Brewed by Thornbridge
Style: Traditional Ale
Bakewell, England


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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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (2872) - Nepean, Ontario, - FEB 1, 2013
500 ml bottle from Bieropholie, served almost cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Very deep mahogany (almost black) with a nice deep mocha head. Aroma: Very deep and dark, black cherries, fairly fruity, molasses and treacle, very dark rye bread crust, some booze, big stuff! Palate: Medium-full body, full, slightly aggressive effervescence. Flav.: Huge, a ton of rich, dark, thick maltiness, quite fruity, more of the black cherries, molasses and treacle, dark chocolate, tree fruits, alcohol sting, wow; sweet with pretty good bitterness and a very long, inky, mouth-coating finish.

Not a beer to be taken lightly!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (243) - 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...

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CapFlu (4483) - 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 :)

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kingvit (116) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nilsas (1239) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1202) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OllieBBommel (1055) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (2656) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gam (3183) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2014
Large tan head dark pour mild to medium carbonation aromas grain caramel toffee nuts earthiness the flavours medium strong bitter toffee chocolate liquorice roast coffee wheat cereal caramel citrus peel noted honey very rich but smooth ale rather nutty tasting hazelnut peanut like taste brilliant stuff the finish wonderful earthy tastes malts nuts honey grain the best of the best great drinking ale or sipping

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
elbernays (416) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 27, 2014
Pours deep black. Lovely solid tan head. Leaves good lacing on glass. Big chocolate, coffee, alcohol, lactose, aniseed liquorice, nuts,. Flavour is a creamy milk latte, caramel, hazelnut, dry earth, liquorice, cherry. A slightly dry finish but it is so luscious it’s leaves a milk chocolate aftertaste. Slight alcohol hit. It’s a beer you delve into and find it hard to leave. Layers of complexity. Great beer.

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