A range of Belgian-style beers from the Collesi brewery in Italy – packaged in sleek 50cl bottles – has been introduced in the UK through Continental Quattro Stagioni (CQS).
Five Collesi Birra Tenute beers are available through CQS: amber beer Ambrata, pale ale Bionda, Witbier-style Chiara, dark ale Nera and red ale Rossa.
Based in Apecchio, a medieval town in the countryside of Italy’s Marche region, the Collesi brewery is headed by Giuseppe Collesi and Roberto Bini. With master brewer Marc Knops from Belgium, they have worked to make the beers true to Belgian Trappist brewing traditions.
The beers are made using hard limestone water from Mount Nerone, which is said to be one of Europe’s finest for brewing, and with barley grown in the Collesi family’s own fields.
CQS vice chairman Sandro Bevilacqua said: “This new range of artisan beers represents the highest standards in brewing. The packaging is reminiscent of that used to bottle fine wines and indeed many people enjoy ‘tastings’ of Collesi beers.
“I believe that this range offers our customers something very unique and really opens up the opportunity for consumers to try authentic artisan beers from Italy.”
CQS is a leading supplier of a wide range of food and drink to multiple and independent restaurant groups, hotels, bars and clubs.
The ales, which are all unpasteurised and naturally refermented in the bottle, include Collesi Birra Bionda, at 6% ABV, produced from Munich barley. It has a very fine grain, rich and creamy foam and good perlage, with a pronounced aroma of hops in bloom and malt and fruity notes and the fragrances of yeast, vanilla, warm bread crust and honey. Perfect with first course or fish dishes, it is best served in a stemmed glass at a temperature of between 5°C and 6°C.
Collesi Birra Chiara, at 6% ABV, is produced from ‘pilsen’ barley and also has a very fine grain, rich and creamy foam and good perlage. It has an elegant and fruity flavour with a combination of intense aromas of malt and citrus fruits and the freshness of tropical fruits at the end. Perfect as an aperitif or coupled with light hors-d’oeuvres, it is best served in a stemmed glass at a temperature of between 5°C and 6°C.
Collesi Birra Ambrata, at 6.5%, has a clean and intense aroma with exceptional body and a warm and complex bouquet of cereals, hops and dried fruit. Perfect with grilled red meats, it is best served in a stemmed glass at a temperature of between 7°C and 8°C.
Collesi Birra Rossa, at 8% ABV, is pleasantly sweet with intense and spicy aromas of caramel, malt and hazelnuts and a very persistent finish. Perfect after meals or with desserts, it is best served in a stemmed glass at a temperature of between 8°C and 9°C.
Collesi Birra Nera, produced from unpasteurised stout naturally refermented in the bottle, has a full-bodied taste, with a very complex aroma of roasted coffee, barley, cocoa, liquorice and rhubarb. With a soft, creamy and lingering mouthfeel, it has a velvety and smooth foam resembling a cappuccino. Perfect with grilled red meats or after meals, the 6% ABV beer is best served in a stemmed glass at a temperature of between 8°C and 9°C.