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RATINGS: 275   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8423) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours copper/pomegranate. Nose is mostly pomegranate juice with some spice, florals and honey. Taste is more honey forward with pomegranate juice, raisin, off spices and a very harsh resin that seems out of place. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5249) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle - 750mL crowned. Gorgeous copper pour with a medium, fluffy white head. Aroma is spicy and peppery with herb notes, myrrh (only because it was mentioned did I think that it was that in the aroma), ripe fruits, and flowers. Taste is strong herbs, flowers, spices, honey, ripe fruit notes, soft caramel, toasted grains, and yeast notes. Body is medium and slightly sticky with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more spices, herbs, flowers, fruit notes, honey, caramel notes and soft tartness/tanginess. Rather unique and different.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1751) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear amber/orange with orange amber color with a small head but it hangs around. Aroma is estery, citrus, floral, honey sweetness. Floral is certainly unique with odd fruits, honey, earthiness, strong esters and foral notes. Medium body that finishes smooth with an active yet light carbonation. Booze is hidden. Quite complex but perhaps a bit to yeast forward for me. Still I continue to buy DFH brews due to the uniqueness and this one is surly that. That and I do like the labels.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11066) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2380) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Good traditional Ale. Some nice notes of, bread, floral hop, honey. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrodooo5 (1016) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2012
It pours a clear copper with a white head that quickly fades without leaving lacing. The aroma is similar to a Belgian full of spice. The taste is very clean and smooth. It has the feel of a Belgian and it hides the 8.5% very well. There’s a bit of a strange sweetness in the middle of the beer which I assume is the pomegranate. It’s only fairly interesting for a DFH beer. Smooth but otherwise lackluster from what I come to expect from DFH.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Clear golden amber pour with a thin off white frothy head .... aroma of hazelnuts, grapes, wheat, honey and spices ... taste is spicy and of honey, hazelnuts, grapes, raisins and a bit earthy .... tastes like hazelnut flour ... abv is hidden well ... has a bittersweetness to it with a dry finish ... complex flavors and interesting

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pours brown with tepid carbonation. Smells of fruit, some weird sweaty undertones, floral notes. Tastes of fruit, sweet, floral with an earthy finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
fluffy (1666) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
aroma is odd of course, given the mishmash of ingredients. its kinda grassy, a little floral but not in a hoppy way. like actual flowers. color is apple juice with little to no head. flavor is also kinda odd, obviously. dark honey up front, a little herby, some juicy twang running throughout. as it warm, the flavors meld, and it basically becomes very similar to apple juice, maybe a little pear. another interesting beer from DH, but not something worth drinking more than once.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1430) - - DEC 24, 2012
Pours ruby with dissipating head. Aroma is grape and wheat. Taste reveals a variety of fruit flavors and rye like spice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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