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RATINGS: 326   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 (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.

mwmanvt's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
mwmanvt (13) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Thanks to ben4321, Aroma is super sweet..smells of raisins. Nice copper color, and a bit of head. Nice and foamy on the palate. Overall quite an interesting beer, but I a word itís sweet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dacrza (863) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2016
DATE: July 28, 2016... OCCASION: watching our wedding videos (thanks for sending the VCR, Jer!) while celebrating fifteen blessed years of marriage with Shana... GLASSWARE: Affligem goblet.... a dark copper, almost brownish opaque body challenges daylight... the off-white fizzles to a pencil-thin ring, while small clouds circle inside... apple, sour apple, grapefruit, vanilla, honey, grapes, and saltiness--safe to say, I havenít smelled something like this before, although the aroma loosely approximates freshly unwrapped cassette tapes from the eighties... in summation, quite a cornucopia to process... upon first sip, surprisingly active in the mouth... medium-bodied, warming, and dry, with the honeyed finish that provides depth and length to the taste... demonstrative apple, honey and citrus and sour mash... ginger, raisins, dry nuts, and phenol hints develop a complex, almost unworldly profile, one that encourages sip upon sip... a beer worthy of the our milestone anniversary, I cannot help but think this beer is challenging in all the right ways, stirring fruit, spice and lesser elements to develop a taste akin to a Belgian ale but with drastically different draw and depth.. manageable at its 8.5% but formidable as well, with its spiciness erupting with every sip... on sale at A&P Liquors? yes, please...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
teamsale (193) - Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2016
On tap. Pours a clear light brown bronze with little off-white head and minimal lacing. Smells exactly like a saison. Tastes sweet, some unusual flavors, flowery, honey, actually very nice. The bitterness is mild and the aftertaste is extremely pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
koleminer20 (2591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2016
From notes. Split this one with Steve at Danís Downtown Tavern on July 01. The pour is a muddy amber color with a couple golden hues shining through. There is an incredibly fizzy white head that falls down and reminds me of a soda. Thatís what it looks like. A beer shouldnít fizz like this. The aroma is incredibly sweet. There is a lot of dark fruit and spiciness to it, like itís a dark fruit-inspired saison. A definite breadiness exists, and a light Belgian malt. The flavor is dark fruits and Belgian yeast. Itís just really Belgian ale dominated. The mouth feel is terrible. Itís thin, yet syrupy, with a very effervescent carbonation that letís the Belgian tendencies just jump off of the tongue. It doesnít end quick enough. This isnít my jam. Not by a long shot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2607) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Amber colored, minimal head. Aroma is strong honey with sweet malts, light raisin, lightly spicy. Medium bodied, sweet honey flavor dominates with a touch of raisin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffbot (355) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Leave is to Dogfish. Again you smell and taste every damn ingredient, which is amazing. Itís a great beer, itís perhaps a bit not my style thought because it tastes kinda regular after a while

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Evilkniamhel (577) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2016
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk dregs run. Pours clear Amber. Nose of sherbet lemons, moss, peaches. Honey, loads of fruit, nutty on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5382) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2016
Bottle thanks to cgarvieuk dregs run. Appearance - deep amber with some head. Nose - orange and light red fruits Taste - more oranges and red cherries. Palate - close to medium bodied with a creamy texture and a long dry tangy texture. Overall - interesting and decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
Bottle at Craigs. Thanks to the SF brother in law. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of honey, bread, dried fruit. Taste is clean, malty, dried fruit. Clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1389) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
Pours light amber with no head. Aroma is raspberry jam. Taste is raspberry sweet, earthy bitter, mild sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10874) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
Bottle at craigís. Pours clear amber, nose is honey, caramel, fruity, taste is raisin, pomegranate, tart, juicy.

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