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RATINGS: 274   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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
There is a flavor in this beer that is both awesome and totally foreign to me. Maybe it’s the "tree resin (think Myrrh) "

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5739) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle. As you pour this, at first you think it’ll be golden. But it settles into a red, almost juice-looking thing. Whatever head it started with disappears almost immediately, finalizing the kool aid visuals. The aroma is similarly fruity, but also hints at some alcohol, not unlike some fruit wines or the strawberry syrup at IHOP. This drinks with the ease of something that comes in a box with children’s meals ... sweet, fruity and plain yummy. There’s no way I’d predict there was 8% alcohol in this. Where’s my happy meal? (#4885, 1/2/2013)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pottygok (469) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Aroma: Very complex and winey aromas--dried fruit, honey, berry with hints of earthy yeast aromas. Appearance: Clear bright amber with minimal head. Taste: Medium-heavy sweetness with light bitterness and medium sourness to balance. Palate: Full body, thick oily texture, soft carbonation, long fruity finish. Overall: Wow! This has so many flavors working with each other and against each other. Every sip reveals something different, but still in harmony with the others. Nothing unpleasant here, though a bit too fruity for my taste. Still, this is really well done.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonR (40) - - JAN 19, 2013
Very great unique taste wondeeful aroma. Look is a golden almost honey like. Taste is fruity poms very powerful but not too mich great beer to sip and wnjoy sunny and delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Tstandiford (10) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Drank in a tulip Carbonated feel that lingers in your mouth Deep gold color with a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly Complex aroma consisting of a hard tack candy-like smell. Fruity scents Fruity acidic taste. honey flavor with a hint of a licorice and wheat. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2224) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Very interesting beer. Smallish had kind of a muddy color short-lived head. Aroma is honey spices hint of acid. Flavor is fabulous like aroma much more concentrated and exotic. Really good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thetmaxx (746) - West Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
From the bomber. Aroma is complex. Fruity, dark fruity. Flavor is also dark fruits. Really good beer, just hard to put a finger on all of the complex flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syzzer (590) - Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2013 The smell is of a rich honey, the color is a true clear bronze with a nice head that eventually dissipates. A very unique, great beer. The hazelnut/pomegranate taste is terrific. 9.5 BD 8.5Joek- reminds me of a hard cider. 7-4-13 9.7 BD; 9.9 Joek

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1710) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy bronze hue with a medium beige head with good retention. Aroma is doughy and full of clovey phenols, honey, grain, fried corn tortilla, earthy. Taste is lightly sweet and savory before turning on a lightly sour note (from the pomegranates, I imagine). Body is a little on the thin side. This is really well made and put together; quite tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swanmann (602) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle: It’s a beautiful mahogany, red color with quickly disappearing tan foam. Smells of honey, florals, some spice and wood, dark fruit. comments from wifey, "It smells like nag champa. It tastes like a dirty hippy." The flavor is fruit and honey sweetness with just a bit of tartness, dark brown sugar, a bit of powdery toasty bitterness. Also a touch of woody spice blending with a slightly numbing medicinal quality. I like it, reminds me of a dubbel, but less heavy on the un-aged sweetness, and with a slightly medicinal quality. It’s all over the place, yet cohesive, considering origin. Slightly syrupy with very lively, quick carb. The lingers with a sweet, fruity note. What a wild style.


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