RATINGS: 326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 (Sams 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Borresteijn (6677) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2013
75cl Bottle at WWT II. Clear copper amber colour, white head. Aroma of sweet bready malts, something light minty, wort, oatmeal porridge. Flavour is sweet, malty, bread, wort, something tart, raisins, spices, tart spicy finish. Medium-bodied. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benzai (14821) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2013
Bottle @ WWT II. Clear dark orange color, small white to off - white head. Smell is weird, plastic, chemical, yeast and weirdness. Taste lightly malts, lightly sourish, leaves, vegetables, totally weird and not nice imo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (9823) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - APR 6, 2013
66.cl bottle sample at wwt2 via Mrhangover. Thin white head. Clear golden blond pour. Lots of fruit in the taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mad_Ferret (1013) - SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Bottle @ Oliver Twist 4/4-13. Clear reddish amber, no head. Spicy and fruity with cranberries/pomegranate, red grapes, spice rack, wood. Quite nice! Fruity tart and with a pretty dry finish. Cranberries, slight touch of oranges or mandarines, spice, woody dryness. It actually feels a bit like a spicy and heavy ros wine. Long berryish aftertaste. Medium to bigger body with low tickeling carbonation and slick to dry texture. I like it! Feels almost like a wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (6372) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 4, 2013
Pours semi-cloudy, brown-gold with a quick soapy head. Very interesting...aroma is reminiscent of eucalyptus, spearmint and banana. Flavour is sweet, berries, yeast, honey, spices. Wonderful stuff....fascinating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ktwse (4367) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2013
Pours reddish amber with no head. Aroma of overripe red grapes, hazel nut, myrrh, francincense. Taste is sweetish throughout but with a slight apple sourness. It's nicely balanced but body is a tad too oily. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansalon (3403) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2013
Pours brown with no head. Nose is fermented fruit with grapes and caramel. Taste is honey, grapes, raisins and quite a bit of tartness. Very experimental but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
travita (4937) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2013
Draft at holy grail. Quickly disappearing head. Amber color. Clear. The smell is fruity, the fruit his right away, leafs, grapes, juice, wine like, sweet, badly fermented home brew. The taste is sweet, alcohol, fruit, cough medicine, and eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle. Bready wheat malt, honey, nuts, spicy herbal, fruity aroma. Aroma also has a Belgian yeast like character. Clear deep copper with a small off-white head. Black pepper, honey, fruity raisin, and earthy spicy flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (11024) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Bottle. Dusty/yeasty pomegranate/banana, amaretto, and nutty grain aroma - hint of gentian. Golden yellow with small head. Sweet berry/pomegranate/raisin, black pepper and gentian root, and yeast flavor. Very complex. Tasty.

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