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Birra del Borgo L’Equilibrista

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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
Un giovane Chianti seduce con la sua forza una Duchessa, lei lo ammalia con l’eleganza ed insieme vanno poi a sposarsi, con un corredo al 50% mosto di vino e 50% mosto di birra in un fermento unico, creando un’alchimia indimenticabile. L’unione prosegue in bottiglia con l’aggiunta del liqueur de tirage che li rende spumeggianti. Dimorano in bottiglia insieme ai loro piccoli lieviti, che doneranno fragranza al loro matrimonio. Invecchiano insieme e poi il mago Birraio dona loro nuova vita con il rito magico della sboccatura, aggiungendo la pozione, il liqueur d’expedition, come da antica ricetta tramandata di generazione in generazione. Rarissima prima edizione rilasciata in quantitativi estremamente limitatati dal Birrificio Del Borgo, prodotta con mosto fiore di Montepulciano e metodo Champenoise. Un gioco di equilibri tra vino e birra senza paragoni. Un articolo assolutamente da collezionare.

Brewed with 39% of Sangiovese wine wort, fermented with wine yeast and refermented with champagne yeast.
Produced at Azienda Agricola Tenuta di Bibbiano.
(Editor’s translation from vintage 2010 bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5297) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 16, 2015
Bottle: Served in a wine glass: Lively and right away disappearing apricot head. Warm and exotic hazy orange body. Aroma is different, logicwise seeh the use of wine wort, wine yeast and champagne yeast. There’s a dominating earthy tone that’s combinee with cabbage/cooked vegetables, rubber/plastic trash bag, wood, yeast, a hint of something light fruity and some vinous funk. The flavour has the typical wine warmth and funky dryness with a dry malt cabbage/vegetable bitter tone. There’s rubber, light fruit, bread and a wood tint. Aftertaste is bitter, light dry, vinous with a light fruity touch. Quite nice. There’s a strange earthy/cabbage/bitter tone that makes the beer incredible strange and a bit unbalanced, also a bit complex. This is not your easy drinker Sour Ale, but rather a complex vinous style beer, one I haven’t found to be this close to wine, funky wine!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
domienS (226) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2015
Pours a clear red beer with a small white head that decays quickly. Smells of sweet fruits, grapes. Tastes sweet and sour. Big palate, very carbonated. Great unique beer. Def worth the price!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8526) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2015
Boxed head basher bottle from Whole Foods PM. Pours hazy copper with fizzy white head. Nose is grapes, champagne yeast. Tastes like a champagney concord wine, with more tartness and funk, and a long finish with the purple grapes being the predominant flavor. Unique, with a complex finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamChandler (3588) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 1, 2015
Dark pink to brown, really nice carbonation. This one gushed like crazy. The aroma is really interesting. Super aroma of grapes, wine like, just really nice smell. Really great mouthfeel. Just good champagne like dryness. Super nice. I like this beer a lot. Great malt profile, tons of grape tastes, very dry. raspberry, fig, grape. lots of depth. this is fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
la_monica (7) - ITALY - MAY 12, 2015 does not count
straordinariamente equilibrata, profumata e fresca. perlage finissimo e lieviti che regalano una sensazione vellutata in bocca

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markextrae (2120) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2015
small bottle sample shared at a bar, from 750cl bottle. poured an amber colour with a deep red shade to it leaving a small off white coloured ring on top. notes of funky notes, grape skin, citrus, vineous notes, white grapes, spicy yeast, sweet marmalade, carbonation, oak, champagne, tart berries, musky malts notice, very weird combination. that didn’t end up like the way it should have been imo...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheCametron (2112) - CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 26, 2015
Bottle with Rachel & Pavel. Pours Pinkish Orange with a slim bubbly White head. Aroma of unkempt must. Like the smell of a cheap vinoteka or poorly cleaned up floor spill wine. Slightly vegetal, vinegary component. grapes and woodiness smashed together with a high ABV. Interesting but I didn’t like it so much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (13345) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle at Brewers Beer Bar, Göteborg. Thanks Victor! Slightly hazy reddish copper beer with a decent lasting offwhite head. Sourish fruity vinous aroma, grapes, citrus, funky, woody notes, caramel, raisins, grapefruit, rhubarb notes, hay, some figs. Sour woody flavor, grassy, vinous, raisins, funky, rhubarb notes, caramel, leather notes, grapes, some yeast. Quite nice, well aged.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
sandrobruni (18) - ITALY - FEB 5, 2015
light lactic acid notes, horse blanket, In mouth, a sweet fruity malt with smooth lactic notes, don’t like so much.....just a try

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ShaneJ (726) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle from Archive, Brisbane (2011 Vintage, purchased June 2014). Clear orange/copper, quickly fading champagne-like head, grape/wine aroma, sourness is there but quite mild, red wine, oak, funky, dank, bubbly carbonation, sweet but sour finish. Ok.

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