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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle. Poured a deep reddish-amber with a short cap of yellowy-beige head. Aroma was of sweet, spicy floral notes with lots of spicage.. didn’t pick too much chestnut out of this. Flavor had lots of peppery spices and alcohol with cola-like sweetness.. spicy again, with a touch more chestnut than the nose.. odd boozy sweetness through the finish. Sharp all-around with that odd sweetness.. light-medium bodied.. long, tacky finish. Didn’t care for this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle via Knightly Liquors in FL. Pours to a dark mahogany body with a thin very dense off-white head. The aroma is sort of floral and phenolic. Light chestnuts. The flavor is chocolate malts, some weird thing that’s probably the chestnuts, tart malt, caramel, and spices. The palate is moderately bodied with a lingering sweetness, slick and velvety at the same time. Overall, surprisingly decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2007
Amber/ruby/brown with a small, dense, tan head. Weird candy green apple nose is also lightly floral, earthy, and with subtle chocolate roast. Similar flavor with less apple, some nuts, rich malt, and lightly floral spiciness. Medium/full body, well carbonated, soft. Strange brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2007
If a chestnut nut brown is traditional, then this is a traditional ale. Otherwise, it’s a damned fine nut brown ale. Bottle from State Line. Deep brown pour with 2-finger khaki head. Aroma is roasty dark malt, nuts, cinnamon, brown sugar, slight hops. The taste is dark malty, rich, very nuttywith mid-palate figgy and brown sugar notes and an ever-so-slight rauchy note at culmination. As expected, the bottom of my glass showed a large sediment layer. This beer has more nuts than a clown convention, and is one of the more unique styles i have ever encountered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2318) - 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 (3737) - 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 (5570) - 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 (1573) - Ashburn, 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.

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