St. Renna | Birrificio Brùton

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St. RennaSt. Renna

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Birrificio Brùton

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by stcules on 05-23-2008

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by schopenhauerale:
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml teardrop-shaped bottle. Their Christmas Ale, it would seem, produced with honey and unspecified spices. The name is likely a play on the Italian word for gift (strenna), and the word for reindeer (renna), as the sub-title is 'la birra delle renne', or 'the reindeer's beer'.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark orange-brick colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, and pretty creamy pale tan head, which leaves a low wash of ebbing curtain lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, some additional toffee/treacle notes, muddled cinnamon and clove spice (a little heat amongst them), loose brown sugar, a mild savoury herbal character, and some soft earthy, noble hops. The taste is grainy, bready malt, a touch of doughy sweetness, some agreeably soft, yet mildly tangy yeast, a bit of musty honey, some understated, blended dark fruit, and leafy, somewhat grassy hops.

The bubbles are average - supportive, and otherwise not really noticeable - the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a twinge of metallic alcohol playing the pea to this particular princess. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt gaining a caramel character, the black fruit kicking around that tin can, and the yeast relaxing in front of the fire that is the slowly simmering booziness.

A pretty good BSDA, with some strong winter warmer tendencies, well blended into virtual obfuscation, but that's a-ok with me. Enjoyable, hearty, and almost cake-like, in the laid-back, panettone way that Italians have of presenting a block of Yuletide confectionery to the masses.

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Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Chancey Smith, with Milos. Glad I caught up with this. Dark brown with an off- white pretty foamy head. A bit funky aroma. Sweet spicey, honey not noticeable up front, corriander, ginger,basil, oregeno and dill, fruity. Very drinkable and unique. Easy mouthfeel, though some sourness in the finish way offset by the sweet spice.

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Photo of stcules
2.53/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown color, almost muddy appearance.
Very peculiar smell, with malt, honey, flowers, spices.
Cinnamon, cardamom. Very spicy. Maybe a bit too much. And too much honeyed.
The taste is sweet, with again honey, and again spices, overall cardamom and cinnamon.
A bit too sweet, too honey.

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St. Renna from Birrificio Brùton
3.43 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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