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


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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - 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
allolfatto 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 capitato di assaggiare bottiglie molto diverse tra di loro di 25 dodici...a volte 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 (3403) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body with a yellow off white foamy head. This is loaded with grape character and precipitates. Dark cane sugars, plum, grape soda pop, mild etoh, chewy caramel candied sugar. Light spices grapes and well lots of grape. The most grape tasting beer ive had to date!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Appearance: Handed to me a translucent, dark mahogany-hued body with a short-lived, off-white head. Smell: Strongly sweet wafts of sugar followed by notes of dehydrated dark fruits (sans raisins), dried herbs, spices, toasty malts, and Italian-bred booze. Taste: Light pale maltiness combined with some fully bready, toasty malts and a strong taste of dark candi sugar. Fruity flavors of dates and figs. Subtle spice qualities of coriander, cinnamon, and orange peel. Light earthy, spicy hops and bitterness. Fairly warm, semi-sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Rather low carbonation. Drinkability: The 25 Dodici had quite a Christmastime quality about it. Sadly, with the rather noticeable alcohol and low carbonation it came across as hot and flat. Not a winner with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Tap at Maxs. Pours a deep hazy muddy coppery brown with almost no head. Aroma is not really belgian like at all. Just a lot of caramel malts, toast, slight oxidation, earthy and herbal spices, with some pretty big fruity esters apple and raisin. Flavor is dull caramel malts, sharp deep dark crystal malts, molasses some brown sugar, herbs, spices, grass, toffee and a fusel sharp alcohol as it warms. Strange beer, but not all that interesting or easy to drink. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5466) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Bottle. Murky copper pour. Aroma is fruity, semi-sweet, wine-like in spots, and herbal. Taste is spicy, sweet malt, caramel, fruits (grape, grape skins, tangerine), light spice and herbal notes and flowers. Body is light-medium and the carbonation rather subtle. Sort of slick on the tongue. Ends with more sweet malt, strong fruit notes, light spice, herbs, soft alcohol, flowers and yeast notes. Very different beer. Unique flavors but Im not sure it really works that well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Murky amber brown in appearance with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of light hops, fruity, slightly medicinal (probably due to the bitter orange PILL that the label says they use). citrus, and perfume. Taste is tart, orange and grain.

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