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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Bottle conditioned;
Bracia is the Celtic name for a beverage brewed in Iron Age Europe with reference found on a Roman inscription at Haddon Hall,Derbyshire. Little is known about this except it was high in alcohol, brewed with cereals and, most probably, honey. Thornbridge’s Bracia has been infused with a generous amount of dark and bitter Chestnut Honey. This was sourced by Head Brewer Stefano Cossi from Beekeeper Onelia Pin in the Alpine foothills of North East Italy. Aromas are of chestnut, honey, cappuccino, white chocolate, dark fruits, vibrant fresh peel. The mouthfeel is velvety and rich, with notes of coffee, chocolate, liquorice and hazelnuts with warming alcohol, cocoa and a little peat in the finish. Malts: Maris Otter, Brown, Munich, Dark Crystal, Black, Chocolate, Peated and Roasted Barley. Hops: Target, Pioneer, Hallertau Northern Brewer and Sorachi Ace. Bracia can be cellared for up to one year, maybe longer. Its flavours will evolve so why not enjoy the experience of opening a bottle every once in a while.


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4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarin (202) - - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Aroma: smokey, rosted malts. Appearance: wood.Taste: Awesome mix of porter and a smoked. Palate: mb. Overall: 20/20


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
47574xeCD (70) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Bottle Share 03/10/14 Black and damn good. Tick tan head, Rich and fruity, hints of coffee and chocolate. Very very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml bottle served in an English pint glass. A: Pours a creamy liquid with an oily black color. Forms a big, creamy and quite bubbled tan head. Good retention and lots of thin but quite molasses lacings in the glass S: Very reach nose. Strong notes of roasted malts, honey, chestnut, chocolate, coffee and plums. Some citrus notes. Grassy hops and a bit booze T: Perfect taste. Great bittersweet balance. Very complex. Sweet upfront with strong notes of roasted malts, honey, chestnut, dark chocolate, coffee, plums, raisins and orange peel. The end is quite bitter, a mix of roastiness and grassy hops M: Creamy, molasses, smooth heavy body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste, followed by some citrus and grassy notes O: Masterpiece [ BA Review @ 5/25/2014 ]

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gription79 (2282) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Poured from a large format bottle. The aroma is sweet honey, alcohol, fruit, berries, slightly malty. The flavor is honey sweetness, nutty, chocolaty, warming alcohol. Very good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RickTStiles (774) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2014
pours very dark brown with a thin tan head and some spotty lacing. complex aroma with notes of nuts, licorice, peat, bread and beets. rich, fruit forward taste with wood notes,cherries, licorice and bitter herbs. finish is bitter and slightly tannic.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Gandalf39 (42) - - OCT 7, 2014
Un nez incroyable et difficilement descriptible tant il est complexe. On sent bien le côté tourbé et fumée avec une fin de guimauve et de miel très prononcé. Malgré les degrés elle possède une belle mousse beige foncée qui dure et colle au verre. En bouche c’est très puissant est riches et il n’y a aucun défaut. L’amertume balance extrêmement bien le corps ce qui rend cette bière très « drinkable ». Au final une bière d’exception à déguster avec des gens que l’on aime beaucoup ! Cheers !!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markoijelena (433) - SERBIA - OCT 6, 2014
Bottle 0.5l at Belgrade Beer tasting vol.4 from ippopotamo36.Thank you Alberto for sharing Ajde.Pour it dark color with medium white head.Taste of tobacco, chocolate, roasted coffee.Sweet, dry and bitter on the end.Good balanced. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2272) - Belgrade, SERBIA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle at tasting in Belgrade. Huge thanks to ippopotamo36. Gorgeous thick black pour with nice brown head. Deep black crusty bread. Great yeasty bitter, dark bready, some leather. Bracing. Cocoa nibs, dry clean coffee. Good bitterness, dry finish. Lovely.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2674) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - murky brown with a nice head. Nose - honey and chocolate orange biscuits. Taste - bitter marmalade and hazelnuts. Then honey at the end. Palate - medium to full bodied with a big tangy texture and a dry tangy finish. Overall - it’s not as dark and roasty as expected. Very complex and interesting though.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
g_georgiou (245) - CYPRUS - SEP 27, 2014
Dark brown body with a thick to medium brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, hops, fruits. Taste is medium to heavy sweet with medium to strong bitterness. Medium body, rich, creamy texture with bitter finish. Nice solid ale.


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