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L'Equilibrista | Birra Del Borgo

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10
Ratings:
45
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
21.32%
 
 
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L'EquilibristaL'Equilibrista
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy | website

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Gobigvt7 on 10-25-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 45
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3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, vibrant orange. Smells mostly of white grape/sauv blanc grapes. Tastes like it smells, heavy white grapes, fruity, light/medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gobigvt7
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brewed in 2009. 750ml bottle from Grape And Gourmet (Virginia Beach, VA) into champagne flute

golden with a tinge of amber, wildly effervescent, huge lacy white head, rapidly dissipating a la champagne, no legs at all

white wine, champagne, grapes

wow, this is awesome. Finally a "grapey" grape beer. My mind constantly wavers from thinking about it as a big, fruity champagne and a semi-sweet interesting beer. The warmer it gets, the more grapes come to the party. Very subdued malt bill and even fewer hops. Hiding this 10.5%abv exceptionally well.

surprisingly light bodied for such a big beer. not too sticky. massive carbonation level dries out the palate nicely at the finish.

this beer is phenomenal, and if it weren't for the rarity and pricetag (26.99), I'd keep this in stock. A great special occasion beer. A lot of beers are made with grapes, but very few actually deliver on their promise of flavor, let alone so well.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timmy13T
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of bklynj
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of John_M
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

By the glass at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange amber color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is pretty complex, with light honey, white wine, a hint of vanilla and considerable spice. On the palate this beer is amazing. Never have I encountered a beer that blends the concept of beer with champagne the way this one does. There's plenty of dry grape and grape skin, but the champagne yeast keeps on making me think I'm drinking champagne. Also, there's sort of a roundness to the flavor profile that I typically associate with a good bottle of champgne, and not with any beer I've ever encountered. Anyway, the considerable tropical fruit is all incredibly dry in this beer, yet the beer retains its richness. Extraordinary. Alcohol is a complete afterthought in this beer, though I can tell it's a bit on the high side.

Stunning... like nothing else I've ever tried before in a beer. Bravo!!!

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Photo of jFRIDAY4
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

awesome beer. great nose of grapes and nutty cheese.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished red colour with disappointing rim of lace. Small bubbles, a bit flat overall with not much head or lace. Nice colour though.

Smells quite tart and funky. Earthy, barnyard kind of aroma with some notes of cinnamon, orange and some green apple notes. Slight acidity but mostly fruit, spice, yeah pretty decent.

Taste is quite funky - Belgian spice with organic barnyard character. Berries with some orange peel, cinnamon sticks and clove. Notes of barnyard funk, with horsey flavour, some fermented honey notes and some mild tart berry notes over the top. But yeah, mostly funk. Classic funky notes in fact, which I'm grateful for, because there's a feel that they might have tried to do too much with this, and the classic, subtly organic flavours win out overall.

Nice texture, bitty and quite dry on the back.

Yeah, not quite what I expected, but nice interesting complexities and classic in style. Really back to basics but with a bit of punky edge to it too.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Bright carbonation, grape must and slightly medicinal.

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Photo of ThreeFishes
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of WTKeene
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tbeckett
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured grapefruity red with a one finger off white head that was gone fast. Hazy with strong carbonation. No retention and no lace.

S - Lightly tart, apples, hay, yeasty esters, grape.

T - Odd. Lightly tart fruit and grapey.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body and slightly tart in the finish while being super dry.

O/D - A little odd. Nice and different flavour but I wouldn't rave about it.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mdgogiants
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

OK who bottled sparkling wine in this beer bottle? Look: rose with som haze, smell: pretty awesome city's, Apple, maybe cranberry, taste: is it bine or weer or what. Tastes on a wheat laced sparkling rose scheme. I've had some fruited JKs that are similar (Figlet). Feel: Again a bit confused that it's supposed to be beer, but as a sparkling beverage, overall good. Overall: my sense is an overload of grape / Chianti And champagne techniques rendered a hybrid. Not worth $30, but another interesting product.

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L'Equilibrista from Birra Del Borgo
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.