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Imper Ale Ubi Rossa - Birra Tenute Collesi SRL

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Imper Ale Ubi RossaImper Ale Ubi Rossa

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BA SCORE
86
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Tenute Collesi SRL visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lumikuuro on 03-15-2010)
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Ratings: 39 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rdickey:
Photo of rdickey
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The bottle is nice, with an impressive “1870” on the neck. The beer pours more brown than red, but otherwise looks quite enticing. A fine one-finger head dissipates pretty quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Oddly, I get a huge whiff of bubblegum at first, but that settles down in favor of a nice mix of tart cherries and yeast.

Taste: Very interesting; it certainly doesn’t come across to me as a Belgian strong dark ale (as characterized by BA) or as a strong red ale (as characterized by the Rare Beer Club). Certainly it has some of the complexity of a strong dark ale, and a certain amount of spiciness that I associate with Belgian yeast comes through, but the taste sort of floats on top without diving down into the depths. There’s a lot going on – stone fruits, the spiciness, and a certain woodiness to the hops – but it’s so well-balanced that nothing is overpowering or jumps out. For the first time, I see that this can be a double-edged sword: this is a very well-balanced, immensely drinkable beer, but it almost seems to lack a single defining characteristic.

Mouthfeel: Rather highly carbonated, which I think helps to elevate the overall experience. Query what it would be like with the carbonation dialed down a notch; perhaps more intense and exploratory.

Drinkability: Very drinkable due to the balance Unfortunately I’m not doing anything exceptional for dinner tonight, but I suspect this would be a very food-friendly beer.

rdickey, May 14, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma has some toffee and candy sugar notes, as well as a fruity flavor that reminds me of grapes and cherries.

The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of cherries and grapes, which are accompanied by the toffee and caramel malt notes. The alcohol is very well hidden. There is also a little malty sweetness in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

tommy5, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Collesi Imper Ale Rossa Ubi has a very thick, beige head, a murkey, rust-red appearance, with tiny bubble streams up the side, and thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of fruitcake- dark, rich fruits and sweet bread. Taste is of the same, with the brandy-like alcohol shining forth. Bitterness is essentially nonexistent with this. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Collesi Imper Ale Rossa Ubi finishes semi-dry, surprisingly crisp, rich, and very drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has no sign of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: The aroma isn’t very strong but is complex with notes of yeast and hints of cherries.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also complex and has flavors of dark fruits along with notes of grapes and yeast. The flavors develop and become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the flavors are well balanced.

metter98, May 23, 2011
Photo of mwilbur
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours a clear dark brownish amber hue with high and fine carbonation producing a 1 inch light tan head.
S: Bananas, cinnamon, clove, sweet yeast, caramel, brown sugar. Subtle and sweet.
T: A bright push of banana and spice (cinnamon, clove, etc.) gives way in the middle to a semblance of a refreshing fruit-infused carbonated water and then transitions toward caramel malt, brown sugar, butterscotch, and grassy grain in the finish. Vanilla comes through with warming. Definitely unique...and good.
M: Very clean and refreshing. Bright and light. Nice effervescence. Moderately acidic bite at the finish. Nice sweetly lingering finish. Again, unique...and good.
D: Good drinkability for this interesting and solid brew. Glad I got to try this one!
On a side note, this doesn't seem like a true belgian strong dark ale...perhaps a different style is more applicable. The bottle says it is a Red Ale. Strong red ale seems a more appropriate style.

mwilbur, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of chileman
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

chileman, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -21.5%

aasher, May 24, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with burgundy highlights, big plume of khaki colored head, diminishes quickly, leaving splotchy lacing. First scent is of bready belgian yeasts, underneath lie notes of plum, fig, cherry, apple, wine grapes, brown sugar, vanilla and oak, overall slightly sweet with a touch of tartness. Taste brings the components of scent together in a muted, but well designed flavor profile - sweet and fruity, but light and clean. As it warms, the flavors develop fully - recommend above the stated serving temp range. Medium bodied, some heft from suspended yeast, carbonation in check despite rush when pouring. A pleasent beer with many complex notes without any being very aggressive - could have used one standout charachter and the fruit notes were begging to be unleashed.

rfgetz, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of dbrauneis
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy reddish brown in color with some very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface and moderate amounts of yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass (made up of pretty large white particles). The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a good amount of complexity to the aroma of this beer with some dark fruit sweetness including cherries along with some yeast and spices.

T: Like the smell, there is a fair amount of complexity to the taste of this beer. There is a moderate to strong presence of dark fruits (cherry, grape, and plum) contributing some sweetness. The beer also has a moderate presence of yeast and spices.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I enjoyed this beer because of the complexity in both the smell and taste, it is easy to drink for how big it is because the alcohol is well hidden. This is a sipping beer to be enjoyed slowly.

dbrauneis, Sep 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ah, one of the members of the relatively unknown pair of Martina and Rossa... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby topped by over a finger of faded khaki foam. The nose comprises light black cherry, rye bread, clove, dry caramel, a hint of chlorinated water, light dark fruits, and a touch of brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with the fruity and bready notes battling it out for domination and the spices left grasping for scraps. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda creamy feel. Overall, a decently solid brew, something akin to a middling BSDA. It's nothing special, but it's enjoyable enough for an occasional drink.

