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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 11   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Aroma: Very complex and winey aromas--dried fruit, honey, berry with hints of earthy yeast aromas. Appearance: Clear bright amber with minimal head. Taste: Medium-heavy sweetness with light bitterness and medium sourness to balance. Palate: Full body, thick oily texture, soft carbonation, long fruity finish. Overall: Wow! This has so many flavors working with each other and against each other. Every sip reveals something different, but still in harmony with the others. Nothing unpleasant here, though a bit too fruity for my taste. Still, this is really well done.


3.1
larsga (7630) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 22, 2017
Medium pale brownish head. Clear deep dark brown still body with small particles. Herbal wine grape aroma with vinegary basil notes. Sweetish earthy cardamom and white wine taste with vinegary spicy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, fizzy mouthfeel. Dryish-acidic earthy spicy herbal aftertaste with orangey cardamom notes. It's not bad, but the acidity detracts for me. Good transparency, but some dirtiness in the acid. (0.75l bottle, from wine monopoly, Strømmen.)

3.8
Bricks (1147) - Delaware, USA - SEP 3, 2017
Nice medium brown color.. Smell is very complex.. like a Belgian Ale, but with extra... something....... spices.. Taste is very unique.. nutty, Belgian yeast, banana, clove. Smooth. Feel like I'm drinking history.

4.2
Gluepot (690) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2017
A fast dissipating white head on a translucent caramel body. Nose is a treat with zesty fruit, some acidity, caramel, honey and grain. Initial effervescence is so active you can hear it. The taste is a great blend of rich berries, citrus, grapes, orange, spice, honey, apple and cider-like taste and acidity. Caramel is in there aswell. Rich, sweet, but fresh and not cloying. Well blended. Drinking history has never been this good.

3.5
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Sampler at the brewpub-Amber pour w/a minimal head. Malty, fruity aroma. Flavors of roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, & some peat. Long full finish, enjoyable.

3.3
chrisv10 (18226) - DENMARK - APR 11, 2017
Bottle, 8.5%. Clear dark amber with small tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, spices, herbs and honey. Flavour is malt, caramel, spices, herbs, honey, little over carbonated, sweet, little sour, little citric, little dry, notes of alcohol and a little bitter.

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chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2017
2013 750 ml bottle served in a large Scottish tulip glass. Wonderful aroma and flavor with lots of dark fruit notes and subtle spice notes. Near neutral bitter-sweet balance, although bitterness picks up in the aftertaste. Overall: interesting, complex, well balanced and surprisingly similar to a modern Belgian strong dark ale.

4.2
Dacrza (1024) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2016
DATE: July 28, 2016... OCCASION: watching our wedding videos (thanks for sending the VCR, Jer!) while celebrating fifteen blessed years of marriage with Shana... GLASSWARE: Affligem goblet.... a dark copper, almost brownish opaque body challenges daylight... the off-white fizzles to a pencil-thin ring, while small clouds circle inside... apple, sour apple, grapefruit, vanilla, honey, grapes, and saltiness--safe to say, I haven’t smelled something like this before, although the aroma loosely approximates freshly unwrapped cassette tapes from the eighties... in summation, quite a cornucopia to process... upon first sip, surprisingly active in the mouth... medium-bodied, warming, and dry, with the honeyed finish that provides depth and length to the taste... demonstrative apple, honey and citrus and sour mash... ginger, raisins, dry nuts, and phenol hints develop a complex, almost unworldly profile, one that encourages sip upon sip... a beer worthy of the our milestone anniversary, I cannot help but think this beer is challenging in all the right ways, stirring fruit, spice and lesser elements to develop a taste akin to a Belgian ale but with drastically different draw and depth.. manageable at its 8.5% but formidable as well, with its spiciness erupting with every sip... on sale at A&P Liquors? yes, please...

3.7
teamsale (296) - Washington, USA - JUL 19, 2016
On tap. Pours a clear light brown bronze with little off-white head and minimal lacing. Smells exactly like a saison. Tastes sweet, some unusual flavors, flowery, honey, actually very nice. The bitterness is mild and the aftertaste is extremely pleasant.

2.8
koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2016
From notes. Split this one with Steve at Dan’s Downtown Tavern on July 01. The pour is a muddy amber color with a couple golden hues shining through. There is an incredibly fizzy white head that falls down and reminds me of a soda. That’s what it looks like. A beer shouldn’t fizz like this. The aroma is incredibly sweet. There is a lot of dark fruit and spiciness to it, like it’s a dark fruit-inspired saison. A definite breadiness exists, and a light Belgian malt. The flavor is dark fruits and Belgian yeast. It’s just really Belgian ale dominated. The mouth feel is terrible. It’s thin, yet syrupy, with a very effervescent carbonation that let’s the Belgian tendencies just jump off of the tongue. It doesn’t end quick enough. This isn’t my jam. Not by a long shot.

3.2
ABUSEDGOAT (2826) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Amber colored, minimal head. Aroma is strong honey with sweet malts, light raisin, lightly spicy. Medium bodied, sweet honey flavor dominates with a touch of raisin.


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