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


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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2010
On tap at Church Key DC: Transparent copper amber with a spotty-lacing covering of off-white head. Sweet biscuity pale malty nose has some floral orange peel notes. Starts with good fullness and sweet pale maltiness with some bitter orange rind spice before a slightly warming bittersweet finish. Pretty complex, yet drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle from Smith’s. Pours turbid dark brown with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, Wheaties, hops, and brown sugar. Tastes caramel malty, with syrupy caramel notes, ESBish flavors including tannins and nuts, some brown sugar, and slight funk. Very well hidden alcohol, as this one doesn’t seem a lick over the BMC upper limit of 3% ABV.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (15625) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Tap at Churchkey. Clear reddish maroon, edge bubbles. Aroma of wood, furniture polish and citrus. Taste is very acidic and bitter, herbal overtones. Interesting but rough.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
simoneopazz (148) - , ITALY - FEB 6, 2010
rosso scuro con uno splendito cappello bianchissimo,compatto e persistente. l’odore di agrume riempie il naso,ma poi finisce li,risulta troppo frizzantina e forse troppo poco equilibrata rispetto all’alta gradazione che ha.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Tap at The Diamond. Poured a cloudy dark amber witha thin bubbly head. Nose was interesting. Grapes, sour grapes, candied sugars and??? First flavor impression is grape bubblegum. But Ina good way. Yes, it’s sweet, but there is a certain balance that makes me say wow this is good!! Has kind of a musty sweet finish. Not an everyday beer, but a beer to try for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
From a magnum at Beer Table. Deep amber-orange pour. The nose is really lovely with a bright herbal/spicy nose. Fruity with a bit of cherry and strawberry. There is a really nice lightness to the aroma and some unusual fruitness. A bit of gooseberry and kiwi. The malts have a lightly grassy/grainy quality. A touch of soft spiciness toward the back of the palate. Fairly unique character with a bit of a floral character. Rose, orange and a bit of light yeastiness. The back finishes with a kiss of lactic tartness. Really subtle, complex and unique brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
capoccetta (171) - roma, ITALY - JAN 8, 2010
all’olfatto è poco percettibile abbastanza equlibrata,ma poco persistente. mi aspettavo di meglio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kromamc (192) - ITALY - JAN 6, 2010
Mi è capitato di assaggiare bottiglie molto diverse tra di loro di 25 dodici...a volte è stata un po insoddisfacente.. a volte era molto buona! la speziatura era degna di un ottima birra di natale..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
theisti (3451) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 7, 2009
12.7 fl oz bottle shared by beastiefan2k. Pour is hazed brown orange amber with a smallish off white head. The head falls off to a few small bubbles quickly. Aroma of sweet malts, soft toasty bready grain, some nice bitter fruitiness. The nose is quite full and inviting. Taste has some light fruit sourness up front, followed close behind with the brown sugar sweet maltiness, and a big mineral earthiness. Decent integration of the sour, fruit and earth. Palate is medium, coats the mouth a bit, aftertaste sees the pleasant mineral aspect turn a bit unclean. Thanks for sharing this one Eugene, it was an interesting beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Pours a dark chestnut brown color with dark golden ruby/amber edges and a very thin bubbly off-white head that immediately disappears. No lacing. Very earthy, grassy aroma with a lot of soily hops, dark fruit, cough syrup, candy sugar and spice. Hints of grape, plum and raisin as well as some spicy peppery zest. When I say earthy I mean it smells like freshly toiled soil. Kind of like wet dirt with estery dark fruit. Lighter end of medium bodied and sightly watered down with some soft carbonation. Very medicinal like robitussin cough syrup with hints of dark fruit and a very prominent earthy/dirty flavor. Subtle hops with hints of grape, raisin, plum, fig and date. It tastes more like a not so dry alcoholic grape juice with dirt thrown in. Slight alcohol heat but ABV is decently masked. Not very drinkable. I really like this brewery and Italian craft beer in general but this was a big disappointing.

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