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Cassissona - Birrificio Italiano

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BA SCORE
83
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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%


Brewed by:
Birrificio Italiano visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 06-19-2005)
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Hex92

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- well I think that is the biggest head I have ever seen on a beer. Poured it into a Maredsous glass and ended up with 1/3 foam. The beer itself was a cloudy orange color.

S- a bit funky

T- a bit fruity and wine like. Interesting,but not great. This bottle has been sitting around for a couple of years. I can't remember what it was like when I had the first bottle, so no call on how its changed.

M- a bit thin. Not much malt in the beer, so not much feel.

Overall an interesting beer, but I won't pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:57:47 | More by Hex92
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spdyfire83

Ireland

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

125th Review
Bottle to Westvletren 12 (small) chalice

From notes. Can't recall who brought this to our recent Utrecht tasting in December 2011, but thanks!

A: Medium, pale yellow. Solid 2 (soft white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Funk and farm. Smells of lemon, hay, cracked wheat, and old cheese.

T: Unripened white grapes, cracked hay, and lemon zest. Hint of citrus fruit and tart berries. Not too sour or tart, but not too sweet either. Dull might be the best way to describe the taste.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I was searching for a lot of the things I mentioned above in this beer - there is just no real distinct character to it. Not that that is necessarily bad - because it was definitely a nice thing to drink - but just tossing that out there. Maybe it gets better with age.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 20:31:09 | More by spdyfire83
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Mar02x

Netherlands

2.63/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was able to try this beer at a tasting organized by Jeffo and Doopiedoopiedoo. Read some more about the tasting on my review of The Brewery - Black Tuesday.

This was a gusher! For a sour it is not really uncommon, but unfortunately it was opened inside :).

A - A hazy fluid with a white head and there is some carbonation visible.

S - A bread kind of smell along with sour, overall it smelled like a cow stable.

T - A light cherry and blackberry taste, very nicely done concerning the smell :)

M - A medium carbonation, where one expect a high one!

O - Not to bad in taste, but there is no complexity/depth.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 15:02:53 | More by Mar02x
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a pretty red color with a pinkish colored head that faded rather quickly. The smell of the beer had some tart fruity elements to it that reminded me a lot of wine. The taste of the beer was tart with a little amount of funk in there and a bit dry. The mouthfeel was light and dry, some light carbonation but nothing too out of the ordinary here. Overall this beer is decent to me. I can't rave about much because I wasn't really impressed by it. It might be worth trying if you really like these types of beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 00:43:01 | More by Knapp85
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the best, not the worst. At least it wasn't a gusher like many of the other recent Italians I've tried. Poured with a lively tan head that quickly settled down almost none. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is malty, cassis, and a hint of the bacteria. Flavor's similar to nose; not too complex. Body is a little thin and carbonation a bit sharp. Finish is like a slightly washed out flavor with alcohol and medium in length. Not worth the price at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 00:30:09 | More by drpimento
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ccrida

Oregon

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

Chilled in the fridge for 24 hrs, but it was still a bit of an over-foamer. Murky auburn with a big white head that leaves sticky, foamy lace.

Smell is very sweet, tangerines, maybe a little raspberry.

Taste is similar, sweet candied fruits, a hint of minerality. I've never had black currants, but when it's used as a wine descriptor, the wines taste nothing like this. The cloyingness really got fatiguing as I worked though this.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, a little sticky.

Drinkability is eh. Not much of a fruit component, or sour like I hoped it might of been. A marked nose and taste of sweet biere de garde, just not what I was in the mood for, taste like a BdG made with to much belgian aromatic malt. Not sure how old this is though, I've cellared it for at least a year, probably more.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 01:42:23 | More by ccrida
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to jleblanc, much appreciated. For some reason I expected the color to be dark but it was a hazy orange-ish color with a super foamy head. The smell was weird, grains and such. The flavor was also weird, not tart and yet not sweet. Berries and stuff but also grains like the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 17:28:43 | More by ArrogantB
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 Pint 9.4 FL OZ bottle.

This one scares me as the label says 'Sparkling Beer'. Opened to a loud pop. I was expecting to have beer all over my desk, but it didn't gush. It did pour all head. Settled to a medium amber color. Lots of floaters. Aromas of grapes, berries, and some yeast. Taste was different, not what the aroma lead me to believe it would be. Some berries, but they were muted. Sweet. Body was on the flat side too - another surprise with the way this opened and poured. Different.

