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Troll Palanfrina

Brewed by Birrificio Troll
Style: Traditional Ale
Vernante, Italy


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Palanfrina is the fall seasonal and is brewed from September to December. The chestnuts arrive with first chilly days in autumn. Palanfrina brewed with chestnuts is a beer that warms the spirit. Palanfrina is a full-bodied beer with a tawny color and with an intense nose. The use of only regional chestnuts gives the beer a local flavor. Palanfrina is great with pungent cheeses and makes an optimal companion for chocolate desserts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle picked up at River Bend early in my time on Ratebeer from backlog notes. Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, nuts, spices, dried fruits, a little cocoa, hint of bitterness to the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deepeary (405) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
750 ml bottle from Domus Birrae. 3 months past the BB date. Pours brown with minimal head. Nose is boozy, brown sugar, molasses and chestnuts. Taste follows the nose, but there is no alcohol burn. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4662) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle from Domu Birrae. Palafrina Troll 9% a deeper brown than the Castagnale with a sour fruity medicinal nose. Tart, nutty, malty sugar a bit of honey and booze. OK. Kind of disjointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (9404) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. Nutty nose, a bit acidic, fruits, caramel. Cloudy dark brown color. A bit rough flavor, peaches, caramel, acid, somewhat medicinal in a amateurish homebrew kind of way. I was excited about this, but it let me down. Tasted a bit off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ippopotamo36 (1771) - Rome, ITALY - DEC 8, 2014
On tap at the Turbacci Xmas fest nearby Rome-ITALY. Pours dark chestnut skin, dark red reflexes, gassy off white foam which dissipates leaving yeast-like residual traces. Nose: blast of dry fruit, boiled chestnuts, cognac. Mouth: very complex. Alcohol forward, soft fruits, vine brule. Complex and perfect for winter nights. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1787) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 27, 2014
Slowbeer bottle (27-Jan-2014) Fruit nutty aroma.Dark brown&low head&suds lace.Nutty sweet malt. Light spirit fruit malt finish aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6073) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
(750ml bottle) cloudy medium brown, soapy offwhite bubbles. Nose of peanut butter and jelly, rosemary, honey, flowers. Taste of rosemary, honey, floral, light chocolate, jelly, complex. Never had a beer like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mugen (47) - ITALY - JAN 23, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2013 Al naso si presenta decisamente poco l’odore di castagna, quanto piuttosto il tostato. I 9° non si sentono molto perchè bilancia molto bene l’amaro con il palato. Sapore vinoso, colore marrone senza schiuma. Un po’ una delusione considerati gli 8.40 euro per la bottiglia da 75 cl....Decisamente non conforme alla mia idea di birra alle castagne. EDIT: Bevuta il giorno dopo la metà bottiglia rimasta, l’equilibratezza rimane il suo punto di forza, sembra quasi una birra da meditazione, peccato davvero per la castagna che è appena percepibile...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 12, 2012
Disappointing. Good looks, malty nose and the typical flat taste of Italian beers. Not a hint of chestnut. Just woody. Have it very FREDDA and the flavours will blend in and roll down much better. Looking forward to try the Birra del Borgo’s Castagnale, from a true chestnut region.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5796) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Zymatore draft version at Maxs Italian Fest. Opaque brown-black. Sour vinous aroma, some mild chocolate. Pinot Noir sour grape flavors, more so than any whiskey. No hop tones to speak of, dark malt wine beer. Some underlying caramel nuttiness gives it balance. Lacks the effervescence of a Belgian, which would have put it over the top. Very unique and enjoyable.

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