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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2013
750 ml. bottle. Pours copper color with a white head that completely disappears very quick. Carbonation is high. The yeast shows on the nose and the finish is slightly sour. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheJvd (955) - NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2013
Bottle @ WWT II. Pours clear amber/orange with a small, quickly fading white head. Aroma has spices, yeast and some malts. Taste is also sweet malts and qutie some spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (3214) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2013
Bottle thnx to Ed583, @WWT II. Pours a clear amber beer with a small of white head that lasts pretty long. Aroma is sugary, sweet and malty. Hints of caramel and toffee are present. Flavour is sweet and sour, raisins and honey are defintely present in the flavours. Watery palate, yet full flavoured. Decent brew but I’ve had better DFH.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1945) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2013
Orange-copper with good, foamy, beige head, fast dissipating with minimal legs / Curious, complex nose of honey, spun sugar, sage, lavender, cinnamon, pomegranate, nut / Medium body, somewhat thin, sweet with minimal hopping but not cloying / Flavors of black tea, honey, spun sugar, lavender, sage, oregano, ginger, orange peel, pomegranate, / As with other quirky DH releases, I give them great credit for pushing the brewing art as they do, but I don’t really want to have another. Could be nice as a digestif, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borresteijn (5409) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2013
75cl Bottle at WWT II. Clear copper amber colour, white head. Aroma of sweet bready malts, something light minty, wort, oatmeal porridge. Flavour is sweet, malty, bread, wort, something tart, raisins, spices, tart spicy finish. Medium-bodied. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benzai (9999) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2013
Bottle @ WWT II. Clear dark orange color, small white to off - white head. Smell is weird, plastic, chemical, yeast and weirdness. Taste lightly malts, lightly sourish, leaves, vegetables, totally weird and not nice imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (6581) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2013
66.cl bottle sample at wwt2 via Mrhangover. Thin white head. Clear golden blond pour. Lots of fruit in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mad_Ferret (753) - SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Bottle @ Oliver Twist 4/4-13. Clear reddish amber, no head. Spicy and fruity with cranberries/pomegranate, red grapes, spice rack, wood. Quite nice! Fruity tart and with a pretty dry finish. Cranberries, slight touch of oranges or mandarines, spice, woody dryness. It actually feels a bit like a spicy and heavy rosé wine. Long berryish aftertaste. Medium to bigger body with low tickeling carbonation and slick to dry texture. I like it! Feels almost like a wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (4817) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
Pours semi-cloudy, brown-gold with a quick soapy head. Very interesting...aroma is reminiscent of eucalyptus, spearmint and banana. Flavour is sweet, berries, yeast, honey, spices. Wonderful stuff....fascinating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (2798) - SWEDEN - APR 4, 2013
Pours reddish amber with no head. Aroma of overripe red grapes, hazel nut, myrrh, francincense. Taste is sweetish throughout but with a slight apple sourness. It's nicely balanced but body is a tad too oily. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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