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Chiostro - Piccolo Birrificio

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24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 36
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Piccolo Birrificio visit their website

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 12-16-2008

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 36
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this has different packaging now than what is pictured, but its awesome beer all the way. done with wormwood leaves and flowers from what i understand. i think its the root they make absinthe from, so this isnt exactly psychedelic, but its really cool. never seen these extra ingredients before. its a straw colored brew, with a great bubbly white head on it, looks unassuming, i mean, its not neon green like absinthe or anything. it has a cool earthy aroma, very floral and bright, not artificial perfume, but definitely pungent. one curious absence here is the presence of much yeast character. the italians always have cool weird yeast, and this one doesnt seem to it all. its clear looking and i cant smell it. the flavor is less floral than the smell, but its clear the wormwood elements have made a cool contribution. more herbal than floral here, and bitter like dandelion. there is a nice spice to this, white pepper, it must come from the yeast, but its entirely new to my palate in this manifestation. crazy to have a beer this flavorful but also this refreshing. with such a low abv and all this carbonation, it drinks down really easy and makes a fantastic accompaniment to greasy food like pizza, or heavy food like cheesy polenta. one of the producers i know the least about, so cool to see this beer on the menu at gozo on broadway. fun stuff, wholly original. feels fancy.

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Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initial appearance was much more foam than beer. The foam retreated quickly displaying a pale straw color. The nose is the best part of this offering - grapes were distinctly present. The flavor has some muted sweetness followed by a touch of tartness. The finish was fairly bland. The body was disappointingly thin.

Birrificio is not terrificio.

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Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy dark pale yellow in color and also has some bits of amber hues along with a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head that quickly dissipated, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of woody herbs are present in the nose, which I presume to be the wormwood. The smell becomes stronger and mustiness becomes detectable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of woody herbs along with notes of apples and some hints of yeast. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels low- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of visible carbonation.
O: I've never had an absinthe beer before, but this wasn't that bad and was quite drinkable.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours light hazh lemon gold. White lacing for a head.

Smells of light grassy citrus malts.

Flavor is of light grassy malts and sour lemon with some bitterness like oak, hops, and citrus rind.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Good tart saison like ale. I think some of the reviews here are confusing this with the other Chiostro. This is quite good.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting, tasty beer. Poured with a huge, billowy, foamy, frothy, fluffy, textured, off-white head and a little lace. Color os a slightly hazy straw yellow and has loads of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, musty, earthy, citrus, spice. Flavor is similar to nose plus tang from high effervescence. Body is good and carbonation is great. Finish is like flavor, clean, and tapers from fermented ingredients first, then the carbonic tang over some length.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chiostro, bird bionda, amaricata con assenzio, ale chair prodatta artigionalimente non pastorizzatta…more Italian I can't understand…"con levito trappista"…that sounds like it's in a Belgian style. Now in English: "ale brewed with spices., 5% alc./vol" Piccolo Birrificio. Ingredients: barley malt, water, hops, wormwood leaves (huh??)and flowers, Trappist yeast. Are those the spices, you think?
Well, here we go, let's do it to it!

Hazed, golden color, beautiful pure white head of gentle froth, …big carbonation, intensive bubble traffic, rising up to the top.

Slightly sweet and delicately spicy. light and lovely.

Taste: bitterness and spice greet the tongue first, a highly hopped thing in the mouth. Brisk, crisp, flush with citric fruit feel, sweetness that was dries off, spice and hops remain foremost.

Light-bodied and easy-drinking, never-ending hops and spice. Quite a nice Belgian pale ale/tripel. Way to go, Piccolo!

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Photo of AgentZero
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Straw colored beer with a white head that left solid sheets on the side. A little hazy, but turns to a clear gold on the edges.

S - Super sweet honey smell with a slight fruit or stong sugar that I can only guess is the absinthe. The sweetness is really what's dominating, really about it, but smells quite inviting.

T - Tastes like a lot of nothing. There is some pale sweet malt, and a hint of peppery spice on the back end, but watered down and blah.

M - Lower carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Smells good, tastes blah. Doesn't taste bad, but unless the absinthe in this starts giving me an off-the-wall experience I'll not seek this out.

