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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
Pours rusty burnt orange with a slight red tint. Aroma of honey, caramel, hay, mead, and a slight fruity hint (guess it’s the pomegranate). Flavor of honey, earth, grass, sugar, mead, slight fruit. Finishes slightly cloying with a gentle earthy, tangy, fruity aftertaste. Medium-heavy bodied, with high carbonation, but not a creamy mouthfeel. No real alcohol presence, but it is a little cloying. Good aromas and flavors, but I could go for a softer, creamier mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rougeau13 (1971) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2013 Deep, clear amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet fruit, wine, grain, and spice. Taste is sweet and a bit tart. Medium bodied; smooth. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
neuromatt (1105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
750 mL bottle from Total Wine in Tucson, served in a stem glass. Pours clear slightly reddish amber with a small, rocky head that fades quickly and leaves no carbonation. On the nose, there are notes of grapes, honey, pomegranate, pale fruit, wheat and spices. The flavour is moderately sweet throughout, with honey, raisins and fruit, along with a touch of sour fruit and an interesting spiciness. Hops are very subtle. The finish is long, spicy and slightly sweet. On the palate, it is light-medium in body with a slightly dryish texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is an interesting fruity ale with a delicate spiciness. It is an interesting, complex brew, but it seems to lack something. 2012-12-31

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours a decent orange with a nose of smoky candy. Flavor is smoky fruit with a weird honey smoke finish. Light notes of bbq’d beechwood. Average mouthfeel. Meh, another good intentioned DFH beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
4thAgeChris (66) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Decent head, not much retention, pretty carbonated, caramel, fruit, a little sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Bottle. Clear reddish orange with a fizzy white head. Sweet pomegranate, grape, and honey aroma and taste with notes of hazelnut with a brassy sweet spice finish with a thick sticky palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Bottle... Poured reddish clear with a thick forming, light khaki head. Head faded quickly. Fruity and sweet. But enough bready malt tones to balance it. Figgy pudding, fruit bread, candied sugars, spice, caramel, and pomegranate. Nice tastings, but didn’t exactly pick out everything that went into it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1486) - Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2013
750 ml. bottle- Pours hazy orange with a two finger bone white head that is reducing. Aroma is kind of beery, maybe some sweet honey and pomegranate. Taste is similar, honey and pomegranate definitely come through, especially the pomegranate, but the base beer is very basic. I appreciate these ancient styles, but I am usually not blown away by them I am noticing, it is good, no offnotes, but not anything I would go out of my way to purchase again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kinz (3256) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2013
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m a total sucker for these "ancient ales." I’ll buy them with almost no concern about the actual ingredients. And lets face it, pomegranate usually doesn’t inspire confidence. Pours a clear copper, with slight head that fades quickly and entirely. Aroma is slightly of tart fruit, and stronger of rather odd grains - think in terms of a gluten free beer. Some spice too, somewhat herbal in character. Flavor is essentially identical to the nose, although more spicy, and only the faintest tartness from the pomegranate. Not bad, but not great. But definitely interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Floback (523) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours viscous with a dark amber-colored body and a small head that diminishes fast. Nose is slightly malty with notes of grape juice. Flavors exude copious red grape and other dark berries, cucumber, subtle soy sauce, and crisp red apples in the finish. Medium/high carbonation and medium body. An Interesting brew, for sure. And the high ABV is hidden well, as DFH does masterfully.

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