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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) - Birra Del Borgo

My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head)

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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%


Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jgasparine on 10-17-2009)
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SmashPants

Australia

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: an awesome brown 330mL bottle with a super-long neck and a squat little embossed body. A very stylish label too - a great-looking package.

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with extremely fine, sporadic carbonation. A one-and-a-half finger white head rises up and hangs about, slowly dropping to a thick cap. Absolutely amazing lacing across the entire glass - some of the best I have ever seen. A great looking beer.

Aroma: a bit disappointing after the appearance to be honest - very light aromas of citrus and particularly tropical fruits. Pineapple and grapefruit take the fore. Update: once the beer has warmed some more (from initial taste at 6-degrees to 9-degrees) there is a stronger aroma with additional sweet sugar.

Taste: lemon citrus and tropical fruits up front, with a sweet malt backbone. Some spices also.

Aftertaste: the sweetness drops away a little, to be replaced with some hop bitterness and more spice.

Mouth feel: a moderate feel with fine carbonation, quite dry on the finish. Pretty decent.

Overall: this is the first Dogfish Head collaboration beer I have ever had, and it doesn't disappoint. Plenty of citrus hops and tropical fruits, with spice and malt. I still don't think it's worth AU$120 a case of 24 x 330mL, but one every now and then definitely won't hurt.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 10:05:29 | More by SmashPants
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Ciney tulip

A - Pours a cloudy orange colour. Two fingered White head that retains well

S - Big aromas of citrus, sugars pineapple and hop. Nice.

T - Plenty of hop and citrus and a little herb. The finish is nicely rounded bitterness.

M -Medium to full body with medium carbonation

T - impressive beer that is recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 08:59:41 | More by eric5bellies
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Glass: Odell's Rastal Tulip.

Appearance: Huge, dense head with fine bubbles. Quite hazy. Very pretty! Excellent rings of lacking.

Smell: Aroma consists of spicy hops with a bit of a floral note.

Taste: Similar to smell, with lemon, perfume, floral notes, and a sweet malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Dry finish, though slightly sticky.

Overall: Tastes like a slightly old 60-minute IPA, but with the spicy lemon hop bill of a pils. Not refreshing enough, nor flavorful enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 19:52:17 | More by ChrisKayler
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Norwegianbrewer

Norway

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours clear light amber with a creamy white foam. Aroma has lots of floral hops, with pine and grass. The hop aroma is sharp and a reminder that this beer is continuosly hopped. The first thing that hits when tasting is the agressive hops, the body is light to medium and despite the hops it is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 16:38:20 | More by Norwegianbrewer
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.
A nice golden color with a brilliant white foam head.
A light nose with slight hints of fruit.
A crisp mouth feel with tiny light bubbles. A touch of bitterness around mid palette.
A light hoppy grassy flavor, summery.
Over all an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 01:48:09 | More by Abe_Froman
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.25 A: Murky orange brown color. Three plus fingers of frothy/creamy, off-white head. Retention is very good and spotty lacing is left.

4.25 S: This smells wonderful. Hops are sugary and citrusy with candied orange and pineapple. Also a strong, Pez-like candy component. It's hard to say whether this is from the hops, malts, or both. Caramel maltiness with toastiness. Booze is well hidden.

3.75 T: Taste is nearly as good. Again hops are sugary and citrusy with notes of herbalness. Mild bitterness. Caramel and toasty malts with a touch of biscuit in there as well.

3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

3.75 D: Solid all around. Tasty beer worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 05:34:34 | More by DavoleBomb
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heygeebee

Australia

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From Jim's. BB 07 2015 (!!!)

A - clear gold. Short lasting head gived great clingy lace.

S - muted, doughy, hops, yeast.

T - pils on steroids in that the hops are plentiful but grassy. Lychee, lemon. Doughy notes continue from smell.

M - lighty carbonated - could do with more. Medium body comes with high ABV.

O - well made beer and quite drinkable even if not my preferred style.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 07:36:18 | More by heygeebee
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber/apricot with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Insane lacing & head retention, slight hazyness

S: Bready, some pears not much else

T: Big time breadyness, orange peel, grapefruit & tangerine up front. More grapefruit, plus pineapple as this warms, pears as well as this warms, slight aspirin bitterness as well, hints of white grape in the background. Finishes with white grapes, pears & much grapefruit, plus plenty of pine apple

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, lovely balance

Probably the best beer of this style I've had. Wish it were cheaper. Super drinkabiity

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 01:19:45 | More by russpowell
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dull orange, murky, two finger head, white, fluffy, lacy.