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Photo of Rizalini
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Extremely foamy! Almost 4 finger white head, leaving great lacing.Pours a hazy yellow. Maybe a chill haze.

S - Slightly yeasty aroma, almost belgian, but not (if that makes sense).

T - Has a very mild flavor, lightly spiced. Nothing more there, sadly.

M - Light mouthfeel, but that's what to be expected from a light blonde beer.

O - This beer was $15, and I'm upset I paid that much for an average beer at best.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at kickbacks and I was pleasantly suprised, not a world class bee but somethign different that was good. Typical belgian saison style, somewhat light but some interesting herbal complexity. I don;t know what wormwood taste like but it was attractive addition to a saison. Try this.... pretty decent but not all world.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Quick notes from Tigris Beverage/g.housen Tasting earlier today. 750mL brown glass bottle with an 11.2oz label affixed to it. Strange. JB said this was an absinthe/wormwood beer.

Appearance is hazy pale straw yellow. Nose is really closed up despite the warmer serving temp. Palate is watery and unappealing. Flavors are faintly citrus-y. Weak and very disappointing.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Huge head with sticky, soapy lacing. Aroma is fruity, bananas, starfruit?, and Mountain Dew, yup, Mountain Dew (verified by two people sitting next to me), with a lovely Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is slightly sharp/biting (wormwood?), slightly fruity/starfruity, mild hop bitterness and some background sweetness. Extremely unique flavors and overall a great drinking beer.

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Photo of Perrumpo
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ale with Absinthe leaves is an opaque golden color with a fruity scent. Tastes mainly of fruit, some sweet, some citrus. It's easy to drink, but a little too fruity for me. I couldn't taste the wormwood well. Pretty smooth mouthfeel with light bitterness.

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Photo of snpub540
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Also had at Beachwood.

Poured a clear light copper hue. Very pale. Very foamy white head.

Banana and herbs were all I got out of the nose.

Taste is malty and sweet with a medicinal tongue numbing bitterness. Seriously killed my palate for a couple seconds. Very dry and crisp in the end.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Kind of a hard beer to drink for me. Definately couldn't have had two at one sitting and I probably wouldn't order another one. Its creative, just not my style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a golden clear yellow, looks like a pils, very good lace.

S: Herbs and wheat, rather light.

T: Very wheaty, with some sweet fruit and lemons. Nice herbal flavours/wormwood in the finish, big minerality.

M: Frothy, light-bodied, with a considerable mineral presence.

D: My most anticipated beer of the fest turned out to be one of the least impressive. This is good beer, but I wanted the wormwood to come out more, be more interesting, especially when it carries an $18 price tag at Hi-Times.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Pours a light, hazy, pale straw color with a robust, fluffy two-finger-thick head that leaves a heavy bit of lacing on the edges of the glass. The smell is kind of weak, with some pine and citrus breaking through a thin wall of soap. The taste is similar, luckily with a reduction in the soap and and increase in the pine and citrus, with a very light hint of anise dwindling in the background (most likely from the wormwood, I assume). The body is a heavy moderate/light medium, akin to an english pale ale or bitters, and does not heavily coat the tongue.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Metrowest Knightly Spirits while in Orlando for a conference. Good guys over at the Knightly, check 'em out if you're in the area.

Appearance - opens with a friggin' volcanic rush of white foam, about three inches over the top of the bottle, wow. A cloudy, gold pilsner color. Tons of foam of course. I lost a third of the beer to the table and floor. The rest looks interesting but outside of a killer set of glass lacing, it's just your average beer. ;-)

Aroma - slicy, a touch of funk, yeast.

Taste - a Belgian ale with a dry herbal twist. Goes bitter on the swallow with some grassiness. The finish is basically just a clarifying of the bitterness, but the level doesn't intensify, it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel - a bit smooth, even carbonation, average body.

Drinkability - my first absinthe beverage. Not bad, worth the experience, and quite a way to christen the hotel room here at the Disney Dolphin.

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not pleased by the website not working at first.
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Opened as a foamer. Unexpected and a bit messy.
Very attractive at first, big chunky foam. Died down to nothing more than sticky glass and a ring of lace.

honey color, opaque.
Not much smell. Herbs. Clove.

