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RATINGS: 286   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 (Samís 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
conway (1691) - - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lukaduke (2399) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Pours a nice copper color with a two finger fizzy head that quickly fizzes out. On the nose its floral honey, myrrh incense, smells like a hippie ! On the palate its pretty complex but not overdone. Im enjoying the dark fruit, slight toasted hazelnut, and tangy pomegranate lightens the mood... the myrrh is a bit overpowering and slightly artificial but overall the beer is drinkable. Just gotta get the hippie head shop incense notes out of my head or its hard to drink.... borderline ! I will say once again I like the concept but not completely convinced by the final product. maybe a couple more test batches would have helped...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (534) - Delaware, USA - DEC 24, 2012
On draft at dfh brewpub..good brown color..fig..honey aroma dominant interesting nose profile..malty backbone..has some taste traces of the midas touch..finish is pretty smooth for the relatively high abv..well hidden..good winter warmer for the season..picking up traces of patchouli as it warms..one of the better new offerings from dfh imho..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1428) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2012
750 ml bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and thereís a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is herbal and fruity, the brew smells like pomegranates, grapes, honey, and some peppery spice and herbs. It tastes like grapes/grape skins, honey, pomegranates, herbs, and grainy malt. The fruity taste gets somewhat tart after the brew warms up some. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís smooth and a bit slick with good carbonation. I liked this brew, itís certainly worth a try. $11.99 a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1434) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Malty, wheaty, nutty and full. The pomegranate is actually nice against all of these elements, and the beer is spiced like a cider. Better than many of the other ancient DFH recipes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Toadvine (72) - Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bomber to a fluted glass. Pours a rich amber, with an effervescent head that rapidly dissipates. Lots of fine carbonation. Really an appealing look. The aroma is crisp with a hint of honey. Taste is also crisp, and reminds me a lot of a witbier. I really like the Ancient Ales, but overall this isn't my favorite of the bunch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hfmejias (872) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Dark amber (brown) color, poured out the pint bottle slightly bubbly with little white head... Mostly a malt flavor with fruit tones, not too bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yankeepride (10) - Teaneck, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
First impression was that it had a bit of a bitter smell to it, which didnít seem to match up with my expectations of the description and the pour. It came out light and slightly bubbly, like a refreshing cider. You definitely could taste the fruit, but as a long-time pomegranate fan, I didnít get as much of a tartness that I was looking for. I guess the honey really cut into that. Wasnít too bad overall, but itís not one Iíd actively pursue in the future.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2012
750 mL bottle - pours clear copper crimson, with fizzy white head, medium, diminishing. Big sweet fruit aromas on the nose, honey and darker malt, little bit of cookie notes. Herbal and floral notes. Lively palate. Predominantly pomegranate fruitiness, touch of dried cherries, and honey. Finishes dry and some dough notes. Good, not out of this world.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2012
From the tap poured a brown color with a good amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a lingering finish.

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