Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 715
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 5.05%
Wants: 36
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

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Beer added by: billab914 on 12-09-2012

This beer is based on a beverage that may have been enjoyed by the Etruscans of Ancient Italy around 800 BC. A strong ale containing an Italian heirloom grain called Cappelli Senatore, along with pomegranate juice, raisins, and hazelnut flour, together with 3 types of honey: chestnut, wildflower, and clover. Spiced with several hop flowers, Gentian root and tree resin (think Myrrh) in the kettle.
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $10.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, burnt umber-hued body with a very thin, very brief, white head.

Smell: This is your big shot, Etruscans. Tangy, cutting fruit notes with a noted perfumy, redolent floral quality, also some aromatic, savory wood and a fair amount of spice and alcohol. It smells like decorative, small-sized soaps you're not supposed to use in a guest bathroom. Or a candle with a non-specific moniker like "Autumnal Evenings" or "Sargassum's Interlude."

Taste: The tangy, lightly sourish fruitiness is foremost for me, of the added pomegranates and raisins. Honeyish sweetness, but, it's quite short-lived as some joining nutty, spicy, floral tones begin bumbling around the flavor like drunk perverts on a dance floor. Warming, tangy, spiced finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: These droll historical renditions peak my interest every time and always make for a ripping good time. Chateau Jiahu was mighty fun. Didn’t we have one hell of a time with Midas Touch? I know, deep down, a bottle of Theobroma would be the jewel in any serious beer drinker's cellar. Now, (1,197 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big Bottled Birra Etrusca Bronze, a ruby brown tinted glowing clear body builds up a nice egg shell white foam head as I pour into my Tripel Karmeliet chalice, fine layered thin streaks of lacing settle to the sides. Aroma has an upfront tart raisin character with pomegranate, nutty earthy tones with a sweet floral honey aspect to it. Pretty awesome historical beers brought back to life with Dogfish Head, Baladin, and Birra del Borgo. It smells like pomegranate honey infused jam on a thick crusted artisan bread, hints of spice are flowing as well. Flavor is upfront sweet and malty with extra sugar additions adding to the flow of sweetness, no real bittering hops that are mentioned on the label, so I'm guessing the earthiness from the Myrrh and Gentian root added to the mix of help balance this one out. Sweet and tart qualities arise from the juicy plump raisin to the tart pomegranates. Definitely a vinous wine like quality even the way the warmth of the 8.5% alcohol hits the gut and the palate, very complex and interesting beer that actually works together quite nicely. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied lighter carbonation than expected working toward the advantage of a pretty drinkable beer. Overall impression is that I like it and I'm glad that the three brewers with the help of a biomolecular archaeologist can put something like this back together from actual ingredients found before vino arrived in Italia. (1,434 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a medium amber with an eggshell head.

S - Nutty, grainy, funky and dark sweet fruits.

T - Honey, raisins/pomegranate and slightly sour. There's a herbal & spice element throughout.

M - Medium bodied and somewhat high carbonation. Somewhat cloying.

O - I love the tartness in it, but the overdone spices & slight cloying aspect to this beer is over the top. (374 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Story Tavern in Burbank, CA.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, spice, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour fruit and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting aromas and flavors. (600 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a beautiful clean copper/brownish color with 2 fingers of head which quickly dissipated.. tons of visible carbonation. fruity scent of grapefruit, grapes, strawberries, coriander, lemongrass.. lots of yeast is present, pretty funky. the flavor is a mix of bready yeast, wheat, nuts, grapefruit, lemongrass, chocolate. kind of a weird mix of flavors leaves almost a rust-like feel lingering in the mouth. high carbonation, medium body.

not one of my favorite dfh ales, but also not terrible. it's always a good thing to at least try each beer they make once you never know how pleased a strange beer like some of these ancient ales, will make you. (647 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 750ml poured into a tulip.

A: Deep amber with a thin white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Strong wheat, hazelnut, a funky smell I could not place, almost corn-on-the-cob like (might be the myrrh), pomegranates, some raisin. Complex.

T: Sweet fruit, honey, and wheat at first, noticeable hazelnut and bitter raisin at the back, though somewhat cloying.

M: A little flat, alkaline.

