Bastarda Rossa | Birra Amiata

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Brewed by:
Birra Amiata
Italy | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by stcules on 05-16-2011

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4
Ratings:
9
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
17.06%
 
 
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler.

This has got to be the most interesting of the Amiata beers currently available in these parts. It pours a a hazy sunrise topaz-amber topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises dry toffee, mild and nondescript nuts, light honey-coated biscuit, and a general earthy-green hop character in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, but it's all semi-subservient to a newcomer: a sort of hickory-style smoke. This smoke isn't exactly powerful, per se, but it's pervasive and bright. In all fairness, this could just be what heavily-roasted chestnuts taste like (I have not partaken), but it certainly comes across as a sweet, lightly woody, almost barbecue sauce-infused smoke. It lends a nice thick layer of complexity to what would otherwise likely have been a fairly boring little farmhouse-ish brew. I actually enjoyed my pour of this. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, not a bad beer, thanks mostly to that smoky component. It's something that'll either impress with its charm of mild difference or come across as a pretty boring, only-semi-inspired beer.

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Photo of stcules
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With chestnuts.
Hazy amber color, with a quite beautiful beige foam, compact.
In the smell, chestnut. Under that, maltiness, and a light honey.
Full taste, definitely a lot of chestnut. Not bad, but maybe it turns a bit too much toward the sweet side.
Again chestnut in the aftertaste, malty, sweet.
Maybe a bit too monotone, and without a great drinkability, but not bad, after all.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Turbid amber, expressive carbonation, massive head

SMELL: Yeasty, figs, peppercorn, nutmeg, chestnuts, spicy, estery, honey

TASTE: Dry, grassy, biscuity, yeast, alcoholic, warm, earthy, mildly herbal, musty, figgy, chestnuts, slightly bitter, treacle, buckwheat honey; herbal, dry finish

Some would say raw, others would simply notice its natural state. Perhaps a bit too natural, with an aggressive yeast profile, from smell to taste. There is something about this brew that wins us over, perhaps as simple as that it is different.

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Photo of rarbring
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is clouded amber, with a warm off-white high and firm head leaving some lacing. Good curtains.

Smelling mostly of the malt, grain, hay and dust. Some dried fruit.

Sweet white bread, a hint of dried apricots.

Medium carbonation, soft and foamy, a faint dryness.

Very modest, nothing bad, but a bit boring.

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Bastarda Rossa from Birra Amiata
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