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Genziana - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
86
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paulthebeerguru on 04-20-2008)
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Dether, Jul 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

rowyn, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%

12+ oz.

Pours a medium brownish amber, hazy, with an off-white head.

Smells floral sweetness and some herbal notes, kind of saison-like with grassy malt elements.

Tastes of mildly sweet malts with some grassy elements, some honey sweetness, and a herbal touch like oregano.

Medium to full body with soft carbonation.

A nice ale, something like a Belgian pale ale, and very enjoyable. Good flavor and good body for a lower abv. I would love to have this again.

Cylinsier, Oct 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

bspain5, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows floral, herbal and soft fruity notes (apples, pears). Underneath is very faint honey and bready malt.
Very floral flavours too, with what is presumably the gentian taking centre stage. Underneath is bready malt, honey and spicy hops.
Carbonation is nicely high.

CrazyDavros, May 26, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -21.7%

tbeckett, May 15, 2012
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bottle 375mL

A: apricot orange color. effervescent. creamy head.
S: flowery aroma. pollen sweetness. spicy saison notes. bitter herbalness.
T: honey sweetness. caramel.
M: medium bodied. low carbonation.
O: Flowery and caramel flavors kind of off-putting.

jibbyvonjibb, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of shleepy
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%

Served from bottle (bought at K&L in Redwood City, CA) into wine glasses.

A: Orange / light amber; very hay and full of sediment; medium white head.

S: Herby, spicy, floral, sweet.

T: Herby bitterness mixed with decent amount of caramel sweetness. Pretty interesting, but I wish it was drier. Sweetness stays in aftertaste.

M: Low-ish carbonation, medium body.

O: As usual with very "heavily spiced" beers, it's moderately complex and interesting, but not the kind of experience that I'd want to often repeat.

shleepy, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Archemedies, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and considerable lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what's there is atractive enough. In this case, I get light honey, some ice tea flavor and maybe some light sour. The flavor profile is a bit better, but basically replicates the nose. There's some intial light sweetness, but the finish is fairly dry. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though the beer delivers a fair amount of flavor, and it finishes well. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable.

Mehhh... this is an OK beer, but there's nothing about it that would make me want to order it again.

John_M, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

This beer poured out looking much like a pilsner or a pale lager, it's got a clear yellowish color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer is a little floral and herbal, with that grassy pilsner aroma in there too. The taste of the beer is grainy and has a light amount of herbal spice in there. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a dry feeling in the background. Overall this brew is decent in my opinion. I struggle to find anything really impressive with this brew.

Knapp85, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Had at Birreria, the Eataly NYC rooftop brewery and bar on Tuesday 7/26/2011; bottle said it’s brewed with gentian root.

Pours cloudy orange in color with a massive bubbly 2 finger beige head that faded slowly and left great spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top; tons of bubbles race up the beer.

Smells of citrus hops, herbs, sweet malt, grains, yeast, faint brown sugar, grass, floral hops, flowers and light spices.

Tastes of citrus hops, herbs, sweet malt, grains, yeast, light lemon, caramel, faint brown sugar, grass, hay, floral hops, flowers, spices and something that's funky and hard to determine (gentian root possibly?). It's like a malty, sweet Belgian that goes down easy, very easy in fact, especially on a hot summer evening.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with little to no carbonation, a medium body and sweet dry aftertaste and finish. A very tasty beer that went down easy and could be a session beer; would also pair quite well with a fish dish. I recommend trying this beer.

CHickman, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

This was a 375ml bottle, shared with two fellow BAs. It poured a light bodied bright orange with a light white head which laced the glass. The aromas and flavors were a mix of a boatload of citrus fruits, tea leaves, some unidentified spice (at least to my senses), orange peels, clove, and some light esters. The flavor was basically a bouquet of oranges, tangerines, lemon, grapefruit, and apricot. This is one quaffable beer. It assaults your sense of smell with euphoria. The best thing is, it somehow got better as it warmed a little. The mouthfeel was a little light but just find. It kind of made it even more drinkable. This beer is 6.2% but you'd never know there is any alcohol at all. If this wasn't so expensive, like 10.99 per bottle, then it would make a great spring and summer time session beer. I definitely recommend it if you want to try something new and something different.

aasher, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours cloudy amber yellow with carpet of white foam that doesn't lace, just fades to film. Nose is deep honey malts and a fresh outdoorsy herbal scent. Mango syrup malts, a white pepper hit, banana esters, lemony hops and a Galliano bitter tang. Long citrus candy linger. Medium, chewy, round, slight burn.

Herbs, hops and yeast add up to quite a bitter package - drinks like a BSPA. Impressed again by the depth of flavor in this Italian brewer, and how it can feel so round and chewy but finish relatively clean. Still, too sweet and too much going on to be very quaffable - again, feel like it needs food.

StJamesGate, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Quite the interesting beer. Fancy Italian 750ml bottle. Really loud pop when I finally wrestled the cap off, followed by some gushing that would not quit. Clumpy, lumpy foam poured frantically into my snifter. Even after I poured, it still bubbled out the top. Take care, fellow BAs, this beer is alive. Clumpy Houblon Chouffe-type head, with yellow gold body.

Smells very flowery. I'd be inclined to call this a saison if I didn't know any better. That has to be the gentian coming through. It's a "different" nose. Probably not going to be something you've smelled a lot of before. Flowery, with a little sweaty-sock funk. So far, saison is still looking pretty good.

Taste? Like wildflower honey. It has a sweet honey background, with just a little tart, and a heady herbal presence I would really struggle to identify if I didn't know it was gentian.

Even though it looked over-carbonated coming out of the bottle, this is a very soft, luxurious beer. It has a silky mouthfeel.

I shared the 750ml bottle at Abraxas. It's very good, but the residual sweetness would get to me after a while, if you forced me to drink the big bottle by myself. The smaller bottles would be fine, but if you get the 750, bring it to a tasting. Excellent beer to bring to a beer-geek tasting.

Patrick999, Aug 14, 2010
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Genziana from Birra Del Borgo
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.