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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38288) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2015

Bottle 750ml.

[ As Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca - Bronze ].
Clear medium amber orange color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly to fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, fruity, cedar - wood, peppery. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, perfume - honey - flowers, cedar, wood, fruity. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20150411]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (34584) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (30013) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (18914) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty honey aroma. Sweetish malty spicy honey flavor with weak yeasty hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy honey finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
28th February 2013
Thanks Jack for this much wanted beer, these archeological brews do fascinate me! Clear and bright amber beer, good off white head. Palate is light and a little crisp. Dry! Light tangy citrus, dried fruits and sugared crystallised fruits. Thin creamy malt. Very floral this beer and a pinch of herb. Semi dry finish. Nice juxtaposition of flavours.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (15204) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Draft at Churchkey. Clear deep golden color. Aroma of herbal and earthy spice. Taste is mint and spice. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (13620) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, London - thanks to Jack! Pours clear amber with a small, creamy tan head. Sugary fruits in the nose, toasty bread, strawberries. Medium to big sweet flavor, sweet berries, bready and lightly doughy malts, mellow bitterness. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish, light warmth, some peppery spice, bit of ripe citrus, bread, low bitterness. Pretty rich stuff but decent overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (12980) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 11, 2015
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and honey. Flavor is quite sweet and light bitter. Dry and light bitter finish. 110415

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (12519) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 23, 2013
On tap @ Malibu Sundowner. Amber pour with a white head. Really sweet and spicy. Weird nuttiness, some pomegranate, sugar, and caramel. A little bit of tart golden raisin. Tastes of golden raisin, sugar, herbs, and spices. Lightly floral, some hazelnut, pomegranate, and honey. Typical overly sweet beer from DFH.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12173) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Capped 750 from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours clear copper with a 3 finger creamy off-white head that fizzed away quickly. Aroma is primarily floral with honey notes. Med + body. Flavor is very different. It’s like floral, very floral, with some mixed resin, hazelnut and honey aspects. And it’s pretty bitter throughout. After reflection the pomegranate is detectable. I’m thinking bitter violets for an overall description. Perhaps more US brewers should get into gentian root. Extremely unique ale.


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