Genziana | Birra Del Borgo

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy | website

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by paulthebeerguru on 04-20-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
60
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
14.74%
 
 
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9
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 60
Reviews by ryandurka:
Photo of ryandurka
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a light fruit refreshing taste perfect for refreshing yourself and not getting wasted. would be great during a summer time day. the taste is super light and fruity, the color is light and the bottle/packaging is cool looking. i would recommend this beer big time, if you can find it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a small, interesting bottle (a 12.7 fluid ounce green glass Champagne bottle) that's capped with a plastic liner and then covered with a green plastic capsule.

Genziana, or gentiana, in case you weren't aware, is a flowering plant that is noted for its healing properties (by Pliny the Elder, nonetheless); and is used in "bitters" and herbal liquors.

It pours a fairly clear golden body until the yeast is roused, and then it takes on a bit more of an orange cast as it becomes a bit hazy. The creamy bright-white head holds remarkably well, and it leaves some very interesting streaks of lace that seem to throw themselves up into the air about the glass.

The aroma is grassy and herbal with a floral side, and a bit of citrus, kind of like lemon grass. There's also a hint of woodiness that reminds me of very soft cedar; and perhaps a drizzle of honey and some basement mustiness as well. A hint of yeasty chalkiness is present to boot. It's intriguing, but not necessarily enticing, although the thread of tartness and mustiness catches my attention.

The flavor follows suit, and it opens quite a bit as it warms. In fact, I find it so different from start to finish that for this beer I'd suggest opening it and nipping at it cold before giving it a few moments to warm up. The floral character of the gentian really comes out, and the herbal side softens. The grassiness remains, as does the hint of lemon, along with the soft woody spiciness. Which brings me to the finish, which is surprisingly dry and quick. There's a little dollop of lemon-drop and honey right off, and then what's left behind is a touch cedary, spicy, floral, and grassy - but it's not really bold at all, and it simply slips quietly away. Somewhere across the middle there's a mild slice of tartness (and in a way that's kind of needed for balance - along with the herbal character - as the bitterness is kept at a minimum), and that really rounds it out and pulls it into focus at the same time before finishing.

Impressive. It's a really interesting and complex beer, and yet it appears almost simple, and very drinkable as well. It reminds me in many ways of a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand (with much less grapefruit - well, no grapefruit), or even a vinho verde, and I think white wine drinkers would really enjoy this. Worth trying! Probably worth seeking out!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of geofort78
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of proctah
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RISeth
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of rowyn
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of qrazvan
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of aasher
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of bspain5
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hopdog
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared courtesy of Josh.

Poured a medium yellow color with a small sized white head. Lots of suspended floaters. Aromas of floralness, a bar of soap, minty, and bready. Tastes of herbalness, green tea, soap, and floral. To sum this one up - different.

Notes from 4/16/08

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Photo of TheDoorman
2.71/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of andpit
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of avalon07
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Genziana from Birra Del Borgo
3.8 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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