Tè - Birra Del Borgo
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3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
Served in a bottle at Eataly in New York, NY
A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to medium copper in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation and a glow when held up to the light. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of light fruits (apple, pear, peach, and apricot) along with an interesting combination of herbal notes - including coriander, lemongrass , and fennel. There is a light amount of biscuity malts and some floral earthiness from the tea.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a lighter body of biscuity malts forming the base for the flavors. Along with the malt body there are notes of light fruits (apple, pear, and peach) and herbal notes (coriander, lemongrass, fennel). There is a light amount of citrus acidity and an earthiness & floral note from the tea.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.
O: This is a very interesting and enjoyable beer - I liked the flavors and aromas of the tea, which intensified as the beer warmed and subtly improved the beer overall. I would have this beer again if only the Italian craft beers were not a bit too cost prohibitive.
09-01-2012 17:16:44 | More by dbrauneis
2.35/5 rDev -34.5%
Had a lot of high hopes for this. It sounded interesting and wanted to give it a shot. Poured it into a goblet and it had a light brown color . No head at all, very little carbonation. Little disappointed on the lack of bubbles in this, I think it could have used some to liven this up a bit. The herbal qualities are present but the tea didn't really come through on any level. Perhaps my bottle was a bit old and the flavors were a little weak. I'd give this another try if i had the chance and got it at a cheaper price.
03-22-2011 03:59:45 | More by Knapp85
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
With supple elegance and soft sweetness, this Italian ale has superb drinkability and layers of fruit and spice revealing themselves with each sip and as the beer comes up to temperature.
The beer pours a firm hazy yellow/orange/copper color. Medium haze allows for a diffused light to create a defracted glow. A billowing white head nearly overtakes the rim of the glass before settling into a rocky then froathy creme that retains well and with pockets of intermitten lace all around the glass. Aside from the muddled haze, the beer behaves terrific to the eye.
Medium aromas circulate around fruit character of pears, peach, apples, apricots, and mangos. A sweeter, biscuity malt character supports the fruity esters and seem to give sweetness to the yeast character. Soft spice of herbal corriander, curacco, lemongrass, and fenel may be the Te' character or may partly derive from phenolic attributes of the yeast.
Flavors continue the fruity/malty interplay with a base of biscuit, sugar cookie dough, or biscuit flavor which act like a spring board for the fruity esters and tea-like spice additions. Fruits first, but a quick follow up of lemon acidity, orange zest, and subtle spice that make me think of Sahti ales (maybe a juniper or spruce character).
Creamy and moderately full early on, the beer waivers a bit from the sweeter, maltier mid palate and going into the finish. Without drying, the beer releases its fullness and allows for a whimsical fleeting sweetness, kinda like confectioner's sugar or cotton candy. This allows the beer to remain drinkable and refreshing despite its fuller, sweeter palate.
Delicious and subtle, the beer has a very friendly side that makes its flaws and lackluster jestures forgivable. Though pleasant enough, the beer is regretably forgetable.
01-28-2011 05:04:46 | More by BEERchitect
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
Not bad, not bad. Poured with a small, cream colored head that quickly faded and no lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber with some particulates. Aroma is malt, hop, tea, yeast. Flavor is like aroma plus some surprising tartness up front. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and tartness fades to sweet before a bit of tart bittersweetmess at the very end. Long finish. Nice drinking beer. Could have some more of this.
08-16-2010 02:06:36 | More by drpimento
2.75/5 rDev -23.4%
Trys to pour a white head but it doesn't so there is no lace. Hazy light amber/orange color, looks like yeast is settling in glass. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Orange, grassy nose. Flavor is tea, grass and sour orange. Weird beer. Expensive at $8.79 for a 375ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
07-23-2010 22:37:38 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours a cloudy amber-blond color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip.
Aroma is full of citrus, coriander and a hint of what appears to be tea. Pretty interesting but not much different from that of a witbier. Perhaps a bit of sourness is there.
Taste is sour with citrus and tea standing out the most. Nearly lip puckering at first but calms down a bit. Mellow and a bit of a surprise.
Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. Beer almost disappears at the back of the throat but basically the use of tea has an effect on the overall body.
Very interesting flavors that meld to create this beer. I'm not sure if I'd seek it out again (price) but it's certainly worth a try if you have an adventurous palate.
12-03-2009 02:46:14 | More by Brad007
3.48/5 rDev -3.1%
12.7 oz bottle poured into a mug
brewed with Shui Hsien tea leaves
pours a cloudy orange/gold color with a 1/2 finger white head with yeast floating in the glass leaving light lacing down the glass. Aromas of sweet tart orange, candy sugar and a light pale malt. Up front flavors of sweet orange which fades to a sour orange with a green/white tea flavor in the middle. Fruity yeast and the sweet tart flavors in the finish. Medium carbonation, light body with a dry spicy finish.
First beer I've tried with tea in the beer, interesting and worth a try but not something to drink often.
10-27-2009 19:49:57 | More by scottg
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours a golden yellow, with minimal head. Slightly cloudy. Large bubbles form a slight head on one side of the glass. A small amount of lacing. Scent is light and spicy. A very light, untraditional beer. Slight citrus taste. Interesting beer brewed with tea leaves and the beer does have a tea-like taste. Unlike any other beer I've ever tasted before. The perfect beer for a girlfriend who doesn't like beer.
05-03-2009 03:07:07 | More by TheDoorman
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Pours pale straw, small fluffy head white.
Subtle nose, citrus, a bit of funk. Light, delicate, very reserved.
Some citrus zest, coriander, but cloaked in an earthy, organic herbal note. Definite tannic green tea on the back end. Refreshing. Green tea is hinted at rather than a primary flavor note.
Carbonation is zippy, effervescent, light bodied.
04-22-2009 12:54:54 | More by JohnQVegas
3.13/5 rDev -12.8%
The aroma is sour and funky like a wild fermentation. There is also herbs and flowers in there as well but not much tea. The appearance is almost flat looking cloudy gold. The flavor is like the aroma but the tea taste comes through. The palate is thin from low carbonation. Overall its interesting.
03-02-2009 10:32:30 | More by nick76
4.47/5 rDev +24.5%
pours a hazy light golden-yellow color with a huge foamy white head. Very earthy aroma of floral hops and green tea leaves. Carbonated up front with a crisp golden fruit and prominent green tea flavor. Creamy with an excellently quafable finish of green tea, golden fruits, alcohol and hops. Very unique and quite good.
12-03-2008 08:11:28 | More by corby112
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
Golden color, thin head, and a bit hazy. Still attractive.
Lemon, vinegar, floral, with some faint tea aromas in the back. Reminds me of a saison.
Mildly acidic. Lemon, grassy, and some sweet green apple. The tea flavor shines towards the end. Some earthiness from the yeast. Extremely refreshing. Think saison with some ice tea.
Mouthfeel is light and almost aqueous. This is expected at 4.2% ABV. This beverage is extremely drinkable. I can drink this all night. Perfect Spring beer, just puts me in that mood. Highly recommended.
04-14-2008 01:25:40 | More by bosco7
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
Brewed with Shui Hsien Lu tea.
Scarce foma, just one finger, but compact. Very beautiful color. Tea color.
And the smell: tea! Difficult to explain. Even some floral notes, camomile, aromatic. Unique.
The taste seems sweet, but not too much. Herbal, yes. Peculiar, fresh, pleasant. Good!
Strange, and interesting. And, overal, well balanced.
A bit difficult to define with the classic beer category, but good.
03-31-2008 20:57:20 | More by stcules
Tè from Birra Del Borgo
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