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


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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. The nose is old grass and coffee. Some chocolate and hints of oxidation but not much. Taste is bitter at first but gives way to some sweetness followed by more bitter. Mouthfeel is thin. This feels like a porter or low alc stout. Drinkable though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Tap at Kickback’s in Jax, FL. The pour is a hazy clear amber orange with a healthy beige head. Nice lacing. Nose is slightly olive brine with sweet strawberry, earth, lemon, old caramel. All over the place. Taste is tart up front. Spritzy, lemony, sharp. Decently acidic and sour. Citric and Belgian in profile creates something extremely similar to a BFM sour. Pretty decent. Sour ale for all practical purposes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Somewhat confused beer. Orange and spice like a tripel, dried fruit spiciness and rich dark flavors and aromas like a quad, with perhaps a hint of lactic sourness like a lambic. No reason it has to adhere to any specific style ... some of my favorites are American hopped tripels, or lambic IPAs, or any of the complex hybrids that seem to be popping up all over. Maybe just a tad more alcoholic than I expected. Nice, drinkable, great complement for the duck I and jerked chicken that I served with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sayravai (4706) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2011
(Bottled, 0.75l, 2009 vintage) Clear, dark reddish color with a small but firm, tanned head (murky brown with yeast). Aroma of dried fruit, orange-peel, Belgian-style yeast, some anise, quite Xmasy. Flavor is also Xmas-spicy with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, coriander, toffee-caramely malt, dried fruit. Tiny hint of vegetably roughness. Medium+ body with low, soft CO2 - maybe slightly thin, but easy to drink and hides the ABV very well. A well-made, clean and easy-going Xmas beer. Gets even better and smoother with yeast - really nice stuff! 5236

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
GandGKevin (933) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Aromas of orange. Flavors of tea and orange. Light on the palate. Hides the 9.5% really well. Overall pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2011
12.7 oz. bottle, fresh off the boat. Pours a dark and lightly hazy rusty sienna color with a moderate, fading head of beige froth. Settling to a thin film with a dense, bubbly ring around the edge, the head leaves sticky, tissue-thin flares and rounded, wet globs of lacing behind. The nose is primarily based in notes of scorched honey and sweet, glazed raisin bread malt. There’s a touch of grain of paradise, along with some orange pith, coriander, and perhaps some indiscernible, darkly caramelized (grilled) tropical fruit. Flavors are nicely balanced between sweet notes of dark honey, caramel, multigrain bread dough, and rum raisin, and then more bitter notes of orange rind and peppery floral spices. It is all drawn together quite nicely by a creamy Belgian yeast profile. Speaking of creamy, the body is soft, whipped, and velvety on the tongue. Carbonation is light, showing just a hint of a tingle at the back of the throat. Despite it’s heft, it doesn’t come across all that sticky. Instead, some welcomed oxidation lends a bit of a drying, papery feel amidst the moderate substance. Interesting brew. Pretty solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (38536) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
75 cl bottle at Lord Hobo. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Dark roasted malty, nutty, slight fruity and wineous. Fruity and yeasty. Spiced and semi dry herbal into the finish. Ends spiced, dark malty and yeasty.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Forcina (52) - Bellinzona, Rome, Brussels, SWITZERLAND - JAN 27, 2011
La Birra del Borgo di Natale non delude mai e quest’anno la troviamo in forma come non mai. Un bel dolcione natalizio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gemmat5 (20) - Cuneo, ITALY - JAN 12, 2011
Acquistata in bottiglia al bir&fud, è stata la birra più gradita della serata, anche se personalmente non condivido l’entusiasmo generale che ha suscitato. Aroma un po’ evanescente, in bocca ben bilanciata ma un po’ vuota nel finale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ErasmusRome (14) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 11, 2011
Buona birra natalizia, bevuta in bottiglia da 750ml acquistata al bir&fud, dolce ma con luppolatura finale che equilibria bene il gusto.

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