Birrificio Italiano

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Birrificio Italiano
Fruit and Field Beer
3.7 | pDev: 14.59%
Jun 28, 2019
Oct 09, 2006
Notes: Formerly named: Sciresona, a sour cherry beer using sweet black cherries "Durone di Vignola" - a typical Italian variety.
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Rated: 4 by Griffith from Connecticut

Jun 28, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by dental from Massachusetts

Apr 25, 2018
Rated: 4.16 by Beer-A-Lot from Virginia

Aug 30, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by scottsoileau from Louisiana

Jul 19, 2016
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Reviewed by Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25
After some gushing from this 2006 bottle, it pours a cloudy colour of rust. The foam is small but long lasting. The lacing. .superb.

The smell is dry and musty. Very much wine like for the dry and musty as in there's a lot of Brett character. Pretty amazing aromas in my book.

The taste is just as good as the smell. Strong Brett complimenting a super dry wine like taste. Mildly tart, earthy as all hell, a treat to drink.

Good mouthfeel. .the carbonation is a bit high, imho.

9 years old and quite entertaining.
Dec 12, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by kiki3drt292 from California

Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by petermethot from New Jersey

Aug 23, 2015
Rated: 3.34 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jun 12, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by aquazr1 from California

Jun 02, 2015
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Rated by bobv from Vermont

4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This was a 2006 Vintage bottle.
Apr 06, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by BT_Bobandy from Ohio

Feb 26, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Jan 30, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by wethorseblanket from California

Sep 14, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by KAF from Iowa

Jul 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by magictacosinus from California

Jun 27, 2014
Rated: 3 by largadeer from California

Jun 02, 2014
Rated: 2 by CoolEthan from California

Jun 02, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by SocalKicks from California

Jun 02, 2014
Rated: 2.25 by Smarty_Pints from California

Jun 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by PeteRiz from Connecticut

Dec 15, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by AdamP from Pennsylvania

Jun 06, 2013
Rated: 4.25 by stealth from Minnesota

Feb 23, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by t0rin0 from California

Nov 08, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by Scoot1969 from Michigan

Jan 15, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by JAHMUR from Connecticut

Nov 15, 2011
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Reviewed by Sixofsigmas from California

3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured into the tulip with a dirty kriek reddish brown color. Mild white head.
The nose was pretty odd. I think I was expecting something kriek-ish, but this is somewhere between that and a sour. Cherries, funk, medicinal, bandaid. The nose was surprisingly intriguing.
What was promising to be a somewhat sweet taste turned into tart cherry and the continued medicinal bite. While tart, the ale never quite reached into sour at all.
Mouth was full of carb...almost champagne like with a dry light body.
All around a unique experience. This one defied what I thought it would be and left me with a new take on what you can do with a style. Would be very interested in getting another bottle and aging it for 5-10 as the label suggests the ale is "eager to be aged for years and years."
Jul 02, 2011
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Reviewed by rfgetz from New Jersey

4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark brownish red color with nice cap of frothy light brown head, good retention and lacing. Scent brings tart cherry, lightly medicinal, strong red grape, aggressive funk, light acidity and hay like backbone. Taste brings all of these qualities together nicely, funkyness and tart cherry play together well, wine grapes present with a fresh dried wheat hay background, finnishes lightly tart. Medium bodied, great levels of moderate carbonation from an aged bottle, dry finnish. A really nice beer from an unexpected source.
Feb 14, 2011
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Reviewed by drpimento from Wisconsin

2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I've been having a lot of bad luck with the craft Italians. This one was another gusher. Had a big light brown head and no lace. Color is a cloudy brown with reddish highlights. Aroma is fairly simple brett malt cherries yeast. Flavors the same plus some funk. Not as good as I'd expected. Body is ok carbonation is obviously over the top. Finish is like flavor. Not a session.
Jun 09, 2010
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Reviewed by Halcyondays from California

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottle at Beachwood,

A: Pours a dark amber/red, nice colour with some good lace.

M: Black cherry jam, wonderful fruit scent, real fruit.

