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Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 28
Gots: 67 | 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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Photo of ejane
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ejane, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I got a little excited on this and poured a little overly aggressive. Two fingers of head sit on top of my beer. Body color is a dirty, muted yellow orange.

Smells very strongly of yeast and malt. Gardeny hops come through, as well as a smell like watered down sarsaparilla. Spices float throughout.

The taste is tart yet sweet. Sweet malt up front comes into a companionship with with strong yeast and spices. The end is very lightly hoppy, with a tidbit of sour apple.

Carbonation is strong. The beer is very smooth throughout, but that carbonation leaves a bite on your tongue. Lightly coats the throat and back of the tongue. I would call it light-medium bodied.

CFHMagnet, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of LtColFrankSlade
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

LtColFrankSlade, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of buckyp
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

buckyp, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

OBeerMeGreatOne, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle purchased at Tully's in Wells. Pours a fairly clear copper with nearly an inch of khaki colored head. Smells crazy - fruity, spicy... Liquoice and root beer notes. Spicy and fruity. Pomegranate, cherry, anise. Medium in body and carbonation. Pretty good. Interesting. Unique.

MrHurmateeowish, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Nightrain87
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Nightrain87, Feb 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

laxer8811, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: medium amber beer, clear, some bubbles from the bottom - two fingers of sudsy tan head was gone quickly, no lacing

S: some malts, but what I guess is most the result of the pomegranate and herbs - floral and sweet

T: the pomegranate is the most forward, with some honey sweetness and herbal tastes from the various ingredients incorporated into the brewing - not very beery-tasting - tasted like a dank fruit juice

M: thin, slick, some tingle on the back-end

O: my least favorite in their ancient ales series - too fruit juicy for my tastes - I appreciate the energy and innovation, but this is not something I'd return to.

Greywulfken, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of randylangford
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of willjschmidt
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

willjschmidt, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

SkeeterBoganski, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Dyce
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

Dyce, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of scottiethebody
4/5  rDev +8.1%

scottiethebody, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of jwgkicks
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

jwgkicks, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +8.1%

AngusOg, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of liamt07
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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 +10.5%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

kingmaker, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

BugTownPub, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Evansbeer
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +8.1%

Grinky, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Jonada
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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 -5.4%

mportnoy, Feb 04, 2013
Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.