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Brewed by Birrificio Sottobisio
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Balerna, Switzerland
Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A modern twist on the venerable ’special bitter’ style - a real ale made for the few handpumps of Switzerland and specially adapted with low carbonation for bottles. Brewed in Ticino together with Full Measure Brewing (Bern), using rye for a spicy, grainy touch, and a big, extended whirlpool of our favourite English hops: Pioneer and East Kent Goldings. Rye’On pours with an orange-copper hue and a rich creamy head from the Rye malt. The hops and malts work together to give notes of orange marmalade, gentle citrus fruits and bread crust. Best served from 10°C up, this beer gets more and more English as it warms up, and should age gracefully.

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andrewje41 (4885) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 30, 2017
330 mL bottle poured. Much thanks to Matt/Alberto for the bottle. Backlog. A little past the best by date, but still very much going strong. Copper orange pour with a lasting cloud head. Slight metallic aroma, along with a subtle, but lingering hop. Some spice. Cool flavor, rich bready malts. Modest in the rye department, though it is there. A unique beer to try. Pretty good stuff.

luttonm (7226) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Bottle shared at Johnny’s Off License, Rome. Courtesy the brewer. Brown-gold, creamy foam. Tea-like spice, little apple. Good rye character, a little leathery bitter. Mild sweet. I’d love to try this on cask. Earthy tasty beer. I like it.

Mortlach (2539) - Rome, ITALY - APR 17, 2016
330ml bottle shared @Johnny’s Off License. Pours amber/copper with a medium off-white head. Aroma is malty, nuts, grassy, rustic. Flavour is more malty than bitter but really enjoyable. Medium body, medium carbonation. Nice.

Koelschtrinker (23070) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - APR 16, 2016
Stark karbonisierter Antrunk. Herb bitterer Geschmack, dunkles Getreide, feiner cremiger Hopfen. Im Nachhall primär bitter, hintergründig malzig. 10/9/9/8//9

ippopotamo36 (2759) - Rome, ITALY - APR 16, 2016
Bottle. Dark orange pour, white head. Nose: malt, Eng accent. Mouth: tea bitterness, a bit peppery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

SinH4 (7274) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 2, 2016
Bottle courtesy of anstei. Bottle was deliberately left out of the fridge for a short while to get the right drinking temperature. Hazy dark amber color with big tan head. Aroma is spicy grains, Schwarzbrotkruste (dark bread crust), with hops that give an artificial lemon flavour, but mixed together in a rather delicate way. Taste is more Schwarzbrot, the citrus flavours become more orange-ish, bitterness becomes more prominent and the finish is spicy and bitter, more herbal, with marmalade aftertaste that sticks around rather long. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is also medium, the mouthfeel is a bit foamy and silky, definitely some wheat texture noticeable. I can imagine this being a great Real Ale. [took a fork and stirred out the carbonation] The artificial citrus hops go back, now they’re more cat-pissy, the rye becomes more prominent, with some rubber. More yeasty, better balanced, mostly because the detergent-like hoppiness is gone. The body now feels a little bit too watery. What to learn from this: It’s actually possible to bottle Real Ale.

Bov (13711) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 20, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2016 re-rated 12.2016; hand [email protected] - cloudy copper-orange beer with a beige foam left; nice lace; solid aroma of rye and oranges, strawberries; earthy and light bready; velvety palate; a respectable malt backbone; dry and very bitter; long earthy and rye-ish finish where the fruity tones remain more discrete

1272015 - hand [email protected] Krone - light hazy reddish-amber beer under a firm long lasting pale beige foam; flowery, yeasty, nutty, bready and herbal aroma; velvety palate, smooth and with a low carbonation, tasty, decently bitter; spicy and fairly bready finish with light lemony tones coming through - class and high drinkability (5/7/8/4/14)

anstei (2937) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - NOV 23, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2015 First rating, 11/23/2015. Hand pump at Erzbierschof Zurich. The first real ale where I really don’t mind the low carbonization. Still really full, some rye but not overwhelming, sweet and bitter. Yup, I like it. (6/4/7/3/15 = 3.5)

Second rating, 12/30/2015. Bottle from Beers’n’more. Really soapy aroma, some citric aroma hops - A bit like your lemon-flavoured dishwashing detergent. Still not much rye, but better carbonization. Lots of it, actually. Very bitter. (5/4/7/4/12 = 3.2)

Sissio (1867) - Orsenigo, ITALY - NOV 22, 2015
Clear orange copper, rich cream head. Grain and malts, bread crust, light rye and light hops. Hoppy and hearbaceous bitter taste with very pleasant rye finish and aftertaste. Would love to taste it on tap.

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