About Continental European Ales from Italy

About Continental European Ales from Italy
While beer is still far behind wine in terms of popularity in Italy, things are slowly changing. For years, beer in Italy meant good, if unexciting products from large breweries; that is still the case at most pizzerie or large restaurants throughout the country. However, high quality microbrews have been making quite an impact over the past decade. Menabrea, a high quality lager from Piedmont, is served in many of the finest hotels and restaurants in Italy and is now exported to more than twenty countries. Buoyed by that success, dozens of microbrew pubs have opened in various areas throughout Italy; most are in the north, but you can now find one on the island of Sardinia as well. These artisan brewers craft all type of beers, from lagers to amber ales to Belgian-style dubbels. These brews work pair well with the tremendous array of local foods in Italy, so that combined with a trend of younger Italians slowly moving away from wine and toward other beverages, should provide a healthy future for beer - from large and small breweries - throughout the country.

Top Picks for Italy

Continental European Ales

Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl Collesi "Triplo Malto"
93 points
Bright light gold color. Lively, toasty, fruity aromas of panettone and candied yams and mango with a bright, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, complex, medium-long banana bread pudding, toasted pretzel bread, and sweet and peppery spices finish. A delightful and engaging spicy malty golden ale.
Collesi IPA
92 points
IPA
Cloudy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of lemon herb banana bread pudding, fine lavender soap, and sautéed lentils and greens with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length finish imparting nuances of meyer lemon-pineapple salsa and spiced banana-pear custard finish. A delicious, sweet puffy cloud of an IPA that will appeal to all types of beer drinkers.
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl Collesi "Nera"
91 points
Bright medium brown color. Delicate, dusty, curious exotic savory aromas and flavors of dark rye raisin bread, fruit cake, and sarsaparilla with a soft, vibrant, bubbly, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of honeyed nuts and yams, arugula, and delicate spices finish. A rich malty, creamy Belgian ale with great fruit and spice.
Collesi Rossa Belgian-Style Amber Ale
90 points
Reddish mahogany color. Aromas of caramel-drenched coffee beans, lemon peel preserve, molasses, and chinese 5 spice with a velvety, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length chestnut honey, palo santo wood, rum raisin, chocolate-malt, and espresso bean finish. A very roasty take on a Belgian-Style amber ale.
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl Collesi "Rosso"
90 points
Bright reddish mahogany color. Rich, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of caramelized figs and orange, chocolate, and fruit cake with a satiny, bright, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of spiced bananas and yams, watercress, and honeyed nuts finish. A nicely layered and appetizing amber ale.
Tenute Collesi Triplo Malto Belgian-Style Specialty Ale
89 points
Brilliant hazy gold color. Herbal, spicy aromas and flavors of herb muffin, delicate spiced nuts, and dried flowers and bananas with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with nuances of delicate pepper and mint, radicchio, and caramelized spiced apples and pears finish. A very inviting and satisfying Belgian ale with rich malt and spicy hop notes.
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl Collesi "Bionda"
89 points
Pale bright gold color. Phenolic, yeasty grainy spicy aromas of dried banana, cashew butter, coriander and baking spices, and clay with a velvety, crisp, bubbly, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long apple tart, bubblegum, and wheat cracker finish. A very tasty and spicy blonde ale.
Tenute Collesi Bionda Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
88 points
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Spicy, floral aromas and flavors of stone fruit chutney, tropical blossoms, banana creme brulee, and bit of honey with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, long finish with touches of honeyed lettuces and nuts and dried fruit finish. A bright, chewy Belgian blonde that satisfies with every sip.
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl Collesi "Chiara"
88 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Lively, toasty, phenolic peppery grainy aromas of banana nut muffin and white maple fudge with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry light body and a polished, charming, breezy banana custard pie, lemon herb muffin, and wheatgrass finish. A nice fruity blonde ale for the table.
Fabbrica della Birra Tenute Collesi Srl Collesi "Ambrata"
88 points
Minutely hazy copper color. Mild, baked, boozy earthy funky aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin and roasted corn with an even, bright, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of date bread and kiwi soufflé finish. A rock solid Belgian amber ale with lots of pairing possibilities.