Ticinese Bad Attitude Rudolph

Reviewed by on December 5, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Birrificio Ticinese

  • Origin: Italy

  • Rated On: December 26, 2012

  • Best Before: June 2013

  • ABV: 8.34%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

A nice way to finish this western Canadian, central-Europe beer-sourced Craft Beer Advent calendar ordeal off, what with a rabid-appearing cartoon reindeer greeting me first thing on Christmas Eve morn, and now again right after a shortened work day.

This 330m stubby bottle pours a hazy dark bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of densely foamy, heavily frothy beige head, which leaves a decent array of grotesquely webbed lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.  It smells of moderately sweet caramel/toffee malt, some lurking sour fruitiness – plum and apple mostly, a bit of sweet ginger, some very mild all-spice, a cool melon essence, and some ethereal citrus hops. The taste is still quite fruity – apple, cantaloupe and under-ripe honeydew, a lingering sourness pervading all, some muddled cinnamon and nutmeg spices kind of wandering lost among an equally befuddled grainy caramel maltiness, and floral, somewhat perfumed hops rounding things out by shouldering the simmering booze load.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, the body medium-light in weight, and tacitly smooth. It finishes off-dry, but still in the sour fruity sense, the malt and softly bitter hops flying under the radar.

An enjoyable enough warmer, with more old ale or barleywine tendencies than the typical big spiced caramel malt bombs to which I have apparently become accustomed. An appropriate way to bid adieu to this pleasant distraction during the craziest time of year. Cheers, and thanks are in order to the rep who dreamed up this little seasonal lark – well done, Christian!

Brady White

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