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Quarta Runa - Birrificio Montegioco

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89
very good

33 Ratings
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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 8.87%


Brewed by:
Birrificio Montegioco visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian-inspired ale brewed with fresh peaches.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-11-2006)
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
What an interesting bottle, it is shaped like a Belgian 750ml, except that it actually has a bottle cap on it. The bottle cap is fantastically intriguing as well; it has a plastic, cork-mimicing insert attached to it. As I pour this I get soft fruity notes reminiscent of peaches and apples. The beer is quite hazy, with an orange gold color. It is topped by an initially one-finger thick, off-white colored head that is somewhat creamy in consistency. Really smells like a mostly dry, peach accented hard cider.

This has a medium carbonation to it and with the light body has quite a small impact on the palate. Pretty dry tasting, but that does not stop it from having quite a bit of aromatic tasting fruitiness to it. Peach is certainly noticeable, but there are still notes reminiscent of cider, and the peach notes lean heavily towards to apricot. This hides the alcohol quite well, I would have guessed this was much lower than it is. There is a touch of thin malt here, but it is quite well hidden. The is also a touch of spiciness in the finish somewhat reminiscent of soft ginger.

I was surprised how much peach flavor was in this brew. They must have packed in a ton of peaches to get that flavor and I have a feeling this is what washed out the beer flavors. At $20 a bottle, this is one of the more expensive beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 22:24:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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dherling

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a golden brown color with a nice off white head. I get some alcohol in the nose, along with caramel, butterscotch, and maple syrup with a touch of spice. The taste is slightly assertive, but the alcohol is a bit too forward, and the sweetness not as balanced as Iwould like. This also has a bit too creamy of a mouthfeel, where I would think it should be a little dryer and crisper.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 02:58:23 | More by dherling
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a fizzy and hazy orange color. The smell was a little funky and sweet at the same time. I liked the taste ofthe beer quite a bit. It was more sweet than sour. I enjoyed the refreshing peach flavor it had. The mouthfeel was highly carbonated and lively. It's an interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:05:54 | More by Knapp85
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey honey wine, gloden yellow, light amber orange juice and melted ice color. Good lacing, and a regular head. The aroma was very fain in peach, but lent some butterscotch and peaches when it was colder. As it warmned, it smelled like buttery peachs.
The taste was very buttery and with some very faint, malty peaches. Unique and unexpected taste of lightly buttered popcorn as teh beer warms. Pretty heavy on the palate with butter and cream, but leaves the palate quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 01:44:06 | More by scruffwhor
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is cloudy dark amber with an off white tight head. Very fruity in the nose, orange peel and peach skin, slightly green and a touch dusty. Huge peach, really tastes like the first bite of a fresh fuzzy peach. Very singular with an earthy peach pit note in back. Medium body, soft palate, great carbonation. This is refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 15:29:22 | More by cpetrone84
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Dukeofearl

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in May 2008; price not recorded.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a reasonable white head, and a small-moderate amount of chunky yeasty-like sediment.

Aroma is of fresh peaches, and is absolutely marvelous; the best part of this beer. Well done!

Flavor is a generally tame, wheaty pale ale, with a generous (but not overpowering) fruit flavor- nicely balanced, delicate and clean. However, also plain and unexciting. Good for what it is, but not anything that really excites me.

Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 03:29:39 | More by Dukeofearl
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nick76

Florida

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is very good good with plenty of peaches and yeast. It's also got lots of malt. The appearance is cloudy white gold with a pink hue. The taste is dryer than I expected and slightly sour with a general fruitiness and peaches. There is also some malt and funk. The palate is average but smooth. OVerall I like it but it falls just short of great.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 19:02:52 | More by nick76
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 12/29/2009. Bottle from Ginger Man. Pours a clear light orange/yellow with no real head. Aroma is straight-out peaches with some light musty funk. Flavor is also quite peachy with some light sugary sweetness too. Great fruit beer! I'm especially a fan of those peach beers and this was a good one!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 16:51:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruit beer with peaches: This brew is a hazy, cloudy, traffic-light yellow color. The head is brilliantly white and remarkably thick. The smell is interesting...light and fresh, with peach, apple, yeast, and distant pale malt and grain. A little grass and hay are present in the smell as well. It's a summery-smelling brew, to be sure. The taste has a dryness and chalky character that's not quite fitting. I do like that the fruit isn't overly sweet, though. There's a little malt, and hints of sourness that never quite develop. No sense of hops at all, but there is a little spice quality that comes forth in the finish. Light in body. For 7% abv, the beer hides it's alcohol very well. As far as a fruit beer, this one is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 12:46:39 | More by Suds
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rallison

California

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a 1/2 finger white head that leaves a ring.

Smells wonderful. Fresh peaches and yeast make for a very pleasant nose.

