Imper Ale Ubi Rossa - Birra Tenute Collesi SRL

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85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of htrae2014
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened this one without much expectation, but was positively surprised. It poured a hazy medium to dark amber brown and built a two finger high creamy beige head, which sticks arround foe a long time.
The smell is of dark fruit like plum, fig and date. There is also honey and malt flavors there.
Tasting the beer a broadside of complex fruit flavors as described above builds the front. In the middle, honey toffee and caramel sweetens things up a bit more. In the finish some of the yeast and malt balances the beer.
A nice complex medium bodied brew, which has some bite to it and hides the alcohol.

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.

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.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an hazy dark amber with lots of head. Smells a lot like an fruity adjunct lager!? Something is wrong here. Goes down smooth and taste is very complex. Has hints of fruit and caramel and then some bitterness. You don't sense the high amount of alcohol until a few moments after you swallow. My sense of smell must be way off today, because this is an excellent beer and probably doesn't really smell like I thought.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Provocajade
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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.

Photo of dgilks
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of lumikuuro
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Imper Ale Ubi Rossa from Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.