We had no idea what this was. The label on the back is written entirely in Italian. But it clocks in at 9% alcohol.
My (and my wife's) initial impression from the aroma was that it smelled like beer and wine combined. Kinda fruity.
And then came the taste.
I've never tried a sour ale before, but apparently that's what this is.
I don't dislike it at all, but, it wouldn't be my first choice for a beer. My wife didn't like it. I think this would be a great summer drink. In moderation. Seriously. My head is really buzzing and I'm 3/4 of the way through this bottle.
Hmm... where was I.
Dark. Cloudy. Sour.
I typed out part of the Italian label into Bing's translator and it came up with this:
This double malt, Brown ale brewed with special malts from Germany, England and Belgium with the addition of German and Czech hops, has suffered three: the first fermentation in steel tank for 15 days, the second for over 90 days in small French oak casks or in large, valuable and ancient Winery barrels and the third for 30 days.
That's enough to give you an idea of what this beer had to "suffer" through. :)
If you don't mind sour, I think this is worth a try to at least say that you've tried it. It's very unique. At least for me. Don't plan on going anywhere if you finish off the entire bottle.
Good grief. I'm not sure how I'm going to last past 9:00pm tonight.