Brewed by La Petrognola / Rio Maggio
Style: Specialty Grain
Fraz. Petrognola Piazza al Serchio (LU), Italy
Serve in Shaker, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 40   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Beer brewed at a minuscule brewery by a producer of spelt.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12551) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 19, 2014
Cloudy amber-brown. Slightly fruity, grainy nose. Taste is sweet, with a slightly floral, honeyed aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Exuma (10) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 19, 2013
Aroma: fris kruidig, zoet zurig. Uiterlijk: licht mistig, donker blond. Smaak: licht zoet, kruidig, zurig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniele (5383) - ITALY - OCT 15, 2013
Ambrata buona schiuma media persistenza naso citico speziato non molto corpo lieve acidita poco luppolo lieve deyersivo

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (1989) - SWEDEN - OCT 5, 2013
33cl bottle brought home from Italy - thanks dad! Pours murky brownish amber with huge off-white head that drops quickly. Aroma of hay, cereal and malt with distinct floral notes, light citrus, slightly perfumey. Also hints of bubblegum and fruit which I can’t quite place. Taste is honey sweet with low bitterness throughout. Some bread and malt. Fairly lively carbonation gets in the way of the taste a bit, but body is otherwise mild and somewhat creamy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JorgeLee (1188) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaKeAFC (545) - ITALY - MAY 17, 2013
75 cl bottle, 5.5%. Nice amber colour, big offwhite head, slightly hazed, fizzy look. Impressive nose of candy orange. Aroma has candy orange, ginger, with a balsamic mentha thing. Spalt gives an earthy feel, with soft grassy hops, taste is a bit flat and sweetish. Body is medium and highly carbonated, fairly dry finish. Peculiar perfumed one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madquacker (1041) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evola (17) - Pisa, ITALY - AUG 28, 2012
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rangi (579) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 23, 2012
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6449) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 25, 2012
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

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