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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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This beer is based on a beverage that may have been enjoyed by the Etruscans of Ancient Italy around 800 BC. For this one Sam traveled to Italy with Dr. Pat McGovern where they met up with Teo and Leo (Sam’s buddies from Baladin Brewery and Birra Del Borgo respectively) and researched ingredients from various Etruscan dig sites. The result of their research is a strong ale containing an Italian heirloom grain called Cappelli Senatore, along with pomegranate juice, raisins, and hazelnut flour, together with 3 types of honey: chestnut, wildflower, and clover. The brew was then spiced with several hop flowers, Gentian root and tree resin (think Myrrh) in the kettle. To simulate fermentation in a bronze vessel (which possibly would have been what the Etruscans used), we actually tied a bronze plate inside our modern stainless fermenter which was suspended in the wort as it fermented. The aroma is dominated by pomegranate and spice from the yeast. The flavor is an intriguing interplay between the tangy pomegranate fruit and nuttiness from the hazelnut flower. One can definitely envision sipping this unique brew while relaxing on the Mediterranean coast. Versions of this brew will also be made at Baladin and Birra Del Borgo with the same ingredients but varying processes.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (930) - Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours bronze with a large fizzy head. Smells of wheat, fruit, hints of metal. Taste is a little fruity with a definite honey character. Medium-bodied with a wet texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze finishes with a dry honey character.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adamhorror (83) - USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours a deep copper with a white big bubbly head. Aroma is fig, raisin, wheat, yeast, and a mild honey scent. Taste is largely yeast-fruit. Pomegranate and grape taste with underlying wheat and yeast. Mouthful is medium body, with a large aftertaste of grape and cherry and pomegranate flavors. The alcohol is present but not overpowering. Not much of a lace left on the glass. This brew also feels like a weak Port Wine, meaning, would be thinner in mouthfeel. The more I sip this beer the more I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2537) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2013
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in late 2012. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap. Minimal glass lacing and a ton of streaming carbonation that keeps the lace cap going. Aromas of apple, pear, raisin, banana, pomegranate, pepper, clove, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, wheat, bread, floral, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruitiness with malt and spicy yeast esters. Taste of apple, pear, raisin, banana, pomegranate, pepper, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, honey, candi sugar, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, clove, pepper, bubblegum, honey, floral, herbal, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity flavors with malt and yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, lightly syrupy, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent excellent ancient ale collaboration. All around nice balance and complexity of malt, fruitiness, and spicy ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one, as expected.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steverus0 (158) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 12, 2013
This brew really has more depth than I really know what to do with. Has the mouthfeel of a Belgian Tripel or Quad, but honey comes through clearly with a hint of clove to back it up. A subtle nutty backbone helps add depth and character that a standard Belgian might lack. Not 100% sure what I think about this beer, but I know how I feel - satisfied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RogertheKid (90) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Loaded with fruity, honey flavors topped with spices, for make of a very different brew. Enjoyed it, happy I have tasted it.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4359) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2013
22 ounce bottle - $10.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, burnt umber-hued body with a very thin, very brief, white head.

Smell: This is your big shot, Etruscans. Tangy, cutting fruit notes with a noted perfumy, redolent floral quality, also some aromatic, savory wood and a fair amount of spice and alcohol. It smells like decorative, small-sized soaps you’re not supposed to use in a guest bathroom. Or a candle with a non-specific moniker like "Autumnal Evenings" or "Sargassum’s Interlude."

Taste: The tangy, lightly sourish fruitiness is foremost for me, of the added pomegranates and raisins. Honeyish sweetness, but, it’s quite short-lived as some joining nutty, spicy, floral tones begin bumbling around the flavor like drunk perverts on a dance floor. Warming, tangy, spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: These droll historical renditions peak my interest every time and always make for a ripping good time. Chateau Jiahu was mighty fun. Didn’t we have one hell of a time with Midas Touch? I know, deep down, a bottle of Theobroma would be the jewel in any serious beer drinker’s cellar. Now,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2013
pours a clear amber with a small white head, and not much lacing. smell is of fruit, honey, some wheat, and cherry. taste is of cherry, dark fruits, wheat, caramel, malt, and some hops. ends somewhat like a fruit juice with a slight bite.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16537) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty honey aroma. Sweetish malty spicy honey flavor with weak yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy honey finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2030) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a medium amber color with a thin off white head. Aroma of grain, dark sweet fruits, and nuts. Taste is honey, dark fruits, some spices, and a nuttiness (maybe hazelnut).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bmerz (698) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle. Copper yellow color. Not much of anything else. Aroma is cola, tart sweet, light vinous. Flavor is light vegetal, wood, red tart fruit, more cola. Very light dry lively mouthfeel. Very metallic finish. This is why I love DFH. Awesome idea, surprising and very interesting and enjoyably drinkable results.


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