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Cassissona | Birrificio Italiano

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Brewed by:
Birrificio Italiano
Italy | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 06-19-2005

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

so fun experimenting with some of these crazy italian producers. never seen anything from these guys on the market before a recent trip to fort collins, so what a treat. sometimes i get bummed out buying beer like this for 20 bucks a bottle, but it seems to almost always be worth it in the end. less so this time, i thought the beer was lesser quality than some, but had some age on it, and maybe dropped off a bit. hazy murky purple wheat beer look to it with a tall and lasting just off white head thats real dense and creamy. looks nice in the glass. i wanted this to be more of a wild ale, not sure why i expected it to be one. the nose shows some yeast, but its more like a tired saison than something funky, and it has a staleness to it, short of oxidation, but lackluster and sleepy. the fruit smells nice, sweet and jammy, definitely some residual sugar in this. in the flavor, the fruit comes first, blackberry desserty, authentic for sure, and really cool use of black currants. pale wheat malt seems to make up the majority of the grain, but thats a bit stale too at this point. mild tartness with the sweetness from the fruit, and a yeast that does nothing at all for me. great carbonation though, and a very unique product, even though i am far from in love with it. not stoked i spent what i spent on this, but its unlike anything else, and satisfies my thirst for weird italian brews. unless you find a fresh one though, i would save your money...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a pretty red color with a pinkish colored head that faded rather quickly. The smell of the beer had some tart fruity elements to it that reminded me a lot of wine. The taste of the beer was tart with a little amount of funk in there and a bit dry. The mouthfeel was light and dry, some light carbonation but nothing too out of the ordinary here. Overall this beer is decent to me. I can't rave about much because I wasn't really impressed by it. It might be worth trying if you really like these types of beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We always talk about offering quality brews for our BMC buddies to transition with. Well, this is the ideal beer for our wine drinking buddies to transition with. Smells of heavy fruits, tartness, red wine, and champaign qualities. Looks straw to golden with a slight haze (probably from light wheat additions). White fizzy carbonation sparkles like soda water. Tastes malty and grape-like sweet. Follows with mild and appreciated tartness. No souring or astringency. Grapes and berry flavors with mild and sweet hops and spices. Complex and varying on the toung. Medium body with effvorescent carbonation adds playfulness on the palate. Finishes mildly sweet and dry. Mild heat from alcohol. Aftertaste is mildly sweet and tart. Good for a fruit beer--especially for you lambic fans.

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Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color with a massive head that is very hard to handle but leaves lacing all over the champagne flute

Smell: Dominant aroma of currants, but complemented by toffee, vanilla and cashew

Taste: Starts with a toffee/peach flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by a blast of currants; after the swallow, the complex currant flavors dominate and provide a tart-sweet element that is long-lasting; there is an unusual yeasty flavor on the finish that adds complexity

Mouthfeel: Light body with overwhelming carbonation; tingly on the tongue from start to finish

Drinkability: An experience that I really enjoyed, once I was able to deal with the carbonation; this is a complex beer that really pushes the boundaries

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hugely effervescent, particulate-choked peachy orange that is barely visible at the bottom of the glass since the head takes up 99% of all available space. It's going to take multiple pours, each one followed by several minutes of waiting, to get the glass more than half full of beer. The crown is pale lemony ecru in color, is airysoft and unsticky, yet still manages to leave a decent amount of bubble bath-like lace.

The nose could be stronger. However, it's hard to find much fault since I'm trying to assess it through several inches of foam. Time to start slurping. There's a definite cassis presence that I wish was more sweetly fruity and more upfront. The aroma also has a subtle Belgian vibe with an appealing saison-like spicy yeastiness.

I like my fruit beers to contain more fruit flavor than this. Since I love cassis, I was looking forward to Cassissona is a big way, but even after several mouthfuls I can tell that it isn't what I expected or hoped it would be. I know that it's a different sort of fruit beer, a more elegant one for starters, but it has roughly one-third the black currant flavor of Lindemans Cassis.

The malt bill consists of pilsener, Munich and caramel, and the hop bill consists of Hallertau Magnum and Hallertau Hersbruker. The yeast strain is Saccharomyces Carlsbergensis for all you hyphaeheads out there. I don't have the most discriminating palate in the world, but not one of those ingredients is identifiable to me. That's not necessarily a negative, because this beer is unlike any other beer that I've ever had.

I'm betting that Birrificio Italiano hit their mark on the mouthfeel. It's light-medium with a light syrupy stickiness and carbonation that is very nearly Champagne-like in its bubbliciousness. More viscosity and fewer, more lethargic bubbles would be an improvement.

