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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:
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(Beer added by: paulthebeerguru on 04-20-2008)
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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

kjkinsey, Oct 02, 2013
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 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 westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -21.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a small, interesting bottle (a 12.7 fluid ounce green glass Champagne bottle) that's capped with a plastic liner and then covered with a green plastic capsule.

Genziana, or gentiana, in case you weren't aware, is a flowering plant that is noted for its healing properties (by Pliny the Elder, nonetheless); and is used in "bitters" and herbal liquors.

It pours a fairly clear golden body until the yeast is roused, and then it takes on a bit more of an orange cast as it becomes a bit hazy. The creamy bright-white head holds remarkably well, and it leaves some very interesting streaks of lace that seem to throw themselves up into the air about the glass.

The aroma is grassy and herbal with a floral side, and a bit of citrus, kind of like lemon grass. There's also a hint of woodiness that reminds me of very soft cedar; and perhaps a drizzle of honey and some basement mustiness as well. A hint of yeasty chalkiness is present to boot. It's intriguing, but not necessarily enticing, although the thread of tartness and mustiness catches my attention.

The flavor follows suit, and it opens quite a bit as it warms. In fact, I find it so different from start to finish that for this beer I'd suggest opening it and nipping at it cold before giving it a few moments to warm up. The floral character of the gentian really comes out, and the herbal side softens. The grassiness remains, as does the hint of lemon, along with the soft woody spiciness. Which brings me to the finish, which is surprisingly dry and quick. There's a little dollop of lemon-drop and honey right off, and then what's left behind is a touch cedary, spicy, floral, and grassy - but it's not really bold at all, and it simply slips quietly away. Somewhere across the middle there's a mild slice of tartness (and in a way that's kind of needed for balance - along with the herbal character - as the bitterness is kept at a minimum), and that really rounds it out and pulls it into focus at the same time before finishing.

Impressive. It's a really interesting and complex beer, and yet it appears almost simple, and very drinkable as well. It reminds me in many ways of a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand (with much less grapefruit - well, no grapefruit), or even a vinho verde, and I think white wine drinkers would really enjoy this. Worth trying! Probably worth seeking out!

NeroFiddled, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy amber with a full white head. Good, full covering lace. Bunch of floaties, but that partially my fault.

S: IPA like, a lot of peach, tangerine and wood. Citrusy. Herbal notes.

T: Lots of citrus, orange fruity hop character. Some strong cedar like spicy hops on the back end. Malt is very timid, offering some sourdough bread sweetness at times, but allowing the hops and the gentian take over.

M: Smooth, creamy with a nice grassy, resiny aftertaste.

D: This is a wonderful little beer. It is definitely overpriced at $9.99 for the little bottle, but I was intrigued and in the end am glad I bought it. Well made and tasty.

Halcyondays, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a huge foamy off-white head. Aroma consists of citrus peel, grapefruit and flowers. There is a nice malty balance to the citrus peel/ fruit presence. Very quaffable and sweet with a smooth, hoppy floral finish.

corby112, Dec 03, 2008
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 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 tbeckett
3/5  rDev -21.7%

tbeckett, May 15, 2012
Photo of aasher
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
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 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 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 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 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
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Chugs13, Oct 30, 2013
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
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerHunter76, Oct 04, 2013
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 Cylinsier
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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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Genziana from Birra Del Borgo
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.