San Martino La Gold | Birrificio Ticinese

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San Martino La GoldSan Martino La Gold

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Birrificio Ticinese

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TMoney2591 on 02-23-2013

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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Photo of mwilbur
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear light caramel hue with a huge 4+ inch light tan head. Excellent retention. Light lacing.
S: Very pleasant and fairly strong honey, floral, soft melon, and caramel malt notes. Can smell this one a couple feet away.
T: Definitely a honeyed bock. Moderately strong bock base with sweet and floral honey draped over the top. Notes of cola and soft and sweet caramel malt. With warming, more fruit (e.g. strawberries, blood orange, etc.) emerges.
M: Light-medium body. Soft and sweet feel. I like what the honey lends here. Mildly dry and bitter finish.
D: An interested twist on the bock style. Nicely refreshing, not too complex.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Now here's an interesting beer-of-the-month selection: a strong, honey-infused bock out of a small artisan outfit in southern Switzerland. Well, I'm game. This stuff pours a hazy sienna, haloed in midnight amber, topped by over a finger of sun-bleached khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, light strawberry bubblegum, sweet flowers, light biscuit, and a kiss of white grape. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit and accompanying toffee taking center stage and really chewing the scenery. The finish is awash in flowers and mild, perfume-y white grapes. The body is a lithe medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Shit, this stuff seems to immediately evaporate from the tongue, leaving nearly no trace behind of its existence. Overall, it's a solid bock, one that's lighter and slightly sweeter than usual. I kinda wish the honey hadn't been used here, as the base seemed like a pleasant enough beer that I would have enjoyed savoring for a few extra moments. Still, it ain't bad at all.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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Photo of Dope
3.94/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber-reddish color. Big fluffy off-white head. Head takes quite a while to fade but leaves almost no lacing at all, just little splotches here and there. Great head retention, thin layer of foam refuses to disappear and is stirred back up easily.

S: Hmph. Smells kinda like a mead if I'm honest. Lots of honey and grapes. Some mild caramel and raisin too. Decently floral.

T: Quite malty. Caramel and honey primarily. Mild dark fruits again, mainly raisin but there is some grape again. Get some floral hop notes in the finish primarily. Floral notes really stand out once the beer fully warms, again mainly on the back end - ending up almost soapy in a way. Maybe it's lavender (I'm thinking lavender soap is probably the association I'm making). Mildly drying finish.

M: Medium bodied, mild carbonation gives it sort of a "soft" mouthfeel.

O: A pretty simple bock but lofted by some floral character and the honey. Pretty mellow brew in general, flavors are well integrated and smooth. It's enjoyable and tasty enough, I liked it - especially the high drinkability. Just seemed a little on the plain side, almost bland. Not sure what it is that makes me think that but I still liked it nonetheless. Maybe I've been drinking too many DIPAs and barrel-aged stouts.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hex92
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

That is NOT a good beer. I don't know if something happened to mine during shipping, but this is awful especially given the price I paid. I was excited to try this. A strong honey bock sounded really interesting. This tastes like wet cardboard. I don't taste honey, or malt, all I taste is stale beer and cardboard.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours amber. Foamy head. Well laced.

S-Sweet and only sweet. Has an odd, artificial sweet note. Lots of honey. Caramel covered graham cracker and grape soda? Maybe?

T-More of the same. Grape soda. Honey graham cracker.

M-Sticky with soft carbonation.

O/D-Nowhere near what I want from a beer. Sweet, artificial and not very enthusiastic in its flavor.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle server in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark amber almost brown color forming a big bubbled beige head. Good retention and lots of soapy lacings left in the glass. A persistent thin layer remains on the top for long time

S: Strong honey, fact. Strong notes of grapes too. Very fruity to a Bock beer to be honest. Also quite malty. Notes of caramel. Flowery in the end

T: Quite malty in the month. Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel and honey. Notes of grapes. A bit metallic. A bit of bubblegum. Slightly sour. Good but light hoppy bitterness

M: Medium bodied and carbonation.

O: Good drinkability. Another nice brew from Birrificio Ticinese.

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4.19/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is disgustingly underrated here on BA. I got this about a year ago in my rare beer club, so maybe the age has done it well, but I suspect the uniqueness of this brew surprised some palates. to me this was just lovely. my first brew from Switzerland, as far as I can recall. hazelnut brown on the pour, only a little haze t it, and a reddish glow. its also got a glorious bone white head of micro bubbles that its light and airy, as well as long lasting. the smell is very different, I smell what I think is the chestnut honey and lager yeast, as well as a richer malt profile with notes of cocoa. the flavor is definitely interesting too, a dried fruit complex pops up for just a second. before an earthy nuttiness rocks up and takes over. the honey contributes most to the sweetness, but its different from other honeys in beer. maybe its that alpine bee, I don't know, but its special. the finish is a little chalky, but robustly flavored and very different from any other bock ive come across. nice yeast, nice malt, everything works super well, and I enjoyed this incredibly much.

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San Martino La Gold from Birrificio Ticinese
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 25 ratings