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RATINGS: 305   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (8674) - 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 (4881) - 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 (9809) - 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 (6041) - 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)

   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 (1109) - 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 (1365) - 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 (2985) - 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.

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