Etrusca | Birra Del Borgo

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Birra Del Borgo

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by samEBC on 10-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 33
Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy amber-orange with a small,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-very spicy,belgian yeast,red apple,tart,leather,doughy,caramel,honey,mead,cumin
-grainy,woody,red apple,spicy,mead,vinegar,wheat bread
-finishes dry
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Good and certainly unique.If i had to describe it it's a mix of a Belgian Strong Ale and a Flanders Red.

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Photo of kitch
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of March 2016, poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: It poured a hazy murky dark orange colour with pretty much no head.

Aroma: Sour, tart, grapes, vinegar, woody and citrus lemon, maybe even a hint of apple juice.

Taste: Sour, tart, fruity pomegranate, apple, apple juice and apple cider vinegar with a minerally finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation but with a prickly feel.

Overall: This was interesting. The sourness was nice, but I did not really like the minerally finish and it was on the flat side for me.

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Photo of Johnct
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great beer. It tastes like a Flemish sour. Almost like a mellow Duchesse de Bourgogne. The aging in terra cotta is weird but not off-putting or overly-intrusive. Altogether my expectations were met with this one. I love it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with grain, spice, fruit, vinegar, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, earth, apple cider, apple cider vinegar, fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is more sour than the DFH version of this beer that I tried in the past.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of indiecx
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried this in a bottle at Irish Pub Kenny's in Chofu, Tokyo.

Very similar to a Flanders Red Ale like Duchess de Bourgone. A bit less carbonation, and the alcohol (10%) was hidden very well. I'd honestly peg it for a 6% if I didn't read the bottle. If you enjoy that sour, bitter, hints of fruit and spice, this is a beer for you.

The color was a sort of cloudy blood orange.

A bit weak on the finish compared to the rest of the experience, but overall very satisfying. If you can find it, and enjoy this particular taste, do yourself a favor and pick it up.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.1 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oaf snifter (LS228/12, 032015)

I remark on the entire Etrusca series in the Overall section.

A: Hazy deep copper color with just a few bubbles on the collar, that aren't the same color as the beer, not a different color with most carbonation. This was probably only from the pour.

S: Sour funkiness. I don't know particular souring agent smells quite yet, but I want to say it is lacto.

T: Nice even tartness. Delicious brew that isn't quite puckering, but just rises in sourness then evens out before becoming too sour (not that there is such a thing).

M: No carbonation felt, but quite smooth with the puckering tartness.

O: Excellent beer. The last of the Etrusca series for me. I had DFH's one so long ago, back when I was just going through their portfolio, but I remember liking it a lot. Baladin's is my favorite (just a damn good beer that was crazy fizzy, effervescent and flavorful with a more piquant tartness). This one was more of a flat even sour funk, that was delicious in its own way. The DFH one was the most fresh, but these were all aged under different circumstances and situations (also, the Baladin one is still brewed it seems), so who knows. The DFH one was good, but seemed like a different beer with a more herbal feel to it and closer to a normal herbed beer (lack of funk and tartness).

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml squat brown Birra del Borgo bottle, purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. I've actually had this beer once before thanks to Red Duck brewed Scott Wilson-Browne, but at the time didn't review it. And now, it's giving me flashbacks to Red Duck's excellent Ra series.

Pours a a pale, hazed yellow-gold with almost no head, just the finest ring of pale white around the edge. Body is fluid but thick. It looks decent enough without being terribly exciting.

Nose is very strange. Sour and sharp, but with a slightly smoky, meaty character running through it. Some sulphur comes through, along, with a dusty, dirty earthiness, which is perhaps the most unique character. It's certainly very different, and that's worth a lot.

Taste is quite sour, more than I expected from the nose, perhaps. Quite a tart entry, that maintains that same earthiness which makes if very different at the same time. Slight spicy characters towards the back, giving up a little myrrh and orange peel notes. Finish is relatively refreshing.

Feel has an attack from the acidity on the palate, but is quite light and refreshing otherwise.

Overall. This is pretty decent. It's probably a bit weird to drink frequently, but it was certainly an interesting beer to sample.

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Photo of ADZA
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden clear hue with no head or hardly any lacing and yeah it looks more wine than beer,the smell is very tart with hints of sour apples,raisins,honey and pomegranates and to be quite honest it's unique yet inviting,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated and suits perfectly and the tastes of honey,raisins,dried fruits and pomegranates works perfectly together finished with a vinous white grape sweetness and overall I had this in my fridge for a long time finding the right moment for cracking this and I'm glad I did on thus summery day like today cheers.

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Etrusca from Birra Del Borgo
3.91 out of 5 based on 33 ratings.
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