I love reading brewery websites, especially non-English ones where the translation is suspect. These guys want us to know that Cassissona "is suitable for unflappable folks or appropriate as a specific remedy for people suffering from hyper-efficiency". Yeah, gotta watch out for those hyper-efficient people.

Unfortunately, the beer doesn't match the supreme coolness of the bottle (which resembles the Magic Hat Thumbsucker bottle) and the label. I wanted to like it a lot, but only ended up liking it a little. It pains me to say it, especially given what I paid for the bottle, but in the end, Cassissona is just another pedestrian fruit beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy peach-orange body beneath a massive head of pillowy foam. The head eventually dies down and exhibits good retention and lacing. The nose is bright with ripe, juicy, and lightly tart currants, as well as some berries, spice, and mustiness. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied and airy with a very fine-bubbled, natural carbonation. It's gently effervescent and tingly-smooth. The flavor is more fruit pulp-like than fruit juicy, but the currant is clearly expresses and some of the mustiness found in the aroma is also present and helps to give it depth. Delicate. Very little bitterness, as expected. It finishes fairly short and dry considering it's a fruit beer, with just a touch of residual fruit left in the mouth. Quite nice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite careful pouring, it was nearly all head to begin with. After a few minutes, it was cloudy orangish with a large white, foamy head and many tiny bubbles.
The smell was a light whiff of floral hops and black currants.
The taste began as bitter, but eventually was overpowered by a subtle sweetness. The currents were there, but not as noticeable as expected. Though not hoppy, some of the hop taste was also noticeable. Some orange seemed to be mixed in. An underlying metallic taste was present.
It was spritzy and fairly light, but left the mouth with a sweet, dry feel.
Overall, it was not bad, but something was missing. The currants were not as noticeable as they could have been. The slight metallic taste through it off a bit. Decent - but, not worth the price.

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Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusually shaped bottle, thin label lets the imbiber know that this one was “Matured over six months” and “Bottled on January 18, 2006” Opened with a powerful pop, that had me fearing a nasty spill over. It never materialized thankfully. Pours with a lot of carbonation, threatening a pour over on every refill. Frothy, loose and long lasting mildly apricot head, slowly morphing to loose, splotchy lacing. Nose is of light grape jelly and a faint mustiness. Pours cloudy murky peanut butter light brown. Notes of the expected fruitiness, grapes, berries, yeasty gunk at the bottom of the bottle. Fresh, refreshing and went pretty well with some cheese and crackers. Not something I would drink that often but I would like to try some on a sunny summer afternoon, lying by the pool on a hill side in Italy with some fruity desserts, more cheese, salad and crusty bread……

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled December 31, 2004, Sampled October 2005
Explosively carbonated, I barely get an inch and a half of beer into my Duvel Tulip, the rest of the glass is foam. The beer is a lightly hazy copper color, with a light tan creamy Meringue like head. The aroma is dry and fruity with notes of Riesling, and spicy notes like Sauvignon Blanc. I also get notes of raisins, hints of vanilla, a light acidic note. The aroma is really nice and fruity, I really have not done it justice to just how good it is, it really is like a fruity dry white wine.

The taste is pretty dry, yet it still has a fruity sweetness especially towards the middle and end. The fruit character is again reminiscent of a fruity white wine. The beer though is quite light on the palate, and of course entirely spritzy as it rolls across the tongue. There is a light acidity here, separate from the biting carbonic acid note in the finish, that helps to accent the fruit notes as well. I get notes of grape, peach, pear, a bit of ginger, and some definite honey notes. There are some beery notes here as well, it is not all fruit; the grain is definitely noticeable, especially in the finish with a light clean malt note.

I really like this beer, it is so light and refreshing yet still quite flavorful, really a good mix between sparkling wine and beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Italian beers certainly are getting interesting. Given that there is not a huge beer tradition there, I think they have not been hindered by style and have felt free to experiment with all kinds of ingredients. This cassis beer is one of the better ones that I have. Lighter and more refreshing than many others. Poured a hazy orange with a white fluffy head and great lacing. The smell is almost all black currant with its winey sweet/sour aromas. The taste is fruity, but the cassis is more restrained here. There is a note of it, but more as an accent. Instead you get berries, some lemon, and a touch of apricot in the main body. Smooth and spritzy and quite refreshing, and thankfully for the style, not overly sweet. Quite refreshing and a nice summer aperitif.

