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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 372   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 21, 2013
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Sweet dark caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, honey, smoke, nuttiness, vanilla, oak, bit of booze. T - Sweet dark caramel and toffee malts, dark fruits, honey, vanilla, oak, smoke, nuttiness, black licorice, and a bit of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming finish. D - Nice complex and balanced English Strong Ale.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zekada (102) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle from systembolaget. Aroma has notes of malts and espresso coffee. Pours black with a medium brown head. Taste has roasted malts, chocolates and coffee. The taste is strong and tasteful. Palate is full and the taste sticks to the tongue. Overall a good beer, which is recommended not to serve cold.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
StefanSD (2111) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 9, 2014
500ml bottle courtesy of angst, Thanks. Pours a dark brown color with a small khaki head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is big and bold with leather, mocha, toffee, nuts and wet dog. The taste is a bit unusual with leather in the forefront, followed by coffee, mocha, dark fruits, anise, burnt toast and mixed nuts. The palate is full and creamy smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Very original brew--and very enjoyable, its not like anything I’ve ever tasted.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (975) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014
Historical ale apparently referring to a style of ancient honey beer called ’bracia’ in Antiquity, so I had no idea what to expect here. Made with eight malt components and four hop varieties along with chestnut honey - an exciting promise. Thick and rocky, yellowish head, colour a very dark brownish bronze. Impressively perfumed aroma of lots of things: honey of course, pear, hazelnuts, chocolate, cappuccino, rosemary, aniseed, caramel, and so on, and so on - one of those luxurious ales I would rather whiff than drink. Taste of dark fruits, berries, very profound maltiness with caramel and some roasted chocolatey accent in the lead, sweetish honey, spices, very complex and ending in a toasted bitterness with deliciously warming alcohol without astringency, next to floral and herbal hoppiness. An absolute delight - though I can hardly imagine beer quality in Antiquity was this good...

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kyr2 (18) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - JUL 30, 2014
Fuccin’ heel! Is this an amazing beet or what? An example of a beer that will fucc you and treat you good at the same time.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4493) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
Pours a thin beige head that settles to the edge. The body is an opaque deep brown. Nose of leather, licorice candy, rubber and nutty chocolate. Starts mildly malted than quickly hits with a leathery tobacco mid-palate, boozy, deep semi-sweet bitter chocolate and prunes. Very lovely. Thank you Alex for this experience :)

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kingvit (133) - - JUL 25, 2014
Aroma: coffee, honey, dry orange, roasted nuts Appearance: pitch-black, minimal head Taste: medium bitterness, medium sweetness, slight sourness Palate: bitter finish, thick texture, full body, soft carbonation Absolutely terrific beer of dense, multi layered Taste, comprising some of the Best valesca of ales, stouts, bocks and porters.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (1289) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2014
Duft av kaffe og vanilje. Dyp sort farge. Brunt kremet skum som forsvinner. Fin smak av kaffe, lakris og vanilje.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1292) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours dark brown with a large small-bubble brown head, Aroma is chocolate, soy, licorice at first, as it warms up a spicy green pepper note with a light smokiness takes over. Taste is sweet chocolate and licorice, finish is coffee, soy, licorice and medium roasted bitterness. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OllieBBommel (1058) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle@home Appearance: ruby bronw with creamy head. Aroma: hops, roasted malt, licorice, dried fruit. Taste: licorice, dark chocolate, dried fruit, bitter. Palate: smooth, alcohol warming, full bodied bitter, low CO2. Overall: very nice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (2768) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle 0.5l at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 21012012. Colour is dark brown with small brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Dark fruits, chocolate, red wine and malts.


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