Genziana
Birra Del Borgo

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Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #50
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #30,092
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 14.29%
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
67
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Birra Del Borgo
 
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84
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

0.33l bottle.
Pours slightly hazy amer with a ring of white froth, scanty retention.
Smell - belgian profile, spicy, yeasty, grassy, floral, utterly fresh.
Taste - follows the smell, gentian not detected. Smooth, fruity belgian ale.
Medium body, high carbonation.
Refreshing belgian ale.

Aug 26, 2017
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a pretty tasty beer. It's super floral, grassy and with a great balance between sweetness and the floral bitterness. Lots of bitter greens on the nose and taste. Extremely drinkable!

Apr 30, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with creamy, white head. Aroma is grassy, herbal, like a herbal tea with camomile. Taste has very nice saison notes along the herbal component. Slightly sweet but overall really drinkable. Body is really soft and has medium to low carbonation. Really tasty and easy to drink.

Feb 13, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i continue to just love exploring all the crazy italian beer out there, even though i hate the prices. borgo is up and down for me, but i like this one a whole lot. pale ale type brewed with gentian root or gentian flower, which i am not overly familiar with, but its definitely woody and earthy, and i know it has some cool healing powers. cloudy and pretty dull looking golden greenish beige color. the head is upbeat though, carbonation like champagne apparently, and a very cool nose. lots of little meadow flowers i get, little buttercups and queen ann's lace and that sort of thing, not overly floral in a perfume way, but definitely blooming and pollenated and all of that. i get an almost ginger spice to it too, more mellow, more galangal root or something, subtle but distinct. the flavor has all of that too. its weirdly hoppy, like bitter but stale or fading or something, not sure how much time is on this bottle. the herbal part of it, the gentian, is a major success, its delicious, but the hops aspect is strange, and the yeast that usually flatters these beers seems intrusive and not delicate enough for what else is happening. fun beer, cool idea, probably better on draft, hope to one day find out. worth buying even for the steep price

Mar 28, 2015
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12+ oz.

Pours a medium brownish amber, hazy, with an off-white head.

Smells floral sweetness and some herbal notes, kind of saison-like with grassy malt elements.

Tastes of mildly sweet malts with some grassy elements, some honey sweetness, and a herbal touch like oregano.

Medium to full body with soft carbonation.

A nice ale, something like a Belgian pale ale, and very enjoyable. Good flavor and good body for a lower abv. I would love to have this again.

Oct 22, 2012
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with a small head.
Nose shows floral, herbal and soft fruity notes (apples, pears). Underneath is very faint honey and bready malt.
Very floral flavours too, with what is presumably the gentian taking centre stage. Underneath is bready malt, honey and spicy hops.
Carbonation is nicely high.

May 26, 2012
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jibbyvonjibb from California

3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle 375mL

A: apricot orange color. effervescent. creamy head.
S: flowery aroma. pollen sweetness. spicy saison notes. bitter herbalness.
T: honey sweetness. caramel.
M: medium bodied. low carbonation.
O: Flowery and caramel flavors kind of off-putting.

Apr 15, 2012
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shleepy from California

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from bottle (bought at K&L in Redwood City, CA) into wine glasses.

A: Orange / light amber; very hay and full of sediment; medium white head.

S: Herby, spicy, floral, sweet.

T: Herby bitterness mixed with decent amount of caramel sweetness. Pretty interesting, but I wish it was drier. Sweetness stays in aftertaste.

M: Low-ish carbonation, medium body.

O: As usual with very "heavily spiced" beers, it's moderately complex and interesting, but not the kind of experience that I'd want to often repeat.

Apr 15, 2012
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John_M from Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and considerable lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, but what's there is atractive enough. In this case, I get light honey, some ice tea flavor and maybe some light sour. The flavor profile is a bit better, but basically replicates the nose. There's some intial light sweetness, but the finish is fairly dry. Mouthfeel is fairly light, though the beer delivers a fair amount of flavor, and it finishes well. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable.

Mehhh... this is an OK beer, but there's nothing about it that would make me want to order it again.

Jan 21, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out looking much like a pilsner or a pale lager, it's got a clear yellowish color with a fizzy white head on top. The smell of the beer is a little floral and herbal, with that grassy pilsner aroma in there too. The taste of the beer is grainy and has a light amount of herbal spice in there. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with a dry feeling in the background. Overall this brew is decent in my opinion. I struggle to find anything really impressive with this brew.

