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Rubus - Birra Del Borgo

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87
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201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 06-27-2009

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Photo of Scott414
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

On tap at minder lambic. Enjoyed this framboise just not as much as the Cantillon

Photo of amex_platypus
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Bought at Eataly Milan. Moderate acid, substantial body, a little salty.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy medium malts with good amounts of mildly tart raspberries and smaller amounts of grassy funk.

Tastes more complex than it smells. Moderately dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by solid amounts of lightly tart raspberries. Midway through hints of breadiness come through before being pushed aside by wet hay and grassy funk. The funk fades out into a crisp and mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was an interesting beer that is very well balanced in the flavor profile. Worth a shot.

Photo of Loot
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

first hits the noise with raspberry, juicy fruit and leather.... followed by minty, floral, Olive notes. finishes Olive strong. with fuzzy white pillowy head that dissipates quickly...

taste it's raspberry sour sweet....with leather and malt, followed by again olives... very much like the nose.

mouthfeel is very medium , medium light.... slight sweetness, but finishes dry... very drinkable...

overall a well done beer... delivers a classic sour character...with a raspberry twist...

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11 point something ounce bottle into a teku.

Creamy off-colored head almost a finger thick. Persists well. Carbonation is healthy in the plum skin colored body. 4.5

Huge fruity nose. Raspberry, earthiness and some Brett-y yeast. Slight hints of acidity on the nose. 4

Pretty lemony on the flavor initially before taking an earthy, saison-like yeast. Mid-palate emerges the tart raspberry that then gives way to a bit of funk. There's a peppery quality that adds some character to the already interesting mix of flavors. 4

It's sour and acidic and funky and yeasty. It drinks very cleanly despite the mouth-puckering sourness. 4

This is good. Acidity is high and quite lemony but the fruit shines and there are plenty of flavors playing around here.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Monk. Pours pinkish with a wisp on head. Sour aroma with a drop of brett. A full mouthfeel is striking from the first sip until the palate gets used to the frontal attack of the raspberries, malt, and enzmes. Very nicely drinkable, a deep taste of raspberry thoroughness and fruit sugar. This is the real thing.

Photo of goochpunch
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out copper with pink tinge. Hardly no head. Smells of raspberry, brett, spicy yeast. Tastes sour with mild berries. Dry and bretty. Light body with tiny prickly bubbles. Solid fruit sour.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows raspberry, soft funk, light clean malt. Delectable.
More raspberry as a flavour, along with a fair bit of acidity. Well balanced though with some light malt underneath.
Could use more carbonation.

Photo of TruePerception
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Birra Del Borgo's Rubus, ale brewed with raspberries. 5.8% ABV.

A: Red-orange, moving to slightly lighter orange on the outsides of the glass. Faintly-yellow white in the dimple. Less than half a finger of head; dissipates to a thin ring. Tiny bubbles slide nicely along the inside of the glass as the beer is tipped. Slight sheeting. Lacing holds nicely, but is slightly light.

S: Nice, floral raspberry syrup aroma, up front. Lemon acidity, with a touch of lemon oil or lemon candy. Slight raspberry seed. Faint rose petal.

T/MF: Very crisp feel in the mouth. Light raspberry taste, but mostly clean. A hint of lemon peel and pith. Raspberry seed bitterness when swallowed, with a light lemon acidity.

I'm not nearly as impressed with this as the My Blueberry Nightmare. It's not bad, but fairly bland.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RB

On tap at Bittercreek's 2014 Funkfest... Hefty pour into a large goblet... orangish with a definite pinkish tinge... fairly long lasting white head... nice lacing.

Nose is big bretty funk.. damp basement and wet hay/wet leather... fruit is tart and emerges more toward the end.

Flavor is dank funk with a pretty bracing sourness that is punctuated by fermented out raspberry tartness and a bit of fruit tannins.

A lot of stuff going on in this one... I enjoyed it, but doubt I would buy it again.

