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RATINGS: 248   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.


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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pottygok (413) - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1342) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2014
Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with the caramel malts, lemon, yeast, and some pomegranate. Flavor is similar with lots of the pomegranate coming out in the flavor. Lasting flavor on the finish with a little bit of nuttiness.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5016) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Draft sampled at Alla Spina with Pat, Sean and Thom. Pours a light golden yellow body with thin white head. Aroma is lots of spice - clove, dark fruit, sugar and light alcohol maybe. Mouthfeel is medium, carbonated with similar notes on the palate. Lots of flavors here, not sure I like the balance of this beer. Some floral and herbal character in addition to the spice combination.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (673) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Poured hazy orange-amber with a 2-finger bone-colored head that was gone quickly. Aroma is lightly sweet, with touches of nut and spice, as well as a bit of tartness that was likely from the pomegranate. Full body, with a moderate thickness and a light effervescence. Mild finish. Nutty flavor with a touch of sweetness from the honey. There is a light tartness underneath from the pomegranate, and a mild spice note in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (335) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2014
From notes, consumed on 6/3/13. Bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light amber brown with 3 fingers of off-white head that fades quickly. Aromas of sweet and dark fruit, honey, light wine, spices. Tasting notes of honey, sweet fruit, dark fruit, white fruit, herbs, spices, slight tart, pine. Medium body with a dry piney finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cavie (3671) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Tap at WoB. Pours a dark red color. Light head. Aroma is crazy amount of flavors. Fruit, cough drips, spice, mint. Wow. Flavor is sharp, fruity, sweet, plant like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RRistow12 (173) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Tasted from bottle. Pours a clear amber with white head. Complex aroma. I get spices, pomegranate and dark fruits, caramel, honey, floral notes. Taste is also complex. Definitely tart with pomegranate and spice flavors. Minimal bitterness. A lot of other flavors that I just can't put my finger on. Tart crisp and light effervescent mouthfeel. Light to medium bodied. I love trying these ancient ales. Very interesting but not mind blowing or something I would like to drink regularly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3491) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2014
On tap at WOB Arlington. Amber in color with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of nuts, floral, raisin, grape, brown sugar and honey. Taste is of pear, raisin, honey, caramel, light hazelnut, and almond.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (1665) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2014
750 ml bottled 8 months ago from Evergreen Discount into my NBB globe glass. Bronze/brown and clear appearance with a fully diminishing tan head and no lacing. Aroma and flavor of fruity esters, honey, nuts, caramel, bread, toffee, dark fruit, floral notes, alcohol, Belgian yeast, earth and clove/herbs/spice. Medium plus sweetness, mild fruity, light alcohol and light bitterness. Medium body with soft carbonation and a lingering finish, on the sweet side. Pretty interesting sipper

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
closey22 (647) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Deep copper, very fizzy pour from bottle and no head; aroma is fruity sweet and herbal spicy teaberry & clovey; flava is herbal slightly tart tangy citrusy; feels medium to light & fizzy; finishes mildly tart and sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5740) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Bottle and served in Duvel snifter: The color is a beautiful mahogany but the head is fizzy and fades fast leaving no lacework whatsoever. The aroma is a striking combination of honey, toffee, wheat husks, herbaceous spice notes, faint medicinal esters and plenty of tangy pomegranate and raisin juice vapours. It smells like a spiced up wheat wine or barleywine. The taste happily not overtly sweet nor boozy even though it is easy to discover the malt and experience the alcohol. The twangy (and even faintly tart) fruit and earthy spice notes adds a nice balance to make this a well rounded sipper. The mouth feel is a tad chalky and metallic, this would be the one area of needed improvement. Overall I only bought this on a recommendation because it just seemed too out there but overall it works and is enjoyable... that said I doubt I would buy this again.


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