Fleurette (Gioia Di Vivere) - Birrificio Italiano
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4.35/5 rDev +20.2%
The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy golden amber with a ghost white frothy head which lasted well to lace the glass.
The aroma was floral with a light lambic acidity which came across as quite tart. The roses mentioned on the label could be detected through the acidity and a light indistiguishable spice was present.
The flavor was very lightly tart with a bready wheat character which also had a light rye presence. The flavor was uniquely tart, but only lightly so, never harsh nor overly lactic nor overly acidic. The flavor had a bit of citrus and some floral characteristics to boot. The tartness increased the complexity of the brew which did contain a very light spice, but the spice was not dicernable.
The finish was dry with lasting wheat and rye impression and a bit of light tartness which dried out further in the aftertaste to leave a bit of a husky grainy characteristic on the palate. The body was medium light with a nice carbonation level which assisted the mouthfeel to be quite creamy. Very refreshing and different, but this is not going to be everyone's cup of tea.
1 liter bottle. Thanks for nuttin folks, was trying to decide on glassware and was hoping for the reviews to assist. I guess somebody has to be the first. Bottle lists wheat and rye malt along with roses, violets, elderberry, citrus, honey, and black pepper. Put this one in a tulip or a chalice.
08-06-2006 20:45:06 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
Not sure on the bottle size. Mine had no cork but had a neat plastic cap. Came highly recommended from Westmere.
A - apple juice. low carbonation evidenced by a slight pop upon opening. 1/2 finger foam recedes to a few wisps. bubbles on glass make it look like ginger ale.
S - light malts. reminiscent of a czech pilsner with a hint of fruit. thought this was raspberry at first, now I know it was the elderberry.
T - funky upfront. tart fruitness. not strong like a lambic, but integrates well into the lager-type characteristics. malt notes come later. very little hop presence.
M - carbonated highly. thin consistency but this is OK.
D - super, this is the highlight of the beer. a summertime gem. could replace water in 3rd world countries. each sip comes as if the last is forgotten. very thirst-quenching and light.
super expensive, but would try again if it were 1/2 the price (~$25).
02-01-2010 03:06:16 | More by bminor7
3.98/5 rDev +9.9%
From a 750 mL bottle courtesy of opwog,
A: Pours a dark gold with a light white head, some nice lace.
S: Flowers and honeysuckle, a nice smell, but light.
T: Lemons with lactic acid, lilac, very flowery and herbal, nice flavour.
M: Light-bodied, smooth, quite easy drinking.
D: I was excited to try this brew as it's now $18 at Hi-Times. Not worth that price, but a tasty medieval herbal session beer is a pleasant greeting. Good stuff.
06-05-2010 04:50:18 | More by Halcyondays
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy honey-orange with a beautiful and well retained three finger head. Head slowly subsides to a nice little cap on the body, leaving gobs of white lace on the sides of the glass. The bottom pour puts noticeable sediment into my glass.
It smells quite sour. Very floral and peppery as well. Interesting.
Sourness continues into the taste. Early on it's pretty acidic. The acidity reminds me of dilute lemon concentrate, the kind that comes in the little plastic lemon. There is definately a floral component to the way this beer tastes. I'm reminded of the elderflower soda made by Bottle Green. Theres an extremely mild & musty bitterness in the finish. My girlfriend thinks it has a wine-like quality to it, and I'm inclined to agree with her.
Light in body and finely carbonated. I find the mouthfeel complements the acidity in this beer very nicely. It's very refreshing, but the acidity might limit its drinkability for some people. As for me, I just split this bottle (1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz.) with my girlfriend and feel like I could easily have more.
07-04-2009 03:30:34 | More by mintjellie
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a fluffy head that should have hung around a bit longer, but descends to create a film, leaving some lacing behind in the process
Smell: Floral, with a grapefruit pith overtone
Taste: A rye bready opening that leads into a very tart and sour pithy flavor, with subtle hints of flowers and vegetative matter; after the swallow, a brief earthy flavor emerges but leads to more sour rye, with a peppery/floral hint in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but effervescent
Drinkability: Quite an interesting flavor set, given the low abv; while I would like the malt base to be bigger, it's fun in they way that a dry Rosé wine is fun in the summertime
12-22-2008 23:37:05 | More by brentk56
3.63/5 rDev +0.3%
This is the weirdest looking 750ml bottle I have ever seen; squat and almost like the new Sierra Nevada 24oz bombers, but thicker & different. The beer pours with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a hazy, honey amber color, but shows a lightly reddish tinged, fully hazy, orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is light and spicy with aromas of lemon zest, orange blossoms, light honeysuckle, a touch of lavender and even some light ginger and pepper towards the end. This has a very floral aroma and it is quite inviting. A little bit of digging around reveals some malt influenced aromas of honey-malt, crushed saltine crackers
Very dry, in fact one of the most dry tasting beers I have ever had. It is so dry that it tastes lightly tart and has a pepper-like flavor from a zippy carbonation. It is actually a bit fizzy, but it is so light that it does not feel gassy. The floral notes really come through as a nasal influence during each sip. Cracker & bread like malt mixes with touches of ginger some sourness (perhaps from the elderberries as this is more than just a typical yeast influence), and a light pepper hit in the long finish. Flavors of rose hip tea mix in with the general floral notes to provide a bit of herbal character that mimics the function of hops. Despite being so light, the malt character really does come through quite well here, especially as it warms.
