Cittavecchia Formidable

Brewed by Cittavecchia
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Sgonico (TS), Italy


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Una birra forte e specialissima ad alta fermentazione. Uno stile tra la Strong Ale e la Birra D’Abbazia. Ha un colore scuro ed una schiuma densa e persistente. Nonostante l’alta gradazione alcoolica è caratterizzata da un corpo non eccessivo che la rende facilmente bevibile. Va servita attorno ai 15°, temperatura che evidenzia il gusto di frutta matura: ciliegia e marasca, liquirizia, legno e un leggero affumicato. Accompagna molto bene le carni saporite i formaggi stagionati, i dessert ed il cioccolato, in particolare la torta Sacher. 18.5°

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CanCrusher (1104) - Ilirska Bistrica, SLOVENIA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle 0,33L. Clear, dark amber color with huge, rocky, long lasting, light brown head and lively visible carbonation. Aroma is vinous and ripped fruits. Taste is light acetic (vinous) at the beginning, than turns to light bitter and earthy finish. Kinda weird and messy. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. One of the weirdest beers I’ve tried so far...

BaroneBirra (472) - Gorizia, ITALY - DEC 30, 2015
0.33 bottle from supermarket. muddy brown with floating yeasts and big soft head, short lasting. sweet plums and vinous aroma. citric tart taste with dry bitter final and umami notes. some plum wine comes out as warming and becomes more enjoyable not sure if it was intended as sour beer, but that is...

Jorn69 (3317) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle @ Havregatan 150829. Thanks fillepolo. Fruity and malty with dried fruits, light to medium body with a watery texture. The finish is dry, malty and fruity.

fillepolo (1097) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle from shop in Trieste, Italy. Dried fruit in aroma. Malty and dried fruit in taste. Some sour taste dry finish

Sissio (1724) - Orsenigo, ITALY - NOV 11, 2014
Clear copper, cream head A hint of citric, sweet malts, honey, mature fruit, hint of raisins Very strange taste. Not balanced. Rotten orange. Again gone bad cittavecchia???

ogivlado (7955) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 7, 2013
Bottled 330ml. -from Pam supermarket Trieste. Murky brown coloured, medium sized off-white head, dusty yeasty nose. Moderate malty, caramel, acidic yeasty and dried fruits with hint of spices in the finish. Really nothing special here.

Marko (5930) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 5, 2013
Ogi & Maja’s bottle, shared with me (thanks!).
Poured a murky brown body with an off white head. Sourish dusty yeasty aroma. Ok, not promising... Sour, meaty malty taste, vague raisins, sweet-sour interplay, but bordering on offensive with notes of plastic both in aroma and taste - certainly ruined. The beer might be a hit & miss, but this reeked of yet another overpriced Italian beer ruined by crappy refermentation in the bottle and poor handling. I WILL, however, try to get it again, as, looking at the other ratings, it seems that when it’s good, it’s very good. What I just drank doesn’t deserve a digit over 2.2.

CH-303 (2338) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 12, 2013
Appearance: Batch 473. Dark brown, good amount of light tan head. Aroma: Dark malt, earth, roasted. Liquorice? Taste: Dark malt, roasted. Ripe fruit, vinous. Nice. Info: 330ml bottle, 12/7-2013, BB: 30/6-2013

Geiserich (4577) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle: Sourly, light roasty, malty and light sweet aroma. Flavor is malty, alcoholic, few fruitiness, few bitterness. Few character and too much acid.

Kita (2212) - Koper, SLOVENIA - APR 3, 2013
Bottled, 0.33l. Hazy pale brown color with thick creamy tan-like head and yeast residue that don’t want to settle down easily. Aroma of caramel, dark and tropical fruits, yeast, mild roast, alcohol and candy sugar. Taste starts sweet and sour fruity, then followed by spicy malt and refreshing vinous sourness. Mouthfeel is warm, while finish is somehow metallic bitter with irony and spicy aftertaste. Full body, oily texture and soft carbonation in palate. It might have some flaws, but I found it very attractive...

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