The taste, however, is a bit of a letdown. Wheat-y with some yeast notes and very, very subtle peach notes. The smell is complex - the taste, not so much. Still very interesting, but not as good as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good.

Recommended, although not worth the $20 or so this costs.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 06:02:58 | More by rallison
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a chardonnay glass. This beer is a clear gold with a fizzy white head. Looks nice. Displays a bit of shimmer when swirled.

S: The nose is dominated by aromas of ripe peaches and sparkling wine. I could not help thinking that it smells almost like a bellini.

T: A fruity, tart entry gives way to graceful notes of butter cream, ripe peach, champagne, vanilla, and minerals. Finishes with a sustained flourish of peach and vanilla flavors. Very drinkable.

F: Full-bodied with a thick, firm, luscious mouthfeel. Not too heavy. Nicely balanced.

O: This is really an excellent strong pale ale. I recommend it highly.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 21:16:03 | More by mrfrancis
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian strong ale brewed with Volpedo peaches.

A: Poured a bright and very hazy golden-peach color with a huge 2 finger creamy white head that left a nice film lacing.

S: yeasty with sour citrus, oranges, peaches, and a slight bit of farmhouse funkiness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and spicy with some cinnamon notes, fresh sugary peaches, and citrus. The mouthful was light, creamy and very light on the tongue from the soft wheat palate. The flavor proceeds to a tangy citrus and peach flavor before finishing with a sour fruitiness.

M: Very refreshing, crisp, and smooth.

D: soft citrusy and peach flavors provide for an incredibly smooth drinkability factor. Really nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 00:08:50 | More by beerthulhu
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Beerenauslese

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange, with a decent head that lasts awhile.

Smells of malt and fresh peaches.

While peaches are what this beer is all about, the taste is good but not stellar. Malt is prominent and the taste is overall a bit bland. Very unlike a Lindeman's in which the peach flavor is much more prominent. This is not very acidic, which I would prefer, but it is also not too sweet which is one thing I like about it compared to Lindeman's.

The body is medium and carbonation is lightly spritzy, giving it an acceptable mouthfeel.

This is an OK fruit beer, but overall a bit on the bland side. Finished it off, but will not seek another.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 19:46:18 | More by Beerenauslese
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Halcyondays

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy orange with a light white head leaving some lacing.

S: Peaches and lemon peel.

T: Lemon and lactic acid for the main flavour with an undercurrent of delicious peaches which never overtake the main flavour.

M: Elegant and smooth. Medium-bodied, with mild acid.

D: A really nice fruit beer; I like peaches so much I wish they were more to the forefront, but that's my only real qualm.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 22:17:11 | More by Halcyondays
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a very hazy dense peach-yellow colored body with a thick snow-white cloudy head that last the full beer. The body is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The full smell of yeasty wheat and soft peach fuzz has a hint of club soda followed by a green leaf note. As the beer warms the aroma really develops the dry peach pit note that is very nice.

T- The dry wheat flavor has a slight tartness to it followed by a light dry peach note. The finish is a nice soft bitterness. As the beer warms, the dry but nice flavor of peaches develops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight sponge texture to the finish.

D- With the first glass of this beer, I was really under whelmed thinking this was just another decent wheat beer with a nice bitterness to it. As the beer warmed in the second and third glass the peach flavor really showed itself. The peach flavor had a very good fresh real peach fuzz flavor. I didn’t taste big juicy sugary peaches but soft peach blossoms.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 01:03:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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mclaughlindw4

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle marked down for ten dollars. Now I will drink the whole thing to my head. Smells peachy. Looks a very light cloudy golden color. This is quite dry and quite fruity. A touch too much fruit but delicious, refreshing, and definetely worth ten dollars but probably not twenty (well maybe not). The belgian notes are there but the whole thing seems a little thin. Hard to believe this is 7 percent. Perhaps something happened to the bottle to make it cost ten dollars. Overall it is quite good I would like to try more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 00:53:57 | More by mclaughlindw4
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy straw color into a Unibroue tulip glass. Nice white head turns to a crescent rim halfway through consumption.

Light peach aroma.

Full, soft body. Very impressive mouthfeel. Softy and velvety.

Interesting classification of Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I think the peach works very well. It's an exceptional beer to drink outside on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 00:33:12 | More by Yetiman420
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quarta Runa | 750 ml. | 7.0% ABV | 2010 vintage

Brewer: Birrificio Montegioco
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Glass: White wine glass

Presentation:
Great beige and peach wrapping paper.

Appearance:
Delightfully hazy, light amber body with a wispy white head.

Aroma:
Soft, fuzzy peaches come through as well as some barnyard funk.

Taste:
Dry wheat flavor streaked with peaches and asian pear. Pleasant, chalky bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Light-bodied with crisp carbonation.

Harmony:
The peach flavor is terrific: vibrant, fresh, but tempered.

