Seson | Piccolo Birrificio

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Piccolo Birrificio

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John_M on 03-28-2008

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first saison. I was lucky enough to have it on tap on a beautiful fall evening in Washing DC, enjoying beer under a patio heater. Pizza Paradiso was the establishment and this beer was a good start to the evening and a great match for my meal.

I remember it poured like apple cider. Dark and light brown specks floating about in a cloudy haze. There was no head and no lacing to speak of but when I smelled it and found it had a nice spiciness to it with a sour finish. The taste was hard to pin down.. so turbulent in the beginning but without much flavour though it ended in slightly sour notes. I enjoyed it but could not understand why.

The mouthfeel was easier though.. light and pinpoint carbonation made it refreshing. I also found it went down well and that another, although not in the cards because of the large selection of other beers, would be welcome.

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Photo of JasonSiedman
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sammy806
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of kinchdedalus
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of TeamD
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Srkolodn
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden straw, big plume of prickly white bubbles, good retention. Scent is mild with some lemon and lime, light tartness, faint musty grain, light pear, white pepper. Taste follows suit with little notes of various fruits, kiss of lime and pear, floral, lightly spiced, faintly medicinal, fresh malted grain and some musty dried grain. Lighter side of medium bodied, very dry finish. Sort of meek and mild, some positive notes don't shine through enough.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Served in a tulip glass, a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a small cap of white head that exhibited nice lacing. Aroma of toasted grains, honey, light fruit notes, yeast and a touch of spice. Taste was excellent, with flavors of sweet malts, fresh floral hops, key lime pie, white wine, candi sugar, mineral, and a mild yeast spice. Drinkability was tremendous, with a light-medium body, full flavor, yet crisp and light, smooth across the whole palate. I would've ordered another, but there were too many other things on that I had to try (welcome to TJ's).

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer and the brewery are new to me. I'm impressed by the increasing number of Italian beers I've seen, many of which are quite good. This is one more.

The beer pours a honey gold color with good head retention and outstanding lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some white pepper and light honey. This beer is very nice on the palate, with some more white pepper and honey, but with some very noticeable hoppiness on the finish. The beer is moderately sweet, but finishes with a dry bitter finish from the hops. On the palate the beer has a rather soft and creamy mouthfeel. The beer is medium bodied and finishes very nicely. It's pretty drinkable, though the drying bitterness does come on a bit strongly at the end.

Very nice beer. Definitely one I would not hesitate to order again.

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Photo of TomMorris
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of changeup45
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't know how expensive this was until after I bought it. Golden colored but not pale. Aroma is pleasant but light and little zesty consisting of some light fruits, chardonnay and some yeast. Citrus coriander and lemon flavors, a bit of white wine with some yeast and a oaky note towards the finish. Light and refreshing but maybe just a little too light. Interesting but good, I enjoyed it quite a bit, but wow is it too expensive.

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

Served from a 330ml bottle called Sesonette. Everything about this beer is enticing. Dark apricot color, quite cloudy, tons of bubbles, relatively nice lacing w/ healthy halo. Aroma is sweet, honeyish, a bit maple-like. Some fruit smell lingers as well, reminiscent of white grape juice. Flavor is quite complex. Semi-dry, champagny, delicious. Everything finishes off with a toasted flavor. It's all puckering, granny smith apple acidity, even maybe some cinnamon.

This is a very nice beer. I would guess it's 6 mos to a year old. I could drink it all day if it hadn't cost me close to $9 for the small bottle.

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Photo of mhaugo
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Photo of danmouer
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750, crown-cap finished bottle of this Italian Saison style beer at one of my favorite local shops and brought it home hoping for, even expecting, great things. Why? Well, because I'm a Saisonophile, I've really enjoyed the Italian artisanal brews I've tried to date, and the price was, well, more than twice that of a DuPont, nearly three times a Hennepin.

As I popped the top about five bucks worth of beer gushed onto the countertop with an impressive "pop" from the bottle. Well carbonated? Check!

Began to pour and quickly piled up a mountain of rocky, meringue-like foam. Check!

Color is a slightly hazy light orange-amber...very appropriate for Saison. Check!

Put the snifter to my nose--of course I used a snifter!!--and drew in the sweetest, freshest breath of noble hops. Light and complexified with spicy yeast notes and citrus. Very appropriate, and very nice. Check!

STarted drinking and quickly progressed to quaffing. Light-medium body, clean dry finish, delicate hops and spice and a refreshing wheaty acidity. Check and double-check.