T: Black cherries of course with some noticable lactic acid and some lemon peel. The flavours are very well balanced.

M: Moderate acidity, well balanced sour character with the other flavours, easy to drink.

D: This is a fantastic fruit beer. I love cherries and this gives it to you. With so many fruit beers out there that taste like cough syrup it's good to find one locally available that isn't.
May 08, 2010
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Reviewed by GoGriz from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
At least 2 years old. Warned about its explosiveness but thought it wouldn't bubble over on me...lesson learned. A treat!

Appearance - depends on what you value but to my eye it pours a burnt, ruddy maroon that seems ominous of a beer that holds more than the eye can see.

Smells of brett, wet earth and cedar. Sour scent...intriguing.

Taste is high in carb, acidity and sourness. It has a funk to it, sour to start but the cherry comes through at the end with punch. Acidic. Good beer alternative to those who love Barolo (wine).

Mouthfeel is good for the style. This beer is unique.

Drinkability is high and I would recommend this to anyone that values sours and wants a treat.
May 04, 2010
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Reviewed by ccrida from Oregon

3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle (that I've cellared at least a year) that gushed fairly violently into my sink, pouring very loud, crackling foam which luckily had almost zero retention, making it easy enough to keep ahead of the overflow after the initial pressure was released. Poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Scires is a dark, dull murky purplish brown with a razor thin off-white collar fed by the constant stream of bubbles rise from the etching in the tulip, continuing to produce a steady fizz noise long after the first pour. The noise is by far the most impressive part of this beer, the loudest I've ever heard.

Smell is vinous, cherry wine.

Taste is the same. There's some brett mustiness but this is not a sour beer, save for a little acidity from the cherries. A bit tannic as well, not sure if this saw any oak, but I wouldn't be surprised. A dull, dirty fruit beer that I should have drunk as fresh as possible.

Mouthfeel is dry, tannic, a little watery, lighter bodied.

Drinkability is okay, it's a pretty smooth, in offensive fruit beer (if you enjoy brett, which I do). But the cherry character is fairly low, and overall, there's not a ton of complexity. Probably not the brewer's intention to age it like I have though so I guess I can't knock it too much. Still, overall I'm not too impressed.
Mar 25, 2010
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Reviewed by KickbacksSteve from Florida

2.61/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Poured from 750 ml bottle into Unibroue tulip. The bottle was a gusher, as expected. Head is lingering and lovely. Smell is of some funky wild yeast (Brett?) with a sweet cherry in the background. Really tried hard to like the taste (like a funky cherry lambic), but having difficulty. I know I'm open to liking wild yeast (love most Allagash) but this one is somewhat unpleasant. The bottle states that this is a unique style and I believe that but I just can't get behind this. Glad I had some friends to share the bottle with, there is no way I could finish this one myself. They are still my friends after sharing but they didn't enjoy it either. Not horrible, but not enjoyable to drink. Life is too short and there are too many beers to drink this one again.
Oct 10, 2009
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Reviewed by Floydster from California

3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle brought to the SeaO'Floydster tasting by Brad, thanks for stopping by and bringing this Italian treat, consumed 3/28/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my Stone sampling glass

A-Deep amber color with some pink highlights, 1/2 inch fizzy pinkish head that was bubbly and went away pretty quickly, no lacing
S-Black cherries, lactose, acetone, grapes, oranges, funkiness, oak, and sweetness mostly coming from fruit
T-Starts off with a big cherry flavor, some weak malt in the middle, finish is a little sour and dry as well, caramel and orange peel come out in the last few sips, lots of dry oak towards the end and the cherries are still in full force as well
M-Sour, lactic, sweet, and fruity mouthfeel, medium bodied, way too much carbonation, taste does not last long
D-Could drink a few glasses of this, booze are hidden well, can be refreshing because of its high level of carbonation, not filling or anything

I never bought this one because of its twenty dollar plus price tag but I was always interested in it, for somebody who enjoys beers with lactic acid, this is a good one to try, might drink again but would not pay that kind of money for it, worth trying
Apr 04, 2009
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Reviewed by RomanW70 from Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours cloudy golden brown with no head. Nose of sour cherries. Taste is oak, dark fruits, cherries, with a strong vineous notes. Sour oak lasting finish. Very high carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Overall impression is that the beer lacks some depth, especially on the nose, but has an interesting play between the oak and sour cherries.
Mar 08, 2009
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Reviewed by jwjon1 from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
GUSHER ALERT. Wish I'd read previous reviews on this myself: half the bottle was lost to my floor... and at $20+ a bottle, I wasn't so thrilled.

