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Brewed by L’Olmaia
Style: Belgian Ale
Sant’Albino - Montepulciano, Siena, Italy

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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Birra chiara ad alta fermentazione, gusto secco con una leggerezza sul palato dovuta ad una calibrata luppolazione, rendono La 5 molto beverina e ideale in qualsiasi occasione, con abbinamenti che vanno dalla carne agli insaccati fino ai formaggi e ai dolci più sfiziosi. Rifermentata in bottiglia Alc. 5,5% in Vol.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8032) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 26, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 bottle-conditioned 750ml. hazed golden wheat body with a fine white head and lasting retention. very much nailing the Belgian farmhouse yeast character in the nose: all around seems quite soft and delicate but very well integrated: lemon oil and pith, soap, banana, peach skin esters, moderate peppercorn spice with a creamed wheat and uncooked dough yeast note that seems to be the one component that’s a little too present. the aroma hops seem similar to those in the Thiriez Blonde and De Ranke XX (though I haven’t had a bottle of that this year, it’s sitting in the fridge): musty, a bit goaty, sharply green, and almost smelling like the skunk of ultraviolet light contamination, but not quite. deliciously dry with a medium body and soft and creamy natural carbonation; takes an acidic turn across the middle with crystalline sugar, must, white pepper and Belgian pale malt toast. lush carbonation releases the acids and esters well to wash the palate in the finish. a small bit of banana gum, cucumber and dishsoap foam make an appearance, and there’s a growing raw vegetable greenness and astringency late across the tongue and into the finish which suggest stronger bittering hops than is needed, but that’s a minor complaint; it’s enjoyably hoppy and soft enough texture-wise that it works. I can easily drop out of critic mode and sit back with this glass and fall in love.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2013
Draft from Proletariat in NYC. I was going to rate this, and then I read 3fourths’ rating and thought, "Why bother?" I quote, abbreviated: "hazed golden wheat body with a fine white head and lasting retention. very much nailing the Belgian farmhouse yeast character in the nose: all around seems quite soft and delicate but very well integrated: lemon oil and pith, soap, banana, peach skin esters, moderate peppercorn spice with a creamed wheat and uncooked dough yeast note that seems to be the one component that’s a little too present. the aroma hops seem similar to those in the Thiriez Blonde and De Ranke XX (though I haven’t had a bottle of that this year, it’s sitting in the fridge): musty, a bit goaty, sharply green, and almost smelling like the skunk of ultraviolet light contamination, but not quite. deliciously dry with a medium body and soft and creamy natural carbonation; takes an acidic turn across the middle with crystalline sugar, must, white pepper and Belgian pale malt toast. lush carbonation releases the acids and esters well to wash the palate in the finish."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KyotoLefty (6464) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle from Yamaichi. Fresh, brilliant hoppy nose, lemon, grass, country white bread, light Belgian yeastiness. Brilliant, cloudy golden color with a high, fine, pillowy head. Very impressed so far. Dry and minerally, great Belgian farmhouse character, some biscuity malts, lemon, hay, light bitterness. Excellent stuff. Great light clean body. Dry, mineral finish. Very interesting and delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13733) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle at GBBF 2013 and drunk at home. Hazy gold lasting white head. Vague esters on aroma.. Very hoppy in the mouth considering the malt structure. So it’s a very hoppy pale ale. Not much of a Belgian Ale more an APA with some slight esters. Still it’s utterly drinkable and lovely. Wow could drink this all day. Black pepper hop on finish is delightful.. I love it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - slightly hazy dark golden colour; some fresh hoppiness, medium-bodied, fairly bitter and with a long lingering flowery hoppy presence - subtle and with lot of class

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cipressaia (53) - ITALY - SEP 13, 2011
La birra dell’equilibrio, belgian ale più morbida e con luppoli a quintali, buonissima da bere e ribere in quantità

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4399) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2013
11.2oz bottle at Maxs. Unfiltered orange-tan. Massive creamy white head. Fairly unique, not sure what style I’d call this. Sweetish golden malt backbone, vibrant Belgianesque body, dry wheaty hops, straw. A nice mix of sweet and bitter. An APA meets a low alcohol Belgian Golden Ale. Very enjoyable beer. Nice depth, balance, dry edges.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bathory (458) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2013
Pours a hazy straw yellow colour with a lovley. Aroma of honey, passionfruit and nuts. Plesant smell! Taste is a really good blend of sweetness, sourness and bitterness, awesome balance! Smooth mouthfeel with suiting medium carbonation. Overall, a quality brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5387) - ITALY - SEP 21, 2009
chiara buona schiuma piuttosto persitente note luppolate leggero agrumatoun po di erbaceo in bocca leggero malto non molto corpo ben amara decisa

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (4819) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2010
On tap at Bir & fud. Cloudy golden, creamy head. Grassy hop aroma and flavours with some fruity hoppiness as well. Quite bitter.Solid stuff, like a low alcohol Hommelbier.


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