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RATINGS: 322   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 (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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1936) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Aromas of pomegranates, red berries, bananas, and raisins. Clear light red, head foam vanishes quickly, but bubbles constantly. Some sweetness, some tartness, and some farmhouse funkiness. Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, and has a dry, fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ibrew2or3 (7957) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Thanks to JPDurden24 for sharing this. It pours with a copper colored body supporting a light tan head. The aroma is all candy and fresh Hubba Bubbu bubble gum. Hmm the gum note could also leaned toward the gum you used to get in a pack of trading cards back in the late ‘70s. Alright, this is so sugary bubble gum I really can’t get anything else anymore. The taste is straight up Hubba Bubba bubble gum mixing with light amounts of the odd spice or two, some honey and then a ginger sensation into the finish. Interesting and just too reminiscent of sugary bubble gum from my youth for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pottygok (548) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10655) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
Bronze coloured body, no head. Honey smooth, raisiny. FInish is way too banana yeasty. Not super drinkable, glad it was shared out. Thanks, Jon.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
deekyn (1459) - 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 (3926) - 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 (6837) - 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 (2723) - California, 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 (707) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 24, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer and Taproom, medium, creamy diasappearing head. Fruity aroma and flavor, lightly bitter finish.

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