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RATINGS: 323   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 (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.

   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 can’t identify at all. Taste contains honey-coated cherries, strawberry, pomegranate, raspberry... sounds great, but there is a HUGE medicinal twang that’s 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... Wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t 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 (1453) - 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 (3085) - 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, we’ll made beer but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kermis (9880) - The Hague, 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 I’m 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 (4018) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2013
750 ml bottle. Fizzy, gluggy pour. It’s a reddish color with a fizzy head. Aroma of flour, nuts, some caramel and pomegranate. I think it’s pomegranate. I’ve 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. It’s interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwcash159 (8) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013 does not count
A - Copper color with white head. Didn’t have very much head or lacing. S - Very aromatic with hits of spices and citrus and wood chips. Very pleasant. Was not very hoppy T - Had a slight sweet taste. You could pick up the honey and spice notes. It did have a strange after taste. Maybe because of the blend of spices and honey. M - Very low carbonation. But very drinkable. O - Overall, very unique and good beer. DFH continues to expand what beer is and what good beers are. This strange combination of spices and honey is another fine creation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Concealer (1116) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2013
rap. Clear orange-amber with little to no head. Smells of caramel and toasted malt and fruit. Flavor us caramel, sweet fruit, and gain. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Pours a golden amber, moderate froth, quickly gone. Scent brings big floral notes, flowery honey, light herbal quality, some bready yeastyness and spice, sugar and fruit. Taste has a lot going on as well... strong floral, honey, grape notes, moderate sugar, herbal, spice notes, rounded out with a grainy and bready profile. Medium bodied, some prickly carbonation. Overall, impressed with the uniqueness and drinkability of this one, only thing to question is value.

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