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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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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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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – The body of this beer was very murky but somehow glowed at the same time. The head was monster with large bubbles.

Smell – The light, sour farmy aroma was rightly mixed with an abundance of beautiful currents.

Taste – The malts here are light and the spicing intense. The blackberry flavor mated well with the malts.

Mouthfeel – This beer was medium-bodied and fully carbonated. The carbs were pleasant in the cheeks and not that cheap effervescent you find with some pretenders.

Drinkability – This was more like a mild Fruit Lambic than anything else. It went down well enough thought it’s probably a tad too pricey to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 01:39:46 | More by RoyalT
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

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

Smells like blackberry champagne. Poured a huge, froathy, light cream colored head that Incredibliy light mouthfeel; almost like drinking foam. A storm of endless bubbles rise through the apricot colored beer. There is so much carbonation in this beer that it takes a second for the flavors to pull through. There is a candied sweetness to the beer and an equal amount of black currant. The peak of flavor comes midway through with a few plums and a glob of caramel. The slight bitterness at the end tastes like it comes more from the berries then any hops. The carbonation seems a bit overboard, but otherwise it's a nice beer. The currant tastes natural and does well in accenting the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 02:05:47 | More by HappyHourHero
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meathookjones

Virginia

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

750ml bottled Jan 27,2005
Pours out dark orange with a ridiculously large head that seemed to stand tall forever. When it finally dropped it left a decent wave of lace around the glass. Light fruity currant with some funky yeast notes in the aroma. A bit of spice was in there as well. Slightly sweet start to the flavor with underlying berry notes and more of the funky yeastiness. A bit spicy and earthy as well. Finishes on a funky fruit sweetness that lingered for awhile. A bit much on the carbonation hurts the mouthfeel and drinkability. If that was toned down a notch it would greatly help this brew out.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 20:57:31 | More by meathookjones
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Bottled December 31, 2004, Sampled October 2005
Explosively carbonated, I barely get an inch and a half of beer into my Duvel Tulip, the rest of the glass is foam. The beer is a lightly hazy copper color, with a light tan creamy Meringue like head. The aroma is dry and fruity with notes of Riesling, and spicy notes like Sauvignon Blanc. I also get notes of raisins, hints of vanilla, a light acidic note. The aroma is really nice and fruity, I really have not done it justice to just how good it is, it really is like a fruity dry white wine.

The taste is pretty dry, yet it still has a fruity sweetness especially towards the middle and end. The fruit character is again reminiscent of a fruity white wine. The beer though is quite light on the palate, and of course entirely spritzy as it rolls across the tongue. There is a light acidity here, separate from the biting carbonic acid note in the finish, that helps to accent the fruit notes as well. I get notes of grape, peach, pear, a bit of ginger, and some definite honey notes. There are some beery notes here as well, it is not all fruit; the grain is definitely noticeable, especially in the finish with a light clean malt note.

I really like this beer, it is so light and refreshing yet still quite flavorful, really a good mix between sparkling wine and beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 05:42:03 | More by Gueuzedude
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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 750ml greenish-brown glass champagne-style semi-custom bottle, pink on purple stripe label

Appearance: clouded light copper with ENORMOUS and VERY long living off-white head (I think, the biggest head I ever saw), a lot of lacing

Smell: very strong fruitness, some spiciness, minor black currant (cassis)

Taste: medium body, crisp and light mouth feel, very complex taste, malt, grapes, black cherry, spices, vanilla, again minor black currant

Notes: personally I wish more black currant taste in it, but still very crisp and refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 02:25:32 | More by BeerBeing
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We always talk about offering quality brews for our BMC buddies to transition with. Well, this is the ideal beer for our wine drinking buddies to transition with. Smells of heavy fruits, tartness, red wine, and champaign qualities. Looks straw to golden with a slight haze (probably from light wheat additions). White fizzy carbonation sparkles like soda water. Tastes malty and grape-like sweet. Follows with mild and appreciated tartness. No souring or astringency. Grapes and berry flavors with mild and sweet hops and spices. Complex and varying on the toung. Medium body with effvorescent carbonation adds playfulness on the palate. Finishes mildly sweet and dry. Mild heat from alcohol. Aftertaste is mildly sweet and tart. Good for a fruit beer--especially for you lambic fans.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 17:46:31 | More by BEERchitect
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a huge head that takes up all but a small bit of the bottom. The head is a creamy white that has strong lacing as the head dies down (it never fades). The body is a hazy orange with lots and lots of tiny bubbles.

S- The soft smell of wheat and a faint black currants. A slight tart note is in the background.

T- Soft sweet and tart currant note at the beginning followed by some pale malt and wheat and a faint peppery finish. As it warms there is some stronger dark cherry flavors but not overpowering.

M- light mouthfeel with a fizz from the carbonation. Not much of a bit from the carbonic acid.

D- This beer is pretty soft and subtle with a nice flavor. It was a bit frustrating to have to pour a few sips and let it sit for 10 minutes until the head died back enough to add more. It has potential and I would drink it over champagne but I would have to chill it ice cold to get a good pour.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 01:33:02 | More by rhoadsrage
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a golden color with an extremely tall head that doesn't fall fast and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a little sharp with lots of fruity currant character. Smells good. The flavor is much the same - very fruity (currant), sweet, and has a bit of a tart bite on the end. The body was moderate and the drinkability was good.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 11:53:57 | More by clvand0
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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

From notes. Bottle opened with an incredible pop, but no gush as I expected to follow. It poured very heady. Almost no liquid under a billowing fluffy head. It took a damn long time to pour the whole bottle. When the head finally subsided, the color was golden peach. The head eventually fell to just coat the brew. The nose was very crisp and tart, as expected with black currants. I got some slight musty funkyness and a hint of spice, but the currant was most prevalent. Flavor was less crisp than the aroma. The currant flavor was moderate. No real sweetness was there. I got a slight mustyness as well. Enjoyable brew. The feel was moderate with a very healthy bubble. Overall, an interesting brew. I would have liked a bit more currant flavor to match the aroma. Very charasmatic beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2005 03:35:18 | More by kmpitz2
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putnam

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rarely does a beer look "exceptional" to me, but if one gives points for drama, this must set a new standard. Giant arcing concave dunes of perma-foam pile on top of papery hazel liquid. Thick aromas of mashed pale malt energize steamy, pulpy impressions of exotic floral, fruit and spice fragrance. Yeasty moist vanilla pods. Mashed raw nuts. The texture is precisely articulated with chunky herb tannins and figgy acidity. The flavors are fruity more than woody or nutty. Heaping, super ripe paste of nectarine, plum, star fruit and baked pear. A brilliant duel of sweet lemon acidity and ropy tannin on the finish buttons down the promiscuous fruit and cream flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 19:57:09 | More by putnam
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stcules

Italy

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

Beer with cassis.
Amber reddish color. A lot of foam, white, beautiful, creamy, compact. Some turbidity and floating yeast.
The smell is fruity, and floreal, blue. Very flavoured. Cassis, berry fruits.
The taste is fruity too, sweet, complex, floral. Berry fruits again, a light citric. Blackberry, strawberry. Light tartness, that increases the drinkability of this complex beer. Sweetness and some tartness, white grapes.
Medium body, good strucuture.
The aftertaste is fruity, on the same notes, and floral again.
A lot of things in this beer, complex and peculiar. Maybe the fruity can be a little boring after some while, with the high spumante-like carbonation.
Very very interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2005 17:46:28 | More by stcules
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Cassissona from Birrificio Italiano
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