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Maledetta - Birra Del Borgo

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Maledetta
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BA SCORE
85
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 11-05-2011

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Photo of oline73
2.21/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a slightly weird hue, like it was on the tv and the color was off a bit. There is a layer of smooth off white head and a decent amount of retention.

Smell: Quite buttery/creamy, uh oh. Citrus peel hops and some malt too.

Taste: Some citrus peel bitterness and a mildly sour note. The creaminess from the smell shows up here too. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not sure if this was an off keg or an of beer. The taste and smell didn't work for me. Oh well.

Photo of markgugs
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of pixieskid
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Kirk
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows funky brett-like notes, sweet malt and some over-ripe apples/peaches.
Flavours focus on rich, sweet malt with very little hops, just a faint herbal and spicy note.
Body feels too thick.
Interesting stuff...

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today (naturally - who else would have this on tap).

The beer pours a reddish gold color with good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose is unusual (I was warned this beer is a bit, ahem, unusual), dry apple, cottage cheese, and cream. Ummm.... yeah....

The flavor profile is a bit more impressive than what I pick up on the nose, though this beer is still plenty unusual. The beer is fairly sweet, and is quite creamy on the palate, with flavor of apple, light ginger snap and a touch of honey. Really don't get a whole lot to indicate that this is a saison IPA (how it's listed on the menu at Max's). Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, soft, creamy finish. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable in this beer.

Interesting beer, and I'm glad I was able to try it, but can't really see ordering this again any time soon.

Edit from 11/16/11. Had a better version of this beer at Rustico Ballston (in fact, Casey indicated that he eventually pulled the keg at Max's, as he was concerned about some of the unusual, possibly "off" flavors). I didn't pick up any of the cottage cheese or cream aroma/flavor this time, and the beer tasted much more like an IPA saison. There was a lot more sweet ice tea flavor in the beer, with some nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. I don't think the overall quality necessitates a rating/score change (a score of B still sums this up pretty well), but the Rustico version certainly tasted different from the beer I had at Max's.

Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Farmers Cabinet.

Pours a hazy dark ruby/copper color with dark golden orange edges and a one finger off-white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with sweet tropical and citrus hop notes along with some sweet malt.  Hints of ry,  caramel and grassy saison yeast. Not terribly hoppy or piny. More sweet smelling than anything.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture and much more of a saison ipa hybrid than the aroma suggests. Much stronger hop presence that is floral and slightly dry/bitter lingering over the sweet malt and saison yeast into a slightly dry finish. Pine needle balanced by tropical fruit and citrus rind as well as grassy, earthy yeast notes and sweet malt. Hints of caramel, rye, toffee and biscuit. Well balanced and more comlex than expected. Pretty quaffable.

Photo of DrBier
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance has an incredible cream-colored huge thick, very long-lasting head, with some lace and a cloudy honey amber color. aroma is used bread dough and hops. Flavor is like aroma plus some additional flavors of resin, wood, malt sweetness and slightly oxidized hops. Body is very good. not sure what kind of beer this is; tastes to me a little bit like an old ale, but whatever kind it is, it's decent enough

Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

im not sure this one is retired, because i just picked it up off a shelf in a popular store last week, but never mind that. its a cool beer, probably not worth what i paid for it, but thats the gamble with all of this beautifully packaged italian stuff thats blowing up everywhere, its not all amazing, but when it hits, it hits hard. this is a saison type with a really neat yeast strain in it, short of what we require to be a wild ale here, but its moving more in that direction than the belgian or american saison yeast types. wheat base from what i can discern, and it tastes pretty fresh, refined, and somewhat rustic. its hazy and pale, with a ton of bubbles, a creamy feel, and frothy but dry finish with a light white pepper flavor, soft and unique. the flavor of the beer moves from rather neutral malt to european hops and then the yeast, which really is the star of the show, i wish i saved the bottle to culture some. farmy but tamed by the creaminess of the body on this one. i liked the beer, but is it way better than the basic american take on the style? im not sure, its definitely a little different, more yeasty and whole, but im not sure i would buy it again, even for half the price.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Maledetta from Birra Del Borgo
85 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.