Aroma: saltine crackers, grass, flowery, white pepper, sweet toast.

Taste: lemongrass, wheat, crackers, sweet fruits, yeast esters, floral hops, spicy pepper.

Mouthfeel: medium body, slighty sticky, slight elevated carbonation.

***Overall, its a nice imperial pilsner. Nice floral notes and pale malt sweetness, with a fruity finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 01:29:51 | More by EgadBananas
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ngeunit1

California

4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet grainy and pilsner malts, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, pine, floral hops, lager yeast.

T - Sweet grainy and pilsner malts, grapefruit, lemon, citrus, pine, grassy hops, resiny bitterness, lager yeast esters.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Great balanced and hoppy imperial pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 04:07:24 | More by ngeunit1
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"New" batch just released in 2013.

A: A deep reddish-amber. Enormous fluffy white head. Head fades very slowly, leaving a nice island behind. Moderate splotchy lacing to boot.

S: Nice mellow and dry grapefruit aroma. A bit grassy. Kinda has a sharp, crackery malt aroma to it too. A bit soapy which is odd. Not sure what I'm picking up there.

T: Again, mellow dry grapefruit front. A little grassy - okay quite grassy through the middle and into the finish. The middle has some dry saltine-like malt. There is an overall light soapy aspect to it - not exactly soapy but that's the best word I can use to describe it. Not as bad as the aroma and not exactly unpleasant either. Taste throughout is mellow, smooth and well integrated but has a nice crisp and dry finish too (like a typical good pilsner)

M: Medium bodied, mellow (there's that word again) and smooth.

O: Very interesting beer. Definitely an "americanized" pilsner. Quite hoppy BUT it's not anything approaching your average big name IPA or even APA. It's just hoppy...for a pilsner. The smoothness of flavors and their great integration really sets this beer apart in my opinion. All lot of pilsners are super sharp and crisp, to the point of their detriment sometimes. Great work on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 05:09:02 | More by Dope
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Cee-Poe

Wisconsin

4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

25oz bottle

A-- Pours a bright straw color with a hazing reminiscent of a wheat beer. The head is a vey nice three finger rockey white head that retains itself throughout the pour.

S-- Penerally, pilsners leave a bit to want in the aroma department. Unless, you like the smell of wet change. However, this beer provides a much richer aroma than your typical pils. DFH's continual hopping is quite apparent on the nose.

T-- As mentioned above, the hopping of this pils puts it outside of the box. To that end, this is an excellent beer that works very well with spicy food.

M-- The appearance of the beer seems to portray a fuller bodied beer and that is exactly the case. The mouthfeel of this beer is almost as rich as an oatmeal stout that clears as quickly as a traditional pils.

O-- Both my buddy and I were very impressed by this beer. It is unique without trying too hard and good enough to want again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 00:11:54 | More by Cee-Poe
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap as part of the Local Taphouse Italian Spectapular.

Pours a golden colour, clear like a lager should be. Off-white head, foamy and good retention. Lovely head; lovely everything.

Smells nutty and fruity with plenty of hops overlying a cereal grain base aroma. Malty, but in a pilsenery sort of way so it's not too heavy or anything. Hops float on the top, nice and US-style tangy aroma hops. could have used more; in an imperial pils I expect hopping to be more aggressive than this.

Taste is very sweet upfront, loads of malt on it from an obviously big grain bill. Some cereal characters, wheat and oat grain coming through, with lots of US hops that kick in midway and manage a very fine job of cleaning up the palate by the end; citric, slightly piney and grassy. A beer of two halves, but both balance each other well.

Bit of booze on the mouthfeel; otherwise fine.

