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Thornbridge Hall Bracia

Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle conditioned;
Bracia is the Celtic name for a beverage brewed in Iron Age Europe with reference found on a Roman inscription at Haddon Hall,Derbyshire. Little is known about this except it was high in alcohol, brewed with cereals and, most probably, honey. Thornbridge’s Bracia has been infused with a generous amount of dark and bitter Chestnut Honey. This was sourced by Head Brewer Stefano Cossi from Beekeeper Onelia Pin in the Alpine foothills of North East Italy. Aromas are of chestnut, honey, cappuccino, white chocolate, dark fruits, vibrant fresh peel. The mouthfeel is velvety and rich, with notes of coffee, chocolate, liquorice and hazelnuts with warming alcohol, cocoa and a little peat in the finish. Malts: Maris Otter, Brown, Munich, Dark Crystal, Black, Chocolate, Peated and Roasted Barley. Hops: Target, Pioneer, Hallertau Northern Brewer and Sorachi Ace. Bracia can be cellared for up to one year, maybe longer. Its flavours will evolve so why not enjoy the experience of opening a bottle every once in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (169) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Pours dark brown, cream tan head dies quickly to ring and patches. Nose of honey, roast nuts, slight smoke, chocolate. Tastes sweet dark honey, vanilla, roast, ash, quite heavy bitter, cacao, nuts, some earthy bitterness too. Rich, full body, creamy slick feel, moderate carb, long nutty bittersweet honey finish. This beer is remarkable. Very complex, far more than my words above can do justice to, and unique, even among braggot-style ales.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hohops (365) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Appearance is very dark, almost black, brown tinged at the base. A foamy, fluffy, tan coloured head which settles down. Aroma- complex. Blackcurrant, raisin, nutty, vinous, port notes, cocoa hints, malty. Taste- also very complex. Chocolate, nutty, almonds, marzipan, dark cherry, an understated honey sweetness, vanilla hints, bitter, lingering finish, some booze but well hidden. Really excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nicke80 (208) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
500 ml bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours black with nice brown head. Sour roasted aroma with sweet coffee taste. Great beer with very nice balance. Loads of coffee and cocoa. Nice chocolaty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
conway (1636) - - DEC 18, 2014
Draft. Black with a tan head. Lots of smoke, coffee, chocolate, honey, earthy notes and a touch of vanilla at times. Very complex but a little abrasive at times.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HULK777 (418) - - DEC 16, 2014
Fruity aroma, with hints of strong coffee and chocolates. Complex taste of nuts, coffee, nougat, orange fruit, and white cheese.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LomYst (538) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
Dark chocolat espresso... fark sugR abd oak.a..awesome aroma...taste is cakelike s weet with lots of off flavoours lik we caramel and coffey.. great...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trappist1 (575) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2014
Black with a brown fat looking head. nose: coffee, nuts, liqueur, alcohol, dark fruits, fat coffee milk, the alcohol gives a sharp sense. overall complex. taste: roasted malts, coffee, moccha, alcohol, dark fruits. MF/ creamy body, smooth, carbonation. some bitterness, alcohol gives a lot of punch, but is also warming. Ok, but a bit overdone (for me). lacks some balance (for me)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stravale (2280) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 28, 2014
Bottle from Bottle Shop, Cheadle Hulme [281114]
Pitch black, thin tan head, some lacing
Aroma of rich dark malts, no roast, rich dark caramel, dark fruits, dark honey, slight soy, dab of toffee, complex
Taste of rich sweet dark malts, dark fruity nutty honey which has an unusual taste, rich dark fruits, some sweet dark chocolate, dab of molasses, hint of treacle, some alcohol soaked fruits, very complex
Palate - Soft carb, full body, sweet rich texture. Finish of rich dark syrup malts, dark fruits, that unusual dark nutty honey, soft warming alcohol
Overall - Complex, it’s the honey that makes the taste of the beer a bit mysterious and works very well. Very nice. I prefer the PX version which is just spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2014
Wonderfully bittersweet with notes of honey, licorice, chocolate and caramel and a lightly smoky finish. Outstanding with dessert -- in our case homemade cheesecake. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1421) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2014
Dark brown/black with a good beige head. Aroma is red grapes, raisins, figs, caramel, fig, grape seeds. Medium-full bodied, rich and complex on the palate, hint of booze on the finish. Taste is purple grapes, chocolate, raisins, honey, chestnut.

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