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Formerly brewed at Piccolo Birrificio
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Apricale (IM), Italy

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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with addition of absinthe.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2009
I popped the cap, its was not a gusher, but definitely had a strong carbonation that was working its way up the neck. Poured into the glass it had a large, strong, foamy, pillowy head. A rushing cavalcade of carbonation bubbles rush from the bottom of the glass straight into the cloudy of foam. Looks like rain in reverse, instead of falling down the rain drops retreat back to the cloud. As the head fades it leaves a foam mattress-like lacing on the side of the glass. All this is accompanied by (at first) a clear pale golden colored body. The clear color really makes the rushing bubbles a beautiful sight. With successive pours the body reflects the bottle conditioning by making the beer murkier. A very beautiful beer, really a nice job.

My only other experience with an absinthe beer was a disaster, an almost undrinkable saison made by a young brewery attempting to take a bigger bite than they could handle. This, on the other hand, is a much better experience. Actually, if it wasnít for the description here I would not have even guessed this was spiced, particularly with absinthe. The aroma is very airy from the carbonation and the yeast. There is a touch of Belgian sweet maltiness and a light floral, leafy bouquet. But it is all very light and well melded. Taste follows the same formula but has an herbal, lightly bitter, leafy finish. That really rounds it off. Has just a touch of lemon character once the whole bottle has been emptied into the glass. A very natural, airy, easy-feel brew, feel to it. The mouthfeel is at first has a strong carbonation but with a little time and successive pours settles down a lot. And its actually light and very quaff-able, gliding down my gullet It evaporates from my palate and leaves a dry, faintly herbal, bitter leaf aftertaste.

In short Very enjoyable, easy drinking stuff, light Belgian character with a light herbal/floral character.
33cL stubby bottle, Marin Cuvee Roge tall thin tulip glass.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5119) - Georgia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
Pours a nearly opaque light honey golden with a fairly thick and fluffy white head. Aroma is malty and herby and slightly sweet but not cloying. Rich flavor is malty, sweet and just a little herby, no doubt from the "Green Fairy." Texture is smooth and slightly tingly. Finally an Italian beer that is a delight rather than a disappointment.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2009
tap at Pizza Plant, Transit. Pale yellow pour. "Looks like the cup from a bukkake video" was mentioned. Herbal, grassy, floral. Almost like a watered down Houblon Chouffe. Easy to drink, Light peppery. Decent but probably not worth the price

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7487) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2009
On tap at Rustico, the menu said it was brewed with wormwood chips. Pours a transparent blonde, gold with a frothy white head, tight bubbles. Aroma is very interesting. Bursting floral bouquets, spice, grass. Flavor was grassy, lemons, flowers, a hint of licorice. Finish it watery with a lasting spice. Weird but drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aquilo (622) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Pours golden blond with a thick white head. There is too much bottle stink for me to pick out any good smells. I think there is some citrus and spice in there, but I canít be sure. Flavor is kinda weak, but itís not bad. A bit of lemon and some spice. Then there is a slight astringent bitterness that might be the absinthe. Overall, this beerís not bad, itís just kinda boring.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Hazy light gold with a pillow like white froth. The funky smells of cellar and turnips start up front. The dirt is strong in this one. Peaches are nice to hint at, but they are faint. The taste is also very earthy with some spices of ginger in the finish. Overall, it is a little dry with a taste like eating cloth, but more pleasant than one would think. Certainly unique.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3999) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 28, 2009
Backlog night! I quite liked this one. This beer pours a hazy blond with a medium white head. The aroma is floral, sweet, spicy, and has a distinct orange peel character with some banana, a very refreshing complex nose on this one. The flavor is very bitter and has a nice hoppiness there is some citrus and a bit of odd soapiness. A little sweetness sneaks in but the bitterness from the wormwood really dominates this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
Pours a hazy bright gold color, with a monstrous, foamy, pearly white head. Smells of sweet spice, citrus, and very subtle hops. The flavor was very crisp and had big hints of those spices in there as well. Some coriander, pepper, and clove seemed to be present. Got some citrus notes in the finish, and lingering aftertaste. Nice little refreshing brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009

Date: March 28, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy dark yellow, fine white head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet malt aroma, touch of candy sweetness, lots of earthy spicyness
Flavor: sweet and spicy flavor, lots of the earthy spicyness, light floral character, light bitter finish from the spices
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored body with a thin, white head. Smell: Tangy aroma of peppery herbs and lemony citrus. Taste: Delicate wheat character with a mild sweetness transitions to a sharp herbal taste and a bright pop of acidity. Splash of sweetened lemon juice. Spicy, herbal astringency develops. Finishes fizzy with a lingering burn on the tongue similar to ginger. Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Well carbonated, a bit prickly, even. Drinkability: No thanks, I just didnít care for this one too terribly much. Vaguely reminiscent of a saison, but only vaguely, mind you.


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