La Tabachera Brown AleJanuary 1, 2008 Falciano, San Marino
Falciano, San Marino
Elite Brands USA
Available: MI, OH, WI, MN, NY, PA, NJ, MA, SC, NC, TN, GA, IL, CO, MO
The Amarcord brewery, located in the Republic of San Marino, the oldest republic in the world, was named to honor Federico Fellini and his film of the same name.
Original gravity: 1084
Final gravity: 1019
Malts used: Pilsner, Carahell, Carafa
Hops used: Perle, Premiat, Saaz
A beer named after a famous film that claims to be Italian but is brewed in San Marino. Confused? Best to just drink it... A gorgeous burnished red/gold color like autumn leaves is followed by a complex aroma of peppery hops; rich, dark fruit and sweet malt. Malt and ripe fruit dominate the palate, but there is a gentle underpinning of hop resins, too. Sweetness is countered in the finish by a dry note from fruit and hops, but malt remains the dominant theme. It would make a splendid companion for pasta penne with herb and tomato sauce.
- Roger Protz
The handsome swing-top bottle lets loose a hazy amber beer with a wispy white head. The aroma is spicy and malty, but an alcohol note sounds a warning. The beer is soft, round and warming on the palate, with candy-like malts showing sweetly in the center. Moderate bitterness guides it out to a long dry finish. Close to a tripel in style, this may reward some bottle age; it shows its alcohol a bit too readily. That said, it’s still tasty, especially with linguini carbonara.
- Garrett Oliver
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
Internationally recognized brewer and expert on traditional beer, Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery and the author of The Brewmaster's Table.
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