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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle from Bottleworks. Clear, medium amber pour with a brief white head leaving no lace. Nose is spices, honey, wildflowers and fruits. Medium body with light carbonation. Pomegranate, honey, green and red apple and spices. Finish is shortish, tart and sweet, with an ending spiciness - lavender and...something. Very much an Italian amber, but more interesting than most. Fun, but I doubt I’ll be going back to the well here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boxofrane (2319) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Shared bottle at craft ale house. Pours clear copper with no head. The aroma reminds me of a hard water euro lager with a sweet trail.. Maybe a fruit of sort (pom mentioned on bottle.). The taste is very honey forward.. Actually reminds me of a light mead I had from Lithuania. A fun brew but a bit sweet for a big serving.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olr1984 (1206) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2013
750 ml bottle. Golden orange pour with slight tan head. Strong fruit aromas. Very easy sipping beer, a lot of carbonation, with lots of tart fruit and honey taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (573) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours an amber red with a minimal and short lived fizzy head. Smells of grape, clove, honey, fruit, wheat. Taste is sweet, sour and mildly bitter - wheat, spices, grape, sour apple.

   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 it’s sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8241) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Large bottle, I think 750, from Capone’s. Poured hazy dark straw toward ruddy brown with minimal head. Nose was caramel malt, tart old esters. Tasted tart. fruity, with a curious mid-palate hop and spice pop. Overall stayed tart and on the bitter side, hoppier late, and reminded me a lot of some of thee Italian beers I have quaffed over the years. This odd grew on me, but not to the point where I craved it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (4362) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 1/6/13

Aroma: It is extremely sweet with a ton going on: fruits, spices, bread, and nuts to name a few
Appearance: Pours a clear darker orange color with a beige head and without much lace
Flavor: The flavor is highly complex and super sweet much like the nose, it’s quite interesting
Palate: This one is has a clean feel, is quite a bit cloying, and has a long, sticky finish
Overall Impression: This one is more interesting then good, but it is quite interesting. I guess you could say that about most of the Ancient Ale, but this one in particular is more interesting then good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (8950) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Sample at The Daily Growler. The beer pours a clear orange-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of herbs, fruit and malt. Medium-bodied with a vinous character and flavors of herbs, earthy malt and fruit. The finish is floral and earthy with a bit of fruit left behind. A little disjointed but decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2013
Unique brew with imaginative ingredients and interesting story. Very cool to try like all the ancient ales. Like the majority of the DFH ancient ales, settles out on the sweet-side and very difficult to detect the actual ingredients. Perhaps the bitterness of hazelnuts and with some tart notes from pomegranates.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, 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)

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