3.75/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5

Photo of gtermi
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a dark orange body with a thin white head that quickly fades away. The smell is of tart raspberries, lactobacillus and a tiny bit of sweetness. Tart raspberries that quickly fades into a malt sweetness. The beer has a nice tart tingle on the back of the throat and on the tongue. A very delicious beer

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What an interesting, funky, tasty beer. It starts out enjoyable but only gets better as it warms. The sourness is prevalent but not overdone. And the same can be said for the funkiness. Lots of strawberry and raspberry flavors, some maltiness,, and a smooth mouthfeel and aftertaste. Really cool and fun. Will definitely drink more of this when I get a chance.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head consisting of large bubbles that gradually died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the nose along with some notes of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is mostly filled with flavors of sour raspberries. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer did a really good job of balancing the tartness and sweetness of raspberries with the sourness. The raspberry aromas and flavors become a little more dominant as the beer warms up, but it still remains very drinkable.

Photo of wedgie9
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Tasted from bottle at Lush West Town. Pours peach orange with a fluffy and long-lasting tan head. Nose is fresh, tart raspberry with a hint of chewable vitamins and some funk and sweet syrup. The flavor is sweet and tart raspberry with a sour and funky note and solid acidity. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long tart finish.

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 bottle

A: amber color. almost clear. no head or vidible carbomation
S: raspberry jam. raspberry vine grasiness. never had a fruit beer so close to the actual berry. tomato juice present as well.
T: no bitterness. some tannins in aftertaste.
M: no carbonation. fairly thin. mich like unblended lambic.
O: pure raspberries. doesnt get much closer in liquid form.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange to ruby red in color with a glow when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation.The beer has a finger tall fizzy (soda-like) light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry (fresh) with some barnyard funkiness and just a hint of sourness. There are also some very light vinous notes and just a hint of vinegar.

T: There is a light amount of barnyard funk flavor upfront with a significant amount of fresh raspberry flavors. Some notes of vinous and vinegar hints but not overly sour but just a little hint of tartness.

M: Slightly more than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not as much complexity as I was hoping for but this is a very enjoyable and easy to drink. I think that this is pretty approachable for a wild ale but I personally like them a little funkier and a little more sour. I would have this one again - enjoyed that the rasberries have a real natural flavor (not artificial or overly sweetened).

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bight bright red-pink. It's got a bubbly white head, too. I don't know what to expect as I have never had a beer that looks like this before.

S: Tart raspberry or strawberry, citrus, lemon.

T: Just like the nose but way more prominent. Tart raspberries and/or strawberries, lemon, kind of a funky bitterness, yeast. Oddly enough, I'm getting some sort of 'seedy' taste- like sesame seeds. Not bad, but I'm not blown away.

M: Light and crisp, but not completely. It's a little too light for my tastes, but it's not bad. It does take away from the beer though.

O: This was nice, because I've never had a wild ale before. I don't know if all of them are around the same level of sourness, but I was pleasantly surprised. It didn't blow me away, though.

Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for sharing this one at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary.

A: The pour is a light pinkish/red color with a short lived white head.

S: A nice fruity raspberry aroma along with a light acidity and some mild/tame funk.

T: The berry flavors really come through here, more so than in the nose. The intense carbonation heightens the acidity that is there and this works nicely with the somewhat minimal funk.

M: As already mentioned, a very highly carbonated beer--almost soda or champagne-like (I haven't quite decided). A light body on this one.

D: One of the better Italian beers I've come across. A nice refreshing sour/fruit beer that would be nice for the hot weather.

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a slightly pink tone to it. A 1" head lasts a bit and produces a thick lace on the glass.

Smell: raspberries and some sourness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice sour raspberry flavor with a mild bitterness. One dimensional but tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipping beer that really hit the spot when looking for the style. This beer was fresh and on draft made this a nice find.

Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's yesterday, during their rare and obscure beer festival. By all accounts this beer is quite rare, with only 2 kegs shipped to the US.

