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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
letsgetstoked (15) - Hyattsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 31, 2012
This is a truly unique beer. Tastes like nothing else. Smell is peppery, almost reminds me of a salty, sandy beach. Appearance out of a 750ml is cherry colored with a fine, but quickly disappearing head. Taste is initially sweet, raisins, maybe pomegranate, but not too much tartness from it. Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation. Can be a bit cloying, wouldn't want more than a glass. Finish leaves sugar on your tongue, that's mostly tart fruit with a slight peppery tart. It's worth a try, probably won't be a goto but very interesting like most of the ancient ales. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
A - Amber-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades medium. S - Caramel malts, honey, nuttiness, dark fruits, raisins, pomegranates, Belgian yeast esters, spices, and floral notes. T - Caramel, honey, dark fruits, raisins, pomegranates, floral notes, Belgian yeast, spices, some resiny flavors, nuttiness, some lemon zest. M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a sweet, lightly spicy, and lightly floral finish. D - Very bold and complex but well balanced. Lots of different and interesting flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricyclist (1044) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Sample pour of hazed, light raspberry. Nose is lightly spiced with Belgian yeast and sweet red fruits... Flavor is lightly spiced as well, less than the nose, with a smooth fruitiness that lingers. Light to medium body with light lacing. Not bad, not spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jsmerig (1351) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Pours a clear light brown with a light tan head. Aroma of grapes and musty malt. Taste is complex combination of grapes and cherries with a strong corn flavor in the lingering aftertaste. Carbonation is bright and mouthfeel is crisp. Worth a bomber or two. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Copper colored body with fizzy white head. Fruity, yeasty, bready aroma. Flavor is somewhat tart and acidic, some honey and caramel, dark fruit flesh and skin. Everything is so deeply thought out, just wish it came across in the beer itself. Not terribly complex...and honestly not that good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (10892) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5572) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (2093) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12467) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadIndian (2606) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Good traditional Ale. Some nice notes of, bread, floral hop, honey. Medium body with a dry finish.

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