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Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.78%
Wants: 29
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: billab914 on 12-09-2012

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Ratings: 685 | Reviews: 131
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml into Duvel glass.

Pours with a short head that bubbles down at record speed - like a soda. High carbonation flowing up. Body is a bright, clear orange - amber. Zero lacing.

Aromas are full of heavy malt - rye cracker. Some fruit before and after - cherry.

Mouthfeel is slightly heavy even with the high carbonation. Flavors are full of bright, red ripe fruits. Cherry skins, plums, cranberries, red grapes, cabernet, and biscuit. The finishing mouthfeel leaves a light film on the tongue, sort of reminiscent of a light Mad Elf.

This puppy has plenty of flavors going on - pretty fun, and makes for a nice holiday ale. Wouldn't mind giving it a go again next year, but no way I'm paying $18 for it again.

Photo of Jemonster
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber/red/bronze/gold color with thin white head. Looks heavily carbonatated.

S: Smells like root beer. Wintergreen mint and anise are strongest, and there is a cinnamon scent. At the end there is some honey. A little bit like toasted marshmallows.

T: Sweet and spicy. Forward honey flavor and anise. It has a very faint hop flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Pretty heavily carbonated and with the gravity of something closer to a belgian tripel. The sweetness makes it seem more round and filling.

O: Pretty good and different. I would probably pick this up again if I came across it.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, reddish amber color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is different than any other beer my nose has stubbled upon. Immediately, I get the sense that this beer has wheat in it. Wheat-like aroma with dark fruits...raisins and prunes. I also get red grapes and the green apple comes through very nicely in the end of the aroma. Sweet honey with some ginger and cinnamon. I don't really pick up any pomegranate in the nose. Belgian yeast...with wine-like aromas. Taste is just as it smells, but a bit more vinous. This beer has some lovely wine characteristics with the grape flavors. Belgian yeast with tart red grapes and tart green apple flavors. There are tart flavors, but the beer is not tart overall. The raisiny dark fruit flavors mellow out the tartness. Honey flavors with a pomegranate juice-like finish. Such a complex beer. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and juicy at the same time. Just a little sticky. Drinkability is high, ABV is definitely there, but doesn't affect drinkability. Overall, this is a very complex, unique, tasty brew from DFH. I love BDB, so I'm sure they had a lot of influence on this one.

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4.36/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours brilliantly clear bronze with a very slight head that completely disappears in about a second.

Aroma is initially dark fruit and alcohol heat. Then a wheaty complex spice quality becomes quite apparent. Musty and herbal with an underlying sweetness.

Taste is what the nose lead me to expect. Dense malt, with excellent fruit qualities – raisin, date, cherries, and apple. Very herbal with a mild honey sweetness before the surprisingly peppery yeasty spice takes over. Alcohol warmth lingers throughout. Finishes with a woody cedar dryness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Slick and resinous.

Overall a complex, layered, and interesting brew. Definitely something off the beaten path and well worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of mooseo
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pt 9.4oz bottle into tulip.

A - Clear rich copper-amber with a huge dense white head.

S - Sweet apple, pear, and banana. Bready with hints of honey and herbal spice.

T - A tasty mix of fresh fruit (apple, pomegranate), wheat, bready malt, and peppery spice. Finishes slightly tart with dark fruit, honey and smoked woody malt.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and slick. Crisp and refreshing, high carbonation.

O - An extremely drinkable, flavorful rendition of an Italian ancient ale. Complex and balanced. The alcohol is masked very well.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jdhilt
4.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Honey and gentian root nose. Flavor has a lot going on - at least honey, gentian root - reminds me of juniper, higher ABV is hidden. Pricey as usual for DFH at $14.00 for a 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer and Wine Wells, ME.

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3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a red amber with an off white head that fades rather quickly
S-pomegranite, rubbing alcohol,juniper
T-honey and pomegranite, spice throughout. Bit hard to decipher the flavors
M-medium-light bodied
O-Very interesting brew. Pretty unique so there isn't much to compare it to. I think the price is a bit high but definitely worth trying

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Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.