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Rubus - Birra Del Borgo


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very good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: johnmichaelsen on 06-27-2009)
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Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2014 00:23:57 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of titty_mcbitty


3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2013 04:46:49 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of Loot


3.81/5  rDev 0%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 18:48:59 | More by Loot
Photo of dar482

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2013 02:32:03 | More by dar482
Photo of DoubleJ


4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2013 04:30:35 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 11:27:22 | More by Sammy
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2013 19:02:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of corby112


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Open Baladin Roma in Rome, Italy.

Pours a bright ruby red color with a pinkish off-white head that slowly fades into a lastig ring. Chunks of soapy lacig left behind. Not the best color but still looks pretty nice.

Subtle funk in the nose but aroma of this beer is just bursting with fresh juicy raspberries. It's so prominent that it seems almost artificial like a syrup was used. It's also a bit seedy and all of the raspberry character starts to overpower the other notes. Still, it smells really good.

Thinner bodies than expected and unfortunately doesn't lie upto the nose. Slightly tart and funky but not very sour or acidic. Again, the raspberries dominate the flavor and the result is a lot of overwhelming sweetness. Sutle earthy funk but tastes more like a dessert drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 22:44:11 | More by corby112
Photo of glid02


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2011 00:01:12 | More by glid02
Photo of rtepiak


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 20:26:00 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Halcyondays


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2011 03:55:58 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of drabmuh


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was listed on a menu of a local beer bar as "Rubus Lamponi from Birra del Borgo" if this isn't the correct place to put this I'm sorry. On draft, served in a snifter.

Beer is pinkish and hazy with a lazy head that leaves minimal lacing, lots of carbonation though. Looks nice.

Aroma is complex but mostly it is sweet raspberries with a mild oakiness and some smoke with mild lactic character.

The beer itself is an odd one. I get some raspberries for sure but I also get a mild smoke, some darker malts, oak on the finish, which is rather dry, and some raspberry tartness in the corners of my mouth. Overall a really odd bag of flavors and I doubt I'll get the opportunity to have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2011 21:27:24 | More by drabmuh
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2010 11:40:24 | More by Gavage
Photo of Perrumpo


3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One word: RASPBERRY!

A nice red-amber color to this beer with a bit of a white head. Smells of the fruit with tartness. The taste is sour up-front, which was quite enjoyable, but you are soon smacked with the sweet raspberry that is pure, strong raspberry and nothing but! Too sweet and fruity to drink much of. I felt like I was drinking raspberry juice, not beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 16:47:28 | More by Perrumpo
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 14:57:19 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of Fcolle2


4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 02:05:04 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of palma

New York

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:02:13 | More by palma
Photo of CrazyDavros


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:29:51 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 02:56:47 | More by metter98
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml classically odd-shaped BdB bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a full pinkish amber colour, with the pink washing out and disappearing when held to the the light. Head forms a fine film, but dissipates to a ring of white after a brief period. Some streaks of fine lace. Carbonation is also very fine, and abundant when tilted. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is powerfully flavoured with raspberries, with the fruitiness coming through really very strongly. Under this is a suggestion of funky acidity, and perhaps a faint wet grain character, but there's no question: the "lamponi" provide the bulk of the aroma here.

Taste is not so straight, but doesn't really intrigue me with its complexities. Instead, we get more of that slight wet grain character, and more of the real funk, both of which obscure and confuse the purpose of the beer a bit. There's some true tartness on the back, but by then the grainy character has come forward, meaning that instead of the fresh citric bite that might have accompanied it, the tartness accentuates a harshness.

Feel is clear and crisp, and with a pleasant bite at least.

Overall, this is fair enough, but I've had better from BdB. This feels a bit slapdash—like adding raspberries to a beer that was disappointing as a straight wild ale was going to mask the fact that it was disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 06:11:52 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 23:35:53 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours the color of peach juice with very little head.

S- smells of crushed raspberries and chaulky medicinal chewable vitamins.

T- tart zingy acid up front with natural delicious raspberries. Sour falls off and leaves a very cereal grain flavor on the finish.

MF- slick soda like mouthfeel with a light medium body and good active carbonation.

D- decently drinkable

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 22:57:22 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of HopHead84


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:21:51 | More by HopHead84
Photo of shleepy


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 bottle shared by a couple of people. Served in snifter glasses. Writing based on ~3-week-old notes.

A: No head; slightly lighter than amber, mostly clear.

S: Raspberries and tomato juice.

T: Slight sourness, and lots of raspberry flavor (which, in turn, combines with the sourness for the tomato-ish flavor). Very interesting.

M: Thin/watery, highly drinkable. No carbonation.

O: Unique. Should be a treat for raspberry fans.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:04:08 | More by shleepy
Photo of jibbyvonjibb


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:57:27 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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Rubus from Birra Del Borgo
86 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.