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

Photo of heygeebee
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

True to style English Strong Ale... A la amped up Old Peculiar. All treacle, burnt toffee, and in this instance you can taste the added honey. Quite warmly alcoholic. All very dry tho on the finish, which lessens drinkability.
One of those beers you can appreciate the complexity without necessarily enjoying the taste,

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Photo of leitmotif
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jame515
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bitterbill
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks pretty stoutish..black with a small tan head, poured slowly. The lacing is pretty impressive.

The smell is big time, umm, roasty, nutty, chocolaty, smell some licorice, coffee..yummy.

As bold as the aromas permeating my nosebuds are, the taste takes it up a notch. Hazelnuts and coffee abound, licorice is there but plays a minor role. This is really quite bitter and right at the end, I get a bit of a smoky character.

It's not overly heavy in the body. More like what I've seen mentioned...velvety smooth. Spot on carbonation.

This just plain blows me away with how good it is and how drinkable it is. At 9% abv, there's no alcohol in the taste at all. Just a wee bit of warming on a morning, here in Casper, where it's BLOODY SNOWING and there was no warning. Cheers!

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Petegrieco
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of brother_rebus
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

DARK. Smells maple-y. Taste honey up front and nut as F on the after. Which is surprising for a dark beer this dark. Bit of a boozy afterbreath. Trails off with a clovy/spicelike taste. Leaves chocolate taste in mouth. Overall pleased. Probably wouldnt buy again. Not because its not good. Just not my cup of meat.

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Photo of Child_Pugh
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L - gorgeous, black, silky
S - Get a strange maple scent, very sickly sweet
T - much more bitter than the scent would indicate, hints of coffee and some maple after taste.
F - incredibly smooth, easy on the palate

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Photo of rpopescu
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

9% ABV per the label.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy super dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, earth, molasses, smoke, and slight citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, peat, smoke, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and smoke bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice mix of ingredients in the smell and taste, but the carbonation level on this one is a bit too low to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of nmann08
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of magnusdave
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Kakabaka
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Marius
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.

 156 characters

Photo of jmtpi
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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