Oxidized brown-red color (quite attractive, really), tight carbonation bubbles in abundance, and smells of cherries, wild yeast, and burnt rubber. Fun to sniff. The taste was a little less exciting, dominated by TONS of cherries, some sweet, some tart. After mopping up my floor which was quite sticky from the beer, I was surprised that the beer itself wasn't cloyingly sweet; the tartness balanced residual sugars quite nicely. Wasn't getting much other than cherries, however, so grew bored of the beer after a glass. Fortunately, the smell kept things interesting enough to plow through what was left of the bottle after spillage.

Had to dock appearance points for the packaging snafu. Not fair, I know--but this is a professional beer, and packaging (not marketing, mind you) is important. Especially at this price point.
Jan 27, 2009
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Reviewed by LilBeerDoctor from New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sampled from a pretty 750 mL bottle. The beer gushed out as soon as I opened it and the foam made the loudest fizzing noise I've heard yet from a beer. It sounded like those pop rocks candies fizzing in the beer. Pours a deep red with quite a lot of carbonation and a quickly fading head. Aroma of sweet cherries, sweettart candies, and a slight funkiness. Flavor of cherries, wood, and sweet candies. The flavor gets a little muddled as you go and is not as powerful as the aroma suggests. Pretty decent though. I would also like a little less carbonation!
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20
Dec 17, 2008
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Reviewed by hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

***Gusher alert. If you have one of these, do your self a favor and open over a sink***

Poured a deep and muddy pinkish/reddis/brownish color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of yeast, cherries, and caramel. Tastes of cherries and a little funky. Started out somewhat sweet and finished in a nice light tartness.

Notes from 1/10/08
Dec 15, 2008
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
From a 75 cl bottle, picked up from the brewery. This beer was a little bit of a let-down. In general, I've been quite impressed with this brew-pubs products. This one was just somewhat off-the mark. It pours a murky red-tinged brown color with an initially fizzy head that quickly settles down. The smell is quite good. There's, of course, lots of cherry, but also an appealing sourness and funk. It's really an appealing, sour-beer smell, like a decent lambic. The taste, though is where I get let down. The tartness is half-hearted, and the yeasty wildness doesn't come out in the flavor. Fruit is present in the taste, for sure, but not in a balanced and interesting way. The beer could have done for a lot more pizazz in the flavor and sourness departments. Still, I have to give kudos to the brewpub for putting out what is, nonetheless, a vibrant, drinkable, and interesting beer. I just wish that it went a little further and was a little better.
Nov 30, 2008
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Reviewed by weeare138 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appears a hazy reddish brown with a small, off-white head that fades into a mild collar. No lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, light grain, funky earth, hay, pepper, and ginger.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart cherries and spices and wood notes.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly spiced, with some gentle tartness that hits the pucker button before the swallow.
Nov 25, 2008
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Reviewed by merlin48 from Kentucky

3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Bottle, as pictured here, pours a murky ruby brown body with a small pinkish hued head. Minimal retention and a few wisps of lace. The bottle gushes over after sitting on the counter a few seconds. Aroma is lambic like. Acidic, musty, sour, and funky. Sour cherry notes are up front. Body is medium, with an active carbonation that adds a fizzy intensity. Taste is tart cherries and musty wood. Brett adds a wet gravel note and some barnyard. Dryness is present all the way through. Somewhat acidic and tannic with very little malt sweetness. Nicely done but overpriced compared to most Belgian examples of the style.
Oct 27, 2008
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