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RATINGS: 290   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 (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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansalon (1676) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2013
Pours brown with no head. Nose is fermented fruit with grapes and caramel. Taste is honey, grapes, raisins and quite a bit of tartness. Very experimental but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4221) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2013
Draft at holy grail. Quickly disappearing head. Amber color. Clear. The smell is fruity, the fruit his right away, leafs, grapes, juice, wine like, sweet, badly fermented home brew. The taste is sweet, alcohol, fruit, cough medicine, and eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3066) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle. Bready wheat malt, honey, nuts, spicy herbal, fruity aroma. Aroma also has a Belgian yeast like character. Clear deep copper with a small off-white head. Black pepper, honey, fruity raisin, and earthy spicy flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8202) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Dusty/yeasty pomegranate/banana, amaretto, and nutty grain aroma - hint of gentian. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet berry/pomegranate/raisin, black pepper and gentian root, and yeast flavor. Very complex. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GMCC2181 (1526) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle via SL... Funky amber, brown color. Not much head. Aroma of musky grapes, spices, honey, nuts and flowers. Taste is musky grapes, light flowers, honey, nuts and raisons. Not bad, just different. Body is on the lighter side but far from watery. Overall: Unique but glad I shared the bottle with a friend..... aka wolf man!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (894) - - MAR 27, 2013
Bronze pour. Aroma of Pomegranite, wheat, white wine. Pomegranite and wheat dominate at first, Raisin, orange, spices, slight nuttiness. Getting honey sweetness as it warms. medium body. lower carbonation. Not worth going out of your way for or avoiding, but fairly unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4703) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 26, 2013
A weird beer for sure. I get some of the pomegranate up front which I like, but the strange grains give it a funkiness and a little bit of heaviness as well. Certainly could drink another, but itís definitely a strange brew, but keeping with my likes, I have pretty much liked every pomegranate beer Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EKGoldings (585) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle, poured into wine glass. Dark amber, good head, fine bubbles. Getting some Belgian spicing, honey is apparent as well. Appears well made but not my cup of tea.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
streve (105) - Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2013
750ml bottle. Pour is a semi-clear copperish red color with a finger of white bubbly head. Aroma is quite interesting. I tell you, it smells like a muscle cream. Iím guessing it comes from the yeast. I do get the pomegranate and honey too though. Mouth has a little bitterness in the front but pretty smooth forward. Notes of honey, citrus, bread and pomegranates. Not entirely bad and the aroma is definitely surprising.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
scottw86 (1134) - Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2013
Poured a slightly hazy copper color with a thin head that faded quickly. Aroma is quite fruity with grapes and pomegranate. Slightly metallic as well with honey. Taste is pretty unusual. Tastes very metallic and dry with fruity notes. Lots of cheesy and doughy notes. Slightly acidic. Finish has grapes, copper, and more cheese with honey. Overall itís very interesting, but not the greatest. The flavors are a little strange.

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