O: Earthy, fruity, perhaps too sweet for some, Etrusca is interesting. The hazelnut flour is very noticeable in the finish along with pomegranate seeds. Worth a try, though I do not know if I would buy again considering the high price. (622 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 1/4 inch head that fades quickly, high carbonation, light orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: berries, honey, and alcohol

Taste: berries, honey, alcohol, ginger, and other holiday spices

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, sweet with slight bitterness, high carbonation

Overall: Interesting and spicy, but a bit of a disappointment. I think this one would make an excellent Christmas ale, but like many Christmas ales, I prefer them in 12 ounce servings, but whole bombers. I was also hoping for a bit more pomegranate and hazelnut flavors, both of which are hidden behind the spiciness. Glad I tried this, but once is good by me. (640 characters)

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a deep orange with a half inch of white head that slowly fades into a nonic pint
S: probably one of the more interesting beers I've smelled of late. Smells of spices and wheat and some other odd scents you wouldn't expect to find in a beer. It at times smells musty but it isn't quite right for a must
T: tastes of wheat, spice and herbs, ginger, honey, a bit of bitterness. swallow brings more spices and herbs with a bitter finish.
M: lighter side of medium on the palate with prickly carbonation. nice finish
O: an interesting beer. very complex and interesting flavors. tastes to be a bit of a mess but it's somewhat balanced. definitely off centered so I shouldn't be too surprised but it might be a bit too off centered for many. (744 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance- The beer is served a brownish-bronze color with a reddish tint. Upon serving there are just wisps of foam on the top of the brew, which fade fast, leaving almost no lace.

Smell – The aroma is a big complex mix. The strongest aromas are of a fruity and wheaty aroma with the fruity being of orange, pomegranate, and wine grapes. Mixed with these aromas is a smell of honey as well as a yeast and some spice.

Taste – The taste starts out with a sweeter-fruitier flavor of pomegranate with some wheat and yeast flavors as well. As the flavor advances from the beginning, some notes of a honey sweetness as well as orange and clover come to the tongue. A light nuttiness comes to the tongue more toward the end along with some, floral and herbal hop and other spice flavors that I just can’t place. At the very end, a somewhat wine like flavor comes to the tongue leaving a slightly bittered but still fruity flavor to linger.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of its creaminess and thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body and moderate carbonation, of tiny carbonation bubbles, creates a very crisp feel for the brew with it being fantastic for the fruit, wine, and rather extensive list of other flavors that exist within.

Overall – A very interesting brew. It has an odd mix of flavors, which in the end work out rather well together. I would say this is one that is worth a try as it is quite unique and complex, but yet still very tasty and drinkable. (1,585 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at DFH. Review from notes.

A: Pours a rather clear ruby/brown color with no real head or lacing.

S: Sugary sweet, lots of honey and raisins. Its rather fruity.

T: Similarly sweet with a big honey flavor going on. There is some grape and raisin that comes in afterwards.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Kind of what I expected it to be, another ancient ale that I don't really care for. (420 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012A, 750 ml into a DFH signature glass. Ugh....another ancient ale that I must tick...

A - Pours a dark brown/red body. Very clear with some rising carbonation. Bronze? Eh, close enough. Three fingers of very dense bone white foam forms and disappears rather quickly. Leaves behind a thin soda like cap of awkwardly large bubbles. Moderate lacing with weak retention.

S - Well, theres a lot happening here. Not in the "woah, this beer is uber complex" way either. Just in the way that several very different aromas get to clash it up in my nostrils. I don't even know. Its nutty and sweet, with some herbal and savory notes. Mix in a bit of burnt plastic as well.

T - Again, just a cavalcade of question marks and nonsense. Starts off with some honey sweetness ala Midas Touch but with a bit of tart pomegranate fruit, then a wave of nutty flavors, then it all gets hit in the face with an odd savory tea/herbal like quality on the end. Its drinkable enough, just weird.

M - Thin to medium bodied with a decent carbonation.

O - Just another one of those silly ancient ales. Much, much better than the travesty that was Ta Drainpour, but this is still not a great beer. I might be tired of the beer history lessons because I've yet to have one of these beers that warrants a repeat purchase. Decent enough beer, but just wildly confusing in all aspects. (1,360 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definately a bronze color and almost reddish brown with a finger of off-white suds. Some lacing around the glass.
Smell is all over the place. Mostly I get belgian spice with a peppery note then some fruit in the grape/pommegranet family. Can really smell the sugar and just a hint of the alcohol.
Taste is sour and sweet and bitter and hard fruit candy all at one time. The spices do come in towards the end of the sip along with some phenol notes.
Mouthfeel is pretty sticky and the aftertaste of grape skin and belgian spice.
Overall this isn't bad but it has way too many things going on for my palate. Good to try once but would not visit it again. (653 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a signature DFH pint glass.

