Friday, May 20, 2011

Piccolo Birrifico - Sesonette

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass

Sesonette is an Italian take on the classic Belgian Saison style. It pours a light orangey amber, significantly darker than I expected for the style. A fine yeast suspension accents the hue of the beer and a few larger, darker specks of yeast float gently through the brew. The white foam head is made of fine carbonation, the small size was also unexpected, especially for a pour in a tulip glass. The aroma carries a honey sweetness with the added character of a light sun tea. The spiciness on the nose is a definite nod to the Belgian roots of the beer. A minor boozy hint rounds of the nose.

The beer is very interesting and a unique and inventive take on the style. While the makings of a Saison are present, this Italian version is more a reinterpretation of what a Saison can be than it is a Saison that happens to be made in Italy. The advertised juniper berries are a defining flavor in the beer. They add both sweetness and a singular herbal edge to the beer. The carbonation is very mild, but the beer is never watery. It remains refreshing throughout. A sweet waxy honey comb element adds some depth and character to the beer, which finishes with a minor crispness and a lasting sweetness coupled with mild spice.

Final Verdict: A-

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