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Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England

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RATINGS: 405   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kingvit (274) - - 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.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Zarin (202) - ITALY - DEC 29, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Aroma: smokey, rosted malts. Appearance: wood.Taste: Awesome mix of porter and a smoked. Palate: mb. Overall: 20/20

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
angelkostvo (692) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 13, 2013
Black color with small beige head. Aroma of cream, chocolate, nuts, cappuccino, peat, liquorice. Taste is medium bitter, light sweet a bit savory. Perfect balance. Full body, velvety texture, flat carbonation. One of the best beers I have had, if not the best. Closest to perfection.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Grzesiek79 (3306) - Radom, POLAND - APR 11, 2014
Swietne tradycyjne brytyjskie ciemne ale. Z brazowawa piana, czarnym nieprzezroczystym kolorem, W smaku ciemna czekolada, kakao na mleku nieco wanilli i miod. Zapach jakby capucino z orzechami laskowymi. Niebywale wrazenia. alkohol ukryty, niewyczuwalny, a przeciez jest w poteznej dawce. Wspaniale zbalansowane. Cos pomiedzy imperial stoutem, a mik stoutem. Takie mialem wrazenia. To najlepsze piwo od Thornbridge jakie kosztowalem. Polecam

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kyr2 (25) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
harrisoni (14138) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2013 Served from the bottle at the Thornbridge tasting at The Rake. I have a whole bottle to myself to enjoy one evening, so this is just a foretaste of a longer rate. Hazelnut aroma. Velvety smooth in the mouth without being oily. White chocolate and praline truffle flavours. I was left pretty much speechless by this. 4.4/5. Re-rate bottle at The Rake. This is just better than I remember even. The nut, the praline, the texture in the mouth all are fabulous Cask The Rake almost leapt over the bar when I saw that this was on cask. Black as night, thin tan head. Really does smell of chestnuts, maybe a bit of plastic. Chestnuts and impty stout in mouth, but lovely velvety smooth. It really is nutty throughout. Bit bizarre, bit oily but smooth at the same time, even a little grainy on the finish. Praline finish is amazing. Bit rawer than when I had it in a bottle. Bit more tarry. Lovely though. A couple of people didn’t like it, so I finished theirs off for them too 4/5. Re-rate. Simon’s online wake. I’d kinda forgotten how good this beer was. I’ve not had anything like it. And that praline hit, I’ve never had from another beer. It’s rich magical and I’m not sure I’ll ever have another beer like this. From the original batch c. 2009.

4.8
   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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beersiveknown (3258) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 22, 2012
Bottle at home, 2008 Pours a viscous, thick black with sweet nose, sticky rich, sweet sugar, molasses and honey body. A touch of smoke and roast barley at the back. Proper dessert beer/ digestif. Fantastically complex, should have got a second bottle.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (3078) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
A super complex, even confusing beer. Raisin, chocolate, honey. Pours deep dark brown. Thick brown head. Licorice aftertaste with brown sugar. Medium to heavy body. Tried with the parents in Elham in 2012.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
OStreetBrewery (120) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 12, 2010
Tasted from the bottle at Kelly Ryan’s Thornbridge Tasting at the Malthouse. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this beer since I tried it. Undoubtedly the best honey beer I have ever had. A massive rich full complex aroma of dark chocolate, espresso, spicy deep heat, resinous rose petal notes, warm nutty chestnut, a touch of Christmas spice and toffee malt. In the mouth the beer rich with the perfect balance of chocolate roast malt, nutty flavours, chestnut but also hazelnut and almond, floral esters and a rich solid malt backbone. I wish I had a couple of cases of this in the cellar!


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