Appearance: Straight amber, light with light bubbles on the body. Off-white head with a hard pour rose to about 2/3" but settles too quick. It dropped flat in less than a minute.

Smell: Easily a fruity scent, comes off pretty strong. Yeasty but nice sniff that I wish I had a cheesecake at the time of the brew. Smelling lightly sweet.

Taste: Comes off fruity and complex. Has a honey feel that almost overwhelms the rest of the beer. Very grapey and lightly sour with a yeast feel that only gets better with each sip.

Mouth: Light to medium carbonation, has a sweet sour finish at the end that is definitely the acquired type of feel.

Overall: Definitely a different type of beer, taste alone reminds you maybe something from Belgium. This brew i will mind you is not for everyone, you have to have an open mind to appreciate it for what it is. Salud! (900 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maybe it's the long hours, maybe it's the food coma I just went into but the label on the bottle didn't make a hell of a lot of sense to me. I got 8 B.C Tuscany, pomegranate, bronze and a bunch of ingredients I've never heard of. I've come to appreciate the Ancient Ales series as something new that I'd probably never try without it. With that said, a lot of these ingredients don't really change my life one way or another. I appreciate the history behind the label more than what's in the beer.

Anyway...

Crystal clear burnt copper. Half finger off white head disappeared to nothingness. No lacing, just a single row of tight bubbles around the rim.

Definitely getting the hazelnut flour and the pomegranate. Aside from those I smell a lot of caramel, brown sugar, raisins and some sweet malts.

Pomegranate, raisins, apple skins, some leather and caramel. There is a powdery flour feel along with a taste associated with it. Slightly metallic tastes (most like from the malts not the bronze lol) The taste transforms from great, to bad, to good. It's hard to explain.

Light body, medium to high carbonation.

It has an aftertaste I can't put my finger on. I've had every ancient ale except Ta Hanket (zero interest in that one really) and this ranks probably the low middle of the spectrum of those releases. It isn't necessarily bad, just not necessarily great. (1,370 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

A: Pours a clear amber/red. A one finger white head forms, and fizzles out in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: The kitchen cabinet. Pepper, other nondescript spice, honey, light fruity flavors. Grainy, sugary, flour, literally powdered flour. No structure, just a mess.
T: Again, a mess. Lets see, black pepper, honey, fruit, corn, sugar, again flour. Like the stuff you cook with. What the hell is this? An aspirin like powdery flavor, I assume more freaking flour...what ever.
M/D: A medium body that is low on the carbonation and thin. Very powdery and chalky. While the alcohol is nowhere to be seen, this is just not something I care to drink.

I am glad I only tried a small snifter, and did not pony up for the ridiculous bomber. An absolute mess, and I have a hard time believing this has any resemblance to any "ancient ale." Just a waist. (891 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

25.4 oz bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar glass (I didn't have a crock handy). Bottling code present. Dig the label.

Poured a dark bronze as indicated, with lots of white patchy head that stuck around. Smell is fruit and grain, like it came from a juicer. I get a LOT of juice (pomegranate, cherry) on the taste. Also some of the exact same wheat flavor that I remember with Rhizing Bines, along with the soft feel of that beer. A lot of honey for the finish. The bittering is unique. There are a LOT of different things happening here; this is a very filling beer, even when sipped for an entire evening.

This brew blurs the “beer” expectation considerably, and although the DFH ancient ales haven't been my favorite things from them, I will definitely try each new one when it's released. I appreciate the efforts and the history. Cheers! (853 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly more than three fingers worth of audibly fizzy crisp off-white colored head with a slight honey colored hue... Decent retention gives way to a splotchy veil of lacing and slight collar... Carbonation is a mixed bag of sizes and speeds with no discernible patterns... The color is a rich honey amber when back lit and a medium bronze when not back lit... No lacing nor film is noticeable on the glass as the session progresses...