Notes from 12/23/06

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 21:57:11 | More by hopdog
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackcurrant beer...this one is in a big 75 cl bottle. The bottle opens with a loud 'pop', and copious foam builds on the initial pour. The beer is at once subtle in fruitiness, and also pronounced in character. There's a little tartness in the aroma, but a little more yeast, herbal hops, vanilla, and a little earthy 'farminess'. It's a nice combination, actually, and makes this cloudy, peach-colored beer very intriguing. The beer isn't overpowering, so it should be matched with appropriately light food. It's also got a delicate, champagne like texture, which is quite refreshing. The flavor is best described as semi-sweet, with a notable malt presence but also distinct hop balance. This one is surely a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 13:08:42 | More by Suds
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mwilbur

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a golden color with TONS of carbonation...2/3 head and 1/3 beer in the glass even with a careful pour.
S: Citrus hops and a hint of cassis. Honestly wish there was a bit more cassis in the aroma.
T: Candy sugar and cassis...a little too sweet for my tastes.
M: Very light and bubbly...almost champagne-like.
D: Decently drinkable, but again I'm held back by the sweetness. Those who like sweeter fruit beers with high carbonation will like this one. Would pair well with a chocolate dessert.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 01:03:44 | More by mwilbur
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good fruit beer- the fruitiness doesn't overpower, yet it retains a playful flavor which makes it very drinkable. The berry taste is a very slight bit more towards the tart side than just a sugary sweetness. Also, you can detect sevral fruits to the flavor, not just focusing on one taste, which can tend to let fruit beers taste like just chemical flavoring. The appearance is sort of a orangish red and light, which is a bit disappointing as you are expecting a darker red color to aesthetically aid the flavor. It is above average for a fruit beer, but nothing to really lose your mind over.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 23:24:24 | More by BirdFlu
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by humulone_red. Thanks!
Pours a murky amber with a filmy head. Smell is bright fresh fruity, cassis, and maltiness. Taste is very mild. Faint tartness, berry like flavor, and a thin body with light carbonation. Decent, and the fruity is surprisingly light in this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 18:39:06 | More by JDV
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rdickey

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours golden orange into a goblet, which was somewhat startling after the very dark bottle. Two-finger off-white head, probably due to an overly enthusiastic pour. (Actually, my second pour was much more careful and I still got a lot of head; it's just a live one.) Head lingers for a moderate amount of time. No lacing.

Smell: The fruit notes are obvious and, yes, you can smell the currants. Sour notes come through and suggest this is going to be a little different from your average fruit beer.

Taste: It's definitely sweet and fruity, but not overpowering. Some tartness keeps it from being too sweet, and I think that's the key to this beer's enjoyability. After I read the label I expected for this to be lambic-like, but it's actually much more balanced in an unexpected way. This is a total surprise to me, and is quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Enjoyable -- moderate carbonation, and finishes very clean. Another surprise.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable. I approached this one with some reluctance, given the style and the fact that it's not from one of the great beer nations of the world, but this is really a nice beer. I like Billolick's idea of drinking this one in the sun with some fruity deserts, cheese and bread; being in Italy wouldn't be bad either.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 23:34:43 | More by rdickey
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color with a massive head that is very hard to handle but leaves lacing all over the champagne flute

Smell: Dominant aroma of currants, but complemented by toffee, vanilla and cashew

Taste: Starts with a toffee/peach flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by a blast of currants; after the swallow, the complex currant flavors dominate and provide a tart-sweet element that is long-lasting; there is an unusual yeasty flavor on the finish that adds complexity

Mouthfeel: Light body with overwhelming carbonation; tingly on the tongue from start to finish

Drinkability: An experience that I really enjoyed, once I was able to deal with the carbonation; this is a complex beer that really pushes the boundaries

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 23:39:51 | More by brentk56
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Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusually shaped bottle, thin label lets the imbiber know that this one was “Matured over six months” and “Bottled on January 18, 2006” Opened with a powerful pop, that had me fearing a nasty spill over. It never materialized thankfully. Pours with a lot of carbonation, threatening a pour over on every refill. Frothy, loose and long lasting mildly apricot head, slowly morphing to loose, splotchy lacing. Nose is of light grape jelly and a faint mustiness. Pours cloudy murky peanut butter light brown. Notes of the expected fruitiness, grapes, berries, yeasty gunk at the bottom of the bottle. Fresh, refreshing and went pretty well with some cheese and crackers. Not something I would drink that often but I would like to try some on a sunny summer afternoon, lying by the pool on a hill side in Italy with some fruity desserts, more cheese, salad and crusty bread……

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 02:44:19 | More by Billolick
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer has an extremely unique bottle and very un-beer-like labeling. Defintely something different!

