Labove (426) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 10, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2011 Questi di Torrechiara fanno delle birre molto originali, ma a dire il vero non sono così tanto costanti. Comunque superiore alla media. edit: Migliorata col tempo!
KnutAlbert (5544) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Domus Birrae, Rome.
Hazy yellow. Sweet grapes, peaches, dry tongue feel. Funky lambic style barnyard and sourness. Citrus, dirt, aged beef, old gouda, gym socks. The wild yeast character of the original is mellowed a little by the barrel aging, but there is still lambic funnkiness aplenty here.
Complex, but not too extreme. This could be used with food, in food or as a schoolbook example on how tom make lambic outside Belgium.
I think it is time for Panil to expand a bit, this should be widely available!
Embrouille (2774) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2011 Bottled 75cl. An amazing beer. Definitely underrated. I reveled in each sip of this beer on a wonderful sunny day and didn’t feel like writing my impressions. Fantastic. At least a 4.2 for my tastes.
Glouglouburp (5867) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: An intensely rustic blonde ale of some kind. Dry, citrusy
How: Bottle 750ml, split three-way. Mega-thanks to Fred82 for hooking me with this gem after I screwed up our order of that very beer
The look: Cloudy yellow body topped by a small white head
In long: Superb strong rustic nose, this is not lambic-funky, this is just intensely rustic. I often use my own description of “walking in a countryside field”, but rarely has it been more true than with this beer. Taste is loaded with hay and dry wheaty cereals (light sensation of Shreded Wheat™), some citrus fruits notes and that omnipresent rustic yeast character. I suspect the not-so-high ratings on this one is because it is classified as a Lambic. This is obviously no lambic. If I was to compare Panil Divinatale to one beer it would be a Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam, only less funky but more rustic (if that makes any sense). This is one fancy high-priced beer that I would love to session. It is very expensive but I will buy more bottles if given the opportunity because I have a great investment strategy. With the economy going down and homelessness on the rise, I’m investing my money in shopping cart manufacturers.
Zarin (202) - ITALY - DEC 15, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Light Orange Aroma: Wood, yeast Taste: sour, little sweetness Palate: mb Overall: 18/20. Well balanced!
Boutip (4281) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy yellow color lambic with a super large foamy head with excellent retention and some very good retention. Aroma of light barnyard with some tart notes and dominating french oak notes. Taste is also heavily dominated by tart notes with light barnyard notes and some dry french oak notes. Acidity is well balanced by light sweet notes in the aftertaste. Body is somewhat full with great carbonation. Very easily drinkable thought maybe not as much as a Girardin gueuze.
lefossoyeur (394) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy blonde with a thin but lasting white head. Nice citrussy and brett aromas, some pineapple in there. Light body, lively carbonation, nice bretty character, fresh palate with its lemony dominance, mild bitterness that fits perfectly. Very refreshing wild ale-saison hybrid. Delicious summer brew.
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ambrata, torbida. Schiuma fitta supportata da un elegante e fine perlage. Aroma agrumato, acido, legnoso, fruttato molto pulito. Al palato ingresso carbonato, acido. Le note acide e della frutta acerba sono equilibrate da un elegante sentore legnoso. Finale secco. Bevuta interessante. Ottima lambic.
Fred82 (2069) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle from IPB. Shared with glouglouburp.
Appearance : Light hazy yellow. Light lacing.
Aroma : Great citrusy tartness with nice light funk. Some wheat and malt.
Taste : Very citrusy and tart with nice malt and light funk.
Overall : Ok, granted this is not that close to a real lambic nor is it as complex but this is still a really tasty brew. I really enjoyed the intense citrusy notes and the great tartness. It sometimes felt like a blend between a lambic and a berliner weisse (you get the picture ?). Funk is very light but present. This was very drinkable and refreshing. If the price tag wasn’t that high and it was more accessible, I’d session this all summer long...
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - JUL 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Splendida birra a fermentazione spontanea in legno, la nuova Divina è meglio della sua corrispondente "morbida" (Red), sembra quasi un lambic belga.
Earlier Rating: 3/13/2010 Total Score: 3.9
Lambic italico? se la Divina normale non mi ha mai convinto più di tanto (pare un po’ verdura lessata), questa Divinatale dovrebbe essere la norma, altro che la specialità: se non fosse per qualche noterella di gomma un po’ spiacevole nel sapore, direi che può benissimo competere con la Barriquée Sour e aggiudicarsi un posto accanto a lei nell’olimpo delle (poche purtroppo) acide italiane "di classe".