L'Equilibrista - Birra Del Borgo
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3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
very strange beer here, regal packaging, and a hefty price tag of nearly 30 bucks. the pour on this is lovely, a slightly hazy pinkish color, more rose than pink maybe, with a ton of tiny bubbles champagne style, but not much retention. its made with chianti grapes and yeast, as well as champagne yeast, and these elements are on display all the way through. it smells like a wine hybrid for sure, with sweet and tannic grape features. it smells and tastes a lot like kids table wine, you know, the nonalcoholic sparkling grape juice. I don't get any hops at all from this, and any malted barley used is super light. its a beer about yeast, and the yeasts in this are lovely. light and bright, a little funky, and a lot active. tons of bubbles in this, it really pops on the tongue. the fruit gives it a little more sweetness than I like, but it covers up the alcoholic strength very effectively. this is a new years eve toast kind of beer, hard for me to think of any other occasion for it really. a strange brew to say the least, and definitely a bottle to share. one of the better beer wine hybrids ive had, but the price tag is prohibitive. the Italian scene is making a splash in the usa now, and birra del borgo is helping to lead the way.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2013 17:13:35 | More by StonedTrippin
3.45/5 rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.
Pours a surprisingly clear and very fizzy pink. Body is actually more of a rosé, with touches of amber to it. Head fizzes up like champagne, and then settles out very quickly. Light body. Overall, yeah, it's ok, but not all that exciting.
Nose is sprightly and slightly tart, with some cherry character coming through, along with a dusty, dry character that almost gives the suggestion of plaster. It's pretty dry and a little uninteresting, to be perfectly honest.
Taste is similar. Very dry and a little flat—that's probably ok for the style, but it really loses a lot of the complexities that could have been expressed otherwise. Tartness is mild, and there's very little in the way of depth. Just a mild dry cherry character and a carbonated sparkle in the finish.
Feel is very much like champagne. This isn't champagne. It's beer.
Sure, it's decent enough—and to be honest, if my goal was to serve sec champagne that wasn't champagne, this would be near the top of my list. But this doesn't actually do much to advance beer. I found it dry, flat and without purpose.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2012 08:44:07 | More by lacqueredmouse
L'Equilibrista from Birra Del Borgo
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.