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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 482   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rask0lnikov (143) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 2, 2016
Very dark Brown or even Black Color. Powerful aroma of dark fruits. Hints of plum. Coffee in the middle with hints of dark bread and raisins. Port wine in the finish. Not really heavy bodied, nicely balanced, interesting beer. However, would have expected something even more powerful.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_Pink_152 (2705) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2016
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2016 Bottle from Real Ale Store, Newark. Deep almost black colour with a thick tan head. Liquorice and deep fruity aroma roasted sweet taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1818) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JAN 25, 2016
Appearance: Very dark brown, seems clear. Ok amount of dark, tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, dark fruits, prunes.
Taste: Dark malt, slight coffee and chocolate. Burnt bitterness. Alcohol. A wee bit disappointed.
Bought: Drinks of the World (Bern), 500 ml, CHF 13.00
Info: 23/1-2016, BB: 24/10-2018

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
symmetric (71) - - JAN 10, 2016
Nose is rich and complex. A bit of oxidization is detectable after a few years in bottle; this has not integrated favourably. Wet chestnut aroma is also present. Somewhat astringent flavour on the palate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rami_pl (1056) - Warszawa, POLAND - JAN 8, 2016
butelka, warka do 13-03-20. Bardzo fajna piana, trwala, puszysta, samo piwo brazowo-rubinowo-czarne. Aromaty bardzo intensywne i bogate, duzo ciemnych owocow, swieze wisnie, banany i sliwki, suszone sliwki, rodzynki, kandyzowane figi. miod. do tego niemalo czekolady, toffi... w ustach analogia do aromatow, dosc pelne, slodkie, kwaskowate, jest goryczka, alkohol dobrze ukryty (glownie w posmakach wychodzi). pojawiaja sie tez nieco winno-drewniane i orzechowe posmaki w tle. duze wrazenie, mimo dosc rozbudowanych oczekiwan. bardzo kremowa faktura. bardzo zlozone, bardzo ladnie zrownowazone, bardzo klasowe piwo. generalnie: wow tzn łał

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Calisky (2159) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JAN 4, 2016
Couleur noire légère mousse. Nez chocolat, café, note boisée. Arome chocolat, malté tourbé, café et palais moka avec note de réglisse voir noisettes. Corps bien onctueux. Fin longue amere et grillée. Superbe

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jaghana (5091) - Strasbourg (Alsace), FRANCE - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle 50cl, a dark beer with medium brown head. Nose is on dark chocolate and coffee. Aroma is on dark coffee, dark chocolate, light smoked notes, licorice, toasted spices, toasted nuts, creamy body, excellent complexity, chocolate, brown caramel, light ashes, espresso notes, light plum, well malty very nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElDesmadre (2756) - Mikołów, POLAND - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle. Red fruit, dried fruit, figs raisins, dark chocolate that gains on strength in the flavour, vinous and woody notes. Full-bodied, smooth and creamy beer with a dry, dark malty finish. Highly complex and balanced, superb stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Douberd (3976) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
(Thornbridge Hall Bracia) Bottle 500 ml at home, served into a snifter, ABV 10% Black coloured body, one finger of thick, dark brown head on top, with very good retention. Aroma of chestnuts, honey, vanilla, light coffee, dark fruits. Great taste, sweet but not cloying so, with lots of honey, light roasted malts, hints of alocohol, plums, dark fruits, chestnut, hazelnut, chestnut, coffee. Full body, soft carbonation, sticky on the palate. Very good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarcoDL (3382) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle. Dark pour. Aroma of smoke, roasted malt and herbs. Nice rich flavor of smoke, roasted caramelised malt, mild lirorice, honey and some hop bitters. Tasty and special beer.


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