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RATINGS: 325   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3671) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
Glass, 16 ounces, draught, drunk at Hopleaf, savoured on September 27 2014; eye: bronze, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: malt, light sourness, light acidity, light spices, slight medicinal; mouth: malt, light sourness, light acidity, light spices, slight medicinal, light hops, finale in light medicinal with slight presence of hops, medium body, quite carbonated, slightly bitter, slick texture; overall: interesting FRANÇAIS Verre, 16 onces, en fût, bue chez Hopleaf, voyage à Chicago, savourée le 27 septembre 2014; œil : bronze, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : malt, légère aigreur, légère acidité, léger épices, très léger médicinal; bouche : malt, légère aigreur, légère acidité, léger épices, très léger médicinal, léger houblon, finale en léger médicinal avec très légère présence de houblon, corps moyen, pas mal carbonatée, très légèrement amère, texture coulante; en résumé : intéressante

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (1036) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle, compliments of Mark. Exotic aroma of fruits and spices. Quickly diminishing head. Complex flavors of tartness and naturally sweet and mildly nutty. Very unique and interesting historical perspective.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kvv104 (34) - - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Pour dark brown little to no head that dissappear quickly. Smells a bit sweet with a bit metallic in it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (33990) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of malt, straw, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, spices, and caramel, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (39955) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2014
75 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Toasted malty and light spiced to citric. Smooth roasted and herbal. Fruity, mild citric. Smooth fruity, light citric and lingering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle, flight. pours amber gold, no head or lacing. nose is spicy, a bit sour, some clover. attack is warm, very spicy, background is like a sour. smooth clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 20, 2014
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. I didn't know what to expect but this was nice. Soft carbonation, subtle tartness, and a bit of apple fruitiness gave this more of a wine like feel. Simple, clean, and clear, this beer is not nearly as convoluted as its ingredients suggest. A bit of honey gives it a nice pleasant sweetness. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1410) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 22, 2014
March 8th, 2013 - Even when the flavors go awry and tragedy strikes, I love these exotic beers rooted in history and brewed from curiosity. Some result in a bottle full of historically accurate off-flavors, but that’s okay. Others, like the Etrusca, end up delicious even after throwing conventional caution to the wind. The Etruscan is a murkier, grizzly bear brown brew with a brunette top of foam, and the smell of raw, cracked wheat, sourdough and sourdough year, saffron, bulgur and couscous - truly an assembly of anthropologically critical grains and staples. The taste is much sweeter and less like an "ancient grain" blend. It begins with a nice, moderate sourness and acidity, adding in cherry and pomegranate sugars, and then after peaking it tapers off with plum and acidity, and a soft, wheat aftertaste, with an overall thick layer of booze.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrTipple (3177) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
Aroma: heavy malts, caramel, toffee. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, small head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: bubble gum, lively carbonation. Overall: OK Tradional Ale, not too keen on palate. Pint at Big Brew, Morristown.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zdunseth (20) - ISRAEL - SEP 25, 2014
750ml Bottle Sept 2014. Slight sour beer-like base, resin center, great peppery aroma. I’m a sucker for "ancient" ales. Loved it.

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