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Quarta Runa - Birrificio Montegioco

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Knapp85, May 16, 2011
Photo of mclaughlindw4
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

mclaughlindw4, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of July2Nov
4.2/5  rDev +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.

July2Nov, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of BeerNemesis
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

BeerNemesis, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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!

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Beerenauslese, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

Halcyondays, May 08, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

msubulldog25, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Yetiman420, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Suds, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

beerthulhu, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

corby112, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of nick76
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

nick76, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of rallison
3.88/5  rDev -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.

rallison, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Dukeofearl, May 29, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

watchnerd, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

scruffwhor, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of dherling
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

dherling, Nov 01, 2006
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Quarta Runa from Birrificio Montegioco
90 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.