Thanks to @briandishman I had the chance to try @birra_calender #primitiva my first #italiangrapeale . #IGA is the only native Italian beer style listed in the #BJCP beer style guide. The style is defined by using up to 40% of grapes or grape most in the grist.
The Primitiva uses is brewed with local #primitivo grape most.
The bottle opens with mellow pop and immediately releases a sweet fruity scent followed by toffee and caramel impressions.
Very fine ivory foam, lasting only as a slim layer on top of the beer. Swirling the beer the foam clinches to side an slowly runs down in shinning tiny crystals.
Fiery amber color, opaque layers deepening in the belly of the glass. Sweet fruits, apricots, grapes up front followed by a fine malt aroma dominated by light toffee impressions. Going back and forth between these flavors while the beer warms up. Again sweet fruits, ripe grapes, raisins lead in the beginning, giving way to a cookie and caramel malt taste mid palate. At the end of the tongue a slightly tannic, grape peel impression that gets carried a way by a mild bitterness leading into a smooth finish. The tannins cumulate at the end of the tongue over time adding a slight astringency to the beer.
The medium malt body carries the sweet wine impressions very well. One playing with the other without dominating. The fine, velvet carbonization adds to overall balance. The beer develops well in the glass, mellowing down while it gets warmer.
Overall I was very impressed as the wine character is definitely there in the grape aroma, the sweet fruity taste and the dry grape peel tannins. However, you always stay on the beer side.
As the 100% primitive DOC wine is famous for getting better with age I will put some bottles in the cellar in order to see how they develop over 6-12 months. —
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