Brewed by Birrificio Troll
Style: Traditional Ale
Vernante, Italy


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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2007
thanks to mgumby. Green apples, spicey, herbal, earthy, a lot going on in the aroma! Medium brown. Caramel, rich, malty, subtle hints of sour green apple. Creamy mouth feel, with a spicey background!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Pours a caramel brown with a small off white head. Smells of green apples, nutmeg, earthiness, and a litte cinnamon. The taste has a slight tartness to it with a decent dose of chocolate. Pretty rich and malty. A little roasty too. The mouthfeel was creamy, as was the finish. A unique spice character arose toards the end as well. Interesting beer. Alot of unique tastes blending together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3362) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Bottle from Cap Ale House, thanks to maniac for sourcing this one out. Pours a very deep burgundy and brown, slight head fades. Aroma delightfully grapey with a hint of oak. Flavor is tons of fruit, particularly grape, plums, a touch of apricot, and a touch of floral perfume on the finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Bottle from Capital Ale House - Innsbrook. Shared with Kinz, his wife and friend. Hazy dark brown body with a medium creamy light brown head and just a little bit of sediment. Sweet sugary caramel and wood aroma. Sweet fruity flavor, some light caramel and a very soft nutty ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Interestiing... Which means "I kind of like it but probably won’t be drinking it again." It looks like a dark iced tea with filmt tan bubbles drifting about on top. The aroma is sweetish with berries and mildly bittered by nuts and wood. It tastes like charred wood, old caramel, berries, nuts, molasses, and light spices. The finish is sticky-but-not-sweet and has a taste of nuts (presumably chestnuts) to it. As I said, Interesting.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2007
Sampled at Argo0’s tasting. Dark brown/red with some suspended floaties and a white head. Sweet aroma of berries and wood. Flavor has notes of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits and molasses. Light grassiness and some some alcohol detected. Full and round with subtle carbonation. Tastes like a doppelbock to me. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - APR 4, 2007
Pours a deep brown with a creamy off white head. Aroma is full of chestnut and roasted malt. Flavor has a distinctive chestnut taste along with some coffee and spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kegoguinness (45) - Dodge City, Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2007
SUrprisingly smoky, this one. It hangs around like a lunatic ex, not so great, but there after you’ve had a few others, still lingering in your mind. What the hell is this beer? It’s like a German smoked porter, but not. Must be that weird Tyrolean influence, the confluence of Italy, Austria and Slovenia; something in the water; Da Vinci and Tony Soprano in a bottle. I just scratch my head, let it warm, and enjoy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 28, 2007
750mL bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a chunky, murky brown color with yellow highlights; light tan head with decent lacing. Sweet maltiness in the aroma; overripe strawberries and tootsie rolls. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: cherries and dried fruit core, slightly medicinal; cherry cough drops, but with a milk chocolate, warming backdrop. Medium, chewy bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DCJack (181) - Alabama, USA - MAR 28, 2007
This is a stunningly simple, elegant and understated beer. It may become one of my favorites. My first glass was at room temperature and it was delectable. There are three forms of chestnut in this beer and they invoke a smooth, smoky velvetness that I have never experienced before. Quite spectacular.

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