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Brewed by Birra del Borgo
Style: Saison
Borgorose (RI), Italy
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Birra del Borgo saison blended with Cantillon Lambic.


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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
A vigorous pour only produces a ¼-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, paler version of the same hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a nutty, oxidized malt note to it up front that jumps out compared to the Beersel Mattina that I just had; it is quite the dominant note, and sort of has a metallic, iron like edge to it. Perhaps a hint of tartness, a sort of straw like note, and even a rich, whole grain character is noticeable under the dominant notes, especially as this beer warms up.

The note from the aroma is also in the flavor though not quite as dominant; definitely metallic, iron / blood character, oxidized, nutty malt notes, and a stale beery character are all here, but there is also a soft tartness, some musty notes, and perhaps a hint of musky-animal like character that comes through. A sort of herbal note, that suggests at menthol, notes of stinging nettle, and oxidized herbaceous hop notes. The body here is quite light, but doesn’t approach watery in character.

I definitely would love to see a lot more of these Saison / Lambic blends; they end up working quite well in these “modern” interpretations, and it almost has me wondering how much different these two styles were in a historical sense; regardless, this is quite tasty as well, though I certainly preferred the Beersel Mattina / Morning. The oxidation character here definitely is a bit much for the nose, but in the flavor is not quite so dominant such that it is quite a bit more enjoyable. Definitely an experience in the end.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2160) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 29, 2014
Thanks Tim M. Cheesy, light Lambic sourness, funk and fizz. Light sourness, bit of a spritz. Interesting mix. Lychee like?

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11649) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle shared at the Great British Beer Festival 2014, Day 1 - London. Pours cloudy yellow with a creamy white head. The nose holds sweat and slightly rotten lemon. Light sweet flavor with more old lemon, grain, apple, light bready malts. Light to medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Lightly sweet to finish with a bit of tart citrus fruits and more sweat. OK overall.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (4006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s, thanks Dina. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Aromas of funky yeast and lemon. Taste is tart, sour, light bitter lemon. Finishes crisp, lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2445) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle thanks Dina. Golden with white head. Aroma of lambic funk and white wine. Taste of funky Brett, pineapple, white wine. Dry and tart.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (3197) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours hazy yellow, nose is farmyard funk, toffee, taste is dry, sour, funky.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14976) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 17, 2014
bottle at home .. amber .. thin white lacing ... sofft fruits ... light floral hops ... light floral hops ... zezty dry lemon hop ... juicy fruit ... soft dtry hop... dry zezty fruits ... soft sweet fruits ...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (501) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a chunky orange color with a very foamy/fizzy off white head. Aroma is tart, citrus, barnyard funk. Flavor is mildly tart, citric, heavy barnyard. Funk lingers into the finish. Honestly I was expecting more from this beer, but still tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (3013) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle (330 ml). Thanks to Marheb for this one! Clear bright golden with a medium fully lasting white head and good lacing. Aroma is really nice with plenty of Saison character, cerals as well as a nice tartness probably from the lambic, lactic notes and acidic presence. Taste is nicely tart with a good farmhouse presence, a bit of oak, citrus and hay. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry finish. Superb balance. Very tasty and drinkable. I love this one!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3344) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle at Tom’s place. Clear gold pour with really persistent creamy white head (still there 45 mins after pouring). Aroma is really nice, lactic and citric lambic notes, funky with a good dose of grainy, doughy saison. Taste is tart, not sour, really citric, like some of the new hip wine barrel-aged American saisons, really dry. Palate is light with soft carbonation. I’m impressed.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9725) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
Bottle split at GBBF ’14, day 1, 12/08/14. Hazed orange golden with a mahoosive off white head of bubbledom. Nose is light soap, bitter citrics, straw, earthy vibes, orange, lemon rind. Taste comprises tangy mandarin, citric rind, straw, light spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok saison.


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