25 Dodici | Birra Del Borgo

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Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 103
Photo of OlaB
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of moose1980
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 .

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Another Very interesting beer By these guys. Appearance is a huge sick light tan head that settles down but doesn't go away, A little lace and a cloudy brown color. Aroma is very complex with balsamic vinegar, fruit, yeast malt, perfume and each time I smell it other things. Flavor is similar to aroma but not quite as complex interesting interplay between bitter sweet and tartness and has a nice dry roasted malt finish. Great body. This would be a great lunch beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear dark red in color and has some brownish hues along with a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sourness and oak are present in the nose along with hints of vanilla.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has a lot of flavors of toasted oak and vanilla along with a light amount of sourness. I didn't really get much in the way of malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit tart on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. No warming is perceptible.
O: The sourness and tartness seemed to make this beer resemble a Flanders Red Ale a little more than it did a Winter Warmer. In any event, this beer hides its alcohol remarkably well and is therefore very easy to drink considering its strength.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 12/5/2013 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, dark fruit, a touch of spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and some spice. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, strong kick, not too filling, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mt24turner
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- very deep red small one finger head, dissipates quickly

smell- smells of dry red wine, hints of sourness, not a huge aroma but pleasant

taste- very much a wine taste, like dry red mixed with a beautiful sparkling semi-dry Riesling, there are tart flavors and fruit flavors, no hint of alcohol, only slight hints that this is really a beer

mouthfeel- feels like a wine

overall- i like this beer, and think it is a great beverage, with amazing flavor, but i cant help but think that if your in the mood for this you might as well buy wine..

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a very dark chestnut brown with a nice two finger tan head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, light citrus, lightly sour. Flavor is muted, but complex; bready and toasted malt, dark dried fruit, a bit of chocolate and hints of light fruit. Finishes semi-dry with residual dark malt, chocolate, bittering hops and light citrus, very slightly sour. Medium bodied but very nice sharp, active carbonation. A nice flavor profile and progression. Different. Closest in style to a hopped brown ale, but with a bit more fruit elements. I really liked this and glad I found a bottle.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Sort of a cloudy brownish color with a thin, bubbly tan head. Almost looks like tea, but not a whole lot of light shines through.

S- Caramel malt along with a funky fruit scent. There is also a nutty aroma present as well.

T- Flavor is similar to a strong brown ale, with caramel malts and nutty flavors coming through. There is also some spice flavors similar to clove and dried orange. Overall the flavors work pretty well together.

M- Medium carbonation, body makes it drinkable, but the feel is somewhat dry and boozy.

O- This is a good beer, but not outstanding. Booze is hidden in flavor, but noticeable in the feel. That probably does not make sense to some, but it's true.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Oude 25th-year Dodici comes with high expectations. As a brewery that flirts with authentic tartness of Belgian-esque origins but committed to the forward progress or barrel aged art and sour ale development- this beer has to come with high aspirations, right?

Upon the pour, the zesty ale dons a tawny brown color with varying highlights of maroon and rust. Its vibrant carbonation reveals a scattered head that dissipates soon thereafter. Its light foam relies on Merlot-like legging over lace- likely because of its high acidity. Its appearance catches it somewhere between ale and port.

Incredible sour aromas of balsamic vinegar, tart apple cider, dry white wine and sour grapes kick start the pungent aromatics. A whiff of sea air, horse blanket, and old dusty woods offer earthy aromas to complement the sour fruit. But then other eccentric notes of , leather, tobacco. sweat and earthen marmalade make the aromas both savory and sweet.

Richer to taste, the malt and port notes reinforce a sweeter impression and relegate the sour notes to a somewhat secondary role. The strong balsamic taste is alive and well but invite the taste of dry sherry, Port, raisin, dried orange peel, dates, figs, and soy sauce to add to the acidity and sultry taste. Fruitcake spice, weathered oak, tannin. tobacco and tea all reveal themselves as the beer lumbers in its finish and aftertaste.

Surprisingly medoium-light on the palate, the beer eases from a soft pillowy malt support and int a sharply acidic tone in quick order. As the malt recedes and the acidity takes hold, the beer only intensifies from there- concluding in a pungent, sharp, and sultry taste that lingers briefly in after taste and texture.