The beer pours cloudy brown, and is extremely carbonated (more carbonated than champagne). This extreme head has great staying power and takes forever to dissipate, so take great caution when pouring, lest you get a tulip-ful of foam.

Smell is pretty much pure sour. I've had currant jelly before, but I can't profess to extreme amount of familiarity with the fruit so I might have a hard time smelling it, although I didn't pick up much in the way of fruit notes in the aroma.

Taste is a weird, totally unexpected maltiness. This was definitely not what I expected from a fruit beer. Surprisingly, this beer was just not fruity tasting.

Mouthfeel was also unique. The beer seemed to have a watery viscosity, but a bubbly mouthfeel like a sparkling wine. Very different, but not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 18:54:36 | More by BeerBelcher
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy peach-orange body beneath a massive head of pillowy foam. The head eventually dies down and exhibits good retention and lacing. The nose is bright with ripe, juicy, and lightly tart currants, as well as some berries, spice, and mustiness. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and airy with a very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. It's gently effervescent and tingly-smooth. The flavor is more fruit pulp-like than fruit juicy, but the currant is clearly expresses and some of the mustiness found in the aroma is also present and helps to give it depth. Delicate. Very little bitterness, as expected. It finishes fairly short and dry considering it's a fruit beer, with just a touch of residual fruit left in the mouth. Quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2006 12:51:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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gbarron

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fellow BA brought this to a BA gathering the other day, from a large bottle.

A - light amber/golden. Head is white and puffy, lacing and retention minimal until you stir it up at which point it bubbles up furiously.

S - strong aroma of dark fruits, currants, red grapes, apricot. Little bit of alcohol in there, too. Light toasted, honey malt aroma. No hops.

T - taste mirrors the nose. Assertive dark fruit flavor dominated by red grapes, dried berries. Light malt flavor mixed in, wheat, honey, wheat toast. Little bit of bitterness, but this beer is on the sweet side.

M - very thin body, carbonation high, a little too high in my opinion. Like a champagne.

D - tasty fruit flavor, but carbonation is off the charts for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2006 03:34:36 | More by gbarron
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light, hazy amber with some descent bubbling. Plenty of sediment as well. More than expected or should be there on the first glass worth of my 750ml bottle. The aroma is almost a dead even mix of currants, definetly not black and apricots. The flavor is just as surprising. I've had curant flavored beers before, and they really put the currants flavor on center stage. Very little mixing around. But this beer has a mix of the currnat and some more light flavored fruits like apricots and pears. A little of the currants tartness sticks around the palate as well.

This beer had a lot of flavors I didn't expect. Sometimes they were a nice surprise, but for the most part. This beer was sub-par.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 03:10:10 | More by scruffwhor
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

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

A - this beer pours a brick red color with a very thick fluffy white head, that takes up a third of the glass, my glass had tons of sediment

S - wheaty fruity malt filled aroma, the fruit nose resembles a blend of strawberries and apples

T - up front a very sweet malty flavor, the fruitiness from the nose has melted into a more buttery flavor, malt/hoppy characteristics still in the background

M&D - the mouthfeel at first is very bubbly and carbonated, then melts into a buttery smoothness, very nice, moderately drinkable

a decent beer, the flavor is rather pedestrian but a quality brew nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 04:52:17 | More by sinstaineddemon
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite careful pouring, it was nearly all head to begin with. After a few minutes, it was cloudy orangish with a large white, foamy head and many tiny bubbles.
The smell was a light whiff of floral hops and black currants.
The taste began as bitter, but eventually was overpowered by a subtle sweetness. The currents were there, but not as noticeable as expected. Though not hoppy, some of the hop taste was also noticeable. Some orange seemed to be mixed in. An underlying metallic taste was present.
It was spritzy and fairly light, but left the mouth with a sweet, dry feel.
Overall, it was not bad, but something was missing. The currants were not as noticeable as they could have been. The slight metallic taste through it off a bit. Decent - but, not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 20:55:07 | More by jwc215
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hugely effervescent, particulate-choked peachy orange that is barely visible at the bottom of the glass since the head takes up 99% of all available space. It's going to take multiple pours, each one followed by several minutes of waiting, to get the glass more than half full of beer. The crown is pale lemony ecru in color, is airysoft and unsticky, yet still manages to leave a decent amount of bubble bath-like lace.

