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RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 (Samís 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a clear copper hued body and a medium sized off-white head that fades pretty rapidly. Aromas are quite herbal and a bit spicy, floral, honey, thistle, grassy, medium malt, tree sap, walnut bread. Low esters. Flavors are spicy, off dry and pretty tannic to be honest. Light isoamyl acetate, floral and fruity, mildly nutty. Dry finish, light pomegranate. Lively carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvanFriend (480) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Sour pomegranate and honey are the dominant flavors here, a little nuttiness is definitely there as well. Certainly interesting. Too fizzy for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GoForShlomo (47) - - OCT 22, 2013
Floral malt aroma; amber color with frothy off-white head; sweet raspberry taste; sharp fizz on the palate with a bitter finish; overall, a fruity beer that is interesting for it's representation of an Etruscan beer, but only stands up on it's own if you're looking for a fruity beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2014 Bottle: thanks, Matt! Deep copper with shades of amber & ruby-red. Foamy, white head lasts for a few minutes then retains well as a collar outlining the glass. Aroma is... unique & interesting. Fruity, somewhat tart berries, wheat, grains, crispy & musky hops, ginger, coriander, pepper, & a collage of other spices I canít identify at all. Taste contains honey-coated cherries, strawberry, pomegranate, raspberry... sounds great, but there is a HUGE medicinal twang thatís killing the vibe. Weird, residual, chalky taste & feel on the palate, think of the aftertaste of chewing a vitamin. Ashy, musty, dry hops. Big wheat. Not getting any hazelnut. What a damn weird beer... Wouldnít be so bad if it wasnít for those horrid, medicinal off-flavors. Hard to finish this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bth122 (1499) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Big bottle. Fizzy head ended abruptly and disappeared. Mahogany color. Aroma is ripe fruits, pomegranate, cranberry, honey, coriander, grapes. Medium light sweetness. Slight tartness. Light carbonation. Taste is about the same as aroma. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
The aroma is earthy, yeasty, pepper, nuts. The appearance is clear amber, white head. The flavor is pepper, yeast, nuts, honey. Spicy and sweet. The finish is pepper, spicy. Medium in body. God overall. Why is thee Belgian yeast in a traditional ale?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimsal27 (291) - New York, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Great aroma almost mead like. Pickup caramel, honey and pine. Taste has all those plus a hint of nuttiness. Oily on the palate with soft carbonation and sweet finish, weíll made beer but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (11220) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2013
Draft sampled at Dogfish Head brewery. Pours hazy brown with a cream tan head. Aroma of malt, wort, caramel, brown sugar, honey. Not sure Iím getting the pomegranate in this. Flavour is moderate sweet and light bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kathemenos (2) - Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2013 does not count
medium body, slick feel,average carbonation, long finish, lightly bitter, medium sweetness, amber, ginger, citrus,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
750 ml bottle. Fizzy, gluggy pour. Itís a reddish color with a fizzy head. Aroma of flour, nuts, some caramel and pomegranate. I think itís pomegranate. Iíve never had a pomegranate. Some earth and clay notes, basement aromas. Flavor has a mild fruity sweetness balances by some woody bitterness and umami flavors. Medium bodied, somewhat thin textured, with lively carbonation. I like this. Itís interesting.

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