TMoney2591, May 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Antnyd82, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark amber / brown color with a huge 3" head that lasted a long time. Moderate lace painted the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness and some yeasty bread tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malty base with some toffee, black plum, fig, and a yeasty and earthy tone showing up late. Bitterness is mild but balancing. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a slight dryness late. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger a while in the mouth.

Overall: an enjoyable dark ale that is slow sipping. This is a hearty beer with nice flavor profile.

Gavage, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of mklisz
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

mklisz, May 07, 2013
Photo of Hellpop65
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Hellpop65, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of NeutroMan
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Beautifully designed 750mL bottle with red seal over the top.

Appearance: Pours an extremely dark red apple color with a two-finger tan head that receded rather quickly. Visibly highly carbonated, with a steady stream of bubbles coming to the top.

Smell: Has a yeasty, malty sweetness to it, with some spicy phenols - more peppers than cloves.

Taste: Consistent with the aroma. Malty sweetness, yeast, and spicy alcohol. Low on the bitterness spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, which gives a little bite to the mouthfeel. Although present in the aroma, alcohol warmth is barely detectable here, despite the 8% ABV.

Drinkability: High, considering the ABV and the style.

NeutroMan, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of david131
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, leathery brown liquid with some ruby highlights when held to a light. The off-white head is thin but creamy with excellent retention.

S- Plums, figs, brown sugar, apples, and a touch of cotton candy.

T- Dark fruits such as plums and figs, some brown sugar, bubble gum, and some cotton candy. There is a bit of earthiness on the finish if you look for it.

M- Abundant carbonation gives this beer a light and clean mouthfeel and helps keep the flavors from becoming overbearing.

O- A tasty beer that does not deviate too far from the style. Enjoyable and definitely worth trying.

david131, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ken for bringing this one over to our tasting last night. One of the most beautiful and unique bottles I've seen. Poured a medium reddish color with a decent tan head. Aromas of yeast, spices and dark fruits. Medium bodied and somewhat crisp and slightly vinuous, with flavors yeast, caramel and spice.

emmasdad, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Radome
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Came in a unique and gorgeous bottle from the Rare Beer of the Month Club. Beer pours a medium brown color with strong red highlights. It is crystal clear. The head is tan colored and made of fine bubbles; it is initially 3/4" high and slowly fades to a ring.

S - Aroma is a blend of earthy, musty hops and sweet caramel maltiness.

T - Flavor is simple and straightforward; a mix of English hops and caramel malt. Very similar to an Irish red to me. No hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body with a sweet, mouth coating finish. No alcohol burn.

D - A solid beer, but not exciting to me. I'd appreciate a little more complexity and alcohol presence.

Radome, May 20, 2011
Photo of soze47
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this guy as part of the Rare Beer of the Month Club. Perhaps the most unique entry I've received to date. Poured into a Hennepin glass.

Appearance: Hazy reddish brown in color. Kind of murky with some suspended yeast as other reviews have noted. I got a large head on this one, but it dissipated rather quickly into a nice cap of tiny bubbles that never fully went away.

Aroma: Spicy yeast with notes of dark fruit. While at its coldest, it seemed much more tart, leaning towards cherry. As it warms, it takes on notes closer to raspberry.

Taste: Yeasty and somewhat malty at first, but slight peppery notes and an almost woody tang come into play. A slight bitterness comes into play and develops on the linger. The bitterness is almost hard to pinpoint. Is it grassy or leafy? As it warms, the fruits detected in the nose come out a little more in the first and second flavors, but that linger stays very nice and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Medium body, but the high amount of carbonation keep it light in the mouth. Kind of fluffy. It is rather easy to drink. I enjoyed having it develop throughout each glass.

Overall: Very unique beer. I'm not sure I've experienced something like this before, even for the style. The wooden, earthy dryness is what sets it apart. The tartness in this beer is also unique. It comes and goes quickly, making it hard to pick up each nuance. A mysterious beer, at least to me.

soze47, May 13, 2011
Photo of htrae2014
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

htrae2014, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of SaranacinTexas
4/5  rDev +4.7%

SaranacinTexas, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of ADZA
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in exactly the same sort of bottle and labeling as the Bionda except everything is in red instead of yellow,it pours an impressive deep cherry,mahogany hue with nice carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger tanned head with some sporadic lacing,the aromas are cherries,spices and some red berries,it has a pretty light mouthfeel for the style which is abit overcarbonated but you still get tastes of cherries,red berries,plum jam and on finish its pretty dry with a tinge of hoppy bitterness,overall alot better than the Bionda but not very memorable and wouldnt rush out to buy it again.

ADZA, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 16.9 oz bottle.

Pours a very dark dark amber with a nice off-white/ecru colored head that is about 1.5 inch tall. The head has some nice retention and slowly recedes down to a nice thick mat.

Aroma of nice sweet and grainy malts. Nice yeasty chalky notes with some good fruity esters and some clove and slight spice. the grain is earthy and sweet with some slight caramel notes. The nose is ok but a bit flat and slightly metallic.

Flavor is a bit better. Clean grain notes come up first with some good bread background. Quite nice. Slight bready sweetness with very midl caramel and clove notes. There is some nice yeast note to it. There is a bit roast to it as well. The body is nice and medium with some good carbonation and a slight dry finish to it.

Pretty good dark ale. I've never had Italian craft beer but its cool that they are getting into this market.

JoEBoBpr, Aug 21, 2012
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Imper Ale Ubi Rossa from Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
86 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.