AMA Bruna - Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rab53 on 05-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into tulip. Deep amber brown color with thick creamy head. Nuce sugary and dried fruit aromas. Taste is sweet raison and sugar.. a bit of dried fruit with some caramel vanilla finish. Its a bit thin but rather smooth. Overall a very good dubbel..while its not the best its pretty tasty.

Photo of utfiero
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- dark sassafras. Huge head.

Aroma- gentle caramelized sugar, hint of custard, and floral backdrop.

Taste- Starts with a mildly roasted malt, but has lager-like elements, very mellow finish.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted 7/20/2013.

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dubbel from Italy, interesting.

Pours a fizzy foamy 1 finger head that fades at a fairly quick rate, leaving nice soapy lacing, over a dark hazy auburn mahogany red colored beer with hints of ruby light coming through.

Nose brings the fruit I expected, dark dried fruit, fig, date, touch of candied raisin with brown sugar, and some fleshy stone fruit like plum, and a light syrupy molasses, then a bit of a yeasty bready aroma, a touch of phenolic booze, mild esters, a sweet raisin molasses bread.

Taste starts with more candy flavors, candied raisins, brown sugar, molasses, little syrupy, etc. Plenty of fruits again, a nice plum flavor, some fig and date, little sweet syrupy flavors, then with that comes mild esters again, little phenolic booze as well, and little booze warmth, as well as light bready yeast characters again, almost mirroring the aroma except more plummy. A mild bitterness comes through with touch of hops. Finish is drier and a bit more warming booze, slight dark fruits with more plum, light brown sugar fig and raisin.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, light warming booze.

Overall not bad, nothing too special but a nice dubbel, good amount of esters and nice phenols, booze is in place but a little boozier than 7.5%, nice dark fruits and sweet characters, pretty tasty.

Photo of utopiajane
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours with pristine clarity, a dark caramel brown with both copper and honey gold hues. Two fingers of foam sits atop this beer and fall slowly as a fine stream of bubbles stream up the center of the glass. Head constantly refreshes. Leaves wet lace to fall as you drink. Nose is apple most prominently. Woody and earthy yeast, raw honey and raisin. faint floral. Taste is breaddy, crackery malt. Way too much prickly carbonation. Malty with a sticky honey like sweetness and a touch of brown sugar to sweeten it. No real spice. Finishes moderately dry with a touch of bitterness and a lingering taste of the dark fruits, raisin and prune.

Smooth lively and has a sweetness that is not heavy or dragged down by heaviness in the malt character. Makes the most of the belgian yeast and it's powdery dryness to keep the drink light . Could have used more complexity and during the drink, especially with the prominent apple flavor I had to check the glass to make sure I was drinking a dark beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with tenderbranson69 enjoyed chilled from the bomber in a goblet.

The color is deep brown like coffee with mild haze and thick 3 finger head with great retention, a fine bead with sheet of lace. The smell is very unique fruity but not heavily raisin or roasted even though a nice toasted malt aroma is present. The feel is very good, dry but not bone dry subtle yeast spiciness with a mild sweet tinge and mild alcohol presence with better than average carbonation.

The taste is good with a light taste of cocoa and some breadiness with a light yeast phenolic in the peripheral taste with slight date and mild pepper with a more toasted grain flavor middle to the finish with some mild alcohol accent and slight bitter flavor near the finish. This is a very good dubbel overall, very drinkable for the strength - recommended.

Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev 0%

A: 4 Dark reddish-brown, with a half-inch topping of dense foam.
S: 3.5 Faint but quite fruity aroma.
T: 3.75 Decent dubbel flavor. As indicated by the nose, this is a highly estery yeast, with notes of raisins. Malt is light but gives a little bit of caramel sweetness--sweet and fruity describes this rather well.
M: 4.5 very good mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, nice spritzy character, which I love.
O: 3.75 Not a bad dubbel. Not something I'm likely to seek out again, as there are much better ones. Does have a handsome bottle, though!

Weighting: 20%, 20, 40, 5, 15. Avg: 3.58

Photo of HardTarget
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Eyes: Funny but points for a very classy bottle shape. It feels right in the hand, low center of gravity allows controlled pours.
The beer itself is dark brown that glows ruby with back light. The head lasts and slowly drops into a clumpy dark tan cover that laces the glass.

