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Rubus - Birra Del Borgo

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 220
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: John_M on 06-27-2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a pinkish color with a thin fizzy white head. Some bubbles rose to the top of the glass while drinking it but it mostly had a flat look to it. It has a good clarity to it with just a little sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The smell of the beer had a decent funkiness to it. The smell also had a pretty nice aroma of tart raspberries too. The taste was a little sweet upfront but faded into a slightly tart and not very complex aftertaste. The mouthfeel at first has a nice touch of carbonation to it but by mid glass it has escaped into the open air. The feel is a little watery and flat by the end... Not enough body to this one for me. Overall I was disappointed, I really enjoy trying these Italian brews for some reason but sometimes they just don't really hit home. For me this one wasn't the greatest. (837 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Showing both their rustic and refined sides, Del Borgo's Rubus layers the delicacy of raspberry upon the earthen funk of spontaneously fermented ale for a sense of balance that puts this beer up against the driest rose wines of Italy.

Bright raspberry perfume accompanies the scent of funk and fauna as the earth and fruit swirl seamlessly above a peachy-mauve body with champagne-like bubbliness. Its supple candi sweetness and delicate wheat lays gently on the palate in anticipation of its acute sourness to come.

As its sweetness drops off sharply, the taste of berries link up with the natural lime, grape and crabapple esters of the sour ale. With the acidity rising swiftly, its piquant tang is lightly of rice wine vinegar, warhead candies and musty citrus. Dryly balanced, the beer takes a spicy turn with weathered wood, peppercorn and vinous warmth.

Semi-dry and medium-light, the ale is bright yet still retaining a juicy raspberry character. Though bracingly acidic in finish the fruited sour beer achieves a genuine lambic-like character and closes with a charming sour twang a touch of medicinal numbing. (1,122 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a golden-amber body with a scraggy smattering of bubbles.

Smell: Chiefly berries in the nose with the wild raspberries but with a thin trace of basement-living phenols.

Taste: Very mild, ill-defined maltiness, and only ever very lightly sweet. Plucked puckering raspberries with a touch of impartial phenols creeping around. Fairly reserved tartness. Lightly fruity on the near-flat finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Very low, very light carbonation.

Overall: Fairly mild in just about all of its aspects. As I sit here typing up my notes, I'm noticing the carbonation is being reported as either quite high or very low. Hmm, same goes for the level of sweetness detected. That's how it usually goes with Italian beers for me (and why I generally don't go for them), they're inconsistent, they never 'wow' me, and they're always pricey. (921 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
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). (1,237 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (421 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,025 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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 (525 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I drank this from a tasting glass at EBF.

The beer pours a clearish gold with lots of pink throughout. The head is white with very nice retention and lacing.

The aroma is very similar to champagne with some fruit on the side of the glass.

The first thing about the taste you get is ton of carbonation, some light sweet raspberries, and a little alcohol. This really just reminds me of sparkling water.

The feel kills it for me, way to bubbly, but easy to drink. (467 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +16%

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. (388 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of gtermi
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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 (312 characters)

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Rubus from Birra Del Borgo
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.