Brewed by Birra del Borgo (AB InBev)
Style: Saison
Borgorose (RI), Italy
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Birra del Borgo saison blended with Cantillon Lambic.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4234) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 2, 2013
A vigorous pour only produces a ¼-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a pale amber / gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, paler version of the same hue when held up to the light. The aroma has a nutty, oxidized malt note to it up front that jumps out compared to the Beersel Mattina that I just had; it is quite the dominant note, and sort of has a metallic, iron like edge to it. Perhaps a hint of tartness, a sort of straw like note, and even a rich, whole grain character is noticeable under the dominant notes, especially as this beer warms up.

The note from the aroma is also in the flavor though not quite as dominant; definitely metallic, iron / blood character, oxidized, nutty malt notes, and a stale beery character are all here, but there is also a soft tartness, some musty notes, and perhaps a hint of musky-animal like character that comes through. A sort of herbal note, that suggests at menthol, notes of stinging nettle, and oxidized herbaceous hop notes. The body here is quite light, but doesn’t approach watery in character.

I definitely would love to see a lot more of these Saison / Lambic blends; they end up working quite well in these “modern” interpretations, and it almost has me wondering how much different these two styles were in a historical sense; regardless, this is quite tasty as well, though I certainly preferred the Beersel Mattina / Morning. The oxidation character here definitely is a bit much for the nose, but in the flavor is not quite so dominant such that it is quite a bit more enjoyable. Definitely an experience in the end.

BuckeyeBoy (8861) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 15, 2017
Sexy little bottle. Pours out a golden topped with a white head. Nose is band aids funky barrel spice. Taste is more of the nice funky bugs barrel notes.

heavy (2911) - Split, CROATIA - JUL 30, 2017
Dec. ’16. A 0.33 l bottle at Regina del Formaggio, Split. It poured a hazy golden body with a huge head. Fine, lemony, tart lambic and apricot aroma. Flavor was lightly sour and lightly sweet, showing some cider characteristics but on the other hand a typical lemony-chalky saison. That fruity sourness was balancing somewhere between green apple and lemon, with ton of chalk from yeast. Spiced up with cork and leather, this was quite complex beer although, as it’s a saison obviously, not very rich in flavors except dominating tartness. Thinner in body with moderately long finish which followed the flavor in leather and apple-lemon notes. Interesting blend I never thought about before, but it turned out excellent, ennobling base saison which is good anyway. Very refreshing and enjoyable summer beer.

migwell (368) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 28, 2017
A friend bought a bottle of this and offered me a taster. Frankly, this style, or blend of styles, is lost on me, possibly due to my lamentably poor sense of smell, but moreso by my preference for the mainstream styles, from lager to stout. So, naturally, I’m rating this on my lack of appreciation for the style rather than on its place within that style. Disregard!

GRM (4244) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 8, 2016
Sample, 2-ounce, bottle, Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 8 2016; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: acidity, sourness, green apple, light musk, slight wild yeasts, refreshing; mouth: acidity, sourness, green apple, light musk, slight wild yeasts, refreshing, acidic finale with presence of musk, medium body, below-average carbonation, slick texture; overall: correct FRANÇAIS Échantillon, 2 onces, bouteille, Mondial de la bière, savourée le 8 juin 2016; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, léger musc, très léger levures sauvages, rafraîchissant; bouche : acidité, aigreur, pomme verte, léger musc, très léger levures sauvages, rafraîchissant, finale acide avec présence de musc, corps moyen, carbonatation sous la moyenne, texture coulante; en résumé : correct

Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 24, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Z notatek: zdecydowanie zbyt wysoko wysycone.

davidezdonz (633) - Hong Kong, HONG KONG - JUN 23, 2016
A 330ml bottle with a nice unique bottle shape and a best before date of April 2017, poured into a Cantillon ballon glass. It poured a nice clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing. Aromas are tart, lemon peel and oak with a hint of apple and funkiness. Tastes tart and funky with fruity lemon and apple. Not overly sour, and in fact I got a lightly sweet apple cider finish. Dry, light bodied with high spritzy carbonation. Overall this was nice and refreshing. I am lucky to have one more bottle, which is a good thing considering Birra del Borgo is now under AB InBev and seeing the lengths that Cantillon have gone to, it appear that, even if this beer is produced again, that it will NOT be with lambic from Cantillon. Therefore if you can still find this, it’s definitely worth a try, even possibly a last try!

oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2016
It was a gusher... Pours a hazy gold color. Aromas of tart fruit, bread, citrus, and yeasty. Flavor is malty/citrus. Leaves a yeasty orange aftertaste.

Whatup14 (2227) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2016
Bouteille au Mondial 2016. Couleur dorée trouble, mousse blanc cassé. Arôme de levure, léger funk, malt. Goût de levure, funk, bonne acidité, malt. Carbonatation élevée, corps moyen.

diabel (1723) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2016
Hazy blond body. Off-white head. Hoppy, lightly sour head. Moderately sour, lightly bitter beer. Nicely balanced.

Fashawn (604) - ITALY - APR 9, 2016
Good sour saison. Light aroma of basement, oak, some sweet fruits, barnyard, leaves. golden, hazy, frothy white head. First Sips shows the light sour soul of this beer. Some litchi, white grapes, suggestion of white wine. Also sweet fruits like peach, pear. Good bitterness at the end with Pit peach. Very good one

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