Karkadè | Birrificio L'Olmaia

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Birrificio L'Olmaia

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Thorpe429 on 03-15-2012

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Alla Spina in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a dark golden orange color with a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Slightly floral, earthy aroma with farmhouse funk, subtle hops, citrus fruit and faint peppery spice. Lots of citrus and light fruit with some bready yeast.  As it warms the flowers really stand out.

Medium bodied with delicate carbonation and a very nice balance of sweet, earthy and spicy notes.  Lots of estery light fruit notes and citrus along with a subtle, earthy farmhouse quality.  Really sweet but the ABV is well hidden. Subtle hops with lots of fruit sweetness.  Floral notes really stand out but not in a hoppy way. Hibiscus prominent but not in the way of the other notes.  Well balanced and pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Manhattan Ginger Man.

A: Clear amber body under a fine off-white head. Good retention, light lace.

S: Slightly tart fruitiness, and that's about it. Apple + cherry, sweet + sour. Ok.

T: Fruitiness up front, followed by some bubblegum sweetness and a light malt backbone. Clean, dry, almost flavorless finish. Pretty mediocre.

M: Light, creamy, and delicate. Good.

O: This one was weird - it's listed as being herbed/spiced, but it tasted more like a middling wild ale. Either way, it was nothing special.


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Photo of Dracook
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hudson St. Stackhouse.

The beer pours somewhat cloudy, golden amber color fair decent head retention and light lacing. The is fairly light, though what I smell is attractive. In any event, I get some light brown sugar, a light floral component, and a hint of ginger. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but is a bit more interesting. There's sort of light sour component that marries well with the modest sweetness. Mouthfeel is fairly light, with something of "wheaty" component on thie finish. Alcohol is prettyh much completely unnoticeable in this beer, and this comes across as an easy drinking, summertime ale (it's almost kolsch-like in some ways).

A decent enough beer, but nothing really to get too excited about either.

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3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft serving into a 12oz tulip for $8.50. Described as a saison brewed with hibiscus flowers. Sampled 4/5/12.

A: Arrives with a small head, almost white in color. The body is opaque and murky, with an appearance very reminiscent to natural grapefruit juice. Very still, no lacing - not attractive at all.

S: The nose impresses with a great balance between floral and fruity - both delicately restrained. There is a full blend of citrus aromas, running the gamut of lemons, orange and grapefruit notes. The faintest rustic, earthy, grassiness can be found at the deepest layer.

T: As advertised and described on the nose. Floral and gently fruity. While the intensity of flavor holds back a little, it comes as no surprise given the modest ABV.

M: The carbonation is on the higher side and works against the flavor profile slightly. Not overcarbed per se, but a little coarse for what's presented on the palate. The body is light - and a little on the insubstantial side perhaps - but the finish is crisp, completely clean and wonderfully refreshing nonetheless.

O: This would be a great summer brew and I'm glad to have tried it. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

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

First had: on tap at Farmers' Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured a hazy golden-amber color with a fluffy white head that receded to a ringlet. Floral aroma, perfumy, light citrus and herbal spice notes. More of the same in the taste, floral, herbal, sweet, caramel, slightly tangy with hints of grapefruit pith and peach, mildly wheaty. Light-medium body, and pretty smooth and refreshing going down. Nice overall.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico Alexandria. Served in a stange.

Pours a somewhat-cloudy medium peach color with a very thin white head that quickly subsides to a thin collar around the edges. The nose carries some nice notes of flowers and perfume with a faint touch of light stone fruits.

The flavor takes everything to the next level in a beautiful blend. The floral notes take front stage with a slight earthiness behind in addition to some light, yet fresh, notes of apricot. Perhaps some slight melon notes. Body is really quite nice and delicate with moderate carbonation and a very smooth finish. Just the tiniest bit of chewiness.

Overall, a fantastic brew. Well integrated flavors and spice without going over the top.

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Karkadè from Birrificio L'Olmaia
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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