Brùton St. Renna
Reviewed by Brady White on December 5, 2013 in Holiday Guide
- Brewery: Birrificio Brùton
- Origin: Italy
- Rated On: December 26, 2012
- Best Before: July 2014
- ABV: 9.0%
- Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature
- Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale
- Rating: GOOD !
This 750ml teardrop-shaped bottle pours a hazy, very dark orange-brick colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, pretty creamy pale tan head, which leaves a low wash of ebbing curtain lace around the glass as it evenly subsides. It smells of biscuity, bready caramel malt, some additional toffee/treacle notes, muddled cinnamon and clove spice, a little heat amongst them, loose brown sugar, a mild savoury herbal character, and some soft earthy, noble hops. The taste is grainy, bready malt, a touch of doughy sweetness, some agreeably soft, yet mildly tangy yeast, a bit of musty honey, some understated, blended dark fruit, and leafy, somewhat grassy hops.
The bubbles are average – supportive, and otherwise not really noticeable, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a twinge of metallic alcohol playing the pea to this particular princess. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt gaining a caramel character, the black fruit kicking around that tin can, and the yeast relaxing in front of the fire that is the slowly simmering booziness.
A pretty good BSDA, with some strong winter warmer tendencies, well blended into virtual obfuscation, but that’s a-ok with me. Enjoyable, hearty, and almost cake-like, in the laid-back, panettone way that Italians have of presenting a block of Yuletide confectionery to the masses.