The first IGA (Italian Grape Ale) in the Italian Craft Beer blog. Û (U-uva, the vocal Û means grape in the local dialect) Baccabianca is one of the two IGA of Cà del Brado. This special Italian beer is more than special, it is a roller coaster: acidity, fruity freshness and sharp bitterness.
BEER: Û Baccabianca
Brewery: Cà del Brado
Style: Italian Grape Ale
Alcohol % vol.: 7,9
Service temperature: 8- 10° C
NOTE: 90% beer worth Piè Veloce Lambicus (barley, un-malted wheat, rye)+10% Grechetto Gentile grapes (typically used for Pignoletto wine, without stem)+ spontaneous fermentation (natural yeast of the grape)+ Brettanomyces inoculum. Six to seven months in 225 litres barriques, previously used for Bordeaux. Hop? Yes, the brewer uses Styrian Wolf.
Foam: white, fine, non-persistent.
Appearance: opalescent light amber colour, deep gold reflections.
Effervescence: low, fine effervescence.
Scent/ olfactory sensation: cellar, wet paper and wet wood, Brett, soft acetone and wine. Orange peel, gentle hints of vinegar, citrus fruit, apricot and grape. Low to none sweetness from the malt. Later a delicate flowery fragrance.
Intensity of aroma: medium.
Tactile sensation: medium body (medium alcohol warming sensation), soft carbonation, super fine effervescence.
Intensity of aroma: intense.
Taste: intense acidity, keen astringency (this sharp sensation is due to the ageing, this process permits to the wood to release its tannins); medium bitterness.
Olfacto-Gustatory sensation/ back aroma: the first sip remembers me a dry/ brut white wine, followed by some classic wood ageing aromas (brett acidity and lactic acid), then yellow grapefruit, wine and unripe grapes. Low to none malt sweetness, white bread. In the end remains a fresh aroma of unripe fruit, cleansing moderate bitterness.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: super dry, continuously in balance, edgy Italian Grape Ale. This beer can be aged.
VEG FOOD PAIRING: fat cheeses (fresh and super- fresh, but you can choose also a semi-mature cow cheese), dishes with sweet potatoes and tubers, baked or roasted.