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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1208) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
A - pours super clear penny copper with this white head. S - bready, Belgian yeasts, corn tortillas, pomegranate syrup, grainy, hazel nuts. Notes of molasses cookies. Overly sweet malty aromas and . M - thinner bodied beer. Strong palate. High carb. Nice alcohol burn T - strong fruity sweetness up front. over ripe apples. mineral water, honey, uncooked corn tortilla (presumably the hazelnut flour) on the palate. Cran/cherry/pomegranate ocean spray juice. Cloves honey, molasses cookie, and hazel nutty end. O - sweet malty beer. With notes of corn tortillas. 3.3/3.4 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2642) - California, USA - JAN 25, 2013
25 jan 2013, bottle. Light copper, clear, no bubbles. Nose is cloves, grape kook-aid, sweet malt. Odd. Ned body and fizzy. White grape, maybe pomegranates, slightly tart notes, a bit estery. Reminds me of another DFH ancient ale but I can't remember which. The more I drink the more I can deal with it. But it was quite odd at first. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Draft: Okay...I stole a few sips of this from my friend...the head had dissipated by the time I sampled it but the beer was deep golden and fairly clear. The nose really took me by surprise. At first I was overwhelmed a bit by the malty-yeastiness but as I took it in...lots of honey and clover. Interesting spicy notes I can’t quite describe. Would love to try again (and not after a Bitches Brew and Olde School) Medium body and light carbonation. Felt smooth. One of the most unique beer tasting experiences I have had in awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
solidfunk (4168) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Another odd experience. Pours clear copper with good lacing. Smells a bit like hefeweizen yeast. Light carbonation, medium consistency. Has an overall feel of a hefe with random extras. Honey present but not hugely. Taste has light sourness. Bottle at tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1919) - USA - JAN 24, 2013
Aroma of myrrh, flowers and perfume... Caramel orange in color... Flavor is wild, like a Belgian blond with pomegranate prevalent, and perfume on the palate... Interesting, worth one try... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (613) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom, medium, creamy diasappearing head. Fruity aroma and flavor, lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - JAN 24, 2013
Excellent. Nice old brew taste and fine features. Nice foam and cloudiness. Brown colour and very strong.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adrian910ss (2361) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2013
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep coppery amber with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of Juicy Fruit gum, pomegranate fruit, cloves and light banana. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
eaglefan538 (2898) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Meh.sticky sweet as with most gimmicky dfh beers. Honey, cherries, pomegranates. Fake juce flavors. Weak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ratman197 (9952) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
750 ml bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, spice, honey, pomeganate, raisin and hazelnuts. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, hazelnut, honey, spice and light fruittiness with a crisp lingering hazelnut finishg. Just plain strange tasting beer! Sam Quit jacking around with your weird vacations and just brew some tasty beers I know you’re capable of!

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