Panil Divina (Birrificio Torrechiara)

Style: Italian Spontaneous Fermentation Wild Ale

6.5% ABV

From: Torrechiara, IT

Brewery’s Notes: “Divina is spontaneously fermented by natural yeasts collected in the open air under the full moon and later in the cellar. After fermentation, the beer is aged in French oak barrels. A second fermentation in the bottle gives it an intense vinous aroma and hints of exotic fruit and sour delicate notes on the palate.”

The beer pours a burnished bronze that glows yellower towards the base of the glass. The beer forms a rich, smooth, creamy head of creamy yellow bubbles. The head sits a healthy height above the glass, and leaves a thick sheet of fluffy lacing on the sides. In body, the beer lets plenty of light through, but is opaque, and nearly solid in color. On the nose, the beer is a deep rustic funk, somewhere between cheese rind and a musty horse blanket. There’s hay, grass, and a lemongrass citrus undercurrent that really gives the nose a light pop. The lambic funk is deep and rustic, which I love. On the tongue, the beer tastes of sour acidity, along with a healthy herbal bitter backbone that flows into rich tannic oak with some oak sweetness. There are undercurrents of musty earth and very light brine. The acidity is sharp, and lasts throughout the sip and finish, giving a sharper bite to the tongue. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium, with a full carbonation that fluffs the mouth. It has a crisp mouthfeel that finishes slightly chewy and sluicing on the tongue, while the acid nibbles and bites, gently touching the gum lines. When the beer leaves the mouth is left slightly damp, especially along the gum lines. It tastes of mushroom must, lemons, moldy hay, and melon with just a touch of pool water. The finish and aftertaste start to become a bit herbal-chalky, which doesn’t always come across pleasant. Overall, this is a funky little spontaneous ale. It’s got a lovely, deep-funk nose, but the acidity is a touch too ramped up. The flavor components are all great, but don’t quite blend as nicely as I would like. It’s got some great parts, and is nice to sip, but isn’t quite up there with older options in the style. A nice beer.

 

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