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Scires - Birrificio Italiano

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Italiano visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly named: Sciresona, a sour cherry beer using sweet black cherries "Durone di Vignola" - a typical Italian variety.

(Beer added by: clvand0 on 10-09-2006)
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

largadeer, Jun 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

SocalKicks, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

7.5% so likely the most recent batch
This was definitely a well carbonated beer as it almost immediately foamed up and spilled beer on the counter before I could start pouring and got it over the sink. The head is very fizzy without a lot of structure to it and despite the ample carbonation disappears after a minute or two. The head, when there, was a deeply stained, dark tan colored head that had dark patches to it where sediment had discolored it. The beer is extremely hazy and is a murky, dark amber color. Flavors of cherries are found up front, but there is lots of other stuff going on here. Soft medicinal notes, move to some sweaty-goat like notes, some cured yet slightly moldy leather aromatics and then the finish has a note that is distinctly reminiscent of the fake fruity note found in watermelon jolly rancher candy. This definitely has developed some Brettanomyces character and this and the jolly rancher note become the most noticeable part of the aroma.

Quite dry with a light sweetness to it, this beer has a lightish body, but does have a touch of density to it that keeps it from being thin. Grassy, almost plant stem flavors are found up front and this finishes with some medicinal phenolic notes that at times taste a bit like curing plastic and then olive brine. The light tartness accentuates a touch of earthy, cherry skin flavors, a touch of cherry fruitiness in the finish, a light tamarind note. This definitely has a bit of a vegetal flavor to it and it has a butyric acid induced, earthy, musky, sweaty, old, damp blanket / leather flavor to it as well.

Definitely complex, but doesn't really work. More fruit flavor would go a long way towards balancing the funky notes here; maybe even a touch of sweetness would help, but I like that this is on the dry side. Based on potential, I will definitely give this another try, especially since I think that there is probably quite a bit of variability between batches.

Purchased: Papago Brewing Co, Scottsdale AZ

Gueuzedude, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Beachwood,

A: Pours a dark amber/red, nice colour with some good lace.

M: Black cherry jam, wonderful fruit scent, real fruit.

T: Black cherries of course with some noticable lactic acid and some lemon peel. The flavours are very well balanced.

M: Moderate acidity, well balanced sour character with the other flavours, easy to drink.

D: This is a fantastic fruit beer. I love cherries and this gives it to you. With so many fruit beers out there that taste like cough syrup it's good to find one locally available that isn't.

Halcyondays, May 08, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy reddish brown with a small, off-white head that fades into a mild collar. No lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, light grain, funky earth, hay, pepper, and ginger.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart cherries and spices and wood notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly spiced, with some gentle tartness that hits the pucker button before the swallow.

weeare138, Nov 25, 2008
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3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle (that I've cellared at least a year) that gushed fairly violently into my sink, pouring very loud, crackling foam which luckily had almost zero retention, making it easy enough to keep ahead of the overflow after the initial pressure was released. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Scires is a dark, dull murky purplish brown with a razor thin off-white collar fed by the constant stream of bubbles rise from the etching in the tulip, continuing to produce a steady fizz noise long after the first pour. The noise is by far the most impressive part of this beer, the loudest I've ever heard.

Smell is vinous, cherry wine.

Taste is the same. There's some brett mustiness but this is not a sour beer, save for a little acidity from the cherries. A bit tannic as well, not sure if this saw any oak, but I wouldn't be surprised. A dull, dirty fruit beer that I should have drunk as fresh as possible.

Mouthfeel is dry, tannic, a little watery, lighter bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's a pretty smooth, in offensive fruit beer (if you enjoy brett, which I do). But the cherry character is fairly low, and overall, there's not a ton of complexity. Probably not the brewer's intention to age it like I have though so I guess I can't knock it too much. Still, overall I'm not too impressed.

ccrida, Mar 25, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

KAF, Jul 03, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been having a lot of bad luck with the craft Italians. This one was another gusher. Had a big light brown head and no lace. Color is a cloudy brown with reddish highlights. Aroma is fairly simple brett malt cherries yeast. Flavors the same plus some funk. Not as good as I'd expected. Body is ok carbonation is obviously over the top. Finish is like flavor. Not a session.

drpimento, Jun 09, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brownish red color with nice cap of frothy light brown head, good retention and lacing. Scent brings tart cherry, lightly medicinal, strong red grape, aggressive funk, light acidity and hay like backbone. Taste brings all of these qualities together nicely, funkyness and tart cherry play together well, wine grapes present with a fresh dried wheat hay background, finnishes lightly tart. Medium bodied, great levels of moderate carbonation from an aged bottle, dry finnish. A really nice beer from an unexpected source.

rfgetz, Feb 14, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a pretty 750 mL bottle. The beer gushed out as soon as I opened it and the foam made the loudest fizzing noise I've heard yet from a beer. It sounded like those pop rocks candies fizzing in the beer. Pours a deep red with quite a lot of carbonation and a quickly fading head. Aroma of sweet cherries, sweettart candies, and a slight funkiness. Flavor of cherries, wood, and sweet candies. The flavor gets a little muddled as you go and is not as powerful as the aroma suggests. Pretty decent though. I would also like a little less carbonation!
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
3.7/5

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 17, 2008
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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

***Gusher alert. If you have one of these, do your self a favor and open over a sink***

Poured a deep and muddy pinkish/reddis/brownish color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of yeast, cherries, and caramel. Tastes of cherries and a little funky. Started out somewhat sweet and finished in a nice light tartness.

