Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Chiostro | Piccolo Birrificio

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
36 Ratings

Brewed by:
Piccolo Birrificio

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RblWthACoz on 12-16-2008

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by cvstrickland:
Photo of cvstrickland
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The draft serving took the barkeep at The Thirsty Monk in Asheville several minutes of dedicated nursing to fit this foamy jewel into a small goblet. The resultant brew is pale yellowish in color with a tinge of haze and a huge soft-serve ice cream-style topper of fine-bubbled white foam. Fluffy chunks of lacing cling to the sides of the glass.

The aroma is sweetly fruity with a potent woody floral component. I'm thinking sugary, apple-y malt missile, and boy am I wrong! The nose is a total fake-out!

The taste is contrarily dry, crisp, and a touch woody with a soft grainy note. A solid finish of dry grassy bitterness begs the drinker to take another refreshing swallow.

The drink is crisp, medium-bodied, and nicely carbonated for an extended round of quaffing.

 772 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of GRG1313
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow with an almost green tint. Big bubbled white head.

Nose of green apples and a bit of a green vegetal character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and has a "half and half" consistency.

Flavors are "green" in character - green pepper, ivy, and hints of celery. Celery bitter finish. Starts out a bit offensive but actually grows on you. Final finishe is with a green pine resin character.

 408 characters

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metter98
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very hazy dark pale yellow in color and also has some bits of amber hues along with a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head that quickly dissipated, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of woody herbs are present in the nose, which I presume to be the wormwood. The smell becomes stronger and mustiness becomes detectable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of woody herbs along with notes of apples and some hints of yeast. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels low- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of visible carbonation.
O: I've never had an absinthe beer before, but this wasn't that bad and was quite drinkable.

 788 characters

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Huge head with sticky, soapy lacing. Aroma is fruity, bananas, starfruit?, and Mountain Dew, yup, Mountain Dew (verified by two people sitting next to me), with a lovely Belgian yeast aroma. Taste is slightly sharp/biting (wormwood?), slightly fruity/starfruity, mild hop bitterness and some background sweetness. Extremely unique flavors and overall a great drinking beer.

 440 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of AgentZero
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Straw colored beer with a white head that left solid sheets on the side. A little hazy, but turns to a clear gold on the edges.

S - Super sweet honey smell with a slight fruit or stong sugar that I can only guess is the absinthe. The sweetness is really what's dominating, really about it, but smells quite inviting.

T - Tastes like a lot of nothing. There is some pale sweet malt, and a hint of peppery spice on the back end, but watered down and blah.

M - Lower carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Smells good, tastes blah. Doesn't taste bad, but unless the absinthe in this starts giving me an off-the-wall experience I'll not seek this out.

 652 characters

Photo of 57md
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Initial appearance was much more foam than beer. The foam retreated quickly displaying a pale straw color. The nose is the best part of this offering - grapes were distinctly present. The flavor has some muted sweetness followed by a touch of tartness. The finish was fairly bland. The body was disappointingly thin.

Birrificio is not terrificio.

 347 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Mickey Finn's shaker pint glass.

Pours a light, hazy, pale straw color with a robust, fluffy two-finger-thick head that leaves a heavy bit of lacing on the edges of the glass. The smell is kind of weak, with some pine and citrus breaking through a thin wall of soap. The taste is similar, luckily with a reduction in the soap and and increase in the pine and citrus, with a very light hint of anise dwindling in the background (most likely from the wormwood, I assume). The body is a heavy moderate/light medium, akin to an english pale ale or bitters, and does not heavily coat the tongue.

 603 characters

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Dotcubed
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not pleased by the website not working at first.
.it became .com

Opened as a foamer. Unexpected and a bit messy.
Very attractive at first, big chunky foam. Died down to nothing more than sticky glass and a ring of lace.

honey color, opaque.
Not much smell. Herbs. Clove.

Watery. Some herbal bitterness & flavor. Astringency.
Complexity that was better some time ago.

Seems funky, maybe like a farmhouse yerba matte beer?

Lighter refreshment for some Belgian fans on a hot day.

 487 characters

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at the Metrowest Knightly Spirits while in Orlando for a conference. Good guys over at the Knightly, check 'em out if you're in the area.

Appearance - opens with a friggin' volcanic rush of white foam, about three inches over the top of the bottle, wow. A cloudy, gold pilsner color. Tons of foam of course. I lost a third of the beer to the table and floor. The rest looks interesting but outside of a killer set of glass lacing, it's just your average beer. ;-)

Aroma - slicy, a touch of funk, yeast.