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Photo of John_M
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a lovely beer this was, and what a pleasure to find it on tap at Grand Cru in Baltimore. I've only ever seen this beer in bottle, the last time at the Portland International Beer festival. All the more reason why I was so pleased/surprised to see it here on tap.

The beer pours a warm, hazzy brown, amber color, with very good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose you really get the cassis aroma, but it's not overdone or overly sweet. There is also some sweet malt, but it's dominated by the cassis. On the palate this beer is delightful. There is sweet cherry, melon and apple flavors, and the beer reminds me of a somewhat sweeter version of Samuel Adams Lager, but with the added cassis flavor. The beer is on the sweet side, but is not overdone and is not the least bit cloying. The beer is not the least bit heavy and is absolutely perfect for summer quaffing. This beer is quite drinkable and finishes very nicely, even a bit crisply.

What a fine beer. Kudos to Grand Cru for carrying this excellent beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a huge head that takes up all but a small bit of the bottom. The head is a creamy white that has strong lacing as the head dies down (it never fades). The body is a hazy orange with lots and lots of tiny bubbles.

S- The soft smell of wheat and a faint black currants. A slight tart note is in the background.

T- Soft sweet and tart currant note at the beginning followed by some pale malt and wheat and a faint peppery finish. As it warms there is some stronger dark cherry flavors but not overpowering.

M- light mouthfeel with a fizz from the carbonation. Not much of a bit from the carbonic acid.

D- This beer is pretty soft and subtle with a nice flavor. It was a bit frustrating to have to pour a few sips and let it sit for 10 minutes until the head died back enough to add more. It has potential and I would drink it over champagne but I would have to chill it ice cold to get a good pour.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light, hazy amber with some descent bubbling. Plenty of sediment as well. More than expected or should be there on the first glass worth of my 750ml bottle. The aroma is almost a dead even mix of currants, definetly not black and apricots. The flavor is just as surprising. I've had curant flavored beers before, and they really put the currants flavor on center stage. Very little mixing around. But this beer has a mix of the currnat and some more light flavored fruits like apricots and pears. A little of the currants tartness sticks around the palate as well.

This beer had a lot of flavors I didn't expect. Sometimes they were a nice surprise, but for the most part. This beer was sub-par.

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Photo of drpimento
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the best, not the worst. At least it wasn't a gusher like many of the other recent Italians I've tried. Poured with a lively tan head that quickly settled down almost none. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is malty, cassis, and a hint of the bacteria. Flavor's similar to nose; not too complex. Body is a little thin and carbonation a bit sharp. Finish is like a slightly washed out flavor with alcohol and medium in length. Not worth the price at all.

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Photo of ccrida
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled in the fridge for 24 hrs, but it was still a bit of an over-foamer. Murky auburn with a big white head that leaves sticky, foamy lace.

Smell is very sweet, tangerines, maybe a little raspberry.

Taste is similar, sweet candied fruits, a hint of minerality. I've never had black currants, but when it's used as a wine descriptor, the wines taste nothing like this. The cloyingness really got fatiguing as I worked though this.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, a little sticky.

Drinkability is eh. Not much of a fruit component, or sour like I hoped it might of been. A marked nose and taste of sweet biere de garde, just not what I was in the mood for, taste like a BdG made with to much belgian aromatic malt. Not sure how old this is though, I've cellared it for at least a year, probably more.

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Photo of stcules
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer with cassis.
Amber reddish color. A lot of foam, white, beautiful, creamy, compact. Some turbidity and floating yeast.
The smell is fruity, and floreal, blue. Very flavoured. Cassis, berry fruits.
The taste is fruity too, sweet, complex, floral. Berry fruits again, a light citric. Blackberry, strawberry. Light tartness, that increases the drinkability of this complex beer. Sweetness and some tartness, white grapes.
Medium body, good strucuture.
The aftertaste is fruity, on the same notes, and floral again.
A lot of things in this beer, complex and peculiar. Maybe the fruity can be a little boring after some while, with the high spumante-like carbonation.
Very very interesting.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle thanks to jleblanc, much appreciated. For some reason I expected the color to be dark but it was a hazy orange-ish color with a super foamy head. The smell was weird, grains and such. The flavor was also weird, not tart and yet not sweet. Berries and stuff but also grains like the aroma.

