Rubus - Birra Del Borgo

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87
very good

206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | 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 parris
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark orange color, sour funky aroma. Spot on flavor for a wild ale, tart up front and lingers, raspberries definitely come through, hint of bitter on the finish.

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Very good raspberry wild beer! It's one of the few beers of this type that gets and maintains any kind of a head. It has a clear medium amber color. Aroma is it first mainly yeast, but then Mellows out into malt and raspberry. Flavor is Like aroma with a true natural raspberry taste soft bitterness and acid are all well balanced. Body is perfect. This is just a superb beer of its type.

Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"wild" ales are all the rage right now, but not totally sure that is where this one fits, seeing as the brettanomyces are introduced from adding wild raspberries. whatever... this is an interesting, very well made and refreshingly unique beer. pours a remarkable pink-amber with a white(ish) head that holds forever and leaves big lace. very pretty. nose is big, pure, beautiful, sweet, fresh raspberry with a hint of cherry pie crust and earth (and brett... or is the pie crust/earth the brett?) wrapping it up. taste is raspberry mainly, but it never seems contrived or artificial. just seems like the natural character of the whole raspberry patch has been preserved. earth, fresh air, fruit. wonderful. the natural balance of sweet and tart is there, and a hint of graham cracker maltiness seems to come out a bit in the finish. fruit all the way, and this may be the only beery showcase of fruit i have ever tried that fully preserves the beauty of the adjunct. refreshing and different. i want to savor and schwill at the same time. on the palate, this one never gets sticky, even as it warms up a good bit. it stays crisp, clean and light-medium with a sparkly finish and no aftertastes. fantastic. going in to this expecting an American style wild may cause disappointment for lack of funk and sourness, but an open mind is sure to find a lovely lovely beer. classy and elegant, this is what fruit should do to beer.

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 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 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 Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a pink orange with a very mild head, almost flat looking.

S: Raspberry heaven, light acid, reminds me a lot of Raspberry Tart.

T: True raspberry flavour mixed with a lot of lemon and acid, good flavour.

M: Medium acidity, very light carbonation, but a good full body in this beer.

O: This is a wonderful tasty fruit sour with true fruit flavour. If you see this available, a must try.

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 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 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 palma
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: orange amber with pink hues. Small fizzy head. Almost no lacing.

Nose: raspberry.

Taste: clean. Citrus. Lemon. Raspberry. Some strawberry. Very light on the brett. Not too sweet. More tart than sweet but still not very tart. Finish is dry. Add a little more complexity to this beer and this is world class.

20 bucks for the 12.6 oz bottle at Osteria restaurant in Philly. Borderline worth it. I enjoyed it.

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 DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

This Italian raspberry ale is reddish orange colored with a tiny head formed on top with almost no lace circling around. There is a succulent aroma of raspberry juice and raspberry flesh, teasing the nostrils and begging me to drink. Success. Rubus is a very tasty beer, one with the taste of fresh squeezed raspberry juice and a vague acidity which seems to increase my craving for the beer. It's a very pleasing flavor. Unlike many raspberry ales, this one lands closer to lighter medium territory than a thick sweet drink. Having my first sour Italian ale was exciting enough. Having a beer like Rubus which could put up a fight against the likes of Raspberry Tart makes the moment even more special.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the italians just keep coming, and they keep impressing me. i used to think it was because i would buy one of these beers for some ungodly price, and almost wait to be impressed, so i was more receptive to it. now, i just know the quality associated with these handful of breweries, and being impressed is almost a given. this one is awesome in both flavor and price point. i think this was under ten bucks, maybe even under nine. its not as heavy on the raspberry as others, certainly than an atrial, but its really fresh and fruit forward, with a musty italian yeast, which i am now used to, and a very light malt base. still really cloudy, and only a little colored from the fruit. doesnt hold much head either in my glass. the nose is nice, fruit and funk, but this isnt real sour, just a little pucker to the nose, and some acidity to the feel, but there is grain tannins in here too, and a fruit tartness along with its juicy ripeness. vibrant but also mature, a cool combination of flavors and textures and sensations, i would buy this again, but it makes me really keen for the cherry one. i havent loved all of the beers from these guys, but i have admired them in their uniqueness and quality. stoked to have this available in denver right now.

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 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 Fcolle2
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a faded pink hue and a moderate amount of cloudiness. Head is a thin film and fizzy .

Smell has tons of cider vinager aromas with a mild tart raspberry finish. Malt is light and cracker like and adds a nice balance to the sour aromas.

Taste is sour forward in a very plesent crisp cider like tartness that fades quickly into a lot of funk mixed in with some oak flavors. More tart raspberries and some more funk in te finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Light but sticky from the vinager and cut with a high amount of carbonation. A mild metallic finish however not off putting at all.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.1 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a pinkish copper, moderately hazy. Forms a thin white head with low visible carbonation. 3.25/5

S: Fruity raspberry, lactic tartness, acidic, and modestly funky. There's a light malt presence in the background as well. 16.5/20

T: Follows the nose - funky lactic tart, underripe raspberries, acetic undertones, a delicate light malt and what seems like wheat as well. There's a bit of funky barnyard with a touch of feet to it. Tartness lasts into the hang. 34.5/45

M: Medium body, very low alcohol presence. Carbonation sensation a bit on the low side. 8/10

O: I found this to be enjoyable. Doesn't compete at all with some of the best fruited sours, but a serviceable change of pace. The balance of between sourness and complexity left something to be desired. 16/20

Estimated final score: 4.07
Calculated final score: 78.25/100
Old BA score: 3.91

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 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 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 UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and slightly funky with raspberry and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of larryi86
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- A bright clear reddish orange with a small one finger head.

S- Tart raspberries, hint of funk, some sweetness.

T- Tart raspberries, hint of earthy notes and some funk, sweet raspberries.

M- Light, crisp, good carbonation.

O- A nice raspberry beer that is easy to drink. At times it reminded me of a toned down and sweeter Rosé De Gambrinus. I would pick this up again as a treat or to share with others, really worth trying.

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

american wild is a bit of a stretch... Stated by justin of beer table as a saison with raspberries added rather early in the boil. And indeed a rather filtered saison with a mild musty bitter end to a very distinct and sour raspberry beginning. Nose of an up front raspberry candy fruit. Palate is as lean as expected with an almost lager crisp of grassy bitter with almost no head after about a minute. Predominantly sour and almost no malt hints. Not as fruit tannin as other fruit added to wort beers. Although still rather unique in the american frame of mind, i could see a quebec brewery doing something very similar.

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass.

Light golden amber with a pink tinge to it that is clear. Has an off white head that also has a pink tinge, it dispersed quickly and left little lacing.

Light raspberry with a little funkiness in the nose.

A little raspberry in the beginning that becomes semi sweet in the middle with a funky tart finish that is very dry.

Beer was recommended by the bartender and I was happy he did. Was not overwhelming with the funkiness just right. Most surprising thing about this beer was it reminded me of a country wine an not beer. Good beer.

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Rubus from Birra Del Borgo
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