S - My initial thoughts are of incense that I used to burn back in high school... Once the aroma begin to separate a bit, there as a wide array of unique aromas... Honey... Hazelnut... Strong notes of fresh cut grass... Some light woody notes... Earthy... Unlike any other beer I've encountered... Very curious about how it will taste...

T - Sweet over ripened green grapes... Honey... Sugar cane... The hazelnut is a bit more subdued on the palate... Cherry... Hint of weak coffee... Apples... Pears... Just the slightest hint of vinegar... A rich mix of flavor over all...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Sleek... Fairly smooth... Goes down very easily...

D - Definitely interesting and unique... Not remotely like any other beers I've encountered... I certainly enjoyed this one well enough, but I'm not quite sure it is something that I would seek out again or drink with regularity... I would recommend for those seeking out an experience and not afraid of tying truly unique brews... (1,472 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, slightly ruby, not much carbonation, head doesn't last long.

S-Honey, grapes, apples and wheat.

T-An unbalanced mixed of honey, grapes, apple and vinegar. Spices and some slight pomegranate.

M-Light to medium bodied, but no carbonation.

O-Another interesting beer from DFH. Nothing great but I'm glad they make the Ancient Ales. (347 characters)

Photo of d1ckvanswype
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber into a wine glass.

A: Wow, what a stunning looking beer. Pours out as a copper-gold but sits in the glass as a resolute red-brown. When held to the light it turns back into amber-copper-gold. Really nice head, which disappeared before I could stop admiring the beer, the only visual flaw.

S: Honey and wheat, mixed with a strongly pomegranate scented must (pre-fermented wine), with a twinge of floral notes.

T: The first thing that hits me as the beer is held in my mouth is a warming cinnamon note, oddly, which turns to raisins, red grape skins, pomegranate tartness and the Gentian root, which comes out near the very, very end and turns into a warming, slightly numbing, slightly medicinal bitterness, which tastes EXACTLY like Moxie soda (available on the internet and in the Northeast US). The myrrh is also tasted in a very slight minty flavor mixed in with the Gentian root, but the myrrh comes out much more prominently in the next category.

M: This beer is SO exciting to drink! Sharp carbonation mixes with that cinnamon warming/numbing which feels dry on your tongue, but leaves your cheeks nice and moist. It turns refreshing and as the bitterness from the Gentian comes along and re-warms your palate with the alcohol the myrrh does something very cool, it brings a menthol-like coolness to the mouth when you breathe in. Just stunning.

O: It's the best of both wine and beer in one bottle, hands down. This is a great beer to taste on your own and I bet this would spark a lively debate during a tasting. Dogfish nailed it with this beer, I could easily drink this all the time, I hope this becomes a regular DFH brew. (1,651 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Birra Etrusca by Dogfish Head in collaboration with Birra del Borgo and Baladin
25.4 oz. bottle, no apparent freshness date

The first thing this beer reminded me of was how much I miss the TV show "Brew Masters" on the Discovery Channel. Damn you, A-B!!!

Imagine this episode: Sam and Dr. Pat meet in Milton (scenes of fermentation vessels), and the Museum of Archeology at Penn (pan across an Egyptian sarcophagus) to discuss their next beer adventure. Dr. Pat grabs his Indiana Jones hat and whip, and they hop a plane to Italy (plane takes off / lands). After a few scenes of their silhouettes as they climb the hills of Tuscany, they start to dig in front of some ruins and find some broken clay pots. They meet up with the boys from Baladin and Borgo, have a few laughs and talk about beer, and then settle down to a huge Italian dinner made by a 104 year old mother who doesn't speak any English (cue pictures of Sam dancing with her at the end of the night, and some of the guests looking a little loopy from too much beer). Return to the U.S., talk about the historic significance of myrrh, brew the beer, show more tanks and bottling - and it's a wrap!

On to the beer... it's bronze in color with a reddish cast beneath a full head of fluffy white. The aroma expresses sweetish, dark caramel accented malt with an undercurrent of spice and a waft of earthiness. It's not bold, but neither is it bland, and the flavor goes the same way - you might expect it to be over-done, but it's actually a very accessible beer. The list of ingredients is as follows: honey, hazelnut flour, heirloom wheat, myrrh, gentian root, raisins, pomegranate juice, and pomegranates (why pomegranates are listed twice I don't know but I'm guessing it has to do with labeling guidelines). The honey is certainly clear, it almost comes through more than the malt. And the raisins are easy to find as well. Right there you've got a pretty good beer as it is, but then you also get a note of the pomegranate in the finish which lends it a light touch of complexity. What about the other ingredients? Well they're there, I just don't recognize them, and I'm guessing neither will you. It's not like we're adding gentian root to our salads, or dusting our morning omelets with myrrh. Both are bitter substances, and given the lack of hop aromas or flavors, I'm guessing that these were what was used to balance the beer in ancient times.

