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Thursday
Nov222012

OFFICINA DELLA BIRRA BIONDA

Officina Della Birra is a small brewer just on Milano's northern outskirts and this is its Bionda (blonde) beer.

It's a bottle-conditioned Belgian-style ale, and it's a bit of a surprise.

It's not particularly overpowering in any area (unlike some Belgians, which tend to go for a single dominant flavour), but carries a nice balance all the way down the 500ml bottle.

It's straight to the Top Five, actually. OK, the Top Five Italian Beers list, but it's quite drinkable.

There's an initial fear that the sweetness might overpower it, but the earthier fruits bite back as it warms a touch and while the bitterness is there, it's never there enough to be the first thing you notice with each mouthful.

Gets a bit heavier in the gullet with each mouthful, though, which is my only real criticism.

 

5/10

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