Brewed by Birrificio Italiano
Style: Fruit Beer
Lurago Marinone (CO), Italy
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 173   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Double amber malt produced by way of decoction, with approximately 6.5% alcohol by volume (17 Plato degrees). A small amount of Cassis syrup is added at the beginning of the fermentation with S. carlsbergensis. It is prematurely bottled to obtain high gas saturation, and matured for at least six months at a temperature of approximately 6-7 C. As in the case of Amber Shock, this is not re-fermentation, but an exclusive procedure adopted by "Birrificio Italiano" of Lurago Marinone .
Cassissona" has been produced since 1999. It is made during the summer and served in wide-mouthed glasses with the appropriate dessert.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Rich rufous. Soapy, fully sustained large-bubbled foam deposits sticky patches on the glass. Mildly phenolic, sulfurous nose with a bright blend of sugared currants, floral hops, and honey. Light waft of cheesy yeast. Soft on the palate, but with an effervescent edge. Fuller than expected, with a palate-hugging mixture of toast and husky (Pilsner?) malt. Airy phenols negate the rounded wax notes. Oddly meaty at times, and although the medicinal flavors never fully surface, the lack of acidity fails to complement and offset the alcohol-saturated currant sweetness and muddled malt aspects. Forceful alcohol muffles what little brightness remains. Finishes semi-husky and ever so doughy, as toffee glazed straw flavors accompany a powdery brush of pulverized grains and spice-nuanced floral hops. A nice dessert beer, although Id like to see more brightness to match the sweetness, along with less alcohol presence and meatiness. Not quite the standout I was longing for, and definitely not something youd want more than once or twice a year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle - deep malt and dark fruit, of course. Deep gold to pale amber with a massive white head - see the picture! Slight malt flavor that yields to a sweet currant finish. Very refreshing! Also has a very fizzy, very Belgian mouthfeel. I like this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 19, 2005
Clouded amber appearance. Mild sweet fruity berry aroma. Dryish sparkling flavor, cassis is mild and well controlled, dry in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Im surprised this ones received such low ratings. Pours orange with a decent white head. Smells strongly of black currants gumballs and grapes. Tastes very tarte with a nice big apricot and black currant blend. Sweet and lively mouthfeel. Great, light finish. Maybe Italys the next big brewing country?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (12459) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - AUG 15, 2005
bottled on 11-2003; thanks to fiulijn - very cloudy amber-orange colour with a giant and nervous foamy head which leaves a nice lacing; subtle fruity nose (berries and apples), somehting between a fruity white wine and a semi-dry champagne; very carbonated, creamy mouthfeel, sweet but balanced by an initial tartness; the finish is a bit dry and fruity (apple and, at last, blackcurrant) - a good aperitiv but nothing exceptional

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6176) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2005
Pale amber, foamy whit head, great classy looks. The bottle itself is fun to look at on top of that. White currant dominates the nose among a sandy dryness. Sweet fruit focus, heavily estery yeast. Soapy, and branches like woodiness procure almost enough dryness to counter the heavy fruit sweetness. As a fruit beer, excellent, but as a day to day drink, Ill pass. Expansive carbonation, foaming in the mouth gently.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arhythmt (69) - Alabama, USA - JUL 22, 2005
Smooth, interesting beer that makes use of black currant flavoring. I like this beer: It begins a bit sweet, hoppy, and spicy, but as you drink it the flavor mellows into a very smooth, mellow sort of flavor. The black currant is in there as the ultimate palate is a bit tart, which is a nice change from the initial sweetness. Tried it at the Seattle Intl Beer Festival.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Poured a cloudy effervescent reddish brown with a fluffy white head. Lightly sweet fruity aroma, very nice. Taste is some fruit, but suppressed by an extremely strong biting carbonation. This beer is way, way too carbonated. It effervesces in your mouth and dissappears, leaving you completely stumped to its whereabouts. This beer would have been much better if it had the body of beer and not champagne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
litio (4) - ITALY - JUL 13, 2005 does not count
strange beer, make with base from dessert wine. you need 10 minute before start drinking, the head is very large. good with sweets and cakes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Bomber. Poured with a sweet and strong malt and fruit nose. Very Large Head here, the picture does not lie. Taste is full of random fruit and has some hops to go with the malt. This was a strange brew, enjoyable.

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