Brewery: Birrificio Artigianale Lariano (Sirone, LC)
Alcohol content: 4.6%
Size: 33 cl
Birrifico Lariano, founded in 2008, has grown exponentially in recent years so much that in the second half of 2015 had to change headquarters and expand the manufacturing plant.
Preparations for the transfer have not prevented the brewer Emanuele Longo from launching Dalibor, a beer made in Bohemian Pils style.
We remain, therefore, in the tradition of bottom-fermented lagers made in Central European style, a field in which Birrificio Lariano has now specialized and nationwide distinguished. Just think that, for the past two years, Grigna, the other Pils produced by the brewery, has been ranked first in the “Clear, bottom-fermented, low alcohol content, Italian lager” category (Cat. 1) of the competition Beer of the Year.
Birrificio Lariano’s beer labels associate an animal to each beer and for Grigna and Dalibor has been chosen a cat theme: the first one features a kitten, while the other one has a lynx. Certainly, these two beers, although different, fascinate by purring and scratch leaving their mark. The names of both products come from two legends: in the case of Dalibor, the story is set in the Daliborka Tower, part of the Prague castle fortifications. The building’s name would come from the first prisoner’s name, Dalibor of Kozojedy, a folk hero who fought to defend the oppressed people by the rulers and was imprisoned and secretly executed. During his imprisonment, Dalibor used to play his violin producing beautiful music that spread through the capital bewitching the citizens. As the hero’s melody was harmonious, so this beer is characterized by the harmony between its various components.
When poured, Dalibor is bright pale yellow, almost golden. The beer is clear yet not filtered; it is fluid and forms a persistent fine-grained white foam. Dalibor is produced using only Pils malts and Czech hops.
Style and tradition, therefore, that in the case of a Pilsner means being able to create a product in which the raw materials are clearly evident while remaining well balanced. Immediately, Czech hops can be perceived (floral, herbaceous, delicately spicy but also, perhaps, politely citrus), blending with a fragrant base of malted barley and a series of references associated with it (fresh white bread and a hint of honey just pronounced).
At the beginning, it is balsamic, and then immediately the sweet part is perceived, followed by a bitter, round, clean and moderately persistent finish. The transition from one flavour to another is very smooth and soft. The aftertaste, in addition to hints of malt and hops listed above, reveals a very delicate and pleasant hint of chamomile. Dalibor is a beer with a low alcohol content and a light/light-medium body, so very easy to drink. Carbonation (medium – high) is perceived on the palate like a fine tingling that helps clean the mouth and prepares for a new sip. The overall balance is impeccable and the beer will be remembered for being as simple and drinkable as tasty and balanced, just like the melody of Dalibor’s violin.