, kind of sweet with a balance of grain and an orange-tinged gravel pile; with just a reminder of a tough artichoke leaf steeping unto tea-like bitterness. i’m certain in a fresher incarnation this beer would have something to say about the world we live in, but my sample was as dull as sales flyer from an auto parts store.
Exuma (10) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: fris kruidig, zoet zurig. Uiterlijk: licht mistig, donker blond. Smaak: licht zoet, kruidig, zurig.
daniele (4762) - ITALY - OCT 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ambrata buona schiuma media persistenza naso citico speziato non molto corpo lieve acidita poco luppolo lieve deyersivo
JorgeLee (1008) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle picked in the market in Porto San Giorgio during Shack’s wedding. Poured a mid amber colour with some yeasty cloudiness. Some malty smells. Rather thin palate, vaguely malty in character. Not much in the finish. Not unpleasant but all round quite dull, pretty surprised at the positive reviews.
madquacker (1014) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A beautiful thing to behold. A fountain of a head which just kept on developing. An ethereal murky look, like something alive in the glass. Beautiful reddish hue. A deep and meaningful beer indeed.
evola (17) - Pisa, ITALY - AUG 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
La Petrognola’s classic spelt beer is one of the true and simple brewing excellences of the Italian scene; it is made in the heart of the Garfagnana, a region in the valley of the Serchio river, not far from Lucca, and retains the earthy, rough and simple character of this beautiful land. It has a splendid and fresh spicy nose and offers a splendid sip both refreshing and complex with notes of pepper, citrus and fresh yellow fruit. This ale is sweet and a bit sour, with a primordial elegance; sure it is easy to drink, even without a strong bitter finish, and makes for one of the most recognisable and rewarding brews in the wide range of Tuscan micros, if not in the national scale. Viva la Petrognola!
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy white/yellow poor with a big amount of head. Tasty beer with a nice spice and yeast aroma but remains restrained which made it easily drinkable and enjoyable. Nice suprise
KyotoLefty (5787) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 300 ml, as Classica. bottled July 2011. Yeasty, fruity aroma, peaches, orange, grass. The farro comes out for sure, and decent hops too. Very fragrant, some kind of flower, camomile? Also minerals. Deep orange-amber with a high, fine head. Very fruity flavor, grape, dry citrus, apples. Interesting. Yety, grassy, a bit metallic. Nice and rich; sweet fruits, but ends dry and mineral. Not very bitter, though. Very nice, and original
janeriks (10) - KVALŘYSLETTA, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2011
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Anonymous aroma, a bit hazy with small, white head, golden/amber, hazy, light sourness, light bitterness, some citrus in the taste, a light beer, soft carbonation, all in all a bit anonymous. Not bad, but not a great beer either.
Wolfbass (847) - Firenze, ITALY - MAY 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Si presenta con bel colore ambrato torbo, e un dito di schiuma abbastanza compatta. L’aroma č decisamente fruttato, speziato e mieloso. In bocca, corpo leggero ma vellutato; parte dolciastra per terminare secca e leggermente amarognola.
Fin (6884) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Birreria del Pratello, Bologna, Italia, 25.02.11 Quite dark in this place.This place which had a decent selection of Belgian and German beers presented us with our first problem, we were trying to drink just Italian drinks all weekend, phew this was the only one they had and at 5.50 Euros a 75cl bottle not too bad a price. Pours hazy amber with white rim for a head. The hops show a little but there is a clinical cleanliness, bit of vanilla. A6 A3 T7 P3 Ov13 3.2