I’ve been through the temptation to try one of the many beers from the 32 beer collection. The Italian beers came into Greece and can be found in selected points. Unfortunately, we can’t find the entire 32 collection in one place, so when you where somewhere and you find one or a couple of them don’t hesitate to try.
The Italian 32 Audance (: Cheeky, daring in Italian) is a Belgian Pale Ale. That is obvious from the first sight when we serve it in our glass. Light blond, like straw, hazy color however, justified as it is unfiltered. Leaves no residue in the glass and it gives us a clean result. The foam is of limited duration, composed of small, but several bubbles. The color is white and under suitable light we can distinguish some blonde highlights.
When we reach the beer with our nose aromas from citrus and honey filled “impudently” our nostrils. Fruity characteristics like peach or you can even distinguish banana, although orange and citrus are dominate, without second thought.
In the mouth it feels medium to full body. We may be misleading by the little bubbles of carbon which are felt, but not intrusive in tongue. Citrus fruits, like orange dominate “boldly” and here. Bergamot and mandarin embrace the tongue. The beer has a distinctive bitterness. There is a strong sense of hops, consequently the bitterness in Audace. Perceived are also some floral notes, such as chamomile (tea, daisies). The beer offered and some spicy elements, spice flavors and a light minerality. That was something that made me a negative impression, but without altering the overall opinion I formed for the beer. Finally, the beer leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste short and dry in the mouth. The “daring” top fermented Audace, gave me the feeling of a beer with a little more alcohol than the classic, about 6-7%. In fact it has 8.4% abv.
Like all 32 beers, so the Audace, is available in bottles of 750ml, sealed with a special cork in order to close again with stainless lid and security film. Ideal is served in a wine glass in a temperature between 10oC to 12oC. This is a pretty good effort, which clearly worth trying regardless of the season.
32 beers are imported and distributed by Corks IKE, in Athens. You can find them in selected restaurants, bars and a few wine stores.
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