Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SirLimpsalot (3119) - SWEDEN - APR 11, 2012
Doften är lite obestemmelig. Men smaken är riktig god. Tjock vätska. Tydelig choklad kaffe lakrits och tjära. Hyfsat lång eftersmak. God och kladdig. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
NordicV (1576) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
Väldigt mörkt brun med beige skum. Doften domineras av frukttuggummi och tvål. Detta finns även i smaken men inte lika dominerande. Där hittar man även trä och en avslutande lätt bitterhet. Inte alls min typ av öl.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - APR 7, 2012
Masterful brew - classic Thornbridge: at once both defining and redefining a style. Rich and heady with the honey packing a punch. Not an imperial stout but a clear traditional ale. Not much else to say but this is one of the best english regular beers - file in the same category as VIntage Ale etc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (3166) - Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2012
A bloody excellent UK beer! Pours black with a thick, medium tan head. Aroma is earth, hay, honey, cereal, some dark red fruit. Taste is where it really shines. Opens a bit flat but then picks up. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, prunes. Only a touch of bitterness, but more from the bitter honey (?) than from the hops. It's very, very balanced in its character. Finish is super long, with a hint of coffee lingering forever. Incredibly full and rich, yet not overly imposing. Despite its dark character it is very refreshing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown with a pale brown head. Aroma: lots of perfume, spice and soap, also chocolate and alcohol. Flavor: perfumy, sweet, smoke/barnyard, honey, chocolate, alcohol. Bitter and more dry towards the finish. The strong notes of perfume and soap ruined this for me. Disappointing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
apanbosse (17) - SWEDEN - APR 2, 2012
Pours very dark, almost black, with brown head. Earty aroma with malts, nuttyness, wood and honey. Flavour is roasty and slightly smokey with nice earthy notes and well placed sweetness. Nice notes of chestnuts, chocolatey bitterness, honey sweetness and some salty licorice. Very long lasting aftertaste, a real sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours dark and black with a thick resinous brown head. Nose is roasted chestnuts and almonds, a little smokey, tree bark and cinnamon. Flavor is sweet with a small bitter and smoke flavor but the sweet dominates through to a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is pure silk. Smooth as hell. Long aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11675) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodenbach99 (3759) - 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

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