Brewed by Birrificio Brùton
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
San Cassiano di Moriano (Lucca), Italy


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
La birra delle renne. Brewed with honey and spices.

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fonefan (51092) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 1, 2012

Bottle 750ml.

[ Vintage ?? BBF-02-2011 ]. Gusher. Unclear - hazy medium to dark brown amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, chocolate, oxidide notes, moderate yeasty, spicy, leater. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate malt, dark fruit, malty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120323]

fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2009
Magnum bottle at IBF 2009, Milan, thanks to all the guys at the stand for bringing this bottle especially for me!
Mahogany color, with beautiful red hue; medium creamy head. Good caramel aroma, good body strength, good caramel flavor; medium sweetness; mature, light subdued spices. Light alcoholic feeling. Well balanced, solid Belgian Strong Ale.

Dedollewaitor (16384) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2012
Bottle @ AA-Meeting, Western Denmark 2012. Pours ruby amber with a small creamy head. Spices and sweet malts. Caramel and fruit. Full bodied. Well brewed.

Sammy (12760) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle at Chancey Smith, with Milos. Glad I caught up with this. Dark brown with an off- white pretty foamy head. A bit funky aroma. Sweet spicey, honey not noticeable up front, corriander, ginger,basil, oregeno and dill, fruity. Very drinkable and unique. Easy mouthfeel, though some sourness in the finish way offset by the sweet spice.

DuffMan (10665) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle, shared with Ian. Tawny amber with a thin golden head. Very sherry-like profile, lots of toffee, notes of stewed cherries, honey sweetness. Much better than expected!

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Saliva-inducing dessert spiciness (cinnamon and nutmeg, mostly) grows within a dense dark bread which seems to house candied cherries, cranberries and orange peel, creating an amazingly nourishing and cohesive panpepato of strong ales.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam sits atop the auburn brown opacity.
-Mulled, this would become somewhat of a Tuscan hypocrase. I’d be curious to try.
-The body is rich (akin to good Barley Wines), but the sweetness never overwhelms due to the alcohol and leafy hops which peek through the finish.
-Honey is a welcome addition to the already complex flavor profile and sits well between all the voices present.
-The complex spice nose and dense malt deployment make this Christmas offering extremely enjoyable and full of personality.
-The malt signature is redolent of a bigger Momus.
-If you like panpepato, you should fall in love with this beer. If you’d be interested in an Imperial Gruit made especially for Christmas, this one is also for you.


daniele (9660) - ITALY - DEC 13, 2013
nocciola schiuma media media persistenza maltata etilico esteri chiodo garofano spezie tendenza dolce mieloso discreto corpo

MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2010
A Mes rate: bottle at home thanks to Mario.
Hazy mid brown colour with a good beige head. The characteristic Brùton hints of slight sourness and burnt malt, glorious spice and really tasty caramel. The spice is really upfront actually, and usually it would totally take over but somehow the rest of the beer still sings without any effort. Superb lick of alcohol and sourness in the finish that really makes it. Kinda an odd balance of citrus and burnt malt with a assertive sour feel. It’s just bloody lovely. Another excellent beer from Brùton, thanks Mario.

reebtogi (6378) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
750ml capped bottle pours a hazy dark brown color with a 2 finger off-white head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild with some caramel and honey and hints of spices. Taste is a honey and caramel malty sweetness with hints of spice and a mild herbal hop bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation leaving a pleasant sensation on the palate. A very interesting and unique ale that is highly recommended.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
In short: An overly spicy (xmas beer style) strong ale with a hard-candy character
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed when about 6+ months of age. Sent to me by matt7215, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Murky amber-brown body topped by a quickly diminishing beige head leaving minimal lacings. A very ugly beer.
In long: Nose is has a strong complex spiciness and a sour-ish component that I’d describe as Flemish Sour. Taste has a lot of things going on, this is far from a flavourless beer. Grainy toasted malts, Christmas beer spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg), candied apples, pancake syrup, yeast, hard candies. Also some fresh cherries, tannins as well as a surprising oaky-sour character (surprising because I don’t think the beer is oak-aged). Very little sweetness apparent for a 9.5% brew but this is certainly because my taste buds were saturated by the spices. Not bad, not good and very spicy. But what really stands out about this beer is how ugly it looked. Like a glass of mud. Very very ugly, it went down ok, but I hope it won’t call me back tomorrow.

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