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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 501   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Draft poured a chestnut brown with a light foamy head. Mild flavor of roasted nuts, cocoa, peat. Honey like sweetness, well balanced

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Light smoky-ish malts, dark chocolate, some nutty , and some faint flowery hops in the finish. Rich, and a little fruity. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SudsMcDuff (7870) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2013
Draft in the Avenue Pub in Nawlins!!! ... Deep black brown ... Solid gamer foam ... Dark fruit . Burnt scotch vapors and mild madness inducing brandy cooking chocolate ... Good and very intoxicating .. . , Fozzy bear was a rapist..

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
angelkostvo (1111) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2013
Black color with small beige head. Aroma of cream, chocolate, nuts, cappuccino, peat, liquorice. Taste is medium bitter, light sweet a bit savory. Perfect balance. Full body, velvety texture, flat carbonation. One of the best beers I have had, if not the best. Closest to perfection.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mathieuc (3161) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
Pours a dark brown with a moka head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is full of peat, spices, herbs and really different overall. Taste is really sweet, almost cloying. Lots of honey and roasted malt and some chocolate is what I could taste. Full bodied and a little heavy. Mouthfeel is smooth, though. Overall a fun one, makes me wonder how the original ("real") recipe tasted (pretty sure it wasn’t as nice as this bottle!).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (7460) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2013
pours clear dark brown with a nice beige head, good retention and lacing. mint, burnt caramel, soy sauce, roastiness, bitter chocolate, cloying molasses and dark sugars, smoke, hickory. moderate to low carbonation, medium to full body - heavy stuff, slightly earthy and grassy-minty finish. complex but oh-so-not-overwhelmed by this sweet and umami-ed brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Minderbinder (3232) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle 500ml. Pours black with low creamy light brown head. Aroma is of stable, peat, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt, musty. Taste is of peat, chocolate, roasted malt, fruits, alcohol. Palate: Full bodied. Overall: Very complex, awesome peatiness. Serious stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tom10101 (5040) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle (500 ml). From AlexFields, thanks! Dark reddish brown with a small/medium fully lasting brown head and some lacing. Aroma of peated malt, mint, chocolate, honey and nuts. Taste is slightly sweet and about the same as aroma, maybe a tad more nutty. Medium body. Low to moderate carbonation. Somewhat silky mouthfeel. Pretty unique beer. Nice peated touch. Good balance and drinkability for a 10% abv beer. Complex and well balanced. Loved it.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cunningham (6721) - Halden, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2013

Appearance: Sinful dark black color with a frothy big beige head. Nice lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, vanilla and fruity.
Palate: Thick oily body. Slightly sweet and an ok bitterness. Soft carbonation.
Taste: Coffee, chocolate and nice smooth balanced fruity. Dangerously well masked alcohol.
Overall impression: Tasty and powerful ale. One more please. The only problem now: Where can I get another bottle...
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika in Oslo, Norway.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kosmokrator (822) - ITALY - SEP 1, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2015 Denso color nero con un cappello mediamente spesso di schiuma marroncino chiaro. Al naso offre frutta fresca, miele, cacao, farina di castagne, frutta secca e più velati sentori di caffè e malti tostati; al palato è un fantastico equilibrio di sapori tra i quali emergono pere, miele di rododendro e castagno, cereali e cacao amaro. Al palato è perfetta: elegante, fine, cremosa, vellutata, gentilmente effervescente e di corpo abbondante; l’abv non si sente e ogni sorso invita al successivo. Una birra "aristocratica", favolosa.


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