Taste - a Belgian ale with a dry herbal twist. Goes bitter on the swallow with some grassiness. The finish is basically just a clarifying of the bitterness, but the level doesn't intensify, it's pretty good.

Mouthfeel - a bit smooth, even carbonation, average body.

Drinkability - my first absinthe beverage. Not bad, worth the experience, and quite a way to christen the hotel room here at the Disney Dolphin.

 928 characters

Photo of Rizalini
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass...

A - Extremely foamy! Almost 4 finger white head, leaving great lacing.Pours a hazy yellow. Maybe a chill haze.

S - Slightly yeasty aroma, almost belgian, but not (if that makes sense).

T - Has a very mild flavor, lightly spiced. Nothing more there, sadly.

M - Light mouthfeel, but that's what to be expected from a light blonde beer.

O - This beer was $15, and I'm upset I paid that much for an average beer at best.

 487 characters

Photo of Cylinsier
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours light hazh lemon gold. White lacing for a head.

Smells of light grassy citrus malts.

Flavor is of light grassy malts and sour lemon with some bitterness like oak, hops, and citrus rind.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Good tart saison like ale. I think some of the reviews here are confusing this with the other Chiostro. This is quite good.

 360 characters

Photo of ncelauro
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. This is a strange little beer, and I'm sure I'll be in the minority in giving it good marks. There are a few reasons for this. It so happens that I love Absinthe- especially the real stuff that has beautifully bitter overtones and not just the licorice flavors. This is reminiscent of that very austere and challenging style of Absinthe. I especially like that they didn't try to sweeten this really at all, but let that very dry bitterness shine through, and its not a hoppy bitterness with resinous or citrusy notes, its a very bitter herbal bitterness bracketed by a light slighty grainy and crisp background. Challenging like a a nice unsweetened Amaro. Now, this claims to be spiced with wormwood and absinthe leaves. Wormwood is the main bitter ingredient in Absinthe, and Absinthe leaves are just the wormwood leaves. They used to be soakedin wine for the very earliest forms of Absinthe. In any case, this pours a pale yellow with a nice lacing and a soft, fluffy head. Smells grainy and herbal with a slight touch of anise. The taste overall is soft, light and crisp with a light graininess and some sharp, bitter wormwood flavors, especially on the very much unsweetened finish. Light, crisp, and bitter in the mouth. I like this, many won't.

 1,292 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold with a thin white head. Nose is quite floral with a larger amount of spices added. Definitely a spice forward fragrance. Flavor has an odd burn that hits on the first sip. After it fades it seems like a dirty vanilla aftertaste. Perhaps this is the absinthe? Regardless of that, I get a quite spiced tone on the tongue. Almost feel a little heat from it. I think that my inexperienced palate on these spices is contributing to my ignorance of what precisely they are. Overall a nice drinker indeed.

 519 characters

Photo of JJStout83
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of mltobin
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of brewsadedotcom
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Shango42
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving type-bottle poured into a glass.

A-Pours very light golden with a fluffy head the disppears quickly. Cloudy.

S-Light and citrusy. Some spices picked up.

T-Starts with a light wheat front that reminds me of a Saison or a Heffe. Then something grabs hold of my tongue: the sharp spices. I've never had a beer like this so it is hard for me to discern the flavors. Definitely acidic and shocking to the tongue. Finish is lemon with higher carbonation.

M-Higher carbonation, stinging to the tongue. Anything but smooth. Almost leaves a dry-mouth feel afterward.

D-A little too tough on the palate to have more than one.

 628 characters

Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at kickbacks and I was pleasantly suprised, not a world class bee but somethign different that was good. Typical belgian saison style, somewhat light but some interesting herbal complexity. I don;t know what wormwood taste like but it was attractive addition to a saison. Try this.... pretty decent but not all world.

 335 characters

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting, tasty beer. Poured with a huge, billowy, foamy, frothy, fluffy, textured, off-white head and a little lace. Color os a slightly hazy straw yellow and has loads of bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, musty, earthy, citrus, spice. Flavor is similar to nose plus tang from high effervescence. Body is good and carbonation is great. Finish is like flavor, clean, and tapers from fermented ingredients first, then the carbonic tang over some length.

 452 characters

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +8.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Chiostro from Piccolo Birrificio
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 36 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.