RATINGS: 328   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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katrinaez (2306) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
UPDATED: APR 5, 2015 Nice with a hop and malt combo. Sweet finish on the tongue. Not too bitter, but has some taste. Tap

bartlebier (4159) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 12, 2014
Big bottle [email protected] Mondial de la Bière, Mulhouse FR, thx Roland & Martina. Viscous brown-amber pour. Nose of berry&grape-infused maple syrup with a hazelnut edge. Dryish mouthfeel with some tannins. Very vinous: chardonnay, pomegranate juice, spiced wine dunked with a shot of Enzianschnaps, some hard to place caramel fruitiness. Easier to drink than some other DFH molecular archeological brews.

Salmoniform (1281) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Poured from bottle to Glass. Deep copper hue with off white head. Aroma is figs, toffee, honey, straw, raisins. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium body and crisp carbonation. Taste is sweet throughout with an ethanol finish. Overall this brew was interesting.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - SEP 4, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-27-13-

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- The beer is served a brownish-bronze color with a reddish tint. Upon serving there are just wisps of foam on the top of the brew, which fade fast, leaving almost no lace.

Smell – The aroma is a big complex mix. The strongest aromas are of a fruity and wheaty aroma with the fruity being of orange, pomegranate, and wine grapes. Mixed with these aromas is a smell of honey as well as a yeast and some spice.

Taste – The taste starts out with a sweeter-fruitier flavor of pomegranate with some wheat and yeast flavors as well. As the flavor advances from the beginning, some notes of a honey sweetness as well as orange and clover come to the tongue. A light nuttiness comes to the tongue more toward the end along with some, floral and herbal hop and other spice flavors that I just can’t place. At the very end, a somewhat wine like flavor comes to the tongue leaving a slightly bittered but still fruity flavor to linger.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body and moderate carbonation, of tiny carbonation bubbles, creates a very crisp feel for the brew with it being fantastic for the fruit, wine, and rather extensive list of other flavors that exist within.

Overall – A very interesting brew. It has an odd mix of flavors, which in the end work out rather well together. I would say this is one that is worth a try as it is quite unique and complex, but yet still very tasty and drinkable.

aracauna (3692) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2014
I’m getting a lot of my mom’s fig preserves in this one. Dark fruit. Caramel sugars. Nice aroma. Less interesting flavor.

Boutip (6562) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft: Poured a light amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of hazelnut and unrefined grain is more or less interesting. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grain with some strong notes of hazelnut with some residual sugars which is probably derived of the honey that was added to this beer. Body is light with medium carbonation and with no apparent alcohol. I appreciate all the historical research that went into this beer but not sure I really enjoy the final product enough to try this one again.

Niko100 (2998) - Chicago, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Cloudy amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, yeast, floral, fruit, some clove, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, fruit (notably grapes), honey, caramel, and spice; Decent one.

Koskela (505) - Marysville, California, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Honey clover rasins and somethin come from this slightly hazy amberish purpleish brew with no head The taste is pomegranate kinda some crazy honey and spice. Its weird but not super horrible. But very different. The taste lingers like none other and i wish it had some more hops. Its a medium body with good carb. Worth a try if ur daring.

pras (602) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2014
Sample at the brewery. Earthy aroma. Flavor was slightly sweet and very earthy. Sweetness I think is from the honey. Enjoyable will drink again.

bnokk (548) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2014
Dogfish Head, Etrusca, bomber.
APPEARANCE- great light brown color. Nice head, but it dissipates quickly. Very carbonated as there’s a lot of bubbles originating from the bottom of the glass.

NOSE - Distinct, but unlike most other beers I’ve tried. Very earthy, but difficult to distinguish.

FLAVOR - very unique flavor. Slightly sweet but not malty, and certainly no pronounced hop flavors at all. It evolves as it warms up to reveal the sweetness has honey notes.

NOTES - this is a very exciting beer in the ancient series. It’s not an everyday drinker, but I enjoy thinking about what a beer may have been like almost 3000 years ago. I was able to taste this alongside the Birra del Borgo (one of the other collaborators on this experiment), and it was a lot of fun.

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