Watery. Some herbal bitterness & flavor. Astringency.
Complexity that was better some time ago.

Seems funky, maybe like a farmhouse yerba matte beer?

Lighter refreshment for some Belgian fans on a hot day.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with an almost green tint. Big bubbled white head.

Nose of green apples and a bit of a green vegetal character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a "half and half" consistency.

Flavors are "green" in character - green pepper, ivy, and hints of celery. Celery bitter finish. Starts out a bit offensive but actually grows on you. Final finishe is with a green pine resin character.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly opaque light honey golden with a fairly thick and fluffy white head. Aroma is malty and herby and slightly sweet but not cloying. Rich flavor is malty, sweet and just a little herby, no doubt from the "Green Fairy." Texture is smooth and slightly tingly. Finally an Italian beer that is a delight rather than a disappointment.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The draft serving took the barkeep at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville several minutes of dedicated nursing to fit this foamy jewel into a small goblet. The resultant brew is pale yellowish in color with a tinge of haze and a huge soft-serve ice cream-style topper of fine-bubbled white foam. Fluffy chunks of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is sweetly fruity with a potent woody floral component. I'm thinking sugary, apple-y malt missile, and boy am I wrong! The nose is a total fake-out!

The taste is contrarily dry, crisp, and a touch woody with a soft grainy note. A solid finish of dry grassy bitterness begs the drinker to take another refreshing swallow.

The drink is crisp, medium-bodied, and nicely carbonated for an extended round of quaffing.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. This is a strange little beer, and I'm sure I'll be in the minority in giving it good marks. There are a few reasons for this. It so happens that I love Absinthe- especially the real stuff that has beautifully bitter overtones and not just the licorice flavors. This is reminiscent of that very austere and challenging style of Absinthe. I especially like that they didn't try to sweeten this really at all, but let that very dry bitterness shine through, and its not a hoppy bitterness with resinous or citrusy notes, its a very bitter herbal bitterness bracketed by a light slighty grainy and crisp background. Challenging like a a nice unsweetened Amaro. Now, this claims to be spiced with wormwood and absinthe leaves. Wormwood is the main bitter ingredient in Absinthe, and Absinthe leaves are just the wormwood leaves. They used to be soakedin wine for the very earliest forms of Absinthe. In any case, this pours a pale yellow with a nice lacing and a soft, fluffy head. Smells grainy and herbal with a slight touch of anise. The taste overall is soft, light and crisp with a light graininess and some sharp, bitter wormwood flavors, especially on the very much unsweetened finish. Light, crisp, and bitter in the mouth. I like this, many won't.

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Photo of Shango42
2.77/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving type-bottle poured into a glass.

A-Pours very light golden with a fluffy head the disppears quickly. Cloudy.

S-Light and citrusy. Some spices picked up.

T-Starts with a light wheat front that reminds me of a Saison or a Heffe. Then something grabs hold of my tongue: the sharp spices. I've never had a beer like this so it is hard for me to discern the flavors. Definitely acidic and shocking to the tongue. Finish is lemon with higher carbonation.

M-Higher carbonation, stinging to the tongue. Anything but smooth. Almost leaves a dry-mouth feel afterward.

D-A little too tough on the palate to have more than one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Tangy aroma of peppery herbs and lemony citrus.

Taste: Delicate wheat character with a mild sweetness transitions to a sharp herbal taste and a bright pop of acidity. Splash of sweetened lemon juice. Spicy, herbal astringency develops. Finishes fizzy with a lingering burn on the tongue similar to ginger.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Well carbonated, a bit prickly, even.

Drinkability: No thanks, I just didn't care for this one too terribly much. Vaguely reminiscent of a saison, but only vaguely, mind you.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold with a thin white head. Nose is quite floral with a larger amount of spices added. Definitely a spice forward fragrance. Flavor has an odd burn that hits on the first sip. After it fades it seems like a dirty vanilla aftertaste. Perhaps this is the absinthe? Regardless of that, I get a quite spiced tone on the tongue. Almost feel a little heat from it. I think that my inexperienced palate on these spices is contributing to my ignorance of what precisely they are. Overall a nice drinker indeed.

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Chiostro from Piccolo Birrificio
83 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.