Brewed by Birra del Borgo
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Borgorose (RI), Italy
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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After the Equilibrista, our beer inspired by the Champagne world, here it is a new experiment on the “wine meets beer” theme. This time, though, we tipped the scales in favour of beer, adding to the Duchessa wort only a 25% of wine must: in this case we used Malvasia (coming from our friends of Tenuta di Bibbiano, as usual), a white, aromatic grape variety which gives the beer a gentle and nice sharpness and an inusual, fruity nose. The beer is bottle-fermentd using Champagne-yeasts, and it has a quite intense “perlage” (bubbles) that makes it perfect as an aperitif or even for the whole meal. The “chaotic” label was designed by Valentina De Luca, an Art student at the Istituto d’Istruzione Superiore Antonio Cederna of Velletri (Rome), who won our contest “Etichette Bizzarre”.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixonian (1558) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap @ Max’s. Clear dull orange brew with some white head. Nose is berries, vinous, grape - flavor is sweet with a tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (13369) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2014
15th February 2014
Scopey 5K Tasting in deepest Croydonia. Thanks to Theydon of Bois. Hazy gold beer, few white bubbles for a head. Palate is light and dry. Light winey grapes, tangy and dry. Light sweetness underneath. Whisper of aniseed. Light dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (7004) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Bottle split at Scopey’s 5K Extravaganza of Oompah Band meets doorbell music, acquired from Johnny’s II, Roma - 15/02/14. Hazed orange/light amber with a thin off white covering. Nose is apple juice, light must, straw, mild citrics, not a hughe deal going off. Taste comprises light caramel, bitter orange, mellow fruit notes, wine barrel effect, stewed berry fruit. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi dank close. Ok but not much depth and not that sour ! Wouldn’t revisit this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maneliquor (2787) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle shared at Scopey’s 5000th rate. Cheers to Colin. Pours hazy-ish orange with no head. Nose is sweet toffee biscuit, quite doughy and lemon driven sherbert. Very sweet and citric behind the heavy dough base. Has that stale toffee note which I don;t enjoy. Quite sweet for a sour. Just ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (9855) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle shared at the Scopey 5K tasting - big thanks to C-Money for this one. Pours hazy gold with a light, white foam head. Tangy tangerine on the nose with dried white grapes and white bread. Medium sweet flavor with dried berries, orange citrus, pale bread. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with mellow rindy bitterness, white bread, doughy pale malts. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scopey (5542) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle at my 5K tasting, thanks to Colin. It pours cloudy golden-amber with small white head. The nose is hay, wood, spice, floral, light must, kitty litter and grain. The taste is doughy,earthy, hay, light spice, vinous, tannin, good deal of sweetness, wood and gooseberry with a dry finish. Only mild tartness in the background. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not a whole lot going on. OK, but a bit too sweet for me perhaps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (9929) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle. Golden -orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sourness, yeast, berries, apple. Flavour is sourness, yeast, berries, apple, spices, citrus. Medium body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2014

Bottle 750ml.

Clear medium orange yellow colour with a small, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, hay, pale malt, citrus tart, moderate yeasty, champagne yeast, sharp yeast, light wine - grape. Flavour is moderate sweet and light moderate bitter with a long duration, sweet fruit, champagne yeast. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131122]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (7119) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours dirty gold with white head. Nose and taste of white grape, lemon, champagne yeast, light sour malt and musk. Medium body. Very light acidity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yngwie (12721) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle, 75cl. An unclear, orange-golden beer topped by a small, off-white head. Syrupy fruity nose with a faint spiced touch and some yeast. Citrus peel too. The flavor has lots of tropical fruits, quite a lot of sweetness and some faint bitterness. Medium body, some dryness, and with a sweet, fruity finish. Way too sweet for me this one. And it lacks a bit on carbonation. 131122

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bamsen78 (2413) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ Scooper Tasting in Ulfborg. Pours hazy yellow with small off-white head. Clear aroma of flowers, malt and apples. Sweetish and sourish flavour of fermented apples and hops. High carbonation. Vinous belches and flowery finish. Nice.

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