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Brewed by Birrificio Lambrate
Style: Dunkler Bock
Milano, Italy

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Porpora is an interesting Bock hopped with Styrian Golding, Perla and Cascade and dry hopped with Styrian Golding.
Lager in the Hopped Bock style. Bright red colour with ruby reflections. On the nose, caramel notes are neat and followed by clear herb notes from hoppers, finally surmounted by winy and dried fruit scents. It tastes of syruped fruit but it never becomes sickly, thanks to the perfect balance ensured by the hopper. As a whole, this beer has an extraordinary balance which makes it extremely easy to drink. 18į


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - SEP 20, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2008 Creamy beige head tops a beautiful deep red Altbier. Nose starts from a complex red fruits bouquet, namely ripe plums & black cherries, a nice burnt caramel, to a subtle noble hop hint. Well bodied, starting with a firm maltiness & ending with a really bitter dry end. Fantastic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Toasted and caramel maltiness hugs peppery, wooden hoppiness before slowly letting go to reclaim its succulent sovereignty in this complex and very drinkable strong Altbier.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Whipped cream-like foam adorns the russet gown.
-This may be heavier than the usual Altbier, but I donít believe these guys are trying to brew to specific stylings. Good for them!
-The body is delicate and round, with relaxing carbonation.
-There are dried fruit edges, especially in the nose.
-Balance is achieved. This is a beautiful beer, like many brewed at Lambrate.

On tap at the brewpub.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 25, 2008
Curiosa con grande complessitŗ di frutta in primo luogo prugna fresca; molto dolce, forse un po’ stucchevole, da bere con discrezione ma comunque ottima.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5759) - ITALY - JUN 5, 2008
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 alla spina schiuma media ambrato carico note fruttate tendente al dolce bilanciata dalla tostatura e luppolo

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2007
On tap at the brew pub, October 2007. Cloudy red beer, served a bit too cold, but it opens up as it warms up. Fruity, some bittersweet cherries. I donít know if itís an amber ale or an alt. The tasting note on their web site says it is a clear red, that must be a filtered version.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2007
Considering the style, Scores ranging from 1 to 5, 5 being the most intense
Appearance:
Body:   Clear(1)->Murky(5) : 4     Pale Yellow(1)->Dark brown(5) : 4     Still(1)->Sparkling(5) : 2
Head:   None(1)->Large(5) : 3   White(1)->Tan(5) : 2   Lasting: 3   Lacing : 2
Aroma:
Intensity : 3  
Yeast : XX   Bread : 2   Apple : XX   Tropical Fruits : XX   Soap : XX   DMS : XX   Diacetyl : XX Sulfur : XX  
Malt : 4   Biscuity : 2   Hay : XX   Toasty : 3   Caramel : 2   Nuts : 2   Honey : XX   Cereals : 2   Grainy : XX
Hops : 2   Noble(1)->American(5) : 2   Leafy : 3   Spicy : 1   Floral : XX   Lemon/Lime : XX   Grapefruit : XX   Orange : XX   Herbal : 2   Grassy : XX   Pine/Spruce/Resin : XX  
Notes :   Peach/Apricot : XX   Earth : XX   Mint : XX   Butterscotch : XX   Smoke : XX
Flavor:
Initial Flavor : Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 4   Finish Dry(1)->Sweet(5) : 3   Sourness : XX   Bitterness : 1   Complex : XX   Length : XX
Palate:
Light(1)->Full(5) : 3   Flat(1)->Fizzy(5) : 3   Clean : XX   Sharp : XX   Watery : XX   Oily : XX   Chalk : XX   Astringent : XX   Alcohol : XX   Mineral : XX   Oxidation : XX   Metallic : XX

Comments: Quite sweet amber ale with darker malts than most. Just a leafy kiss. Well-brewed as is usual for the house, but Iím surprised to see this as one of their highest rated offering.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomciccateri (1019) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2007
750ml capped bottle, labeled 5%. Slightly malty aroma, tan head, medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry malty flavor matched with effervescence (bottle-conditioned?) Clean and tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2006
Draught Huge topped-up, brownish head, over dark chestnut beer with, indeed, a purple shine. Lots of caramel, toffee, liqueurish, sweet bread, like a Bock. Warming up, I get more dark candi sugar. First dry taste, leafy, then sweet-bready, going over again to dry, rather toasted taste. Caramel seeps in, making up for a very malty beer indeed. A bit of Valerian retronasal. Gives a probably exaggerated full bodied impression, slick, viscous nearly, but in fact, the beer is a bit thin, really. Good amber ale, for lovers of a good malt dose.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Keeper (252) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 3, 2006
Milanís beer. Amber color,creamy head, cherry aroma. Fantastic body structure, very balanced.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2006
A nice birra rossa -- altbier? I can see that. Unfortunately this beer does suffer, a bit, from "doppio malto" disease here in italy where anything thatís more than 5% and dark needs to be sugared, or so it seems. Porpora does succeed in remaining somewhat dry and even a bit hopped so as to begin to fight back against the overwhelming tide of caramel and sticky sugar. Good beer.


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