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Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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630 Ratings
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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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Photo of AdamBear
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-copper with a nice light tan head. pretty looking.

S-amber belgian sugars and dark honey. certain foreign spices i can't quite put my finger on. strong scent, really hits the nose. fairly unique.

T-comes in with a really unique taste of creamy tart cherries and various berries. Has an odd flavor reminiscent of pachouli. It's a strong and bright flavor, that really leaves the nose aside from the odd (but appreciated) foreign aspect. Ends with a pretty good dark belgian taste along with some maple and smokiness and some tartness. I like this a lot.

M-creamy with a medium carbonation.

O-This is one of those weird Dogfish experiments that gets it right. i think every time i take a sip, i get a new flavor, and they're all flavors i enjoy and find to be a nice surprise in beer. It's just a super enjoyable and fun beer to drink. Please go out and try this and share this!

AdamBear, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Ralphs66, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

csmartin6, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of ngeunit1
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber-orange with a finger of frothy slightly off-white head. Fades medium.

S - Caramel malts, honey, nuttiness, dark fruits, raisins, pomegranates, Belgian yeast esters, spices, and floral notes.

T - Caramel, honey, dark fruits, raisins, pomegranates, floral notes, Belgian yeast, spices, some resiny flavors, nuttiness, some lemon zest.

M - Medium-plus bodied, moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit syrupy with a sweet, lightly spicy, and lightly floral finish.

D - Very bold and complex but well balanced. Lots of different and interesting flavors.

ngeunit1, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of ckollias
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 750ml bottle out of a tall pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber hue with a thin, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving no trail down the slide of glass.

S: Fruity aroma and I can smell the pomegranate and juice.

T: Very sweet and fruity taste – almost juice or wine like. Raisin taste is in there and finishes on the sweet side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Very fruity beer. It was worth a try but nothing I would grab again.

ckollias, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

pathman, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -19.1%

2dogbrew, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

GeoffreyM, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Envelopes
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Envelopes, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of davistabuff
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

davistabuff, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Phacoman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Phacoman, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the concept of brewing ancient ales. I am inspired by the innate 'coolness' of the project and the difficulty of finding ingredients and working on the process. However, I also find it very hard to review these experimental beers, mostly because ther is little to compare them to. This beer is a coppery color...very clear, with a quickly disappearing head. Low carbonation. The smel is interesting. Fruit and spice. I didn't pick up an much honey as I expected, but ther is a graininess and a white pepper-like cent. The taste has more fruit than the smell...almost like grape juice. Thinner in body than I thought it would be. Interesting, and drinkable. It's not an everyday beer, though.

Suds, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of brewtus
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours translucent copper with a 1 to 2 finger head that dies down in a few seconds.

Smell is very sweet, some banana, licorice, honey, floral.

Taste is comparable to a Belgian white in the beginning, only bigger. its a bit Grainy but sweet, and a little tart.Its not surprising for one of dogfish's ancient ales, feels historic if that makes any sense.It almost tastes like tannins from a red wine leaving your mouth a little dry.

Overall I would recommend that you try every dogfish head beer once, no different here. I liked this one, it was deinstely unique, sweet and delicious


brewtus, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

djrn2, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of tastymug
3/5  rDev -19.1%

tastymug, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Chugs13, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Dtrain4
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Dtrain4, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +7.8%

NumberNone, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of rudzud
2.43/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought a bottle at Julio's...what a mistake. Poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear honey hue with a one finger fizzy head that fades quickly to leave no lacing and a minimal halo. Bleh.

S - Yep, goddamnit. A combination of fruit leather and real leather. Fermented honey sweetness, fruit skin, and earth.

T - Taste is super sweet, with lots of old stale raisin, super musty basement/earth/dirt, syrupy, and herbal.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, helps keep the syrup up off the tongue.

O - Overall this was a waste of money. Absolutely awful. I like some of DFH's Ancient Ales but this is not one of them. Not even close.

rudzud, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper brew with great clarity and a thin bubbly lip of suds.

Smells of honey and stone fruits with some exotic spice elements. Sweet, and a little toasty.

Moroccan spices, dark honey, buckwheat, treacle syrup, and tangy fruitiness. Pomegranate is a bit of a stretch, but it's not entirely far-fetched. Warm booziness amplifies after the swallow.

Tacky sweet, a little too much so. Carbonation is medium or so.

Pretty interesting flavors. Glad I found it on-tap to avoid the big bottle. I like this Ancient Ale, but a second pour might prove difficult.

thecheapies, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ill always like these archeological beers for what they are, but this one was a little strange. apparently predating wine in italy, this beer is a mishmosh of spices and heritage grains that come together in a very unique brew. the pour is fairly clear copper color, maybe a slight redish or purpley tint, with an inch of fading tan foam. the nose is tart, almost sour for a second, with lots of fruit and booze. almost winelike, sort of grapey and tannic. the flavor is also a little fruity. some radically unfamilar malts are in here, not sure what they are, but they are totally new to me. the alcohol is also not covered up to well, and is quite lethal when warm. a funny sort of aftertaste, moderately spiced, but that isnt whats throwing me off. a really hard beer to explain meaningfully because it is one of a kind in so many ways. more fruity than hoppy though, and largely unexplained or accounted for. still, nice medium body and a little flat on the carbonation. glad i dropped the scratch for this beer, as dogfish head always offers something worthwhile, but i have little desire to try this again.

StonedTrippin, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

THECPJ, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +7.8%

redfox405, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of smonice
4/5  rDev +7.8%

smonice, Dec 26, 2012
Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.