Nose: Rich Dubbel profile, toasted black bread malt, Earthy nobel hops, light ester raisin and floral fermentation notes with a thin alcohol ribbon.

Tongue: (see Feel) Toffee sweetness. Burnt sugar, purple grape skin tannins, light tonic water, a lot of complicated flavors going on in a fairly unified package. The total flavor is fairly subdued, almost watered down a bit, but what's here is nice. A light bubblegum finish encourages the next sip.

Feel: Fizzy to the point of distraction. Going to have to swirl this a bit just to get liquid instead of gas. Crazy carbonation, surprised I didn't get more of a report from the cap (kind of expected a cork, but all good). Very light body and watery texture, just a hint of alcohol numbing.

Overall: Only picked this up because it as on sale for half price. For the price I paid ($5) I enjoyed the beer and felt I got good value. I just couldn't see spending $10 on another, unless there was an Italian angle to some event.
Still, would be a good option to a bottle of wine for an Italian meal and is mild enough to be accessible to non-craft beer fans.

Photo of kofukasho
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as well rounded as AMA's Bionda, but certainly preferable to their Mora beverage.

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep carmel color with a 2+ finger foamy head that dissipated rapidly.

S - Molassas, malt and a little spice.

T - Brown sugar, malt, clove, bitter orange.

M - too carbonated light, not at all cloying or sticky.

O - Not a bad Dubbel, but a little thin and lacking in complexity.

Photo of dcmchew
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber, decent foam, decent retention.
Smells malty, of flower, spicy yeast/sugar fermentation and a lower dark fruit than in other Dubbels.
But the taste of the dark fruits is actually more than decent, lots of raisin, plums, sweet figs, but also sweet oranges and ripe apricots. Caramel malts, dark bread and cloying wheatiness. Yeasts were busy, really spicy and somewhat earthy, giving off vanilla, clove,a faint anise and light cinnamon. The added candi sugar brings nice notes to the sweetness. Hoppiness is pleasant and mildly bitter in the finish, adding new levels to the fruity/malty aftertaste.
Mouthfeel was close to a good Belgian Dubbel, maybe should have been a bit more creamier., with a lower carbonation. Alcohol is warm and giving off just a bit of phenolic booziness.
A nice Italian brew, elegant and tasty. Really enjoyed it.

Photo of Dentist666
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

0.75l bottle. Poured into tulip.
Pours dark reddish-brown beer with big tan head. Nice retention.
Smell of cherries, chocolate, somewhat floral, licorice.
Taste of dark fruits, rather watery, slightly yeasty.
Medium-bodied, drinkable beer.

Photo of rab53
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up solely because of the uniquely shaped bottle. After a little bit of research, I see this beer is part of a series of beers made with input from Garrett Oliver.

Pours medium/dark brown with 1/4" white head. What little head is present leaves quickly.
Smell is malty sweet. Almost one-dimensional, but not unappealing.
Flavor is dominated by sweet malt, brown sugar and a bit of caramel.
Carbonation is fine, and a little lighter than my liking for a Dubbel.
Overall not too shabby for an impulse buy. Sweet, but worth a try.

Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a Chimay goblet. I picked this at Ata small bottle shop in the North End of Boston.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a mahogany crimson color with a little clarity when held up to the light with some slow bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: malty, spicy, yeasty, and some dried fruit. Nice dubbel aroma to the nose.

Taste: Caramel and bready malts, spicy, yeasty, and dried orange marmalade.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, low to medium carbonation, medium bodied, a little chewy, and a nice sipper.

Overall: A nice dubbel from Italia. One shot deal and happy to have enjoyed this treat from across the see.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottle best by 5/19/14 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma slightly sour, fruity
Head large (5 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins light and fruity but not the dark fruits of a Belgium dubbel: more of a generic fruit, but quickly loses all flavor and becomes just wet. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75. Final weighted score: 3.75.
Not a bad beer but it can hardly be considered a dubbel – much more of a general fruit ale. It looks good, has weak aroma and flavor, and a pleasant palate.

AMA Bruna from Amarcord Birra Artigianale Italiana
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.