La Rossa Double BockFebruary 1, 2013
Imported by Total Beverage Solution, Mt. Pleasant, SC
A double bock beer produced using high-quality malted barley, giving it a rich sweet taste and an intense fragrance, and amber color. Particularly aromatic hops give a characteristic bitter aftertaste and a delicate fragrance. Serve at a temperature between 10 and 12 degrees C.
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Heineken had global ambitions long before other large breweries. It expanded by acquiring breweries all over the world, including family-owned Moretti in Udine. Now brewed near Bergamo, the beer pours bright amber with a reddish tinge, appropriate to its name La Rossa. The nose is faint, with a hint of sweet maltiness; the mouthfeel is round and pleasant with little hop balance. We sampled it with caponata, linguini with meatballs and wood-fired margherita pizza, but prefer a drier beer to accompany spices like garlic, oregano and basil, and tomato sauce.
- Charles Finkel
La Rossa has always been one of my favorite brews. Rich tawny color, the foam is compact and persistent. Pleasant malty aroma, light molasses in the backdrop and a hint of vanilla. Robust and complex taste, with some sweetness up front, then flavors of pure malt, followed by raisin, milk chocolate and some hops. The finish is soothing, pierced a little by some warmth and hop bitterness. This is a sturdy and thoroughly enjoyable beer with plenty of depth. Strong work.
- K. Florian Klemp
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
K. Florian Klemp
K. Florian Klemp is an award-winning homebrewer and general hobbyist who thinks there is no more sublime marriage than that of art and science.
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