25 Dodici
Birra Del Borgo

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From:
Birra Del Borgo
 
Italy
Style:
Winter Warmer
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 12.47%
Ratings:
104
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jun 27, 2019
Added:
Feb 18, 2009
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  16
SCORE
84
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Notes: Our Christmas ale. Warm and enveloping, with a nice dried fruit nose, particularly of raisins and nuts. The mouth feel starts with caramel and chestnut honey notes and then lead torwards fruity notes of cherries and blackcurrant.
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3.75 by Griffith from Connecticut on Jun 27, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by OlaB from Norway

Pours a clear red-brown color with a small top of beige head that dissolves rapidly. Aroma is of plums,raisins, dates,caramel,bread,biscuits,orange peel,candy sugar and spices. The taste at the start is sweet with notes of dried and matured fruits while the background is malty with strong notes of caramel. It then gets more dry and spicy in the flavour before finish of with a medium bitterness with citric notes and still a good presence of caramel in the background. Decebt lenght in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with the alcohol hidden well. Medium carbonation with a medium body.
A very good brew all in all. Gets a christmas feel of it.

Dec 30, 2018
 
3.75 by Beerbuddha from Florida on Jan 20, 2018
 
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Nov 05, 2017
 
3.75 by RMW66 from Australia on Jul 11, 2017
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4.83/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by igl from Russian Federation

Alc. 8.0 %

May 04, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

8% ABV version.

Apr 19, 2017
 
3.25 by Euroglot from Belgium on Jan 08, 2017
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4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by utopiajane from New York

Pours a sweet rusty orange. hazier at first then clearing with a few big bubbles but no head in the tasting glass.

Nose is brown sugar, orange, toffee, spice, hints of lemon, caramel and earth.

Drinks beautifully. Complex malt and vivacious fruity character. Rich and mellow but the hops dance on the palate. Pepper, spice and a generous herbal. Orange. The herbal form the hops will show you a very generous malt that is so sweetly done you almost have to close your eyes to really see it fully. When you do you will taste nuts, brittle caramel or hard crack caramel, sweet cakey bread. A wild hint of medicinal alcohol and then the perfect swallow. No harshness, no bite and hardly any bitterness from all those hops. Instead the bitterness you taste is from the orange and that is a bit of an illusion because the tip of your tongue does tingle a little as you notice a light mineral softness to the body of the beer. Tobacco leaf, light cocoa. It feels like silk.

This was one of the best beers I have had this year

Dec 31, 2016
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4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by moose1980 from Germany

100th review. Was going to save that for a special beer, but fuck, this is pretty damn good. The bottle gives no clear indicators of style, and though the 8% ABV would suggest otherwise, this drinks like a soft Barleywine. Candy-like malt, toffee aroma. Taste is caramel malts and melted tootsies rolls. Silky smooth. A bit thin on the mouthfeel.
Got this in an Adventskalender, but could drink it all night .

Dec 26, 2016
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3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by craftbeersweden from Sweden

Vintage 2014 Edition. Bought at Systembolaget in Sweden in December 5, 2014.
ABV: 9.5% Best before: October 2016.

Iv'e had this in my beercellar for almost two years now and Birra del Borgo say: best before right now so it's time to pop it open!

The beer pours clear, mahogny with a lot of sediments. First I thought the sediments was because of the aging for 22 months but when I read others review this looks like it was there even fresh.
A three finger high, yellow-white head with lacing that clings to the glass for a long time.

Nose: Dried fruit, plum, raisin, orange, apricot, caramel, some vanilla, sweet syrup and balsamic vinegar.
Taste: Again a lot of dried fruit, sweet caramel malt, plum, very well hidden ABV - no alcohol at all! Toffee, raisin, malt and nuts.
Mouth: Medium body. Almost no carbonation. Sweet but dry and a complex body.

Oct 15, 2016
 
4 by sgregory from Connecticut on Feb 28, 2016
 
3.5 by Mattias from Sweden on Jan 24, 2016
 
3.75 by archero from Texas on Jan 07, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by biegaman from Canada (ON)

25 Dodici (25/12, Christmas Day) has an orange pekoe colour and sediment that floats in the glass like pieces of panettone. One doesn't have a choice in the matter - they come out with the very first pour and only get thicker from there. Its head is also thick and leaves lacing like reams of wrapping paper.