At 6% ABV, this is a very drinkable, refreshing, moderately complex, nicely balanced, and highly refreshing ale. What else would I want from a Saison?

What is missing? Well, not a lot of malt complexity. Not the caramel candy tones of some Belgian Saisons, but a clean, refreshing wheat beer character. Very restrained and refined hops.

This is a beer I could drink lots of, all summer long, except I can't and won't because it cost me $22 a bottle. Damn shame about that! I suppose the expense is in the importing and distribution, but this beer costs at least twice as much as it should. It would be very very nice at half the price.

Worth trying and enjoying, but unless you have way more discretionary funds than I do, don't think about it as the best summer refresher to come along in a while. But if your rich, this just might be the lawnmower beer you're looking for.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this better than some of my compatriots at the Brick Store Pub where i had this on draft. Poured a beautiful golden color with a great head that stuck around and left some very nice lacing. The aroma is fairly light, but there are nice notes of white pepper, lemon, and coriander. The taste is similar, and very nicely balanced. Quite peppery and herbal. The mouthfeel is firm and even a little chewy. A bit rougher than most Saisons and as Ding says, evocative of the farmhouse style. Overall this is quite nice and a bit different interpretation of a Saison. So many of these artisinal Italian brews showing up so frequently these days are ho-hum or at least not worth the extra money. I found this to be one of the exceptions.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden color with a dense two-finger off-white head. Slightly metallic mineral aroma with a touch of cherry. Acidic and lightly floral taste with bitter yeasty notes. Very light impact overall, but retains some substance. Aside from the metallic/ steely flavor, I found myself growing bored rather rapidly with this. Quite drinkable though, so tell your buddy to pound it while you order another beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly fogged gold. The nose is very fruit forward with very little spice showing at all. Flavor is smooth with a slight sweet tone. Some citurs. Mostly fruit here. Nice tangy tone. Very mooth liquid feel I though, with a standard carbonation. This is a very drinkable saison. If only it didn't cost so damn much.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, the last one of the day. On to the beer:

Here's a nice breakaway from Belgian saisons. The clean bodied yellow color with sparking carbonation makes one think it's a pilsner, but it's not. The aroma is full of juniper and a little edge of lime. Other spices also work into the nose, and it balances out well. To taste, there is a little citrus, juniper, and lime. The spices are overbreaing as they can be in Belgian saisons, so it, along with its light, smooth carbonated body, make it easy to get down.

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Photo of 603BeerMe
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a huge foamy white head that settles into a lasting lacing. Spicy and floral aroma with some citrus fruit as well as a crisp apple and pear presence. Very quaffable if not slightly watered down with a flowery, bitter hop flavor with hints of apple, pear, banana bread and a lingering fruity and yeasty aftertaste.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy golden body with large fizzy head and had a light, floral smell, not much in yeast or citric spice as I've noticed in saisons but more of the spices which I can only really detect juniper. A great light beer to relax with as it passes smooth and clean thanks to a sublte yeast/wheat twang, and has a good and flavorable balance of spice and citric hops. Finish is sharp and distinct w/ a mellow sweetness, but the beer is less sweet than sharp/tart one could say.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of gdfan47
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

bought this at the foodery (2nd and poplar) great place but over priced

didnt realize how exspensive it was

bought it mostly cause i have been reading/heading about how awesome beer in Italy is getting
just a good saison, very interesting... can taste the corriander and juniper
great session beer

would love this beer going camping or on a nice day

def check it out

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i cant get enough italian beer in me right now, and these guys have been awesome across the board. a bit unconventional this saison here, but everyone in our group really dug it. looks a little gross in the glass, dull brass color, with snow globe status on the yeast front. sediment is plentiful and turbid, chunky. nice tall airy white head on it though, and it doesnt turn me off too much. i smell citrus and coriander right away, almost like a wit without the yeast. the wheaty base is similar as well. the yeast is awesome though, like so many of the italian beers, its majorly effervescent and lively, with some barnyard must to it, but much cleaner than a bretty funky thing. citrus goes well with it, and there is a nice herbal hop to the finish, which is extremely dry. i dont get a lot of juniper here, which i was excited about when i bought the beer, but its subtle presence is kind of neat. the only thing i dont like about these beers is the cost, gosh are they expensive, but they really have me interested and excited. this one was a wonderful compliment to grilled shrimp, and drank way too easy for the dollars per ounce ratio here.

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Seson from Piccolo Birrificio
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 34 ratings