Would I get it again?:
Yes.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 04:23:54 | More by BeerNemesis
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale orange. Really beautiful color. Slight head when poured, but then absolutely nothing afterwards except for a slight "island" of bubbles on top.

Smell: Fruit characters are very evident. The sweetness of the peaches jump out at you like you just opened up a can of them. Very fresh smelling.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Man that is great. It's a combination of a lighter Belgian pale ale, a fruit beer and a sour. The showcase of this one is the peaches. Has a light and dry body. It's got some sweetness to it, but it's not as overwhelming as you would think. The aftertaste has a sour kick to it. Very tasty.

Drinkability: If the price on this wasn't so expensive, I would drink it often, but as it is, this one is for special occasions. This is a very drinkable beer and a unique one from this Italian brewing company. Excited to see other offerings from them.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 05:07:56 | More by July2Nov
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle was discounted due to age. Popped up on the shelf 3 years ago and was the only one left. @ $4.99/750ml I couldn't resist.

For lack of a better term, it's a yellow peachy color -very cloudy. Stark white head that holds well, composed of fine bubbles.

Peaches!!! The smell is amazing. Soft graininess. Clean smelling yeast w/ a bit of tartness & intense peaches. Really outstanding aroma.

I was honestly not expecting to like this beer as much as I do. Peaches shine in the flavor profile. Tartness from yeast and fruit give a slight pucker to the sip. A touch sweetness left over from fermentation (really the only downside). Very fruity - fruit kicks in at the end of the sip and lingers for an aftertaste. I imagine they use juice in a secondary fermentation, because the white wine/fruit flavor is incredibly dominant and fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel is great. I assume lots of wheat from creamy- slightly chewy texture and cloudy appearance. I wasn't expecting the tartness. The acidity is pleasantly stimulating. Dryness and carbonation lend a refreshing impression. Although once the carbonation wears off it is much less appealing (sweet). Super unique, tasty, and fun to drink.

I recommend enjoying in the sun and/or heat. Definitely a summer day brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 22:28:00 | More by mlazzaro
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first pour of the 2009 Portland International Beerfest, 4 oz. (or a bit more) to a tasting glass, from a 750ml green bottle.

A: Hazy wheat-yellow, very little head and a thin ring. Milky, but a little carbonation shows in the waning sunlight. Fuller in the center, less opaque at the edges. Small flecks of lace.

S: Very nice aroma, soft wheat and ripe peaches. Has a 'peach sorbet' aroma: a lttle milky and bready wrapped around 'peach'. Slightly nutty, a toasty grain.

T: Here we go with peaches again; buttered bread and that juicy sweet/tart fruit. Really gives the impression of a liquified cobbler, down to the flaky pie crust. A nice honey-sweetness intermingled with a light tartness.

M: Velvety smooth, a fine coating of silt. rich and creamy for a pale ale. Feels 'full' in a body that's barely 'medium'. Lovely.

D: Really could drink this all the time, has a fruity/bready quality something akin to DFH's Festina Peche - only problem is the lofty ABV. Very tasty and very happy to try, even at a whopping $5 for a 4 oz. taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 05:29:48 | More by msubulldog25
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watchnerd

California

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. The bottle cap has a funky plastic insert with protrusion that makes it seal the bottle more thoroughly. Never seen one of those before.

A peachy yellow, almost Oranjina color, with a strong odor of peach skins, yeast, and wheat-like notes. Lively carbonation.

This is not at all like a Lindeman's Peche lambic, being far more subtle and less sweet. So if you're expecting a full on girl-friendly fruit beer, this isn't quite the case, although my wife did like it.

The easiest way to describe it is to think of a peach saison, and you'll get a good picture.

Fun, drinkable, enjoyable. Wish I had more, and wish it was a bit cheaper. A winner.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 04:59:29 | More by watchnerd
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

New batch? Didn't see a date on the 12oz bottle served at Alla Spina in Philadelphia. Pricey.

Pours a light golden, plenty of bubbly head. Smell is ripe and very peachy, mix of earthy fresh peaches and a sweeter, juicy peach note. Loads of peaches. Peaches. Did I mention peaches?

Flavor carries through the peach notes, sweet and earthy, light tartness with spritzy carbonation, a little too much so, could be a little more depth to this (maybe a bit more malt body, though I think the carbonation is hindering what could be a smoother balance here), light and refreshing, enjoyable.

Worth the price? Probably not, but a really enjoyable, unique beer. Did I mention peaches?!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 15:07:21 | More by ritzkiss
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a foamy white head that settles into a nice lacing that sticks around through the finish. Aroma of crisp golden fruit along with huge peach and sour oak presence. Sour and carbonated up front with loads of peach and oak flavor and a slight wooden, nut presence from the pits. Nice balance of sour and sweet fruit with a wine-like texture. Very unique and quite good!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 06:50:59 | More by corby112
Quarta Runa from Birrificio Montegioco
89 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.