RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
This beer is based on a beverage that may have been enjoyed by the Etruscans of Ancient Italy around 800 BC. For this one Sam traveled to Italy with Dr. Pat McGovern where they met up with Teo and Leo (Sam’s buddies from Baladin Brewery and Birra Del Borgo respectively) and researched ingredients from various Etruscan dig sites. The result of their research is a strong ale containing an Italian heirloom grain called Cappelli Senatore, along with pomegranate juice, raisins, and hazelnut flour, together with 3 types of honey: chestnut, wildflower, and clover. The brew was then spiced with several hop flowers, Gentian root and tree resin (think Myrrh) in the kettle. To simulate fermentation in a bronze vessel (which possibly would have been what the Etruscans used), we actually tied a bronze plate inside our modern stainless fermenter which was suspended in the wort as it fermented. The aroma is dominated by pomegranate and spice from the yeast. The flavor is an intriguing interplay between the tangy pomegranate fruit and nuttiness from the hazelnut flower. One can definitely envision sipping this unique brew while relaxing on the Mediterranean coast. Versions of this brew will also be made at Baladin and Birra Del Borgo with the same ingredients but varying processes.

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jkwood04 (5452) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 13, 2013
750ml bottle in a bulb glass. Pours amber/ruby with a small head. Aroma of pomegranate, dark fruits, a little bit of honey, and light bitterness. Flavor the same with a good fruitiness. Average texture. An interesting beer, but not for me.

egajdzis (6613) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Hazy amber color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of honey, citrus, spices, orange, citrus, nuts, and light alcohol. Taste of orange, pomegranate, spices, nuts, caramel, and light alcohol.

kayres (888) - , Georgia, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Sweet raisin aroma light bodied and winey. Hints if grape and lemon ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

glennmastrange (2883) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Bottle. Moderate cookie and cereal for the malt, orange for the hops, faint broth for the yeast, with raisin, sweet red wine, berries, root vegetables and a hint of vinegar. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with a few spots of good lacing and good legs. Color is sparkling clear copper. Flavor starts faintly sweet and moderately to heavily acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and moderately acidic and touch acetic. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, watery with a fizzy carbonation. This Tradition Ale is full of fruity and vinous aromas and has a refreshing taste and palate.

SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Pours bronze with a large fizzy head. Smells of wheat, fruit, hints of metal. Taste is a little fruity with a definite honey character. Medium-bodied with a wet texture and soft mouth-carbonation, Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze finishes with a dry honey character.

adamhorror (84) - USA - MAY 15, 2013
Pours a deep copper with a white big bubbly head. Aroma is fig, raisin, wheat, yeast, and a mild honey scent. Taste is largely yeast-fruit. Pomegranate and grape taste with underlying wheat and yeast. Mouthful is medium body, with a large aftertaste of grape and cherry and pomegranate flavors. The alcohol is present but not overpowering. Not much of a lace left on the glass. This brew also feels like a weak Port Wine, meaning, would be thinner in mouthfeel. The more I sip this beer the more I like it.

superspak (5685) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2013
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in late 2012. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger foamy light khaki head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap. Minimal glass lacing and a ton of streaming carbonation that keeps the lace cap going. Aromas of apple, pear, raisin, banana, pomegranate, pepper, clove, bubblegum, honey, candi sugar, wheat, bread, floral, herbal, and earthy yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruitiness with malt and spicy yeast esters. Taste of apple, pear, raisin, banana, pomegranate, pepper, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, honey, candi sugar, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light and dark fruits, clove, pepper, bubblegum, honey, floral, herbal, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity flavors with malt and yeast esters; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, lightly syrupy, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent excellent ancient ale collaboration. All around nice balance and complexity of malt, fruitiness, and spicy ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one, as expected.

Steverus0 (263) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 12, 2013
This brew really has more depth than I really know what to do with. Has the mouthfeel of a Belgian Tripel or Quad, but honey comes through clearly with a hint of clove to back it up. A subtle nutty backbone helps add depth and character that a standard Belgian might lack. Not 100% sure what I think about this beer, but I know how I feel - satisfied. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

RogertheKid (90) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Loaded with fruity, honey flavors topped with spices, for make of a very different brew. Enjoyed it, happy I have tasted it.

ChainGangGuy (4897) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2013
22 ounce bottle - $10.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, burnt umber-hued body with a very thin, very brief, white head.

Smell: This is your big shot, Etruscans. Tangy, cutting fruit notes with a noted perfumy, redolent floral quality, also some aromatic, savory wood and a fair amount of spice and alcohol. It smells like decorative, small-sized soaps you’re not supposed to use in a guest bathroom. Or a candle with a non-specific moniker like "Autumnal Evenings" or "Sargassum’s Interlude."

Taste: The tangy, lightly sourish fruitiness is foremost for me, of the added pomegranates and raisins. Honeyish sweetness, but, it’s quite short-lived as some joining nutty, spicy, floral tones begin bumbling around the flavor like drunk perverts on a dance floor. Warming, tangy, spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: These droll historical renditions peak my interest every time and always make for a ripping good time. Chateau Jiahu was mighty fun. Didn’t we have one hell of a time with Midas Touch? I know, deep down, a bottle of Theobroma would be the jewel in any serious beer drinker’s cellar. Now,

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