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Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
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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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-12-2013 02:41:46 | More by PEIhop
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ScottStache

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-12-2013 01:05:36 | More by ScottStache
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Rich540

California

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-11-2013 20:05:10 | More by Rich540
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Arrives a dark copper color, clear with a white head with great retention.
Smell is medicinally sweet, malt, wood and ginger. Balance is decent.
Taste is malt, wood, pomegranate, some light dark fruits and graham cracker.
Smooth and warming, medium-full body with light effervescence. Pretty good but not memorable. Not one of DFH's better offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2013 04:27:17 | More by PorterLambic
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gabedivision

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml to a pint glass

A- pours a crystal clear deep copper, with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates, the carbonation slashes into that glass and makes a cola like fizz

S- pomegranate right up front on the nose followed by rich brown sugar, dark fruits with a yeasty medicinal like finish

T- a fizzy carbonation pop followed by a tart cherry crush, sweet dark fruits, subtle orange and honey follow, finishes with a mix of alcohol honey and pomegranate

M- light to medium in body, easy to drink, fizzy tingling carbonation, sweet with a slightly dry finish

O- very interesting ancient ale, tons of flavor, very complex, slightly medicinal and funky. Not bad, would def go for another pint.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 04:14:13 | More by gabedivision
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iemailjack

Florida

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-09-2013 19:24:24 | More by iemailjack
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UncleBuccs

Arizona

5/5  rDev +34.8%

01-09-2013 02:30:30 | More by UncleBuccs
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albertjr21

New York

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH goblet, brew pours a beautiful clear burning copper under a creamy thin layer of foam. Aroma isn't shy at all and seems abundant with various hints of earthy, herbal, pungent and citrusy ingredients to the concoction...Flavors on the palate are equally as complex with notes that I can best decipher as a dominating sweet and tart blend of fruit. Fun beer for a tasting party and something different from the usual for the craft brew lover and wine snob alike...

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 00:56:19 | More by albertjr21
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briandaube

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-08-2013 21:05:26 | More by briandaube
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initially a 3 finger head which dissipated rapidly with little lacing on a clear copper body. Aroma is dominated by pomegranate with grape, red apple and some generic spice. Flavor also has a lot of similar flavors with pomegranate again dominating with red apple and grapes also again noted. Additional notes include pine resin, honey and herbs. Medium body, fairly oily on the palate and moderate carbonation. Initially this one seemed complex but eventually it became more like a tart fruit juice. Certainly drinkable, almost too sweet. As with the other ancient ales, this one is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 02:13:05 | More by kylehay2004
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cw13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-08-2013 02:04:21 | More by cw13
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium copper (bronze?!?) amber with a thin off-white head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass. Enticing aroma of honey, apple, stone fruits, root beer spices. Complex flavor that is hard to differentiate, but nice fruit, cherry, light wheat, bittering herbs, woody, both sour and sweet elements. Finishes dryer with residual sweet/sour fruit elements at the back of the tongue. Light to medium bodied, but good mouth feel from active carbonation. Definitely unusual and fun to drink. I have a suspicion that bronze age libations would actually be hard to take for modern tastes, but if they had anything like this, they were very lucky.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 04:34:28 | More by LiquidAmber
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

01-07-2013 02:18:10 | More by NYR_Rob
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Lare453

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

01-07-2013 00:15:43 | More by Lare453
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Birra Etrusca opens to a funky, slightly sour fruit-and-bread nose that is immediately intriguing. White and light concord grape notes are present, as well as light pineapple and cherry fruit esters, wildflower honey, and touches of raisin. Put these fruits together and you wind up with something like a cross between a Dr. Pepper, a cola, and fresh-squeezed grape juice. Joining these is a bready underbelly, with tones resembling those found in yeasty, floury artisinal breads with crusts so hard you have to break them with a hammer. Dusty wheat and light hay add further earthiness. But the sugars easily dominate the nose, which is, as a whole, very interesting, and certainly unlike almost anything else on the market. It ends up smelling more like alcoholic grape-and-mixed-fruit juice than beer, with just enough of a bready, rooty counterbalance to make it interesting.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a sweet rush of fruits and sugars, with wildflower honey, lemon-lime, raisin, grape, pomegranate and pineapple joined by hints of a Belgian-like banana and clove mixture, as well as prune juice. The fruits tend largely toward the sweet side, though the pomegranate and raisin add funky, slightly sour runnels. The beer is more spicy here than hinted at in the nose, white pepper and clove dominating and lightly searing the tongue and soft palate with paprika-like intensity (though without the paprika flavor), with additional touches of cinnamon and cardamom, adding a lovely spice mixture to the fruit that is somewhat reminiscent of mulled cider. A good bread backing—again, like hard-crust bread—adds earthiness, and the hazelnut flour seems to add a touch of nut, but just a hint. There is perhaps just the slightest mineral overtone from the bronze aging. The aftertaste is a continuation the main mouthful, lingering on the tongue in sweet-sour-funky-spicy goodness for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, almost champagne-like in strength.

Overall, this is surprisingly palatable beer, and perhaps my favorite of Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ale series. This one is very much like a Belgian in many aspects, with Flemish and Saison flavors coming through as well. I did wish for a heavier mouthfeel and much less carbonation, but the fruit-spice notes were excellent, and delicious. If this tastes anything like what the ancient Etruscans actually drank, then I certainly know where I’ll be heading once I get my time travel machine up and running.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:24:49 | More by jondeelee
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-05-2013 21:50:29 | More by Morey
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TeamD

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

01-05-2013 21:48:16 | More by TeamD
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bbrown12

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

01-03-2013 23:17:27 | More by bbrown12
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-03-2013 21:06:05 | More by Pelicanrocks
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-03-2013 00:32:35 | More by jpd7374
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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

01-02-2013 18:55:22 | More by JohnK17
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-02-2013 18:35:04 | More by Craftonly23121
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Charlie_Hoss

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-02-2013 18:00:56 | More by Charlie_Hoss
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New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

01-02-2013 05:06:39 | More by logicalparadox
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-02-2013 02:37:55 | More by lillieja
Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.