Brewed by Birra Amiata
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Arcidosso (GR), Italy


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Crocus’ style is attributable to an abbey beer, with the particularity of the addition of pure saffron grown in Maremmafor its characteristic scents. Another key ingredient is the brewing water from Fiora, particularly pure and light, through long layers of porous rock of volcanic origin.

Crocus is a top-fermented beer, which uses yeast from Belgium. It is fermented twice, first in a fermenter and second in the bottle. Like all craft beers of quality, is produced with the best raw materials and with simple methods and ancient. The final product, not pasteurized, has aromas and flavors very special. The second fermentation in the bottle leads to a natural carbonation, which dilates the stomach.

To get the best carbonation is recommended to leave the bottle in the refrigerator at least 24 hours and then place it at room temperature at least 10 minutes before opening.

Ingredients: water, barley malt, saffron (from Maremma), sugar, hops, Belgian yeast.

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rumore (762) - Rimini, ITALY - MAR 20, 2017
From 33cl bottle, expired two months ago. Pours pale gold, hazy, with white foam. Aroma is sweet and fruity, plus the characteristic saffron feeling. Body is tendentially light with good carbonation. Taste starts sweet, although some unpleasant tannic feeling. Finish is not noticeable.

Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 18, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

Michael27 (2357) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2016 Aus der Flasche getrunken (direkt vom Brauer). Altgoldfarben mit weißem Schaum. Sehr florales Aroma. Zitrus- und florale Noten im Geschmack. Keine Bitternoten. Körper ist unterentwickelt.

KennethArd (630) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 19, 2015
Spicy lightly sweet aroma. Clear golden with medium long lasting white head. Fresh taste of clementine & pomelo. Light body, thin texture & average carbonation.

Erzengel (9467) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - AUG 26, 2015
Many thanks to Beerhunter111 for sharing! The nose is fruity sweetish. The beer starts herbal interesting. Sweetish-herbal, floral hints but not too much saffron there. On the tongue in the aftertaste, there is it! Great and round, fresh and smooth with a moderate bitterness. Nice full and not too sweetish brew.

Beerhunter111 (22503) - P´Castle, GERMANY - AUG 18, 2015
Klare goldene Farbe, große weiße Schaumkrone. Der Geruch ist sehr malzig, süß, floral bitter. Der Geschmack ist floral bitter, blumig, süß malzig, hefig, leicht alkoholisch, interessant!

SkillsFactory (738) - ITALY - MAY 24, 2015
Lotto 634 - 7% Alcol - 20 IBU Ambrata, schiuma bianca di media persistenza. Aroma di zafferano, coriandolo, malti chiari e leggerissimo sentore di malti tostati. Al palato attacca dolce, zafferano, termina con un amaro agrumato che vira verso l'erba ero con una coda discretamente lunga. Retrolfatto di zafferano.

GoufCustom (2173) - HONG KONG - DEC 28, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2015

(Re-rate on 14-Feb-2014):

Rationale: the last one I had on 28-Dec-2014 was obviously infected while it stills kept the nice saffron-honey blueprint there. So for one last time, I want to know if this saffron beer is for real, or just some amateur craft brew failure so common in Italian craft beers.

750 ml bottle at abv 6.6%, with expiry date 9-Oct-2015 bought at CitySuper in Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui.

Preparation: for better head and retention, friged bottle stands at room temp for 10 minutes before opening as recommended by official website.

Cloudy hazy straw honey colour with lots of yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpety white foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing and fizzy carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of malt, with strong honey, strong canned pineapple, light jackfruits, vanilla, floral, sugar, caramel, strong Belgian yeast, lemon and light grass; Mid to light sweet taste of malt, with moderate to strong tartness, light honey, pineapple esters, molasses, Bel yeast, strong lemon, strong bitter grassy hops; Mid to light body. Slick palate; Mouth feel is really like a strong Biere de Garde - very malty, strong hops and bitterness with underlying sweetness. Good malty body, no infection this time, but with pretty strong tartness which tags closely with hops. Underlying floral background, with sweetness beinglight thick molasses, with pineapple ester from Belgian yeast. Strong hops dominate as in BdG. Pretty mean but nice!.... Hoppiness is lemon and light grass in nose. Strong lemon and very grassy in taste. Bitterness is strong as in BdG, but not quite German Pils or IIPA for a lasting, strong astringent finish; Fairly dry after taste. Very bitter and very hoppy to mouth.

Comments: Without infection I can finally see its true colour: a saffron-honey ale resembling a Biere de Garde but without the cellar. It has pretty good honey floral and estery aroma, good maltyness, fair Bel yeast, and pretty mean and lasting hops. It does have some farm house feel and fairly enjoyable. A smaller dose (say 330ml) will suit me just fine. A neat one.

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(Original review on 28-Dec-2014)

750 ml bottle at abv 6.3% bought at CitySuper in Time Square, Causeway Bay.

Cloudy hazy straw honey colour with lots of yeast sediments; Two finger head with crumpet white foam which lasts for 90 seconds; Excellent sticky lacing and notable small carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of lager malt, with very strong honey as soon as it was popped, plus strong canned pineapple, jackfruits, vanilla, floral, sugar, caramel, and strong Belgian yeast; Sweet taste of malt, with sourness, strong honey, pineapple esters, vanilla, floral molasses, Bel yeast, lemon and moderate grass; Mid to light body, slick palate; Mouth feel is saffron-dominated honey sweetness in background, plus rather strong sourness (maybe infected as my bottle). More honey sweet floral over the Bel yeast fruity esters, and together the tastes seems unbalanced… Hoppiness is no nose, lemon and grass taste. Notable moderate bitterness for a light astringent semi-finish; Quite dry after taste. Honey-and-sour plus quite bitter to mouth.

Comments: It could have been a good one were it’s not the infected sourness (my bottle one month pass the expiry date). The nice saffron-honey in aroma and taste is certainly there for sweet teeth like me, if only they have better QC and taste balance. Will re-rate this one again.

AROMA: 8/10; APPEARANCE: 3/5; TASTE: 5/10; PALATE: 2/5; OVERALL: 9/20. RB Score: 2.7 / 5.0.</0>

fonefan (51064) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 4, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

ABV: 8.5%. Clear medium orange yellow colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, fully to mostly lasting, white to off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, fruity, keller, toasted - caramel, sweet malt, flowers, earthy. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, earthy, crocus, fruity, flowery. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121218]

50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle shared at the PBC tasting. Cloudy straw pour with a foamy white head. Florally nose. Effervescent with floral and saffron notes. Medium in body..

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