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Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 29
Gots: 65 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: billab914 on 12-09-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

jwgkicks, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a nonic pint glass. "Bottled in 2012A" lasered on the neck. I picked it up the day it hit the market here so should be pretty fresh. It was a clear bronze color with good carb streams. It had a small head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No collar and no lacing.

The aroma is very floral and sweet with honey and pomegranate leading the way. Sorta sweet wine like in aroma. Saw one review mention potpourri aroma and I can see that a little. The taste is sweet from the start and doesn't let up. Floral tones to keep it from getting overly sweet but it's borderline as is. Light mouthfeel with low carbonation and a very sweet aftertaste.

Overall, an interesting beer and glad I tried it to see what some historical ales tasted like but it was too sweet and just didn't grab me. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one is enough.

TexIndy, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +7.8%

AngusOg, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared by Jon, 750ml into a tulip.

Copper/bronze body, offwhite head that doesn't retain or lace. Nose has toasty breads, grains, herbal, honey and pomegranate are prominent as well. Taste is composed of pomegranate, herbals notes, grains, toasty and nutty character. Medium full palate, low carbonation. Sweet, and pomegranate lingers.

liamt07, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time to pop a new Dogfish 750 ... time for things to get weird. Birra Etrusca pours out a copper color with a finger of persistent head. The aroma is sweet, floral, fruity, yeasty, and malty. There's a lot going on with the nose, and it's hard to figure it out until you take a sip. And even then, it's not easy, as an initial strong spiced floral apple gives way to a more bitter pomegranate along with some other vinous sweet fruit flavors. Some honey sweetness makes it's presence known as well, along with some Belgian yeasts. As the beer approaches room-temperature, the yeast and floral aspects begin to dominate. Quite a lot going on here, but it's tasty. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a moderate carbonation level, and the drinkability is solid enough. Overall, another interesting big bottle from Dogfish Head.

shand, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of kingmaker
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

kingmaker, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of BugTownPub
4/5  rDev +7.8%

BugTownPub, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Evansbeer
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DFH really did what they set out to do with this brew. Their explanation of this beer was to bring the Etruscans a beer that they could drink at dinner as well as their wine. Their intentions noble, and according to DFH they were also successful. I give them credit for the investment they put into making this ancient ale.

Now the beer: It is sweet and like other have said, hints of apple and pomegranate. I think the pomegranate is best pronounced by a tart finish. It had a decent head that dissipated after the first sip. Much more like a dessert beer than a beer that should be drunk before a heavy meal.

Its color resembles honey, smooth and golden. Light carbonation compared to other streamline brews.

It would best pair with olives (Italian traditional) or other strong flavors such as pickles, or I'd dare say dark chocolate??

I would recommend this to wine drinkers, and beginner beer drinkers who are above drinking wine coolers but can't stomach a Budweiser.

At 8.5% alcohol by volume, it is appropriate to be taken in like wine, small doses. For the 750mL bottle it runs expensive at around $12 a bottle (puts some wines to shame) but its not meant to be a beer to get drunk off of, much more a beer to enjoy slowly, at celebrations, or at nice family dinners.

Overall, if the price dropped I'd be more likely to drink this more often, but as of now I'll enjoy it as a celebratory beverage.

Evansbeer, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Grinky
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Grinky, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Jonada
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle served in a DFH Signature Glass

Appearance: Dark golden/copper color with 2 fingers of head that dissipated rather quickly. Slightly hazy in the glass.

Smell: Apple cider, belgian yeast spiciness, some clove, banana, hints of pomegranate. Smells interesting.

Taste: Apple, spice, honey, slightly tart, herbal. I'm not sure what it is, but there's something slightly "off" in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium/light body. High carbonation

Overall: This is...interesting. It's heavy on the apple and Belgian characteristics which I was not expecting based on the description. It's not bad, but it's definitely nothing special. Unless you're a big DFH fan, I'd probably recommend skipping this one, especially given the price.

Jonada, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

mportnoy, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Boto
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draught @ Birreria: This one was served in an interesting stem glass. It poured a clear, amber color. There was a small dense off-white head that left no lacing. It has an interesting nose: a nice spice that must be the myrrh. I also get a whiff of the pomegranate. It has a very nice taste. Spice, a hint of the pomegranate, and some wheat in the body. Somewhat dry, with a faint fruit sweetness in the finish. Really interesting!