Nov 08, 2011
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CHickman from New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Birreria, the Eataly NYC rooftop brewery and bar on Tuesday 7/26/2011; bottle said it’s brewed with gentian root.

Pours cloudy orange in color with a massive bubbly 2 finger beige head that faded slowly and left great spotty lacing and a creamy layer on top; tons of bubbles race up the beer.

Smells of citrus hops, herbs, sweet malt, grains, yeast, faint brown sugar, grass, floral hops, flowers and light spices.

Tastes of citrus hops, herbs, sweet malt, grains, yeast, light lemon, caramel, faint brown sugar, grass, hay, floral hops, flowers, spices and something that's funky and hard to determine (gentian root possibly?). It's like a malty, sweet Belgian that goes down easy, very easy in fact, especially on a hot summer evening.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with little to no carbonation, a medium body and sweet dry aftertaste and finish. A very tasty beer that went down easy and could be a session beer; would also pair quite well with a fish dish. I recommend trying this beer.

Jul 31, 2011
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aasher from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a 375ml bottle, shared with two fellow BAs. It poured a light bodied bright orange with a light white head which laced the glass. The aromas and flavors were a mix of a boatload of citrus fruits, tea leaves, some unidentified spice (at least to my senses), orange peels, clove, and some light esters. The flavor was basically a bouquet of oranges, tangerines, lemon, grapefruit, and apricot. This is one quaffable beer. It assaults your sense of smell with euphoria. The best thing is, it somehow got better as it warmed a little. The mouthfeel was a little light but just find. It kind of made it even more drinkable. This beer is 6.2% but you'd never know there is any alcohol at all. If this wasn't so expensive, like 10.99 per bottle, then it would make a great spring and summer time session beer. I definitely recommend it if you want to try something new and something different.

Apr 15, 2011
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StJamesGate from New York

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber yellow with carpet of white foam that doesn't lace, just fades to film. Nose is deep honey malts and a fresh outdoorsy herbal scent. Mango syrup malts, a white pepper hit, banana esters, lemony hops and a Galliano bitter tang. Long citrus candy linger. Medium, chewy, round, slight burn.

Herbs, hops and yeast add up to quite a bitter package - drinks like a BSPA. Impressed again by the depth of flavor in this Italian brewer, and how it can feel so round and chewy but finish relatively clean. Still, too sweet and too much going on to be very quaffable - again, feel like it needs food.

Oct 01, 2010
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Patrick999 from Florida

3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite the interesting beer. Fancy Italian 750ml bottle. Really loud pop when I finally wrestled the cap off, followed by some gushing that would not quit. Clumpy, lumpy foam poured frantically into my snifter. Even after I poured, it still bubbled out the top. Take care, fellow BAs, this beer is alive. Clumpy Houblon Chouffe-type head, with yellow gold body.

Smells very flowery. I'd be inclined to call this a saison if I didn't know any better. That has to be the gentian coming through. It's a "different" nose. Probably not going to be something you've smelled a lot of before. Flowery, with a little sweaty-sock funk. So far, saison is still looking pretty good.

Taste? Like wildflower honey. It has a sweet honey background, with just a little tart, and a heady herbal presence I would really struggle to identify if I didn't know it was gentian.

Even though it looked over-carbonated coming out of the bottle, this is a very soft, luxurious beer. It has a silky mouthfeel.

I shared the 750ml bottle at Abraxas. It's very good, but the residual sweetness would get to me after a while, if you forced me to drink the big bottle by myself. The smaller bottles would be fine, but if you get the 750, bring it to a tasting. Excellent beer to bring to a beer-geek tasting.

Aug 14, 2010
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: Had a very herbal smell, with strong dose of malt as well.

T: There was a slight herbal quality to the flavor, though it was mild and not overly medicinal. There was also a big malty presence, but after that it was a bit on the thin side. Not a very dynamic flavor.

M: A well carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not an undrinkable beer, but not very memorable either.

Aug 08, 2010
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timtim from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saison spiced with gentian. Cool. Hazy, burnt white gold with a white head that holds very well and leaves pretty lace. Nose is floral, fruity, (tangerine, peach, raspberry) slightly musty and maybe a touch woody (cedary? comes out a lot as it warms. really nice touch whatever it is). Taste is delivered on a soft coton candy body, and it's well balanced, slightly sweet and even a bit minerally like a white wine. Notes of pepper and ginger pop up too as well as a touch of bitter lemon coming through in the finish, which is long and luscious. this is an extremely complex, yet refreshing beer that goes down way too easy.