Clementines have always been part of our family's Christmas tradition and, through the use of dried orange peel, the aroma magically conjures that element of the season very well. Hints of ginger and toffee enhance the holiday theme and create a delicate bouquet of citrus, spice, and sweetness.

25 Dodici has a wonderfully balanced fruit profile that oscillates between dried and tropical varieties; flavours bounce from juicy clementine to golden raisin, ruby grapefruit to dried apricot, with plenty of fig in between. The taste of fruits of all colours really conjures summer yet retains its intended winter-y feel.

I've had this bottle in my possession for nearly a year and still have one more to go before the stamped 'best before' passes. While it's drinking beautifully tonight - mellow, nuanced, no trace of alcohol - I can't help but wonder how much more zestful it might have been fresh. No need to stash it any longer.

I can't think of a better way to say 'buon Natale!' This winter warmer has all the marzipan, clementine, and fruitcake notes to accompany your December meals and festivities. Italy as a nation knows a thing or two about Christmas and clearly so do its brewers. 25 Dodici is a true holiday treat.

Jan 03, 2016
 
3.72 by Pete_IV from New York on Dec 31, 2015
 
3.73 by aprabhu from Kentucky on Dec 25, 2015
 
3.53 by Evil_Pidde from Sweden on Dec 22, 2015
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3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Opaque shades of chestnut brown with two fingers of tan foam. Smell is light on the spices with large dark fruit especially date, black currant, caramel, roasted nuts and vanilla. Taste has a tartness to it that is misplaced, dark fruit carries, malts are woody and musty in a way. Feel is smooth, fruity and some what tart yet dark. Just a very odd take.

Nov 28, 2015
 
3.54 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2015
 
3.75 by DispyDnb from England on Nov 09, 2015
 
3.75 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Sep 09, 2015
 
4 by kjkinsey from Texas on Aug 02, 2015
 
4.35 by razorsdescent from Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2015
 
3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2015
 
3.25 by sourdog from California on Mar 30, 2015
 
3.5 by BColton1 from Rhode Island on Mar 23, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

Found this rarity at a total wine in Florida, and boy am I glad I did. To be fair, I am obsessed with the Italian craft beers right now, but this is a rad brew, like a Belgian quad with orange peel and a crazy yeast strain. It pour crimson hued dark brown, some yeasty haze and a tall milky frothy tan head that craters up but holds its height. The nose is citrus cutting sweet dense layered malts that moves from dried fruit to candy sugar and bran muffins in smell. The taste is equally dynamic, with the grain leading the way. Dried plums and figs, winter spices, baked goods, it's thick and rich, but only sweet for a second. The yeast comes in wild, funky, a little Belgian, fruity and sharp, somewhere between Belgian ale, Brett, and wine yeast. Super dry but still creamy in the finish, rich and elegant, but the booze is well hidden and this again just feels like extremely special beer. Hard to put it into a style category neatly, because it crosses so many lines, but it's just outstanding and continues to build my interest in beers from these guys and the other Italians, elite level brew, and our whole crew agreed. A must is you stumble on one

Feb 18, 2015
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2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
by gollem from Alabama

Second time I buy this, second time it's DOA.

Feb 06, 2015
 
3.83 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington on Jan 26, 2015
 
3.75 by sd123 from Georgia on Jan 21, 2015
 
3.75 by DrBier from Pennsylvania on Jan 16, 2015
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4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Braz from Washington

Very nice beer. Good hint of orange peel gives it a festive feel. Wish it wasn't so expensive, I'd enjoy more of it this time of year.

Dec 30, 2014
 
3.32 by TheOldMachines from Vermont on Dec 23, 2014
 
3 by sdiamond808 from Texas on Dec 13, 2014
 
3.75 by Eddiehop from Texas on Dec 13, 2014
 
4 by Masters from Massachusetts on Dec 12, 2014
 
4 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts on Dec 12, 2014
 
3.75 by ronricorossi from California on Dec 07, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

It looks a chestnut colour, small bit of foam that's gone quickly.

The smell is nice. Fruity with hints of a mild tartness.

The taste is of the orange peel that's kinda bitter, again a hint of tartness. The most surprising thing is how well the abv is hidden.

Light bodied with light carbonation.

Pretty average brew at way above average price.

Nov 26, 2014
25 Dodici from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 104 ratings