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Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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650 Ratings
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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 29
Gots: 70 | 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 albertjr21
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a DFH goblet, brew pours a beautiful clear burning copper under a creamy thin layer of foam. Aroma isn't shy at all and seems abundant with various hints of earthy, herbal, pungent and citrusy ingredients to the concoction...Flavors on the palate are equally as complex with notes that I can best decipher as a dominating sweet and tart blend of fruit. Fun beer for a tasting party and something different from the usual for the craft brew lover and wine snob alike...

Photo of briandaube
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Initially a 3 finger head which dissipated rapidly with little lacing on a clear copper body. Aroma is dominated by pomegranate with grape, red apple and some generic spice. Flavor also has a lot of similar flavors with pomegranate again dominating with red apple and grapes also again noted. Additional notes include pine resin, honey and herbs. Medium body, fairly oily on the palate and moderate carbonation. Initially this one seemed complex but eventually it became more like a tart fruit juice. Certainly drinkable, almost too sweet. As with the other ancient ales, this one is worth a try.

Photo of cw13
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a medium copper (bronze?!?) amber with a thin off-white head that dissipated quickly to a ring around the glass. Enticing aroma of honey, apple, stone fruits, root beer spices. Complex flavor that is hard to differentiate, but nice fruit, cherry, light wheat, bittering herbs, woody, both sour and sweet elements. Finishes dryer with residual sweet/sour fruit elements at the back of the tongue. Light to medium bodied, but good mouth feel from active carbonation. Definitely unusual and fun to drink. I have a suspicion that bronze age libations would actually be hard to take for modern tastes, but if they had anything like this, they were very lucky.

Photo of NYR_Rob
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jondeelee
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Birra Etrusca opens to a funky, slightly sour fruit-and-bread nose that is immediately intriguing. White and light concord grape notes are present, as well as light pineapple and cherry fruit esters, wildflower honey, and touches of raisin. Put these fruits together and you wind up with something like a cross between a Dr. Pepper, a cola, and fresh-squeezed grape juice. Joining these is a bready underbelly, with tones resembling those found in yeasty, floury artisinal breads with crusts so hard you have to break them with a hammer. Dusty wheat and light hay add further earthiness. But the sugars easily dominate the nose, which is, as a whole, very interesting, and certainly unlike almost anything else on the market. It ends up smelling more like alcoholic grape-and-mixed-fruit juice than beer, with just enough of a bready, rooty counterbalance to make it interesting.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a sweet rush of fruits and sugars, with wildflower honey, lemon-lime, raisin, grape, pomegranate and pineapple joined by hints of a Belgian-like banana and clove mixture, as well as prune juice. The fruits tend largely toward the sweet side, though the pomegranate and raisin add funky, slightly sour runnels. The beer is more spicy here than hinted at in the nose, white pepper and clove dominating and lightly searing the tongue and soft palate with paprika-like intensity (though without the paprika flavor), with additional touches of cinnamon and cardamom, adding a lovely spice mixture to the fruit that is somewhat reminiscent of mulled cider. A good bread backing—again, like hard-crust bread—adds earthiness, and the hazelnut flour seems to add a touch of nut, but just a hint. There is perhaps just the slightest mineral overtone from the bronze aging. The aftertaste is a continuation the main mouthful, lingering on the tongue in sweet-sour-funky-spicy goodness for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, almost champagne-like in strength.

Overall, this is surprisingly palatable beer, and perhaps my favorite of Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ale series. This one is very much like a Belgian in many aspects, with Flemish and Saison flavors coming through as well. I did wish for a heavier mouthfeel and much less carbonation, but the fruit-spice notes were excellent, and delicious. If this tastes anything like what the ancient Etruscans actually drank, then I certainly know where I’ll be heading once I get my time travel machine up and running.

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TeamD
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of bbrown12
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Pelicanrocks
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Craftonly23121
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Charlie_Hoss
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of lillieja
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of HarryHood
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Oakenator
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber brown with a hint of ruby color. Good 1-2 finger head at pour that after relaxing remains a thin layer on top of the beer. This beer looks alive as it continues to bubble from the bottom of the glass (and retain the layer of head on top). Smell is sweet yet sour. Taste also leads down a slight sour path - unexpected - but then again the presense of the pomegranate juice and fruit help this along. Sweetness from honey present. Sweet and sour mix together from front to back.

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!

Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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.

Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.