Amarcord Brewery was started by a group of friends in 1997 and was named after the 1973 Federico Fellini film. The film was based in Rimini, Italy which is where the brewery’s office is located. The brewery itself is actually in Appecchio, which is listed on the bottle, and is about 70 miles south of Rimini.1 While there isn’t much more information out there about the brewery, the site does note that the brewery was originally located in Rimini, but was moved to Appecchio in 2008 when they started to expand and need more room.

Amarcord Ama Bruna bottle

Today I’m looking at Ama Bruna, which was a collaboration with Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster, Garrett Oliver.2 When it came to the label, they looked to Milton Glaser, who is a long time graphic designer and the man behind the iconic New York “I ♥ NY” logo.

Opening the beer it immediately starts pouring out foam, much like a bottle of champagne. Quickly getting it to my glass as to not waste any, it pours a very dark, opaque brown. Strangely enough, as soon as the beer settles into the glass the head disappears to almost nothing. Poking my nose in the glass I try to pick up some aroma, but it’s so light that I almost have to bury my nose in the liquid to get any notes.3 What I can smell is just the slightest bit of slightly sour, funky fruit – so far not off to a great start.

Amarcord Ama Bruna

I take my first sip and I’m not overly impressed. It has a kind of bitter, sour taste up front, while there’s a touch of fruit and some yeast, but the finish is quick to return to the bitter sourness that plagued the beginning of the profile. The mouthfeel is a bit light and carbonation is high, making the mouthfeel odd and not too enjoyable. Struggling through the first glass I decide not to pour another, although there are probably a solid two and a half glasses left in the bottle.

Amarcord Ama Bruna
BREWERY: Amarcord Brewery
LOCATION: Appecchio, Italy
STYLE: Dubbel
ABV: 7.5 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: n/a
RELEASE DATE: April 2013
AVAILABLE IN: 750ml bottle
I had pretty high hopes for the Ama Bruna as I enjoy beers from Brooklyn Brewery, so I thought surely if they’re importing a beer it should hold up to their level. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s geared more towards Italian tastes or if the beer was old, but it just didn’t seem to be very good. The bitter, sourness wasn’t what I would expect from the style, and just didn’t translate into anything that I would want to drink again.
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