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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 445   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (4846) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 18, 2015
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Black colour with a brown head.
Aroma: Liquorice, malt, fruit, vinous, raisin.
Body: Full body, low carbonation.
Flavour: Caramel, liquorice, fruit, raisin.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niko100 (2245) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, hazelnuts, dark chocolate, dark fruit, & some espresso; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel/honey, dark chocolate, espresso, and dark fruit; Warm finish; Nicely balanced & complex; Wow - surprised by this one - delicious!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1117) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle. Opaque black brown beer with a large brown head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, molasses, licorice, vanilla, chocolate, wood and herbs. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice and coffee, honey and nuts. Wow, outstanding flavor!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zinneke (136) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2015
Very complex aroma; coffee, chocolate, bread, honey, berries, booze, yeast. Taste is also quite interesting. Some dried fruit, biscuit, coffee, caramel,.. a bittersweet sensation that ends quite dry. Excellent beer, real craftsmanship

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Simonsen (856) - NORWAY - DEC 31, 2014
Flaske fra vinmonopolet. Svart oljeaktig, lotw karbonert. honning, noe røyk. Preg av eik og rødvin. Meget god

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2613) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Beeches of Walkley, Sheffield. Clear, dark chestnut brown. Bubbly, tan head settles to a persistent, sticky halo. Earthy, woody, massive dark chocolate. Treacle. Booze. Lots of the chestnut honey. Very rich. Lesser notes of nuts, and floral, slightly green hops. Taste is richly sweet, turning earthy, burnt bread crust bitter. Heady, warming, chewy, smooth palate. Very full, and slightly oily. Finishes long, roasty, earthy bitter. Lovely. Suits cask dispense better, but that doesn’t come round too often.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abijen (1876) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
Pours a pitch black beer with a good tan head. Smells malts, honey, rye and caramel. Tastes malts, rye and honey. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosbouw (1893) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - DEC 28, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een goede mooie bruine kleur. Ruikt vanille, crème, beetje koffie ,tikkeltje alcohol. Smaakt bitterzoet, vol, vanille, crème. Beetje koffie en iets bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
edsspoon (756) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle - deep black with a very dark brown, large foamy head which stays around for a good while and gives some good lacing. Aroma of cocoa, roast malt, a little grass, some plum and a light sourness. Taste of cocoa, chocolate, roast malt, treacle and earth. Medium bitterness on the finish. Some hints of orange and vanilla. Thick body, medium carbonation. Very rich.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines. Pours dark brown, cream tan head dies quickly to ring and patches. Nose of honey, roast nuts, slight smoke, chocolate. Tastes sweet dark honey, vanilla, roast, ash, quite heavy bitter, cacao, nuts, some earthy bitterness too. Rich, full body, creamy slick feel, moderate carb, long nutty bittersweet honey finish. This beer is remarkable. Very complex, far more than my words above can do justice to, and unique, even among braggot-style ales.


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