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Birra del Borgo ArcheoBirra Etrusca - Anfora

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


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Leo, Teo e Sam sono andati alla ricerca dell’origine della birra, ricreando un’audace ricetta ispirata alle antiche bevande fermentate. Usando ingredienti comuni sulla base dei ritrovamenti archeologici ogni birrificio ha scelto un metodo di fermentazione diverso. A Borgorose, l’Etrusca, l’abbiamo fatta riposare in grandi anfore di terracotta, come quelle ritrovate negli antichi siti etruschi

Using ingredients found on archeological sites (different cereals, hazelnuts, raisins, pomegranate, resins, honey), this project is supervised by Patrick McGovern (university of Pennsylvania).
At Del Borgo the beer is fermenting in clay amphorae.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grumbo (883) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle bought in Rome and brought back to UK to enjoy. Poured a cloudy amber/orange colour with a very small and soon dissipating off-white head. Aroma is of sour fruits, grain, malt, nut and spice. Light sweetness and heavy sourness which was well balanced. Medium/full bodied, slick texture. Pomegranate comes to the fore. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10703) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Cute little bottle shared at a tasting. Murky orange, no head. Aroma of earth, mushroom, pomegranate, citrus. The taste is very tart pomegranate, caramel, mushrooms, earth, lemon juice. Medium bodied, still.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pumpkin87 (145) - - JUL 23, 2015
Pours cloudy hazelnut with thin head that disappears quickly. If not for the description of, stored in amphorae, I doubt I would have identified that aroma as terracotta, but it’s a definite factor along with wood, honey, caramel and a citrus-like spike. On the palate, Birra del Borgo’s version of this three-way collaboration is a light, tart mead. Pomegranates lead the way, with tartness spiking to lemon. Underneath, nut and honey tones become earthy. Dry finish, light and refreshing. Not the best sour I’ve had, nor the cheapest, but worth checking out for the origins of the (sour) species.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjoeng (207) - - JUL 21, 2015
9.3%ABV. Traditional Ale. This poured out of the bottle with no head. Poured out like looking like an unfiltered cider. A rich tea brown of about 18ºSRM. Nose had a fresh acetic sourness. Palate is characterized by sour, acetic, lemon juice flavors. Interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiammanghilla (843) - Genova, ITALY - FEB 16, 2015
Bottiglia 33cl, regalo del folkstudio. Chiara con schiuma non troppo persistente. Corpo molto fitto, carbonazione appena accennata. Frutta gialla, aspra ed acidula. Interessante. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhold

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16477) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from Eataly, Milan; bb 09/2014, LCR 15/12L
Cloudy blond-golden color; the medium sized head disappears quickly. Weird aroma; wood, honey, unripe fruits, white grapes; acidic. Highly carbonated; it definitively has some honey and mead character, quite dry; the fruits used give a lemony impression; quite high acidity level; it has a nice touch of white grapes and fox grapes (uva americana); it’s not unbalanced, it has some bitterness, but the final is short.
Interesting experiment, quite pleasant, surely better that the explosive bottle of Baladin Etrusca.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Baramba (426) - ITALY - DEC 2, 2014
33 cl bottle. Orange, no head, Aroma is sourish, alcohol, cereals. Taste is medium to heavy sour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7928) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 25, 2014
Bouteille 33cl @ Il Punto, Bologna, BB 03/2016. Orangée, avec un col absent. Arôme offre un bouquet intense de terracota, notes minérales rappelant l’amphore et une pointe de douceur mielleuse au bouquet, le tout gardant ce côté distinct de grenade. Palais est autant étrange qu’intéressant. Seul exemple avant étant la version de Cantillon. Ici le profil reste fort similaire si ce n’est que Borgo rajoute pas mal d’ingrédients. On note toujours pas mal cette influence de la terracota qui offre un palais unique alternant minéral; salé et terreux. En bouche, un profil herbacé légèrement acidulé. Pointe d’épice, et une excellente combinaison entre miel et cet aspect plus acidulé qui touche presque sur le lambic. Bière originale, et c’est là, l’effort que je souhaite revoir plus souvent en Italie où il y a tellement de culture à importer dans la bière sans toujours refaire des clones d’IPA. DelBorgo réussit le tout parfaitement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (583) - Tuscany, ITALY - OCT 4, 2014
White weak head. Deep golden colour. Aroma is sour with vinous and spicy notes. Flavor is moderately fruity (apple, pear) with sour tones, ending in a sour and moderately fruity finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TommyFi (109) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 8, 2014
Non saprei, sarà che ancora non riesco ad apprezzare questo genere di birre ma l’ho trovata un pò troppo sbilanciata verso l’acido. Tra l’altro l’acido che si percepisce sale progressivamente nel finale. E’ citrica, brettata non di sentono quasi per niente i 9,3 gradi alcolici. Attribuisco un punteggio di mezzo perchè ancora non riesco a giudicarle in maniera onesta.

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