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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 402   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sigmund (5307) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2012
500 ml bottle, will soon be available at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 10%. Pitch black colour, large brown head. Mildly roasty, nutty and malty aroma, hints of honey and chocolate. Smooth and rich flavour with loads of malty sweetness, but not cloying. Roasty notes / mild coffee, also notes of chocolate, honey and nuts. Decent hops in the finish and aftertaste, which also has faint notes of peat smoke. Excellent beer!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (8908) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2014 Sampled at RBBSG. Very dark brown to black color, small light brown colored head. Smell malts, wood, slightly alcohol, slightly sweet. Taste malts, lightly roasty, some alcohol, some hops. Full body, medium to full carbo. [Original rating: 8-4-9-4-17=4.2] -- Re-rate October 12th 2014: fucking insanely good, simple as that! Thick, oily, roasty, hops, bitter. Insanely good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
S_Side_Smitty (487) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Pours dark brown, almost black, with a small deep tan head. Aroma is rich malts, molasses and dried fruits. Initially the taste is rich & slightly bitter malts, but finishes slightly sweet with a dried black fig flavor. Although I don’t really taste the honey, the flavors really come out as the beer warms.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flip_soeperman (643) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2012
roasty, coffee, cheese, red fruit, nuttyblack, cloudy, frothy, brown foam, medium sweetness, very bitter, full body, thick feel, creamy, average carbonation, long finish. More a stout then a traditional ale. You can really smell the sorachi ace, which is brilliant with this beer. Beatifull firm long lasting head.Tones of honey with nice sweetness. Great beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snzcujo (282) - RUSSIA - AUG 4, 2012
Tasted @home on 04/08/2012. Pours dark-dark brown with no head, leaving oily lacings. Aroma is very intense and complex! Honey of course, mixed with woody notes, candy, a tint of roasted barley and lots more. Taste overwhelms with a punch of roasted barley and honey, immideately following by mixed bitterness of hops&barley. An incredible, powerful beer, not an everyday drink though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (1772) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2012
Smak och doft av honung, blött trä, choklad, tobak, porter känsla. Välbalanserat och lagom sött.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2938) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 24, 2012
Aroma:Mixe of dark fruit and chocolate... Appearance:Dark,good lacing brown head.. Flavor:Dark fruit, chocolate and rosted malt,alcohol...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vignale (2172) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2012
Brun på gränsen till svart, lågt beige skum. Fantastiska dofter av honung, färska kastanjer, cederträ, möbelpolish och mörk choklad, komplex med flera lager. Smaken är rund, len, fyllig och komplex. mörk choklad, kaffe, nötter, honung, fuktigt trä och en liten tobaksrökighet. Riktigt, riktigt gott.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
visionthing (2963) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2012
50cl bottle, kindly shared by Arve_Christian - Thanks! Pours very dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, malt and hints of chocolate and alcohol. Sweet with a nicely balanced bitterness. Very nice ale! (2012-07-20)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Vika. Black in body, with a medium sized brown head. Very strong aroma of nuts, honey, chocolate. Taste is a big complex arrangement of chocolate, nuts, licorice, coffee, wood, persimmon, herbs, which all stays and make a massive multitasting dry aftertaste. A very good beer!


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