Bracia | Thornbridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thornbridge Brewery
England, United Kingdom
thornbridgebrewery.co.uk

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bracia is the Celtic name for a beverage brewed in Iron Age Europe with reference found on a Roman inscription at Haddon Hall, Derbyshire. Little is known about this except it was high in alcohol, brewed with cereals and, most probably, honey.

Thornbridge's Bracia has been infused with a generous amount of dark and bitter Chestnut Honey sourced from the Alpine foothills of North East Italy.

Added by tempest on 04-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
157
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.43%
 
 
Wants:
49
Gots:
24
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of shelby415
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VoxRationis
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Decanted from a 500 ml bottle into a conical pint (I have a collect, just saying').
A: Opaque brown with being truly black; mocha color head which was 1/4 inch and persisted. Not much in the way of legs.
S: Dark malts, with dark chocolate, caramel, and toffee notes.
T: Black coffee, dark chocolate, and hazelnut. Bitterness, nicely balanced with malt.
M: Medium to full bodies; persistent effervescence.
O: Wow! Not inexpensive, but really an exceptional drinking experience. More for dessert than the main course. Gift it to friends who can truly appreciate it.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a big beer we've got here. Very bold with roasted malts, chestnuts, and citrusy/sprucey hops. Umami. It goes perfectly together in balance in great complexity. The mouthfeel is thick and nicely carbonated. This beer is strong and made for special occasion. Take care of it.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delightfully unique beer, I think due to the honey flavor. Not overly sweet, nice balance of honey sweetness and bitter-herbal flavors. Looks like a stout but defies categories. Will pick up again.

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Photo of Spike
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500ml bottle.
L: Black. Even when held to the light very little light shows through. Just some faint, red edging. Two fingers of mocha coloured, foam (lots of big, open bubbles) recedes slowly to a 2mm cap. Leaves a few bars of crema-like lacing.
S: Piles of dark fruit steeped in sherry.
T: Coffee, liquorice, Islay whisky, oak. Sweet malt and bitter hops are perfectly balanced
F: Rich & unctuous. Hint of creamy carbonation. Finish is dry, long and boozy.
O: Outstanding. At nearly ten quid a bottle, this is a "treat yourself to something special" beer. Fortunately, it makes the mark. Rich, warming, luscious, boozy. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of poskok
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Listed on the "1001", I will review once I can stomach the price/quality ratio.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown opaque pour with a thin, bubbly, lacing ring.

S - Caramelized malt, cherries, some chocolate, vanilla molasses, oak.

T - Toasted caramel from start to finish with a subtle citrus nuance on the finish.

M - Thick medium, silky feel, very sticky on the lips.

O - Balanced and elegant.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mta11c
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Schmoog
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nilsish
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The rare beer where the label does this the beer justice: aromas and flavors of capuccino, marzipan, hazelnuts, chocolate (very nutella flavored), orange peel, peat finish. Wildflower honey. Pours like a porter almost, a bit more red / brown, with a rocky tan head. Feel is creamy, velvety. Absolutely incredible.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LostHighway
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRUUMSH
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, opaque in the glass with very mild carbonation appearing only as a khaki ring around the glass. Aroma of molasses, nuts, light caramel malt, licorice, hints of tart dark fruit, coffee and chocolate, interesting. Flavor is well integrated chocolate, molasses, dark dried and fresh fruit, lightly toasted malt, hazelnuts; finish is rich semi-sweet dark malt, hazelnuts, licorice and a hint of grassy hops. Excellent medium creamy body, very pleasant mouth feel. This is a very full flavored but superbly balanced strong ale. A lot of complexity in the dark malt, nut and fruit flavors, but none dominate. Rich flavor makes the ABV disappear. This is now in my top tier of English ales and one that I will be delighted to see again. Excellent and recommended.

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Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
4.22 out of 5 based on 157 ratings.
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