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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 4   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2012
500ml Bottle (at 9%ABV per the Bottle): Aroma of malt, chestnut, honey, slight dark ripe fruit, sugars, wood, dust, ash, and some scents I just cannot identify. Poured pitch black in color with a large, loose, dark brown head that became creamy and dense and it diminished. The head lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is strange and complex. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, chestnuts, wood, hazelnut, slight peat, nuts, hard roasting, and a hint of soy. Medium body. Oily, then dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, roasting, chestnut, slight honey, slight peat, nut finish is medium sweet and dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (10208) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle. malty salty aroma with a hint of roastl. Malty sweet flavor with mango, citrus and salty notes. Tart. A bit like a roasted gose.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (3158) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2012
Style et résumé: Bière peu orthodoxe brassée avec du miel de noisette, Bracia étant un breuvage celte du moyen-âge.
Comment: Bouteille de 500ml par IPB.
Description: Pour une fois, la description d’une bière sur une étiquette est véridique. Aucune menterie ici. Cette bière est vraiment riche, crémeuse, longue. Il y a de chocolat, du café, une touche fumé, du tabac, du miel en bouche comme au nez. L’alcool transporte les saveurs d’une richesse inégalée.
Note: 8+/10

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gEUS (1055) - Linden, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2012
50 cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Nose: burnt rubber, honey, chocolate, tiger balsam (really!)... Incredibly full obdy and rocketing sweetness. Taste is roasted, mocca, nutty. Finish is hoppy. Sweet bomb but nicely in balance. Love this beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Martinus (2818) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 12, 2012
Black as night, beige head. Lovely malty aroma, caramel, wood honey, coffee, chocolate and wild fruits. Soft malty flavour, honey, slight bitterness. Fresh bitter finish, honey tones, quite fruity with lingering malts. Nice!
(Taster glass from bottle @ ACBF 2012)

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 11, 2012
16/12/2011 Bir&Fud Bottega (500ml bottle). Magnifico color mogano, con meravigliosi riflessi rubini, schiuma finissima color cappuccino, abbondante e persistente. Naso notevole, anche se leggermente sporco, molto complesso, si percepiscono malti tostati, note legnose, di nocciola, cioccolato e luppolo. In bocca è sensazionale, l’attacco è dolce, cioccolatoso con note di liquirizia, quindi vira sull’amarognolo con un finale affumicato di una gentilezza e un’eleganza unica. Equilibrio mirabile, persistenza lunghissima. Corpo medio, consistenza vellutata, carbonazione soft. Eccellente.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SlovakSniper (3169) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
(50 cl. BB 25/11/16) Un liquide à la robe profondément brune. Une magnifique tête. Les traces de la viscosité de l’alcool sur la paroi. Un nez de malts rôtis et de praline belge (les manons!!) avec des céréales qui perdent une légère fumée de tabac. Des noisettes grillées. De la crème et du miel. Un merveilleux nez. Des saveurs de café aromatisé et des malts rôtis. Du chocolat fourré à la noisette. Du tabac à pipe. Des houblons qui s’expriment. Des oranges et des relents verts. Un alcool qui perd quelques notes poivrées. Des notes de pin. Fantastique! Une bouche solide. Un pétillement modéré à faible. Une texture soyeuse. Une finale généreuse. Des notes amères de torréfaction. Des malts et des houblons. Des notes citronnées touchées par la fumée. Du miel et des noisettes sur les papilles. Tout à fait brillant.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle @ 5th ACBF 2012. A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of fruits with aseveral malts with notes of chocolate. The taste of a little smoked malt, fruity, parfumed. The aftertaste is bitter, smokie with notes of sweet.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (11871) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Dominick, thank you sir! Hazy amber color, small tan head. Aroma of fruity pine resin, taste is similar. Good character and complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle sample @ ACBF 2012, Moen. Brune foncée, col beige, filament doré huileux sur le verre. Arôme est agréable et unique dans son bouquet de noix, de sirop d’érable et de miel qui sont tous à noter sans que un prenne le dessus. En bouche, mélange subtile de noix donnant ce profile poudreux avec un aspect sucré d’érable et ce côté organique de miel. Le tout est compléter par un beau profile malté sr une pointe de chocolat, de tourbe très subtile et où se retrouvent ces trois ingrédients. Le tout est compléter par un houblon subtile et efficace notamment le sorachi qui donne ce tonus fruité de citron frais.


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