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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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Photo of TheDoorman
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy-orange/yellow, with a quickly dissipating white head. Effervescent. Scent of a Heineken at first, but when sufficiently swirled the scent faded to a more grassy, but light aroma. Subtle flavor profile. Light and refreshing. Touch of hops at the finish.

TheDoorman, May 03, 2009
Photo of tbeckett
3/5  rDev -21.7%

tbeckett, May 15, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -21.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of shleepy
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Photo of trbergman
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 375mL bottle into a Hennepin flute. Jesus! As soon as I cracked it open the bottle started spewing foam and wouldn't stop. I think I lost about a third of the bottle.

Appearance - Cloudy and amber in color with a speckled tan head that starts off huge and slowly settles down to about a finger. Chunky, with a lot of sediment.

Smell - Lavender, violets, lemon zest.

Taste - Gentle and sweet, balanced by herbal zestiness.

Mouthfeel - Soft and creamy. This could be because of the aforementioned spewing.

Drinkability - Not something I really want to drink much of.

trbergman, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 avalon07
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: Had a very herbal smell, with strong dose of malt as well.

T: There was a slight herbal quality to the flavor, though it was mild and not overly medicinal. There was also a big malty presence, but after that it was a bit on the thin side. Not a very dynamic flavor.

M: A well carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not an undrinkable beer, but not very memorable either.

avalon07, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of hopdog
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared courtesy of Josh.

Poured a medium yellow color with a small sized white head. Lots of suspended floaters. Aromas of floralness, a bar of soap, minty, and bready. Tastes of herbalness, green tea, soap, and floral. To sum this one up - different.

Notes from 4/16/08

hopdog, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 John_M
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of nick76
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is floral, malty, citrusy, and spicy. The appearance is orange gold with a huge head! The flavor is like the aroma with a touch of sourness. The palate is a little thin but smooth. Overall I like it but its unusual. This is just one of those that defies typical classification.

nick76, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold with good head on light smell beer; airy hops with minor spices and very little malts. A lighter-bodied, smooth beer that is sweet with some spice and mellow hops. Balance between mellow sweet malt and some grainy, citric hops and spice. Finishes easy and is a good summer beer.

clayrock81, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ale brewed with gentian. Cloudy amber with a very firm, thick white head.

Nose of assertive fresh peaches and apricots; assertive candi sugar and a rich sweet floral nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly creamy. Good texture and a quality feel.

A very well balanced and integrated beer of malty, stone fruit and light coffee with underlying and light citrus hop.

Pleasant light grapefruit finish that starts malty and with coffee and then goes to the bitter grapefruit and espresso.

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerHunter76, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Dether
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Dether, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Texasfan549, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of SteeleWright
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

SteeleWright, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this beer is made with spices and the roots of Gentian flowers (Moxie?). It's a nice looking brew, with a large and stable head. Beautiful and very stable lace. The smell is average, a little very light (pils?) malt and some distant herbal hops. Average. The taste, though, makes up for the lack of a good smell. It's sweet, herbal, spicy, and pretty complex. Mild pepper, ginger, and malt. Lots of spice flavors swirl around the taste. Nice. The beer is full bodied and very smooth. Great craft beer.

Suds, May 31, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this bottle at Saraveza several months back; it's been tucked in the back of the fridge ever since. Opened today during a lunch of mostly Italian cheeses and meats (appropriate), poured to a pair of tulip glasses.

'ale brewed with gentian', 6.1% alc. vol./12.7 fl. oz.

A: Shows a little bit of age with a few floating yeast flecks, but is otherwise golden and nearly clear. Steady carbonation and a short white creamy head. Little lace, only a few speckles.

S: Enticing floral aroma: honey, pears, apples. Tingling spices, a little peppery dry.

T: Salted biscuit dryness, with a covering of ground, dusty spices. Hard to figure out: it's sometimes peppery, a little bark, chalky, apple skins, citrus pith, sweeter lemon. General flavor is earthy, a bit soapy/perfumed but with a balance of honey/malt sweetness.

M: Quite smooth, a mild carbonation. A little thin, but a nice building/lasting spice zest.

D: Yep, it's an interesting brew. Strikes me a bit like a spiced version of a good American Pale Ale: similar malt qualities, hop balancing with the addition of 'gentian'. Worthy a try.

msubulldog25, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Golden poppy liquid, brilliant clarity, and two fingers of rocky ivory foam. Good retention, thick merengue-like lacing.

Lightly fruity, very slightly floral, and lager-like aromas.

The violets contribute a surprising amount of sweetness to the flavor profile, although this is balanced by pale malt and a biscuity minerality. Finishes medium-dry and vaguely spicy. Comes across as an ale-based cocktail in some ways.

Very smooth and rather slick mouth-feel.

The low ABV makes this one go down quickly, though it could use some tartness or perhaps more hops to balance the gentian and sugars. Very unique none the less, and worth trying though I wouldn't buy it again considering the price (the story of so many Italian craft beers stateside).

augustgarage, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of Patrick999
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 StJamesGate
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Genziana from Birra Del Borgo
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.