Kind of pedestrian, but fairly pleasant and enjoyable flavours. Maybe a good bridging beer for more extreme flavours.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 05:28:38 | More by laituegonflable
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Trilogy31

California

3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 375ml - never seen it in this size. Dark hazy brown almost looks like a belgian strong along with the same requisite rocky off white cap (dont remember it being this dark). Very nice head that sticks around for the duration. Also to note, this bottle let out a very loud hiss when opened. Nose opens with bright citrus and biscuity malts, alcohol phenols, corn husk and some vegetalness, intriguing for a imp pils. Mouth hits right away with gushing carbonation and brings corn flakes, corn fields (reminds me of frshly tilled land - a bit of greeniness), dry malts and a twinge of hop bitterness - only bitter no flavor from them and finishes with bitter belgian spices. Refreshing and the carbonation does well to wipe away the flavor and nose to prepare you for the next sip. I actually prefer this to the dfh version which seems lighter in color (doesnt matter) does have an almost astrigent alcohol taste. The bdb version seems to be better intergrated and a well made beer regardless of which brewey it comes from.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 04:01:23 | More by Trilogy31
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle. Really beautiful packaging.

A = Massively carbonated leading to inches of light foam on top. A fair bit of retention, too. Nice looking, except it's a cloudy, yellow-amber color.

S = As expected, quite hoppy. Piney, floral, mango. Very nice.

T = Taste is rather sweet with a lot of hop flavor and a vegetal, sour/bitter character. I did not love the flavor of this.

M = As stated, very carbonated. Otherwise pretty heavy bodied, so the carbonation made a good balance.

O = Overall, a good beer, but not something I'd seek out due to the vegetal qualities.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 21:12:57 | More by AaronHomoya
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janubio

Spain

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml. bottle, that looks more a brandy or liquor bottle than a beer one.
Hazy golden colour, big head with good retention. Smells of hops, exotic fruits (I think papaya), oranges, spices, floral notes. Medium body, good carbonation.
Taste is very bitter,spicy, maybe pepper, papaya, oranges, herbal notes and simply a hop beast. Dry and bitter finish, this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 14:32:46 | More by janubio
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peabody

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very bubbly amber yellow and keeps making suds in my pilsner glass. At least 4 fingers of white cream adorn the top of this pour. Bubbles never stop all through the tasting.
Aroma is spicy and hoppy with hints of lemon peel or orange peel. The spice is pepper and mabey nutmeg but it is very light.
Taste is hoppy and sweet with a fairly strong phenol quality. The bubbles in the brew die as soon as it hits your tounge.
Mouthfeel is very clean except for the slight stickyness of the sugar/alcohol. All the flavors leave so quickly that you want another drink right away.
Overall this isn't a bad beer at all. In fact I think it is the best pilsner I have had thus far. Love the fact that the bubbles keep on and keep on.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 22:27:32 | More by peabody
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shigg85

Japan

4.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a bottle of this from Harvest Wine & Spirits in West Hartford, CT. Poured into a pilsner glass. Orange-amber semi-cloudy brew with an amazingly thick creamy head that lasted the length of the drink's life, receding into a petri-dish style head at the end. The hoppy, citrusy notes coming off this smell are amazing with a taste that just blew my mind, completely changing my definition of what I thought a pilsner was. The mouthfeel was a bit acidic in the late late aftertaste, but other than that, I can't find a single flaw in this beer. Loved it, loved it, and would absolutely recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 17:14:08 | More by shigg85
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My overall impression upon finishing and reflecting, knowing nothing more than I did, was that this was little-to-no different than the DFH version and, therefore, its point or purpose confusing.

The idea of an Imperial pilsner is still a head-scratcher. As strong and hopped as this is - it's a freakin' IPA. No argument.

The bottle opens with a champagne POP! Large, foamy stand of head. Clean-filtered at first until my dumb ass dumped out the dregs. Kind of looks like a hefe/pils hybrid.

The hop character is totally American. Spicy orange rind. Earthy, piney, and herbal (as in oregano - was that what DB put in?!). Some fruity phenolic aromas.... much like DFH's.

The flavor boasts a moderate burst of orange and grapefruity citrus via the hops and phenols that lingers long through the finish, trailed by a more pointedly hoppy, mildly bitter and gingery-spicy taste. Yeasty overtones as well, duh.

Despite the apparently massive infusion of carbonation, the beer drinks satisfyingly soft and smooth. If this had any less malt body or came across drier - a much different, less-enjoyable experience - the nuances of the alcohol (heat, floral) would repel especially paired with the increasing (carb) sharpness...

