Bastarda Rossa - Birra Amiata
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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by 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.
11-27-2013 22:56:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
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.
09-04-2012 19:13:01 | More by rarbring
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.
10-19-2012 16:56:22 | More by TMoney2591
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.
10-31-2013 11:20:26 | More by dcmchew
2.93/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
05-16-2011 20:36:19 | More by stcules
Bastarda Rossa from Birra Amiata
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.