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Imper Ale Ubi Rossa - Birra Tenute Collesi SRL

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85
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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:
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(Beer added by: lumikuuro on 03-15-2010)
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mklisz

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

05-07-2013 20:01:58 | More by mklisz
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aasher

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-24-2012 17:40:21 | More by aasher
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remitrom

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-07-2013 03:42:35 | More by remitrom
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:16:56 | More by TMoney2591
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-11-2014 05:26:02 | More by tommy5
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

i like this quite a bit less than some of the others from these guys. its a deep red color, a hint at how sweet and malty it is, with a minimal and fading white head. a little haze to the dark amber liquid and a nose of dryer red malt and the same slightly funky yeast that manifests itself in all the beers in this series. i see sugar as an ingredient, suggesting the additive to increase the abv here, which i dont think adds anything. the yeast flavors this one less than the others, and in fact seems a bit underdone, like it didnt get all the sugar out. the dominant flavor here is the grain, which is a tad stale, but richer and robustly earthy. some dried fruit on the back end, red apples and figs. almost a saison style finish to this, well carbonated but still a bit heavy and sweet. i can almost feel a headache coming on, dont know what it is with these, but thats the case. an enjoyable brew, but the others were a little better i think. the 8% abv hits harder than it should.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 06:25:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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Mora2000

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:28:36 | More by Mora2000
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ADZA

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 06:58:10 | More by ADZA
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 02:12:09 | More by emmasdad
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 22:46:56 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Radome

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 03:45:15 | More by Radome
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Provocajade

Nevada

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at dinner- I <3 Burgers in Palazzo Shoppes, Las Vegas.

A- it's a rich brown with some cherry tones. Not a heavy head, tight lacing. The packaging is simple and attractive I think.
S- I didn't get much smell to begin with...just a yeasty quality. It had to warm out and aerate a bit for some fruity notes to kick in, but again it wasn't much so the smell was very one dimensional. This can be in big part of the glassware too. The restaurant couldn't even list this beer right, on the beer list it was" Imperiale Ubi Red" and so they gave chardonnay glasses for it...only after I returned the pint glasses they were putting on the table. Sucks, but what can I do? Can't go around carrying a tulip in my purse!
T- The typical Belgian yeasty flavor is prominent, pretty good to the style and full. Fruit notes in it...plum was what I thought came through most, but it was hard to place...lets just say a "dark fruit" quality.
M- it was a lot more carbonated than most BSDA I've had which wasn't unpleasant, but more that I like for the style. It was sort've creamier than usual when sipping and had a lightly dry finish which I thought was quite nice.
D- Though it wasn't a style I find hard to drink a lot of, the carbonation was slightly higher than I would have liked. It went well with the food so was having with it so I was very happy with that.I also feel that rarity and price comes into play into drinkability for this particular beer...I mean, how often do I find this beer and do I want to spend $30 for a bottle (granted- inflated for the Vegas strip) again? I feel it was a good experience, it's nice to see good things coming out of Italy, but I don't know if I'd buy it again when there are other BSDA I can easily get and enjoy just as much.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 10:40:28 | More by Provocajade
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dgilks

Australia

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good, fairly clear mahogany red colour with a big, quick to dissipate light tan head.

Dusty, stale aroma. Very slightly malty. Some mild fruity notes.

The flavour is really nice. There's a rounded sweet malt, great berry fruits, some nice vanilla and a hint of nuts. There's a little x-factor missing but it's quite nice.

Medium to medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Just a touch gassy.

This is a solid Belgian ale. The flavours are full and good.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 05:40:29 | More by dgilks
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

04-14-2014 16:38:49 | More by rolltide8425
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-22-2012 19:56:08 | More by djrn2
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Blind

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-31-2012 01:04:40 | More by Blind
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BeerNDoggerel

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-06-2013 02:11:34 | More by BeerNDoggerel
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 12:01:49 | More by Gavage
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 03:06:20 | More by soze47
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:28:57 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 22:01:21 | More by dbrauneis
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lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml elegant, almost wine like bottle and design, eagerly bubbling as soon as you open the bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy, dense dark brown. Deep biege head, huge in size with good retention, coating the glass with fine bubbles and disappearing with each sip. Very much like a Unibroue beer. No lacing.

Aroma: Yeast, spice, candied fruit. Hint of hazelnut. Some wet hay.

Taste: Yeasty, spicy, some chocolate. Malty. Candied fruit soon becomes sweet raspberry with hint of strawberry with a very slight vinous character. Very refined, but perhaps a little too sweet in the lingering fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, well carbonated. A touch dry. True to the style.

Drinkability: This is a high end beer from a country not known for beer that is any more than functionally decent. Very impressive, but too sweet for my particular palate. Expensive. I have tried one of their other beers previously and was even more impressed. Certainly worth spending the money to try out their offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 08:01:39 | More by lumikuuro
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rdickey

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 23:31:40 | More by rdickey
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NeutroMan

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 02:27:54 | More by NeutroMan
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:38:15 | More by mwilbur
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Imper Ale Ubi Rossa from Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
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