Longer explanation short - it's balanced for what it is, just not dazzling - less would be more.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 03:05:27 | More by Bouleboubier
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SHODriver

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a light straw yellow until I got to the bottom of the bottle and a bunch of yeast sediment came in to cloud it up. very large fluffy white head with good retention
S: smells of pine and a bit of tropical fruit
T: slight breadiness up front with some nice pine flavor, pale malt comes back to the front before being hit by a wave of citrusy flavor with grapefruit rind being prominient, soft honey like sweetness comes in at times as well. swallow brings more piney and citrusy flavor with a bit of bready yeast
M: crisp and somewhat light with soft but sufficient carbonation
O: very crisp and clean, complex for a pilsner and a very nice hop flavor. I dig it

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 02:38:17 | More by SHODriver
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My Antonia, continually-hopped imperial pils, product of italy, 7.5% ABV. Brewed and bottled by Birra del Borgo, in collaboration with Dogfish Head Brewery.

Beyond that, only legalese, not a drop of Gobbledygook.

Appearance: Dark, clouded amber hue, large chalk white, long lasting head.

Aroma: Delightfully sweet and floral (rose petals), fruity, citric, lemon and orange. Just plain ol' gorgeous.

Taste: Smooth and malty. Impressive hoppy edge at the top. Nice, hoppy buzz on the palate, excellent malty texture. Pretty tasty stuff. Fruity, citric bitter flavors still up on top and all over the palate. A maltier, hopper, boozier pilsner, but not too strong and not too thin.

I wish I knew more about this Birra del Borgo. I know to trust Dogfish Head, and know I've got a new Italian brewery to look out for.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 07:22:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy yet sunny yellow color with three fingers of persistent craggy white foam that lasts for several minutes, leaving behind nice lacing effects on the glass. Body is on the lighter side of medium density and carbonation levels are on the heavier side of medium strength.

Smells aggressively of white grapefruit and orange juice, pilsner spice / white pepper with lesser amounts of bready yeast, a slight sourdough odor with an interesting nuance of asian duck sauce. The flavor has more of a biscuit / herbal tea central focus with the citrus fruit and spice elements coming in secondhand as support. ABV is very well hidden, its only really perceptible as an exaggeration effect upon the initial "fruit juiciness" of the citrus peel aspects of the hopping within. Dries up quite nicely by the finish, behaves flavor-wise as if it magically transforms from an ale to a pilsner in the mouth with each sip. (As in, it starts out tasting fruity and dirty/complex and drops these extra ale aspects one-by-one until it tastes mostly like a clean, spicy / grassy pilsner at the finish.) As far as malt sweetness levels are concerned, I place it at ending up near halfway in between German and Czech pilsner sweetness spectrums.

This is definitely worth checking out for those who are bored with the same-old usual lineup of approaches to 'pilsner'. It's different enough to be interesting and novel, but not so different as to be unapproachable.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 02:25:35 | More by WastingFreetime
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml?
$19.99 @ Premier Gourmet
Bottle into tulip.

A- Hazy sunset coloured pour. Three finger soapy, snow white head. Lacing is incredible.

S- Big, bold, juicy hops. Full on citrus and pine onslaught. The grapefruit alone just makes your mouth water. You can get a touch of cereal and some pilsner malts with a subtle grass smell.

T- Up front is a massive punch of bitter pine with a juicy grapefruit finish. Than slowly melds to pilsner malts and than a touch of alcohol. Flavourful and simple, it's short, sweet and to the point.

M- Slightly chewy, almost medium bodied, great refreshing carbonation.

O- I rated the DFH version quite high. This is way up there as well. This is spectacular. Really glad I bought the bigger bottle and spent the extra money.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 00:05:52 | More by korguy123
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown with a fluffy tan head that laces. There is no sediment, but a slight haziness. The nose is a fierce competition between candi sugar and piney hops. Very interesting for a double pils. The taste is more similar to a Belgian strong than a double pilsner...I'm quite confused and let down. The mouthfeel really seals the belgian strong ale deal with a potent, palate-coating sweetness, biting alcohol, yeast and resinous hops. There is nothing light and refreshing about this beer. I will not try this beer again and don't know why I bothered.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 00:35:28 | More by ThePorterSorter
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a large head.
Nose shows floral, spicy and grassy hops along with a soft doughy yeast note, Belgian style.
Clean flavours, with some soft sweet malt and grassy and spicy hops. Also the faintest hint of alcohol.
Carbonation could be higher really.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 10:13:18 | More by CrazyDavros
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My Antonia (Birra Del Borgo & Dogfish Head) from Birra Del Borgo
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