Aug 05, 2010
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light gold with good head on light smell beer; airy hops with minor spices and very little malts. A lighter-bodied, smooth beer that is sweet with some spice and mellow hops. Balance between mellow sweet malt and some grainy, citric hops and spice. Finishes easy and is a good summer beer.

Jul 09, 2010
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augustgarage from California

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 375mL bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Golden poppy liquid, brilliant clarity, and two fingers of rocky ivory foam. Good retention, thick merengue-like lacing.

Lightly fruity, very slightly floral, and lager-like aromas.

The violets contribute a surprising amount of sweetness to the flavor profile, although this is balanced by pale malt and a biscuity minerality. Finishes medium-dry and vaguely spicy. Comes across as an ale-based cocktail in some ways.

Very smooth and rather slick mouth-feel.

The low ABV makes this one go down quickly, though it could use some tartness or perhaps more hops to balance the gentian and sugars. Very unique none the less, and worth trying though I wouldn't buy it again considering the price (the story of so many Italian craft beers stateside).

Jun 24, 2010
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KickbacksSteve from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax, poured into a Unibroue tulip. One inch, thin white head floats on a golden body. Aroma is earthy and funky with hints of Belgian saison yeast and maybe I can pick up on the gentian notes. Taste is much like a belgian saison with plenty of earthy notes but with a softness to the sour that should make this more palatable to American saison drinkers or to the average American palate without diving head-first into some Belgian-style farmhouse funk. Very interesting Italian offering from a pretty cool Italian micro.

Feb 23, 2010
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anneseg from New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The golden color of the majority of the pours was beautiful. Like other reviews say the end is cloudy but I don't think this was such a problem, I think most of us are used to sediment on the bottom of bottles. The head retention was actually pretty impressive. I half expected it to be flat since it was on sale for $15 when usually $18 or $19.

There were definitely some nice citrus flavors in there along with the spice. I'm not exactly sure what spice flavors I was tasting but it was over all a pleasurable experience. If the beer was always $15 I would be ok with it but I won't be buying it again unless I see it on sale.

Feb 22, 2010
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Halcyondays from California

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12.7 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy amber with a full white head. Good, full covering lace. Bunch of floaties, but that partially my fault.

S: IPA like, a lot of peach, tangerine and wood. Citrusy. Herbal notes.

T: Lots of citrus, orange fruity hop character. Some strong cedar like spicy hops on the back end. Malt is very timid, offering some sourdough bread sweetness at times, but allowing the hops and the gentian take over.

M: Smooth, creamy with a nice grassy, resiny aftertaste.

D: This is a wonderful little beer. It is definitely overpriced at $9.99 for the little bottle, but I was intrigued and in the end am glad I bought it. Well made and tasty.

Dec 28, 2009
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GRG1313 from California

3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ale brewed with gentian. Cloudy amber with a very firm, thick white head.

Nose of assertive fresh peaches and apricots; assertive candi sugar and a rich sweet floral nose.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly creamy. Good texture and a quality feel.

A very well balanced and integrated beer of malty, stone fruit and light coffee with underlying and light citrus hop.

Pleasant light grapefruit finish that starts malty and with coffee and then goes to the bitter grapefruit and espresso.

Oct 31, 2009
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BeachRez from California

4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Hi-Times - $9.00 for 12.7 oz

I had never heard of this before and thought it would be interesting to try.

Poured a honey-golden yellow. Really nice head that held. There is so much floating in this, looks like a combo of yeast and bubbles, that it gave the appearance of a candle. Almost fake.

The taste is very subtle with mellow hop and nice floral taste. Not much malt. Really balanced though and smooth.

Very easy to drink. I think the price is a little high for an everyday, but something I would drink again.

Sep 18, 2009
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Suds from Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this beer is made with spices and the roots of Gentian flowers (Moxie?). It's a nice looking brew, with a large and stable head. Beautiful and very stable lace. The smell is average, a little very light (pils?) malt and some distant herbal hops. Average. The taste, though, makes up for the lack of a good smell. It's sweet, herbal, spicy, and pretty complex. Mild pepper, ginger, and malt. Lots of spice flavors swirl around the taste. Nice. The beer is full bodied and very smooth. Great craft beer.

May 31, 2009
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TheDoorman from New York

2.71/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy-orange/yellow, with a quickly dissipating white head. Effervescent. Scent of a Heineken at first, but when sufficiently swirled the scent faded to a more grassy, but light aroma. Subtle flavor profile. Light and refreshing. Touch of hops at the finish.

May 03, 2009
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Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 67 ratings