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Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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:
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(Beer added by: billab914 on 12-09-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

e30todamax, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of roach4230
4/5  rDev +7.5%

roach4230, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bronze coloured body, no head. Honey smooth, raisiny. FInish is way too banana yeasty. Not super drinkable, glad it was shared out. Honey overruled the hazelnut. On the sweet side.
Thanks, Jon. Middiling mouthfeel, honey booss smoothness. Like a herbal tea with carbonation.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of n2185
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear copper with two fingers of beige head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast-like aromas with spices and bubblegum dominating. There are notes of vanilla and caramel, as well as some that I can't quite put my finger on (probably from the unique ingredients used).

T: Sweet Belgian spices and bubblegum here as well followed by a fruity tartness that is slightly bitter, like the aftertaste of cranberry juice. I imagine this is again from the unique ingredients. The finish is clean and slightly tart.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery but could use more of a carbonation bite.

O: An interesting and decent beer overall. Not bad or particularly offensive by any means, but this is definitely a unique beer with a many aromas and flavors that I can't really name. Still, it is enjoyable and more successful than some of their other Ancient Ales series.

n2185, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, moderate retention on a clear copper body. Mostly clear lacing. Very perfumy aroma includes caramel malts, candi sugar, a Belgian-y type of yeast like aroma, some sweet fruits (undistinguishable) and maybe some alcohol...quite interesting. Taste includes again some sweet malts, some interesting spicing and again some sweet fruity like taste. The flavors are really hard to pinpoint and they certainly mix together to form a flavor that I'm quite sure has never been tasted before. Quite nice, I enjoy the aroma more than the taste but very ambitious and typical Dogfish Head awesomeness.

KickbacksSteve, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of rodlavers
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

rodlavers, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Very attractive brew that is exactly the color of a dark Scotch single malt. Modest head but plenty of carbonation on the tongue. Herbal nose with wintergreen and a hint of Vick's VapoRub.

Somewhat sweet, but not sugary. Such a carnival of flavors it's hard to pick them out. Winey with a touch of bubble gum. A hint of muscat wine along with something mysterious, which may be the myrrh. The gentian root provides the biterness, but it's not overdone. Dark raisiny flavor with the intense aromatics. So much better than the pie spice kind of flavors in the usual horrible pumpkin and inept holiday beers.

Truly strange but quite sippable. It grows on you, and the bitterness comes to be more intriguing than the usual hops. From the 750 ml bottle bought at Whole Foods in San Francisco.

mactrail, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled In: 2012A 02:51

A: Pours a copper color with a fingers worth of head that quickly fades to nothing

S: Decently complex. Semi-spicy, fruity, earthy, and bitter. Not unlike most DFH beers, very interesting, to say the least

T: Starts off lightly bitter, and moves into some fruity and spice notes. Darker fruits are next, mostly raisin. Continues with a light sweetness that is cut by the bitterness. Finishes clean and lightly bitter. Again, very interesting

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Yet another very interesting beer from DFH. Definitely has an Italian swing on things from the guys over at BdB and Baladin. Not the easiest aroma or taste to explain in review format, so I suggest going and trying some for yourself. It's unlike almost any beer I've tried, and for that reason alone, it's worth picking it up

BEERMILER12, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of JAramini
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really loved the carbonation on this one. Very fine, champagne-like.

Fruity, the pomegranate definitely comes through, didn't get any of the hazelnut flour, and I have no clue what myrhh tastes like.

Tastes mostly like a BSDA.

The Dogfish "ancient ales" tend to be one-note and unimpressive to me, but I really enjoyed this one. Usually these beers are a one-time taste/tick, but this one I would drink again.

JAramini, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of C-Dog
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

C-Dog, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +7.5%

MarkyMOD, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of hopandbarley28
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

hopandbarley28, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

At the time of this review, this is #31 on the "Top Beers - Herbed / Spiced Beer" list on beeradvocate.com. A pathetic list populated with mediocre and undrinkable "beers" such as this one. Served in an Dogfish Head signature glass...it happens. Not a repeat, it was interesting at first but these "ancient" ales are all vinous and sweet without much depth or character, and at best are guesses of what the product tasted like. How about you brew the beer with the appropriate technology as well, then you may have something.

Beer is clear and reddish ruby in color, nice off white head, low retention.

Aroma is sweet, almost cherry, a little peppery.

Beer is vinous and sweet with a woody / pencil shaving aftertaste that is a pretty off putting. I won't have this again.

drabmuh, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of ErnestHemingway
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ErnestHemingway, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

grittybrews, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 1.8.13

A - Pours a clear dark copper with a two inch foamy light tan head with good retention.

S - Spicy and nutty, citrus and almost minty.

T - Lots going on here, spice, nutty, fruity, then the hazelnut, then floral. Not working for me.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Not sure how I feel about this one. Ok, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of nova009
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my DFH signature glass

A- pours a clear reddish brown with steady stream of bubbles, a fizzy one finger white head appears and simmers down to a covering after a few minutes

S- sweet, slightly bready malt, spicy on the nose, I know this is strange but I'm getting a smell that is reminiscent of double bubble gum, cherries and red berries, a little clove as well, interesting

T- sweet like the nose but with a bit of lip smacking tartness as well, spicy rye flavor comes through and attacks the tip of the tongue, dark fruits, the pomegranate really comes through in the sip, cherries, there's a bouquet of earthy spices and herbal notes that come in toward the end, a lot tastier than I expected

M- medium-light body, solid balance of carbonation, the mixture of spice and tart tingle the palate, solid

O- I liked this overall, I think it's a bit on the sweet side but if you use it as a dessert beer it would fit nicely, would recommend, props to DFH for continuing to explore more of these ancient recipes

nova009, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of TimRoss41
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

TimRoss41, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of jsteele
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

jsteele, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml into Duvel glass.

Pours with a short head that bubbles down at record speed - like a soda. High carbonation flowing up. Body is a bright, clear orange - amber. Zero lacing.

Aromas are full of heavy malt - rye cracker. Some fruit before and after - cherry.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy even with the high carbonation. Flavors are full of bright, red ripe fruits. Cherry skins, plums, cranberries, red grapes, cabernet, and biscuit. The finishing mouthfeel leaves a light film on the tongue, sort of reminiscent of a light Mad Elf.

This puppy has plenty of flavors going on - pretty fun, and makes for a nice holiday ale. Wouldn't mind giving it a go again next year, but no way I'm paying $18 for it again.

BeerImmediately, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Jemonster
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber/red/bronze/gold color with thin white head. Looks heavily carbonatated.

S: Smells like root beer. Wintergreen mint and anise are strongest, and there is a cinnamon scent. At the end there is some honey. A little bit like toasted marshmallows.

T: Sweet and spicy. Forward honey flavor and anise. It has a very faint hop flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Pretty heavily carbonated and with the gravity of something closer to a belgian tripel. The sweetness makes it seem more round and filling.

O: Pretty good and different. I would probably pick this up again if I came across it.

Jemonster, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

heysuz, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

WynnO, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of mcsauter82
3/5  rDev -19.4%

mcsauter82, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Lob
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Lob, Jan 19, 2013
Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.