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Rubus - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
86
very good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John_M on 06-27-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Sammy, May 03, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Thorpe429, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

nmann08, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

acurtis, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

metter98, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Texasfan549, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.4%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

womencantsail, May 25, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ygtbsm94, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

kylehay2004, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.28/5  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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +4.4%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Slatetank, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

drabmuh, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Halcyondays, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.8/5  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.

Gavage, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

corby112, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

orangesol, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 14, 2012
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Rubus from Birra Del Borgo
86 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.