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Bastarda Rossa - Birra Amiata

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Bastarda Rossa
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8 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Amiata visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 05-16-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

gshackles, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Turbid amber, expressive carbonation, massive head

SMELL: Yeasty, figs, peppercorn, nutmeg, chestnuts, spicy, estery, honey

TASTE: Dry, grassy, biscuity, yeast, alcoholic, warm, earthy, mildly herbal, musty, figgy, chestnuts, slightly bitter, treacle, buckwheat honey; herbal, dry finish

Some would say raw, others would simply notice its natural state. Perhaps a bit too natural, with an aggressive yeast profile, from smell to taste. There is something about this brew that wins us over, perhaps as simple as that it is different.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%

First time trying chestnut beer. Also tried Pietra, but that one's got chestnut flour added, it's different (i guess).
Looks amber, a bit cloudy. Low foam. The fizz is also very low, there might be a problem with the bottle, but the low carbonation somehow felt appropiate. Going towards creamy
Taste: dark fruit (raisin, figs, plum, also dried apricot, some peach); nice nuttiness (the chestnuts helps); Some citrus hop aromas too;
Big roasted malts, with a coffee bitterness in the back; nice clear honey; smoked wood notes; Nice aftertaste, the bitterness doesn't linger so strongly;
A nice complex (with lots of) chestnut ale, with an extra hoppy character; a problem with the booziness (bock-style), that hits stronger when the beer gets warmer.

dcmchew, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Bucciamarcia, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%

Served in a tumbler.

This has got to be the most interesting of the Amiata beers currently available in these parts. It pours a a hazy sunrise topaz-amber topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises dry toffee, mild and nondescript nuts, light honey-coated biscuit, and a general earthy-green hop character in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, but it's all semi-subservient to a newcomer: a sort of hickory-style smoke. This smoke isn't exactly powerful, per se, but it's pervasive and bright. In all fairness, this could just be what heavily-roasted chestnuts taste like (I have not partaken), but it certainly comes across as a sweet, lightly woody, almost barbecue sauce-infused smoke. It lends a nice thick layer of complexity to what would otherwise likely have been a fairly boring little farmhouse-ish brew. I actually enjoyed my pour of this. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, not a bad beer, thanks mostly to that smoky component. It's something that'll either impress with its charm of mild difference or come across as a pretty boring, only-semi-inspired beer.

TMoney2591, Oct 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.8%

JamFuel, Oct 14, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -12.4%

The beer is clouded amber, with a warm off-white high and firm head leaving some lacing. Good curtains.

Smelling mostly of the malt, grain, hay and dust. Some dried fruit.

Sweet white bread, a hint of dried apricots.

Medium carbonation, soft and foamy, a faint dryness.

Very modest, nothing bad, but a bit boring.

rarbring, Sep 04, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev -15.8%

With chestnuts.
Hazy amber color, with a quite beautiful beige foam, compact.
In the smell, chestnut. Under that, maltiness, and a light honey.
Full taste, definitely a lot of chestnut. Not bad, but maybe it turns a bit too much toward the sweet side.
Again chestnut in the aftertaste, malty, sweet.
Maybe a bit too monotone, and without a great drinkability, but not bad, after all.

stcules, May 16, 2011
Bastarda Rossa from Birra Amiata
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.