The beer pours a light pinkish gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. The nose is unique, consisting of raspberry, sour funk, and a slight hint of ginger. Flavors on the palate are even more unusual, with this beer reminding me of a dry raspberry fresca soda, but then with some very noticeable funk/sour. Mouthfeel is very light, and you can tell the alcohol is not very high in this beer. Drinkability is not bad at all, and I found this beer growing on me as I drank more and more of it.

An interesting beer, and one I would describe as a "training wheels" beer for folks trying to understand and appreciate sour beers. While the sour and funk are certainly noticeable, it's dialed down sufficiently that even a confirmed sour hater like myself could appreciate it. Not sure I'd want it all the time, but it was an interesting beer to try at this event.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep reddish purple with a pinkish head. Nice clarity. The aroma has raspberries and sour must. Oak and dry wheat arise heavily in the nose. Mildly sour with good raspberry notes and plenty of damp hay. Solid body. Wine like and thoroughly enjoyable.

Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in an amber orange color.

The aroma has tart cherry, raspberry, a lemon tartness, and a bit of funk.

The flavor has tons of sweet tart raspberry, lemony tartness, lactic sourness, wood, and funkiness. Some sweetness and dries like white wine.

A very well done wild ale.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from Bir & Fud bottle shop in Rome, May, 2011. Freshness date is 3/2013. Lot LS35. Poured into a Bruery chalice.

Bottle opened with a resounding pop. Body has a bright orange color, hazily translucent. Poured with some force, it produced a 3/4 inch head that within 5 minutes turns to a cap and ring.

Nose is all raspberry fruit, and very fresh smelling real raspberries. There is some light maltiness as well. Smells just like a tub of raspberries.

Tastes of fresh, tart raspberries with a light malt backbone. Contrary to some posts, this tastes more like beer than wine, but the malt is very light. Per website, the base is the spelt beer, Duchessa, but the label says it is brewed with barley. OK.

There is a nice berry tartness on the tongue and just a little funk, but overall, a very clean and bright presentation of fresh raspberries. There is just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, which is also a bit dry. Also just a little hint of mint. Tastes simple and to the point, it is not complicated.

Body is medium and carbonation is fizzy, giving this a refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, I think this is a delightful beer that really exudes fresh raspberry taste. Good to drink on its own, I think it would really go with some sticky dark chocolate confection. Some may desire more complexity or sourness, but this simple expression is working just fine for me. Fresh raspberries are the main ingredient (can't make out the percentage on the label, maybe 11%; the website says 100 grams of fresh raspberries per liter were used). Some raspberry extract is used as well (label says 10% raspberry infusion). But overall, this seems to be a beer of honest simplicity.

Photo of fragilehearted
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a snifter. Cap came off with a hiss, just like my other beer from Birra Del Borgo. Let's see how this offering fares...

A - mostly-clear golden amber. Big fluffy head, goes down to cover & ring. Just a little lacing.

S - raspberries, mostly. There's a little barnyard mustiness in there too. Not too complex, but still nice.

T - pretty mild. Raspberries obviously, little funky...again, not really that complex, but I was hoping for a bit more. Slight medicinal taste. I really wish the raspberries were more pronounced...reminds me a bit of an Italian soda, though the raspberry isn't syrupy, so there's that.

M - really light, pretty carbonated (apparently per reviews, this is hit or miss, but mine had lots of bubbles). Dry finish, considering the rest of the feel.

O - worth trying, but I don't think I'd get it again. I liked Duchessic better. This beer is just a little too light for my liking.

Photo of HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5/2/2012

A: Dark golden orange with a bit white head.

S: Bursting with raspberry skin and seed. Nice candied fruitiness. There's a little maple and caramel. Light earthy notes.

T: Authentic raspberry flavor with a light bitterness and a touch of aspirin-like character. Moderately sweet with a low acetic acidity.

M: Light body with a highly carbonated spritzy mouthfeel.

Overall: Great fruit nose but the flavor didn't live up to it. A nice beer overall, though, and worth trying.

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