The nose could be stronger. However, it's hard to find much fault since I'm trying to assess it through several inches of foam. Time to start slurping. There's a definite cassis presence that I wish was more sweetly fruity and more upfront. The aroma also has a subtle Belgian vibe with an appealing saison-like spicy yeastiness.

I like my fruit beers to contain more fruit flavor than this. Since I love cassis, I was looking forward to Cassissona is a big way, but even after several mouthfuls I can tell that it isn't what I expected or hoped it would be. I know that it's a different sort of fruit beer, a more elegant one for starters, but it has roughly one-third the black currant flavor of Lindemans Cassis.

The malt bill consists of pilsener, Munich and caramel, and the hop bill consists of Hallertau Magnum and Hallertau Hersbruker. The yeast strain is Saccharomyces Carlsbergensis for all you hyphaeheads out there. I don't have the most discriminating palate in the world, but not one of those ingredients is identifiable to me. That's not necessarily a negative, because this beer is unlike any other beer that I've ever had.

I'm betting that Birrificio Italiano hit their mark on the mouthfeel. It's light-medium with a light syrupy stickiness and carbonation that is very nearly Champagne-like in its bubbliciousness. More viscosity and fewer, more lethargic bubbles would be an improvement.

I love reading brewery websites, especially non-English ones where the translation is suspect. These guys want us to know that Cassissona "is suitable for unflappable folks or appropriate as a specific remedy for people suffering from hyper-efficiency". Yeah, gotta watch out for those hyper-efficient people.

Unfortunately, the beer doesn't match the supreme coolness of the bottle (which resembles the Magic Hat Thumbsucker bottle) and the label. I wanted to like it a lot, but only ended up liking it a little. It pains me to say it, especially given what I paid for the bottle, but in the end, Cassissona is just another pedestrian fruit beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 22:20:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Crosling

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color with an enormous foam, which is very wispy and lasting. Floral and herbaceous aromas, which I attribute to hops, along with various fruits, particular black currant, which to me, smells like cherry pie. A light touch of malt aromatics as well. The aroma scared me a bit, but the flavor, however, is very complex in its malt composition. Very toasty, with caramel, toffee and cashew flavors, along with a very light hint of black currant. I found it pretty tasty, but strange and not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 00:56:54 | More by Crosling
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Faustgeist

South Carolina

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

My first craft Italian beer, albiet a fruir beer.

Not knowing what to expect, I served up a tall glass for my girl and I... and man was I lucky the glass was tall!

This thing was all head...and I poured it delicatly. Ok... wait a few minutes and the beer setted down, to reveal strong penny-iron notes and barly malt characteristics.

The flavors were bitter, with the promised penny metalic and background hints of grape and cassis. At first I was put off, but strangely.. it grew on me!

The finish was long, strong, and entirely pleasant. Overall the beverage may be a bit academic for me. I will endovour to try it again in a month and see how my palate responds. A solid 3.5 in my book, on all accounts.

Best,
~Robin

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 17:56:59 | More by Faustgeist
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear orange golden with a HUGE off-white frothy head which filled the glass with more foam and head than beer and took forever to fall back but coated the glass as it fell.

The aroma was strongy fruity with cassis and a nice earthy component and a light spicy pepper character. The aroma almost had a grape presence as in fresh grape juice. There was also a nice candy aroma.

The flavor was fruity with a nice peppery spice flavor and a slight grape and stronger black currant flavor. The flavor was slightly metallic and definitely earthy with almost a farmhouse character that would remind one of a fruited saison.

The finish was dry with a lasitng fruit, pepper and earthy character into the aftertaste. The body was medium but seemed lighter due to off the chart carbonation levels. As the beer sat after being 1/2 consumed it still foamed out the top of the bottle. A nice fruit beer melded within a saison framework.

750 ml bottle. Purchased at Sam's in Durham. Bottled on February 14, 2005 so this beer was almost a year old.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2006 23:04:47 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Cassissona from Birrificio Italiano
83 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.