Boto, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of yeti123
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

yeti123, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

gtermi, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of marct
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

marct, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of mzeld
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

mzeld, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Heads' curriosity has gotten the best of them again. With all the can't-help-themselves attitude, they find creative juices in Italy. Resurrecting ancient ale flavor with the help of Del Borgo an Baladin breweries, a very wine-freindly taste emerges from the ashes.

Bright gold in color, the beer shares tawny copper highlights with peps of amber in its body. A slim stark-white foam tops the beer and reluctantly endures half the session before sucumbing to the honey and herbs underneath.

Highly floral aromas seem vibrant with a bouquet that spans rose pedals, honeysuckle, perfume, fruity, and herbal. Backed with a supple sweet note of honey and grape, the beer takes on mead-like proportions- at least to the nose.

Honey sweetness falls on the mouth with a thin fruity/floral interplay. As the sweetness fades, the fruit and potpourri note remain, reigning in periphreal notes of pepper spice, oak, wine must, and grapes. Rye-like flavors add a peppery earthen zip that evokes impressions of oak-aged chardonnay and sweet riesling. The beer's overall appealing taste is as much of wine as it is of beer.

Medium-light on the palate, the beer is big on flavor but is rather well attenuated, allowing its early creaminess and honey weight to exit early, favoring a florl, spicy finish. Wood-like tannins give the beer as much balance as hops or alcohol.

Etrusca reminds me of Midas' Touch, but with more complex dryness, herbal, mead-like touches. Its heavy wine tilt creates a lot of allure, but also becomes challenging to the taste buds.

BEERchitect, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep copper color, maybe some shade of amber. Light, ruby-red notes show up as the light passes through the translucent body. The foamy white head lasts for a few minutes, but then retains as a ring around the glass for the largest portion of the beer. The aroma is very unique - zesty and vibrant; fruity, somewhat tart, berries, wheat, grains, crispy, musky hops. Spices are abundant as well; ginger, coriander, pepper... I know none of these things are listed on the beer, but I really am picking up some ginger. Perhaps from the hodge-podge of stuff thrown into this one?

The flavor is fruit like the aroma leads you to believe; honey-coated cherries, strawberry, pomegranate, raspberries. Unfortunately, there is a bit of an off-flavored, medicinal twang that's coming out and gets stronger as the beer gets warmer. Similar to crushed vitamins, they leave a weird, residual, chalky feeling and taste on the palate. Luckily, however, there are so many other, random flavors going on, that this weird flavor doesn't completely kill the vibe. Tartness shows up about halfway through as it eventually turns into a bitter sweetness. Hop flavors are very slightly floral, but mostly ashy, musty, and dry. Some more ginger and spices in the flavor, but once again, undetectable as to exactly what they are. I don't taste any hazelnut like the label says, but the big wheat backbone is definitely there. This beer reminds me of a weird attempt at a fruity, American-made tripel or BSPA. Carbonated to the brim with a medium body.

I honestly can't decide if I like this beer or not. Some sips were okay. Others were very mediocre. It's definitely unique, and overall - it wasn't bad.... Well, at times it wasn't. I don't know, honestly. It just bounces around the walls a little bit too much. Not really worth the price in my opinion, either.

tectactoe, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

bradfordjohnson, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

JeffreyJDavis, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ONUMello
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a transparent light brown with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Woody/honey up front, with more subtle aromas of nuts, grain & spice
T: Nutty, honey, wood, grains, spice, a touch sweet and a hint of citrus. Kind of hard to place all of the flavors, but some I'm not sure I've had before. Definitely unique.,
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, with a nice acidity at the end. Medium-long finish
O: I enjoy the initiative DFH is taking with their ancient ales. Each is quite unique & while there are certainly hits and misses, this is one of the more enjoyable creations.

ONUMello, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear deep reddish-amber. Big but very fizzy tan head. Fizzes away quite rapidly in fact. Fades to basically nothing. Absolutely zero lacing. Almost no head retention at all.

S: Lots of honey. Peppery spices and some other unidentified spices too. A little nutty?

T: Again, sweet with honey. Kind of...wheaty? Light grainy malt regardless. Again, a bit nutty, mainly in the middle and into the aftertaste. Lots of grape skin throughout. Hard for me to give accurate descriptions overall but it's quite fruity and spicey throughout. Tastes like a belgian strong dark ale mixed with a mead if that tells you anything.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Interesting beer, wish I were more familiar with the ingredients and the flavors in general. It's very unique and certainly an interesting experiment. I give DFH credit for making this palatable, it's unlike any modern beer that's for sure.

Dope, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of comfortablynirm
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

comfortablynirm, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

kjkinsey, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Holmes698, Jan 28, 2013
Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.