Re Ale - Birra Del Borgo
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4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
Today's review is Re Ale from the fine chaps at Birra Del Borgo: Italian brewers that make damn good Belgian ales. Re Ale is their take on the American Pale Ale, and if that doesn't get you excited or if you are wondering "Doc what is a Birra Del Borgo?" then get your hands on a bottle of their exceptional Duchessa.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint.
A: Cloudy and amber bodied with a creamy cream-coloured head full of creamy goodness, and cream [disclaimer: this beer does not contain dairy products].
S: Floral hops intermingle with sweet sweet honey, bread yeast, and more hops - earthy/citrus hops to be precise. If my nose was sentient and had the ability to be entertained by aromas it would find this one damn entertaining fragrance; Game of Thrones entertaining.
T: Holy shit! (or Santa merda! in Italian) This Re Ale doesn't just taste great, it Re-defines the APA style. Primary notes of honey, cardamom, pepper and a chunky bread yeast middle is underpinned by bold citrus hop characters; on the grapefruit spectrum of citrus. It finishes much lighter in bitterness than an American APA, which is like saying "I need to go use the ATM machine" [think about it people], however this is not necessarily a bad thing. This is one tasty brew.
M: Medium bodied with a creamy Weizenesque (wow I've managed to combine a German and French word together - call Oxford English Dictionary) carbonation. I could swear this brew has wheat in it but the label doesn't mention it at all.
D: You would have to be a petty and vindictive black-hearted beer snob to mark this down for not adhering to the style it represents - this is an ale that self-proclaims a different take on a tried and (sadly) tired style: American Pale Ales. I love APAs, with a capital "L"... wait; I Love APAs but let's face the facts - there are more atypical APAs out there than I have brain cells [I would probably want to refute that statement if I actually did some research] - APAs have been done already. Birra Del Borgo - those guys I would bear hug if I ever met - have put together a top-notch beer here. Buy, drink, appreciate this fine ale. I demand it.
Note: Loses 0.5 a point overall for being as expensive as a Belgian Trappist Ale, sorry BDB.
Food match: Being on the less bitter and sweeter side of APAs this ale would work best with lighter fare; chicken and mushroom pie, potato and leek soup, dolphin burgers, etc... the crème brûlée smoothness would suit (surprisingly) a crème brûlée as well.
05-15-2014 22:05:57 | More by doktorhops
4.26/5 rDev +9.8%
750 ml. bottle. Hazy amber colour, with a medium head that leaves a good lace. Smell of tropical fruits, caramel, citrus, forest, flowers and some spice.
Medium body, good carbonation. Taste of citrus, caramel, tropical fruits, chocolate, spices. Another Birral del Borgo great beer.
03-29-2014 14:49:31 | More by janubio
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
Hazy amber colour. Large off white head. Really, really creamy. Nice lacing.
Pop. Interesting combination of pine and citrus. A touch resinous. Really quite good.
Bitterness hits first. Then a sweet malt with touches of papaya. Interesting piney resin character. Good lingering character. Lovely.
Moderate body with moderately-high carbonation. Solid.
An excellent Pale Ale. A touch big but the bold flavours work really well and are solidly integrated. Great beer.
02-14-2014 06:50:02 | More by dgilks
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Pale chestnut with a creamy creme-coloured head that fades fast but clings immediately and speckles.
Flowers, caramel, cinnamon, and fresh herbs on the nose.
Toffee and Amaretti biscuits followed by nectar, cedar, orange rind and grapefruit rind hops to end.
Cointreau and peppery spice finish and humming minty linger.
Just shy of medium, smooth, crisp, some flint.
Possibly a mistake to call this an APA - this is EKG all over and you'd find Marris Otter butter if you knew to look for it. Feel is very Italian - silky in the mouth but with a snappy finish. There are signs of Cascade plus some real bitterness, but overall this drinks like an English Pale Ale, and a superior one.
Not a patch on ReAle, but all the same, a very fine beer from a top brewer.
12-24-2013 20:38:54 | More by StJamesGate
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
An very nice, dark, amber and caramel look with a nice foam. With some cloudiness.
a Very pleasant look.
The nose gives a lot of fresh fruits. Surely a pinneapple is there as some oranges and peaches.
With a touch of some fine spices in to it.
My first taste of this fantastic Italian beer is silky smooth and fresh with a bit of delicioius herbal after taste. On the first I taste a lot of fine fruits.
The aftertaste is long and a good aroma full of sweetness and spicey like after notes.
Very nice bottle, by the way.
Good, fresh beer from Birra Del Borgo.
07-10-2013 14:31:34 | More by Vladimiriuz
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.64/5 rDev -6.2%
330ml bottle from Brewdog (£5):
Deep, honey amber colour with a two cm bubbly head that gradually reduces in size. The beer is clear too.
Citrus and pine malts and is quickly overtaken by a strong floral hop aroma, some sweet malts and a sort of perfume like smell. There is also some alcohol right at the end.
Hops & a combination of pine and floral ones with some soft caramel malts and various fruits. Definitely a fruity one with some orange and citrus along with some apricot and various berries plus some toffee.
Lively carbonation and a medium body with a strong alcohol lacing at first before settling down some. There is a crisp, dry finish that hints at bitterness too.
Pretty nice beer and one that went down well without being an outstanding beer. Initially the floral notes and the alcohol seemed too strong but both of these quickly died down as the beer settled and I got further down the glass.
01-29-2013 12:39:38 | More by flyingpig
3.05/5 rDev -21.4%
Pours amber with a massive head that just keeps growing.
Very floral, spicy and plant-like aroma, interesting hop profile. Underneath is soft bready malt.
Similar hops as flavours (spicy, plant-like) with faint clean malt underneath. The hop dominate though. Some alcohol shows too. Quite sharp.
Carbonation is too high.
07-24-2012 06:38:40 | More by CrazyDavros
Re Ale from Birra Del Borgo
87 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.