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Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: billab914 on 12-09-2012)
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Clear medium amber color. Two fingers of fizzy beige head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.

4.75 S: Goddamn this is interesting, which is always what I want from a DFH ancient ale. I don't even know where to start, but I'll start by saying that it smells freakin' great. Honey is perhaps the most prominent. Pomegranate, raisin, apples, and grapes make a medley of fruit that works the nose so well. The hazelnut flour complements the other aromas perfectly. The other crap, that I know nothing about, adds an earthy herbal component. I'm really impressed. This is awesome.

3.75 T: The taste is also very good, but not insanely good like the nose. Raisin really comes out. Apple is almost as strong with pomegranate and grape under that. Hazelnut and honey. Booze is supremely well hidden. Like the nose, it is complex and super interesting.

3.75 M: I'm not at all familiar with what DFH was going for, so it's tough to comment on this aspect. Carbonation is on the lower end of moderate. Super smooth with a lighter medium body.

4.0 D: I very much enjoyed this. While I'm always glad I tried a strange DFH creation, I usually don't think they are worth the price. This one is different. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:59:40 | More by DavoleBomb
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Appearance: Hazy coppery-brown. Light tan head upon pouring died back fairly quickly and left nothing behind. No lacing at all.

Smell: Yeast and lots of fruits (grape, apple).

Taste: All sorts of flavor. Honey like sweetness mixed in with lots of fruits - apples, grapes, pomegranate. There is a peppery taste right before the finish. The finish is slightly tart and sour, and again fruit-like.

Mouthfeel: Juicy, slick, light carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: A very unique beer. I've never had a beer like this - but that's the point isn't it? If this is what the Etruscans were drinking (roughly) over 2800 years ago...then count me in for enjoying a cup from time to time. I picked up a bottle because the price was right (on sale - $5.99) and aged over a year it's still quite good. It paired very well with food (Chicken Paillard with curry gravy and red lettuce salad) and as a very fruity beer, I think it might go well with a variety of other foods as well. So for drinkability, I never got tired of the large glass I poured for myself and the alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Overall, an unique experience and worth a try. I might actually pick up a bottle again if the price is right. Not an amazing beer, but it has its charm.

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Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.