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L'Equilibrista - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
87
very good

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gobigvt7 on 10-25-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

t0rin0, Jun 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JAHMUR, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

drewone, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

DrBier, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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!!!

John_M, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

tbeckett, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  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.

laituegonflable, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.1%

illidurit, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of ADZA
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forwards to this since they started importing here as i knew we see it eventually and this is a style i like,it pours a clear peach efferescent hue which leaves a fast vanishing one finger and a rim of lacing,the smell is a mix of rose champagne,apples,boozy alcohol,sweet cherries and dark grapes,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,sessionable and suits the style nicely and has tastes of cherries,rose champagne,candy apples,strawberries,kiwi fruit and finished with a white grape bittersweetness and overall this is a nice easy drinking Biere brut but my only complaint is that the wine takes over a little bit as it finishes a little sweet and would love to see it a little more balanced but apart from that def the perfect brew to swing the wine drinkers over and very easy to knock back.

ADZA, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ADTaber, May 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

zonker17, Oct 27, 2013
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DoctorB2B, Dec 07, 2011
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samEBC, Aug 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ldhughes3, Oct 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Poupae, Sep 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Yeti1979, Jan 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

ThreeFishes, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

MPSTARR, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Atomicskis5, Oct 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +26.6%

JxExM, Jun 16, 2012
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L'Equilibrista from Birra Del Borgo
87 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.