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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 (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.


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3.7
   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.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
connor0415 (37) - - FEB 22, 2015
APPEARANCE- very little haze, copper color. head disipates rather quickly SMELL- spiced dubbel like character, dark fruits, sweetness and beligian yeast TASTE- much like the smell, lots of dubbel characteristics with some unfamiliar spices, may be the myrrh and genetian root. little bit of pomegranate on the tip and yeast on the finish MOUTHFEEL- semi thick but dry. suprisingly carbonated on the tongue for the lack of head retention OVERALL-interesting beer but not one I’d try again, its like a belgian dubbel with unfamiliar spices

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
aumentm (200) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Damn the torpedos. This is a really classy beer. Etruscans of Ancient Italy around 800 BC. would have drank this back in the day.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jflopsu (719) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2015
Pours a dark and clear amber. Has a sweet wheat, yeast, and fruit aroma. Has a strong sweet candy taste with fruit, prunes, wheat and yeast. Lingering sweet taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (888) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Pours a murky dark brown with a big off-white head that fades to nothing. Spicy aroma, with nuts, grains, pomegranate juice. Taste is sweet and crisp, with bready yeast, nuts, lots of sweet pomegranate and honey, and ending with a spicy bite. Lingering sparkly spicy sweetness. Kind of fun but needs more oomph.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3696) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2015
tap - This unusual amber brew has almost no head. It has a mild, yeasty, malt aroma. The flavor is sweet and yeasty, somehow spicy like Belgian yeast to me. Carbonation is low and alcohol is apparent. Interesting. Frankly the flavors are hard to place, but it’s pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3179) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (866) - 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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kvv104 (26) - - JAN 2, 2015
Bottle. Pour dark brown little to no head that dissappear quickly. Smells a bit sweet with a bit metallic in it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29987) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (33597) - 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.


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