Croce Di Malto
from Italy
248th highest rated brewery (of 635)
Highest RatedTriticum (76 / 100) Average score58 / 100 (Decent)
Lowest RatedHauria (34 / 100) Number Tried12
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 08.02.13 on tap
76 / 100
Pours a pale straw colour, big bubbles around the glass. Quite cloudy in the body, with off-white sparse head. Kind of soft-drink-esque, but not bad.

Smells spicy and phenolic, with fruity touches as well. Cinnamon, a touch of clove, nutmeg and of course banana. Classic hefe characters, riddled with spice. Good.

Lots of dry spice on the palate as well. Pepper, nutmeg and clove vie for supremacy while underlying it is that nice banana ester. Great ester creation and a dry, soda kind of texture. Pleasant and drinkable as anything.

Again, the fizz lends it the similitude of soft drink, but it kind of works with the flavour.

Maybe could use a bit more fruit to really lighten it up. But a drinkable and very pleasant hefe.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 4.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4.5
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 08.02.13 on tap
68 / 100
Pours a straw-gold colour, slight haze in the body. Head is cream-white, quite foamy but retaining well. Nice-looking saison.

Smells quite metallic, with a Belgian edge. Quite phenolic and to be honest a little lacking in saisony funk. Slight spice to it. Quite pleasant Belgian smells, but not particularly saisony.

Taste is fairly fruity, with plenty of complex tang and a little bit of organic funk on the mid-to-late palate. Bitter spice, Belgian phenols finish up. Yeah, there's a bit of that barnyard saison character, but it's not big. Decent, complex Belgian brew otherwise.

Nice body, nice texture. Bitty, full, but goes down easily.

Drinks like a saison but doesn't emphasise the saison notes enough on the palate. Otherwise I could really like this beer.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.0
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 31.01.13 on tap
34 / 100
Pours a pale straw colour, slight cloud to it, with a large-bubbled white head. Interesting head pattern actually, very very pale colour. Nice kolsch.

Smell is very, very light. Slight fruity hops upfront but bone dry otherwise. Hops are citric in character and could really take more of a front seat at least in aroma terms. Not bad for the style but I'd like more inviting characters.

Taste is also very dry, bit bitter throughout. Very yeasty on the back palate, with a kind of uncooked bread dough character. Gives me a bit of a premature headache as I drink. Just too dry, needs more body and flavour.

Thinnish body, bit of carb, but again, too dry.

No, bitterness is just unnuanced and it feels like the beer is singlehandedly getting me dehydrated. Not a fan.
appearance: 4.0 | aroma: 3.0 | taste: 2.0 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 2.0
Reviewed by LaitueGonflable on 31.01.13 on tap
55 / 100
Pours a pale straw-gold colour, slight cloud to it with white head. Looks a little thin, but pretty decent.

Smell is phenolic, as one would expect, and quite sweet, as one would also expect. Lemon character on there and maybe a touch of rosewater? Floral, lavender and frangipani aroma. Quite sweet, but with a touch of Belgian rubberiness. Not bad.

Woah, so sweet on the palate. Huge malt rush on the front and not much on the back. Touch of nutmeg spice but fairly thin otherwise. Tastes underfermented and gives a big nod to crystallised honey. It could be very much enjoyed by some but it's not really my thing.

Can't really find the alcohol which is a good thing; decent body otherwise too.

Was meant to be a 'spiced' tripel, but I get more honey than spice and it's all very, very sweet. Not a terrible beer but I'm a bit disappointed.
appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.0
Reviewed by Jez on 10.08.12 on tap
58 / 100
On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney during the Italian SpecTapular.

Very pale yellow colour with very solid hazing. Head is white and light, but pretty bubbly and inconsistent, not at all what you expect from a hefeweizen. Not bad all up, but a bit dull.

Mild sweet banana characters on the nose give a confectionery tone. A hint of spice comes through, giving almost an aroma of incense, along with some huskier grain characters. It's all a bit weaker than I'd want, but some of the characters are pretty pleasant.

Light mild banana on the front palate, before some carbonic acidity comes through rather sharply, pretty much savaging the more delicate estery characters. This is matched on the back by an odd green, leafy character which really cuts back on the smoothness. Feel is both too light and too crisp for the style, and exposes the extended carbonation again.

Overall? Pretty pedestrian attempt at a Hef. I want more from the style, and this one is a bland effort at best.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | drinkability: 3.0
Reviewed by Jez on 10.08.12 on tap
49 / 100
(Not Great)
On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney for the Italian SpecTapular.

Pours a mildly hazed pale yellow colour with a very light weight to the body. Head is white, filmy and spidery leaving some thin mild lace in its wake. Overall, yeah, not bad. Not great either.

Almost nothing on the nose. Mild light grain (perhaps) and a hint of lemon (that I'm probably imagining). Eh. Eh².

Taste is a little better, but still really quite dull. Light clean grain on the entry, with som mild sweet lemon characters that feel thin and watered down. Finish is relatively clean. At least the characters match up with what I thought may have been evanescent perceptions on my part on the nose.

Overall, it's bland, but it's OK. It's in style, mostly, and clean enough to drink without getting uncomfortable. No guarantees that you won't get bored, though.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 2.0 | taste: 3.0 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5
Reviewed by Jez on 10.08.12 on tap
69 / 100
(Very Good)
On-tap at the Local Taphouse's Italian Spectapular.

Pours a deep golden colour, with some minor hazing. Head is just a ring of fine white that leaves some patchy lacing. Body looks solid. Pretty decent look.

Nose is potent and broad. Big bubblegum characters come through, along with a biting medicine character. At its core it's sweet, however, with big marzipan characters coming through. Impressively big, indeed.

Light bubblegum on the entry of the palate as well, with a creamy, rounded Belgian note progressing. Back falls away slightly, leaving no crispness to clean up—it leaves the palate feel oily. It's not bad. The smooth feel is actually a nod in its favour.

Overall, this was one of the better beers I had at the SpecTapular. Solid and pretty tasty.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 4.0 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.0 | drinkability: 4.0
Reviewed by Jez on 07.08.12 on tap
63 / 100
Had on-tap at the Italiano SpecTapular at the Local Taphouse in Sydney.

Pours a bright, hazy golden colour, with a light white head. Very solid body. Spidery lace forms as the beer goes down. Not bad.

Nose is bright and spicy with some Belgian roundness coming through. Some pungent astringent herbs add a bit of interest, above a mild, smooth lemony character. Not bad.

Taste is similar, but lighter. The clean herbs come through giving a bite, but the roundness manages to smooth everything over. It's pretty clean and light. Not bad. Feel is clingy but ultimately clean.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer. There's not a whole lot going on, but it has something to say at least.

appearance: 3.5 | aroma: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5