Notes from 1/10/08

hopdog, Dec 15, 2008
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3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 75 cl bottle, picked up from the brewery. This beer was a little bit of a let-down. In general, I've been quite impressed with this brew-pubs products. This one was just somewhat off-the mark. It pours a murky red-tinged brown color with an initially fizzy head that quickly settles down. The smell is quite good. There's, of course, lots of cherry, but also an appealing sourness and funk. It's really an appealing, sour-beer smell, like a decent lambic. The taste, though is where I get let down. The tartness is half-hearted, and the yeasty wildness doesn't come out in the flavor. Fruit is present in the taste, for sure, but not in a balanced and interesting way. The beer could have done for a lot more pizazz in the flavor and sourness departments. Still, I have to give kudos to the brewpub for putting out what is, nonetheless, a vibrant, drinkable, and interesting beer. I just wish that it went a little further and was a little better.

Suds, Nov 30, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle, as pictured here, pours a murky ruby brown body with a small pinkish hued head. Minimal retention and a few wisps of lace. The bottle gushes over after sitting on the counter a few seconds. Aroma is lambic like. Acidic, musty, sour, and funky. Sour cherry notes are up front. Body is medium, with an active carbonation that adds a fizzy intensity. Taste is tart cherries and musty wood. Brett adds a wet gravel note and some barnyard. Dryness is present all the way through. Somewhat acidic and tannic with very little malt sweetness. Nicely done but overpriced compared to most Belgian examples of the style.

merlin48, Oct 27, 2008
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3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by Brad, thanks for stopping by and bringing this Italian treat, consumed 3/28/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Stone sampling glass

A-Deep amber color with some pink highlights, 1/2 inch fizzy pinkish head that was bubbly and went away pretty quickly, no lacing
S-Black cherries, lactose, acetone, grapes, oranges, funkiness, oak, and sweetness mostly coming from fruit
T-Starts off with a big cherry flavor, some weak malt in the middle, finish is a little sour and dry as well, caramel and orange peel come out in the last few sips, lots of dry oak towards the end and the cherries are still in full force as well
M-Sour, lactic, sweet, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, way too much carbonation, taste does not last long
D-Could drink a few glasses of this, booze are hidden well, can be refreshing because of its high level of carbonation, not filling or anything

I never bought this one because of its twenty dollar plus price tag but I was always interested in it, for somebody who enjoys beers with lactic acid, this is a good one to try, might drink again but would not pay that kind of money for it, worth trying

Floydster, Apr 04, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

Smarty_Pints, Jun 01, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is described as an old amber ale blended with a new amber ale blended with dark cherries. Upon opening, it foams out the top of the bottle for quite some time. Poured into a glass, it is a murky red color with a tall head and great retention. Aroma has a lot of cherry character with some tartness and hints of malty sweetness. Smells very nice. The flavor is a bit of a disappointment, but not too much. The cherries come through as does the hint of sour and sweet malt, but the cherry flavor has a sharpness to it that bites a little. As it warms, the bite drifts off and the cherry flavor comes through better. The body is surprisingly moderate and the drinkability is pretty good.

clvand0, Oct 09, 2006
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2/5  rDev -44.6%

CoolEthan, Jun 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

wethorseblanket, Sunday at 06:20 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

AdamP, Jun 06, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA in May 2008; price not recorded but probably in the high teens. Available in the back at my trip to the store, not on the shelf.

Pours a murky reddish brown with minimal head a la Flemish sour ale. I poured a small taste into my glass and set the bottle down on the counter, only to have several ounces of the beer escape out of the bottle and down the side in very short order. It didn't look terribly carbonated at firts pour, but it built up quickly. A steady stream on small bubbles continues, pleasant but not overwhelming.

Aroma is sour cherries and woody goodness. At first smell (and taste) it smelled more kriek-like, harsh and sour and organic. But after it sat a few minutes and aerated, it became more mellow (but still sour) and the woody notes overtook the barnyard funkiness. Flavor became better and better as it settled. My main dislike of this is there seems to be a "hot" astringency at the end of the swallow. Dry with great fruitiness.

Of course, the comparisons with the Belgian versions of this style are inevitable; I favor the "old originals", not partly beacuse they are priced much better than this very expensive bottle.

At first swallow I didn't think I was going to like this, but it really grew on me. I was actually sad when the glass emptied.

Dukeofearl, Jun 16, 2008
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

magictacosinus, Jun 27, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/8/2007 $17.99 750 mL 7.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

I'm glad I read the earlier review, otherwise I wouldn't have opened this in the sink - it went all over the place anyway, and I lost a decent amount. Pours a dark red/magenta topped by a persistent quarter inch of pink tight head.

Aroma:

Nicely tart and sour with aromas of fresh cherries, oak, vanilla and a whiff of smoke.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Slightly metallic and medicinal to lead things off, but it opens up and sweetens into a nice blend with oak dominating alongside a sadistically tart cherry sensation. Very similar to a Flanders red, but with more wood apparent, this makes the mouth pucker throughout with its sourness. Finish is rather dry, yet accompanied by loads of fruit flavor. Alcohol is nicely masked, this is an easy to drink enjoyable, though ridiculously expensive beer.

cbl2, Jun 09, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

stealth, Feb 23, 2013
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Scires from Birrificio Italiano
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