I like that this is very easy drinking, it also has an interesting blend of flavors and aromatic notes (the nose more than the flavor though), but for some reason it is not nearly what I hoped it would be.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ
04-12-2008 02:11:34 | More by Gueuzedude
3.58/5 rDev -1.1%
A: Clear honey colored liquid. Forms about an inch or so of off-white head that quickly reduces down to a thick ring around the edge and a thin surface coating. Some light, clumpy lacing.
S: Aroma is a mix of orange, citrus, and floral qualities. There is a lot of tangy elderberry coming through (of which I know only because I recently purchased a bottle of St Germaine and the floral berry quality is similar).
T: Quite tangy with a moderately sweet tartness. Orange, apple, lemon, elderberry. Strong lemony tanginess on the finish.
M: Light bodied with heavy carbonation at first, but seems to dissipate rather quickly to a more "average" level of carbonation. Tangy on the tongue. Virtually no bitterness.
O: This beer isn't bad, but with the strong elderberry quality, it just has a flavor I can't get my head around in a beer.
11-13-2011 23:05:32 | More by Florida9
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
I bought a bottle of this beer during a visit to the brewpub with my wife. The staff explained that this is intended to be a unique and light brew. It certainly is just that. Although not much to look at (the beer is a flat, hazy amber color), the aroma is fantastic. Flowers and berries dominate the smell. It smells something like a flower garden in the spring (strange scent for a beer, I know). The smell is so unique and engaging that I found myself really enjoying it. The taste is a little of a let-down. Despite a nice tartness, there is little real flavor. It tastes like a typical macro lager, with a bit of twang. The mouthfeel is also forgettable. Light and spritzy, but forgettably so...not enough of any characteristic to make me enjoy it. In the end, this is not bad. It's exactly what was promised, just not up to the standards of this brewpubs other beers.
12-05-2008 20:45:07 | More by Suds
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
A fat shorty 750ml bottle. Says 4% abc. Poured into small snifter. Huge pop on the cap as it had an extra plastic piece inside it. Tons of fairly yellow head that falls relatively quickly. Body is clear and a nice straight golden color. Aroma is very Belgian pale like. A lot of honey and clove. Flavor is very bland. Light hops, some banana, pineapple, and a leafy-greenness. On the mouth there is a ton of carbonation but body is very light.
Overall a light and refreshing beer. Flavors are delicate. Could be good on a hot summer day but overall not my style.
09-26-2012 03:57:01 | More by RuckusDu
3.1/5 rDev -14.4%
Foggy ripe apricot with lemon curd edges. Popping the swing-top on this impressive one liter bottle resulted in a carbonation escape akin to a rifle crack. The alabaster cap was large and airy initially, but has fallen fairly quickly due a lack of substance and a lack of stickiness. The few shards of lace that make it to the glass look less than committed to the cause. Note: later pours look much better, including better head retention and much more lace.
Although the nose is decent, it isn't anywhere near as interesting as the list of ingredients led me to think it was going to be. Other than the usual malt (barley, wheat, rye), hops and yeast, Gioia Di Vivere contains roses, violets, elderberries, citrus honey and black pepper. It's too bad that almost none of them are identifiable with the exception of the flowers and the berries.
The bottom line is that this Birrificio Italiano beer, like Cassissona, is way too light for its own good. I spent $15 on the bottle because I thought that a beer containing the above ingredients had the potential to be exceptional. And it would be if the flavor profile actually reflected what was added. For starters, a 3.8% ABV is about half of what it should be for optimal flavor delivery.
What's the use in brewing a beer with three types of malt when you're going to use so little of it? Hops, as well, are nowhere to be found. That leaves us with a mildly tart fruitiness that has no depth or breadth whatsoever. There's no sweetness that would suggest honey and no spiciness that would suggest black pepper (with warming, I do detect the merest hint of pepperiness). I wish I could run down the list of what this beer tastes like rather than what it doesn't taste like, but I'm coming up empty.
I translate 'birra leggera dissetante e profumada' as 'beer that is light, thirst-quenching and aromatic'. The brewery definitely hit the nail on the head in calling it light. The mouthfeel is beyond light and is the biggest reason why the flavors lack even a hint of vibrancy. I'll buy thirst-quenching too... but then so is bottled water.
I'm not sure why I took a chance on such an expensive beer since I wasn't that happy with Cassissona. Actually, I do know. They suckered me with that promising list of ingredients. Gioia De Vivere translates as Joy Of Life. I'd be more joyful if I had my $15 back.
06-07-2007 22:55:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.05/5 rDev -15.7%
Pours a three-finger smooth off-white head that barely fades leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast settles to bottom. Yeasty/citrusy nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Starts tart maybe an apple flavor, hard to pin down, finish is sour. Good bottle to split with your beer partner. Pricey - $16.99 for a 1L bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.
12-23-2006 23:34:41 | More by jdhilt
2.68/5 rDev -26%
Pours a dark, hazy golden orange color that's almost brown with a two finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with boozy sweetness and light fruit notes. Slightly floral with hints of apple, pear and citrus peel.
Light bodied with heavy carbonation up front and a heavy spice profile. Slightly watered down with zesty pepper, citrus and light fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear, grape and other berries along with some lemon peel and honey. There's an odd metallic flavor toward the finish that hurts the drinkability and overall flavor.
11-10-2011 09:14:58 | More by corby112
Fleurette (Gioia Di Vivere) from Birrificio Italiano
82 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.