So how to rate this beer? It can only be done hedonistically as it doesn't follow any known style guidelines? Forgetting price, or any other side-factor or variable, and focusing simply on the beer itself, would you drink it again? And how much would you want to drink it again?

Interestingly enough, in the world of beer, wine, and liquor there's not much that reminds me of this as much as Dogfish Head's "Midas Touch" (which is, of course, the first beer that they did with Dr. Pat). There may be some beers that come close, and perhaps there's a bit of a dry red wine to it, but nothing springs to mind. And I liked the "Midas Touch", but I think I like "Birra Etrusca" better. It's lighter in body, less sweet, and softer in character. The alcohol is not as apparent, and overall, it's a much more rounded and polished beer. I thought it looked good, it smelled good, it tasted good, and it was nice in the mouth with the body of a rich wine. I'd very much like to enjoy it again. And I also think it would be a very interesting beer to pair against food. (3,485 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass, 2012 version. This pours a reddish brown color with a two finger white head. The smells are of pomegranate, honey, ginger, raisins, mostly sweet very little hops. The feel is medium, mostly sweet, honey, juice a little noticeable alcohol very mild hops. (300 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden amber, moderate froth, quickly gone. Scent brings big floral notes, flowery honey, light herbal quality, some bready yeastyness and spice, sugar and fruit. Taste has a lot going on as well... strong floral, honey, grape notes, moderate sugar, herbal, spice notes, rounded out with a grainy and bready profile. Medium bodied, some prickly carbonation. Overall, impressed with the uniqueness and drinkability of this one, only thing to question is value. (467 characters)

Photo of Daktyls
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly reddish amber color with a one and a half finger head that very quickly dissipates to no foam at all with a continual stream of carbonation rising up in the beer.

S: Light notes of pomegranate and raisins with some backing honey sweetness. Some light grassy notes are present with a small amount of malt as well.

T: The taste starts with a pomegranate flavor with a very light hop profile finishing with some bready notes. There is definitely some complexity here with the flavor profile morphing on the finish leaving a pleasant light honey flavor.

M: A tart mouthfeel with a medium amount of carbonation that seems a little too much for the flavors present in the beer.

O: Overall, quite tasty. I would definitely have this again. Some of flavors are a little muted, but otherwise very enjoyable. (822 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Birra Etrusca pours a gold color. It’s crystal clear. Backlighting brightens it up a bit. There is a slight reddish tint to it. It’s subtle. Looks good though. It’s topped with a white head that rises to about a finger or so in height. It’s rather quick to recede. Lacing was non-existent. That’s a bit disappointing. Color looks pretty good though.

The nose is alright. It’s a bit weak and could use more strength. It kicks off with strong earthy and grainy notes. They’re prominent throughout. It smells a lit sweet and sugary. Fruit notes are apparent. Smells like berries, but I assume it’s the pomegranates. It does feature some interesting floral and herbal notes. They’re a decent complement to the other scents, but I wouldn’t say great. Alcohol is there. Not too strong, but it’s there. Not bad. More strength would be better.

The flavor is pretty good. It is earthy and grainy up front. Those flavors resonate throughout each sip. A mix of fruity, floral, and herbal flavors follows. The fruit flavor tastes like berries. It’s not all that strong. That’s a good thing here. It is sweet, a bit sugary. The floral and herbal notes are alright. They add some depth, but don’t taste great. Honey is definitely in the mix and adds a nice flavor. Nice complement to the other flavors. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but blends fairly well. Finishes earthy, sweet, and a little floral.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft for the most part. Feels a bit thin though. Either more body or more carbonation would help. Either way.

Birra Etrusca is nothing short of interesting. In terms of beer, it’s alright. Not bad. I do think the mix of sweet and floral flavors is just okay. More body or bubbles would help too. I’m not particular on which. It’s interesting, worth checking out. It’s another in Dogfish’s growing line of trailblazing beers. (1,926 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (672 characters)

Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.