Brewed by Birra del Borgo (AB InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Borgorose (RI), Italy


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RATINGS: 195   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Ingredients: water, malted barley, candy sugar, yeast, hops and spices. Non-filtered, non- pasteurized beer, refermented in the bottle.
Brewed with bitter orange peel and raisins.
Plato 18

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eauger (3) - - DEC 23, 2012 does not count
This is my first (knowingly consumed) Italian beer, and I am pleasantly surprised. Pours a dark brown with lots of yeast floaties. Tan head, about 3-4 fingers. Aroma of dark fruits, sweet malt. Very pleasant. You can smell booze as it warms up. Taste: let it warm up a bit before you start drinking it. Lots of complex flavors that are beyond my ability to name. Reminds me if a dark Belgian strong ale, but obviously a different yeast character. Maybe some toffee and dark fruit. Mouth feel: boozy, great carbonation, not too much, not too little. Pleasant after rate with a little sweetness sticking around after the swallow. Great beer overall and I would definitely drink it again or offer it to friends that I like.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (764) - USA - DEC 21, 2012
Dark amber, Full body, sweet with mild but sufficient bitter balance, perhaps from the bitter orange. Not as complex as the description suggests but easy drinking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is murky medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (caramel, cookie, milk chocolate), with notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, coriander, orange, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Pretty nice, all things considered. Yeah, it’s a big sweet boozy beer, but for this kinda thing it works fairly well. The aroma is mostly sugars but offers some nice spicy notes for allure. It’s sweet in the mouth, but rather than being fatiguingly syrupy sweet, it has a nice creamy texture and enough bitterness and alcohol to counter the sugars. It’s not the type of beer I enjoy drinking, but it’s a good rendition...kinda in the same vein as Abbaye des Rocs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2012
The aroma is sweet, yeasty, and fruity with caramel malt and spices. The appearance is cloudy dark amber with a large head. The taste is bitter and soapy with some fruit and spice but not what I expected from the aroma. The palate is average and the finish somewhat dry. Overall a beer that had promise in the aroma but disappoints in the flavor arena.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2012
From Voldby, DK. Bottled, 091212. Amber with white head. Aroma of fruit and spices. Flavour with some malt and balanced hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3472) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2012
The beer is chestnut brown with a thin beige cap. The aroma offers malt, holiday spices, brown sugar, brown bread, light sweetness. Light malty sweetness, with brown bread and perhaps a touch of cinnamon. Pretty tasty. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Alcohol presence is minimal. Pretty smooth feel. Overall, this was solid, but not exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wolfbass (1101) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 10, 2012
Considerando la gradazione alcolica, bisogna fare i complimenti perchè ha davvero una facile beva, però non mi convince completamente, forse un pò troppo furbetta...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
zaf (308) - ITALY - DEC 9, 2012
aroma: caramel, toast, licorice, alcohol, apparenza: brown, hazy, minimal head, gusto: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, palato: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, è da tempo che volevo assaggiarla e non sono rimasto deluso assolutamente..aroma deciso, classico di questo stile di birra (frutta secca,malto tostato,sentori speziati),gusto altrettanto speziato e piacevole,ma poco corposa e con poca schiuma..finale lungo e caldo bevuta all’elfo alla spina!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
Pours a hazy and dark copper beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is nalt, caramel, alcohol and spices. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is sweetness with alcoholwarmth. Overall an average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12883) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
Hazy brown with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of orange peel, and bready malt. Sweetish flavour with some orange peel and a heavy, almost doppelbock-like malt profile, along with a touch of alcohol

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