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Photo of Suds
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blackcurrant beer...this one is in a big 75 cl bottle. The bottle opens with a loud 'pop', and copious foam builds on the initial pour. The beer is at once subtle in fruitiness, and also pronounced in character. There's a little tartness in the aroma, but a little more yeast, herbal hops, vanilla, and a little earthy 'farminess'. It's a nice combination, actually, and makes this cloudy, peach-colored beer very intriguing. The beer isn't overpowering, so it should be matched with appropriately light food. It's also got a delicate, champagne like texture, which is quite refreshing. The flavor is best described as semi-sweet, with a notable malt presence but also distinct hop balance. This one is surely a keeper.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The body of this beer was very murky but somehow glowed at the same time. The head was monster with large bubbles.

Smell – The light, sour farmy aroma was rightly mixed with an abundance of beautiful currents.

Taste – The malts here are light and the spicing intense. The blackberry flavor mated well with the malts.

Mouthfeel – This beer was medium-bodied and fully carbonated. The carbs were pleasant in the cheeks and not that cheap effervescent you find with some pretenders.

Drinkability – This was more like a mild Fruit Lambic than anything else. It went down well enough thought it’s probably a tad too pricey to buy again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tony of the OTH for a free sampling of this rare treat.

A: Pours a light cloudy orange honey colored hue with large soapy head. Retention was pretty good with some spotty lace.

S: Slightly fruity aroma with lots of yeast in the background.

T: This one is fruity, light berries, currants, some wheaty, grainy, bready, yeasty notes.

M: Light and tingly.

D: I had a nice sized sample, but this one would be served best in a 1/2 pint glass or such. Not one you would pound, but it is enjoyable in small servings.

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Photo of hopdog
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 Pint 9.4 FL OZ bottle.

This one scares me as the label says 'Sparkling Beer'. Opened to a loud pop. I was expecting to have beer all over my desk, but it didn't gush. It did pour all head. Settled to a medium amber color. Lots of floaters. Aromas of grapes, berries, and some yeast. Taste was different, not what the aroma lead me to believe it would be. Some berries, but they were muted. Sweet. Body was on the flat side too - another surprise with the way this opened and poured. Different.

Notes from 12/23/06

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear orange golden with a HUGE off-white frothy head which filled the glass with more foam and head than beer and took forever to fall back but coated the glass as it fell.

The aroma was strongy fruity with cassis and a nice earthy component and a light spicy pepper character. The aroma almost had a grape presence as in fresh grape juice. There was also a nice candy aroma.

The flavor was fruity with a nice peppery spice flavor and a slight grape and stronger black currant flavor. The flavor was slightly metallic and definitely earthy with almost a farmhouse character that would remind one of a fruited saison.

The finish was dry with a lasitng fruit, pepper and earthy character into the aftertaste. The body was medium but seemed lighter due to off the chart carbonation levels. As the beer sat after being 1/2 consumed it still foamed out the top of the bottle. A nice fruit beer melded within a saison framework.

750 ml bottle. Purchased at Sam's in Durham. Bottled on February 14, 2005 so this beer was almost a year old.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Bottle opened with an incredible pop, but no gush as I expected to follow. It poured very heady. Almost no liquid under a billowing fluffy head. It took a damn long time to pour the whole bottle. When the head finally subsided, the color was golden peach. The head eventually fell to just coat the brew. The nose was very crisp and tart, as expected with black currants. I got some slight musty funkyness and a hint of spice, but the currant was most prevalent. Flavor was less crisp than the aroma. The currant flavor was moderate. No real sweetness was there. I got a slight mustyness as well. Enjoyable brew. The feel was moderate with a very healthy bubble. Overall, an interesting brew. I would have liked a bit more currant flavor to match the aroma. Very charasmatic beer.

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Photo of grub
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at coles may 10/08. thanks to biegaman for splitting his goblet with me after he got the last one!

pours hazy reddish orange with a small dense white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves no lace.

aroma is good. light cider vinegar. lemon. light fresh cassis. touch of sweetness. horse blanket and leather. crackers. just a hint of alcohol.

taste is good. light cassis sweetness. a touch of vinegar and sourness again, but much more restrained than in the aroma. light horse blanket and leather. white bread. crackers. bit of alcohol. very light citrus, maybe orange peel, but it doesn't really jump out at you.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level. light body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. the light sweet currants balance and offset the funk and sourness quite well. i really enjoyed the interplay between the two. very nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of Crosling
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color with an enormous foam, which is very wispy and lasting. Floral and herbaceous aromas, which I attribute to hops, along with various fruits, particular black currant, which to me, smells like cherry pie. A light touch of malt aromatics as well. The aroma scared me a bit, but the flavor, however, is very complex in its malt composition. Very toasty, with caramel, toffee and cashew flavors, along with a very light hint of black currant. I found it pretty tasty, but strange and not worth the price.

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