Bracia | Thornbridge Brewery

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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:
156
Reviews:
46
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
10.66%
 
 
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49
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24
For Trade:
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Gorgeous!
Koht ( Tallinn, Estonia)

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Manoftyr
4.94/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours a rich, dark, nearly black chestnut brown with a finger or two of mocha colored head. No real lacing to speak of, and the head dies down to a thin ring rather fast but the color and pour were both beautiful.

Aroma-Honey and deeply roasted nuts are at the forefront of the aroma, hints of peat around the edges. Cocoa is prominent as well, some black licorice as well, caramel and some dark fruity plumlike notes round it out. Smells utterly fantastic.

Taste-Follows the aroma closely, the deep nuttiness and honey are right there upfront and lasts all the way to the very end. Hoppiness is fairly aggressive without being dominating, very well balanced, cocoa and caramelized malts come in towards the middle again with peat on the outside. Finish is floral-sweet and honeylike.

Mouthfeel-Lush, thick and rich, not quite as full as an Imperial stout but on the fuller side of medium; perfect for the beer.

Overall/Drinkability-Really, really fantastic stuff here, a unique drinking experience; addictively drinkable and keeps you coming back.

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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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4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle served in a brandy goblet poured very dark nearly black with 2 finger thick mocha colored head. Aromas of Caramel, Dark Chocolate, Cappuccino, Chestnuts, Roasted Malts, Licorice, Vanilla, Peat, Taste is delicious chestnuts & honey with black licorice, Roasted malts, Rich bitter dark Chocolate & Cappuccino with a nice peat smoke flavor at the back. Mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, Rich & smooth!

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4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark and roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of sour peat. Full bodied with a great mouthfeel. One of those beers I am grateful for having within easy reach.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thornbridge Hall Bracia has a medium, tan head, and a black appearance. Lacing is minimal. The aroma is strong- dark malt, coffee, chocolate, coal, sweet black bread, dark fruits, and some licorice. Taste is strong, too, and is of all those elements, with bitterness from the burnt malts, cream, and booze (cream sherry?). It uses honey, but we didn't pick that up. Mouthfeel is thick and velvety, and Thornbridge Hall Bracia finishes semi-wet and warming from the high abv.

RJT

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black in color, one finger dark beige head, big retention.
Smells beautiful. Lots of dark chocolate and caramel, roasted malts, nuts, smoked wood, sweet coffee, honey, some faint licorice and citric notes. It's a rollercoaster, this should be great.
Dark ashy roasted malts, with lots of strong espresso coffee notes. Dark chocolate with a low lactose feel, sweet caramel, but mostly lots of licorice and honey, going down gently. Chestnuts are obvious and enrich the maltiness. Fruitiness is also present, with some nice dried plum and raisin, and a lick of orange peel in the back. Spices vary from vanilla to cinnamon to minty anise. A light peat also towards the end. The finish is A+, with a great complexity of hops, bringing lots of grassy leafy notes, but dry tobacco also, a certain dry green-citrusy finish from the Sorachi Ace, faint exotic fruits and overall a great bitterness (blends beautifully with the roast).
Low carbonation, and the mouthfeel is oily and chewy, perfect for a sipper, wouldn't have it any other way. Aftertaste perfectly sums up the brew, with the lingering sweet honey, the green hops, the roasted malts and a slight booziness.
This was really something else, one to remember.

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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from my Mane Liquor Tulip

A - Pours a thick Ebony colour with no light visible. The head is two fingered and tanned. It retains very well and laces.

S - Plenty going on with caramel, vanilla coffee etc

T - Wow so smooth. The vanilla and caramel are very prominent the finish is nice toffee notes and biscuit. Absolutely no sign of the 10% abv.

M - Full body and low carbonation. So very smooth indeed.

O - Well this is an awesome brew. I'm so very pleased its my 800th review. The balance in this beer is brilliant and the mouthfeel is perfection.

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4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Bracia from Thornbridge Brewery
4.22 out of 5 based on 156 ratings.
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