Birra, part 2
One beer last night turned into five. Fortunately, there were a few good discoveries…
No. 308 – Dieu du Ciel Déesse Nocturne
As you can tell by the picture, the head on this one was immense. It was thick, like a roasted mousse – which is meant to sound like a good thing. Taste-wise, this is the closest stout to Guinness that I have tasted from Dieu du Ciel, also a good thing. There is more emphasis on roasted coffee in this and I found it maybe a little too rich. It is however a fine stout. It gets a solid 7/11 for being good, well worth the price, accurate, for drink-again-ability and for recommend-ability. It gets another two yeses for the fact that I would go out of my way for it and go out in a snowstorm.
No. 309 – Birra Camilla
This is a bitter blonde with an aroma that seems like a blonde ale and a taste that brings out peanuts. I was surprised on tasting this to get a reasonably strong taste of peanuts, or at least peanut butter, which is something different. It’s a refreshing blonde ale with a little extra bitterness and a unique twist. This also gets a 7/11, I may be being generous here, but it had a certain je ne sais quoi. It’s good, worth the price, accurate, a little different, I’d drink it again and recommend it and I would go out of my way for a pint of it.
No. 310 – Birra Dupont et Dupond Dubble
This was the real treat of the night, a dubble with a deep rich sweetness. I got a hint of berries in the aroma, which was very good. The picture doesn’t really do the beer justice as I had to use the flash but it looks really good too. It had a lovely texture, was easy to drink and quite refreshing. I nice bittersweet aftertaste rounded off this delightful beer. I’m giving it 7.5/11 as it was better than the previous two beers but I’m not sure that I would fight a bear for it.
No. 311 – La Succarsale Peach White
This one looks peachy and the aroma is quite fruity with a little peach coming through. It’s like a good white beer with a little peach twist in the taste. It’s nicely balanced, kind of like drinking a fruit lollipop (or popsicle for north Americans I believe) and therefore somewhat refreshing. It’s not to sweet or fruity either so I could easily have a few of these in a row in the right circumstances. I’m giving it a 7/11 – it’s good, worth the price, accurate, a little different, I’d drink it again and recommend trying it and I may just go a little out of my way to try it again.
No. 312 – Birra Bob
This was the final drink of the evening, which perhaps explains my lack of notes. It’s an American Pale Ale, with a nice malty texture and a hoppy finish. I don’t remember anything special about this, but it was a good APA. A definite 5/11.
And so that is Birra. I’ll maybe head back later in the year to check out there more Autumnal selection of beers. But in between times, I’ll be catching up on writing up all of the other beers I’ve tried.