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Birra Etrusca - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 60 | 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:
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(Beer added by: billab914 on 12-09-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

MikeRoni, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of bonkers
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

bonkers, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of IanWingy
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

IanWingy, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
4/5  rDev +7.5%

2neardead, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Lodgson goblet. Crystal clear bronzed amber color with a small white head, fizzy but well-retaining, minimal lacing. Herbal aroma, somewhat fruity, actually reminded me a lot of Pez, but in a pleasant way. Taste was a bit grainy, toasty, nutty, with caramel malts and a touch of honey sweetness, bittering pomegranate essence, herbal hops. Kind of similar to Chateau Jiahu, I thought. medium body, fairly dry and woody, lighter carbonation, generally drinkable, but I was definitely glad to have a few people to split the bomber with. The recipe is interesting, and I give general overall points for originality and effort, but unfortunately I don't think this really brings anything new to the table.

Rifugium, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of csustar001
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

csustar001, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber body with some ruby hues. Fairly transparent with a bubbly off-white head that leaves a in layer of bubbles after about a minute.

S- Fruit punch, a yeasty bread aroma, dried grass, raisins, wheat, some kind of earthy root smell.

T- Very herbal and somewhat medicinal in the beginning and the middle, with a finish that blasts dried fruit and sweet juice flavors. There is also a wheat-like flavor in the middle that has a sort of bubble-gum/fruit punch flavor. Certainly a lot going on and as with a lot of the ancient ales, it is hard to pinpoint exactly what the flavors are.

M- Medium-bodied with high carbonation. Definitely a bubbly brew, but drinkable as a sipper.

O- The DFH ancient ales are always something different and are impossible to compare to other beers. This one has a mix of unique flavors that work pretty well together. Worth a try.

stephenjmoore, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours a clear reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is herbal and fruity, the brew smells like pomegranates, grapes, honey, and some peppery spice and herbs. It tastes like grapes/grape skins, honey, pomegranates, herbs, and grainy malt. The fruity taste gets somewhat tart after the brew warms up some. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit slick with good carbonation. I liked this brew, it's certainly worth a try. $11.99 a bottle.

bluejacket74, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 12/23/12

Bottled in 2012A

Clear, dark amber color with rust and copper highlights. The head reaches just shy of two fingers before crackling away; it sounds like AM radio static. Very little in the way of retention; no lace.

Floral pollen, honey, pomegranate juiciness and herbal tones (I'm guessing the myrrh and gentian root) are the more appreciable of aromas. Hints of wheat and a touch of dough. This smells sweet but fairly clean. It takes some time and digging to find the raisin notes, but it adds a layer of depth.

The taste starts off sweet and sugary with notes of raisin and pomegranates. Honey overtones last throughout. The after taste has a lingering herbal bitterness. There is some fruity tanginess, too. The mid section heavy toasted wheat and some herb tones.

The body is somewhere between medium and full and somewhat sticky from sweetness. Carbonation is lively, but tapers off quickly.

Overall, this one isn't too bad but a little goes a long way. 750mls is way more than necessary. Dang, this really grows tiresome after a while.

Ryan011235, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of BeerLover99
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: shiny dirty gold/faint copper, trace off-white head, no lacing

S: honey, nuts, fresh green grapes, trace of floral bouquet

T: big sweet honey, nuts, grain, earthy grape finish

M: med/light body, mild smooth/hint of bubbly mouth

O: Fascinating! Dogfish Head continues to push
our beer palates in new directions, well done.
Great party treat, share with others and discuss.
Rather sweet, some will like it and others not so much.


BeerLover99, Dec 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

RebornStussy, Dec 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Hanzo, Dec 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

GennyCreamAle, Dec 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

SeanNaugs, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an official Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A gorgeouse red and crystal clear amber, hints of orange (is that BRONZE?!) colors with a giant cauldron of fire carbonation rising in the middle. Head makes an easy three fingers, settles slowly to a simple collar, and a nice puck early on. One great looking beer, the body color is particularly beautiful.

Nose has a good simple sense of honey. Light malts and airy sensations, even some beeswax, hints of fruit apple. Solid, inviting.

Palate hits with a very obvious wine like body. Malt backbone carries some depth, but there is a large apple component to this, but much different from cider, more of an earthy rustic quality. After-finish carries mead like qualities and honey lip smacking coating. Visible carbonation hints at lots of fizzy character but it's not there, this is certainly not seltzery at all, but a light wine like simple depth. There is a good amount of tannic nut and bitterness on the tip of the tongue after the finish. Nice controlled honey sweet profile, and a faint hint of sourness.

Overall this is just a good fun romp, and quite a neat one not unlike Noble Rot. The missing link perhaps between beer and wine? Maybe maybe not, but certainly a lot of fun to be had. Tough to food pair this one though, Sam suggests pasta, but I am just not convinced on that one.

smakawhat, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt copper with a big active head. Smells really nice. Very rustic like a farm in fall. Some spice box and fruitiness. Dark bread with Apple jam. Some Belgian funk.

Flavor is much like the nose but with a lot of tart Apple flavor. Big creamy body Belgian candi flavors, just enough carbonation. Funky with a tart and herbal finish. Really good, I like it.

jtierney89, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Jammer42, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of marvin213
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smells like raisins and tastes like honey. Pomegranate actually lingers--I thought the pom would be difficult to find. It's like Midas touch mixed with chateau jiahu. The figgish raisin nose is actually a little reminiscent of Raisond'etre. I don't know how to discern all the components described on the label, but I can't help but detect a pestle-and-mortar-like kind of feel. It makes me picture the chica people spitting in that beer on Dicovery Channel. It's like all the DFH Ancient Ales are flashing before my eyes! It's a murky dark raisin look with a similar smell, coupled with a dark-sweet/honey smooth/elixir-type vibe. I picked this one in part to combat the crud 'round here lately. It fits the bill for what it is, which I'll respectfully leave at that.

marvin213, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of volta
3/5  rDev -19.4%

volta, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

thegerm87, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

CaptDavyJones, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

cwxc818, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of MikeB20
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P: 750ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Amber in color with a ruby accents and a large off white head that fades quickly. Lacing is very sparse at best, that's a little surprising given the addition of wheat.

S: First indications are that it's a Belgian yeast as there's a little musty hay and spice, probably from the wheat. Very bready malt with some sweet fruit and pepper. Some hard apple cider quality. As it warms in the glass the alcohol becomes more apparent to the nose. It's fairly clear that there are no hops in this beer.

T: Malt forward with a complex tart peppery finish. Some cherries, which is probably pomegranate, something I've never had in a beer before. It has a bit of an aged Belgian quality to it, which I'm really enjoying. I'd say it also shares some similarities with a dry red wine but not in a straight forward way.

M: There's lots of carbonation and the body is moderate to light. Finishes more on the side of dry but with residual sweetness.

O: The ancient ale series isn't one that I've always been a fan of. Some are great, others are forgettable at best. I think Birra Etrusca is one of the better brews. It's not so out there that it doesn't taste like beer and the complex flavors it brings to the glass are interesting to say the least. This would be a fun beer to sample and dissect with beer geek friends, as the subtle flavors may lead to a wide range of interpretations.

MikeB20, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of JRed
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transparent copper color with white bubbly head that fades. Aroma of wheat, dark candi sugar, dark honey, booze, apple skins, herbal notes, black cherry liqueur. Tastes of buckwheat, dark honey, apple skins, herbal liquids, black cherry, hazelnut sweetness, and tree resin. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slick, resiny, oily that coats the palate. Pretty good for the complexity of the ingredients.

JRed, Dec 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

joesc230, Dec 16, 2012
Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.