Dodici is a masterfully crafted ale that starts bullyish, abrupt, and aggressive but finsihes with a soft charm that wins me over easily.It's an inquisitive Sour Ale that does so much more than just sour a beer. One sip sets you on that jounet.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is chestnut brown with a thin beige cap. The aroma offers malt, holiday spices, brown sugar, brown bread, light sweetness. Light malty sweetness, with brown bread and perhaps a touch of cinnamon. Pretty tasty. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Alcohol presence is minimal. Pretty smooth feel. Overall, this was solid, but not exceptional.

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Photo of HamFon
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at the Walk The Line On Barleywine commercial barleywine competition.

A: hazy amber with moderate beige head that fades to a ring and produces minimal lacing

S: malty, light floral, not much complexity

T: again malty, some slight offsetting indistinct hop flavors, light hop bittering

M: medium body, very dry finish

O: a decent barleywine with not as much complexity as expected (particularly compared to Sedici Gradi from the same brewery), and not visually exceptional

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Photo of Hellrob
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

---with this alchool % and for this style this beer has a very very very thin body and light aromas. brown in colour. few carbonation. not so good as expected, also because it is a winter beer in belgian strong dark style. maybe, to re-try another year for a confirmation---

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Photo of nicoco184
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

Appearance: Hazy, dark caramel color and pours with a thick, bubbly head. Lacing is fairly sticky and the rim remains for a while.

Smell: Caramel and malts come to mind first, with a hint of citrus at the end. Reminds me of the chocolates that have a orange liquor center.

Taste: Sweet and malty, with a boozy finish. Is it bad that I keep repeating caramel? But it does taste like caramel.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, but flavor sticks around for a while and leaves almost a syrupy residue feeling.

Overall: This is probably average, at best. You can tell there is a certain amount of craftsmanship and attention to the beer, but the style just doesn't really appeal to my palette. I would absolutely consider this - given its thickness - more of a fall/winter beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Birra Del Borgo - 25 Dodici
12.7 oz bottle

Hmmm? I don't get the name... 25 twelve (dodici). I'll have to research that.

A: It pours a hazy russet brown body with muddied orange highlights along the sides of the glass. Even a rough pour failed to deliver any head.

S: The lemon peel is right there, bright and fresh. There's a little bit of mustiness, and a touch of caramelish malt.

T: The lemon hits you upfront, and you think that it might be tart, but then it warms to reveal the maltiness. It's caramelish, bready, herbal, straw-like and grassy with a little bit of mustiness and wet-wood, and fruity like dried figs. It's not particularly bitter (there's just enough to balance it), yet it finishes dry. As it fades in the swallow it's gently spicy and subtly herbal, and there's a subtle touch of earthiness.

M: Medium-full in body. Smooth with a very low carbonation level.

Overall: Impressive! It's new and interesting. It's semi-rich, but also refreshing. It reminds me in some ways of a saison, and in some ways of a more malty beer. The lemon peel has really been put to good use; and it has surprising balance. Quite remarkable. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee – thanks! Bottle notes it was brewed with orange pills.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pale malts with sugar dusted citrus rinds. Also present are floral and earthy hops along with a slight spiciness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by slightly bitter citrus rind flavors. The flavor profile sweetens a bit shortly thereafter before earthy hops flavors temper the sweetness. Mild amounts of indistinct spices come into play near the end of the sip before fading out into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a slightly above average spiced beer from Italy. Nothing exceptional but a nice and easy-drinking beer. Worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.62/5  rDev -29%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: pours an almost entirely opaque murky mud-water color. minimal head did not retain for long. definitely got some yeast? (or so other particulates) floating around as well as resting on the bottom of my glass. very fine carbonation bubbles slowly trickling tot the surface.

S: smells like soured grape juice. absolutely no hops here. not really finding any spice either. or orange zest (which it was brewed with as noted on the bottle). hmmmm.

T: starts with chalk, lingering malts, and quickly transitions to spiced run. linger of Welsh's Grape Jelly w/ exactly the same sweetness. really all over the place.

M: really soft carbonation. almost tingly. a medium body, but a quasi-watery aspect as well.

D: i drank it. reluctantly. (side note: my girlfriend claimed it looked and tasted like vomit)

overall, not sure what to think. not your typical warmer with the lack of spice. not really sure what this beer is. almost finding some dubbel/sour qualities in this one. had some big expectations for this beer/from this brewery. i hope i just got a really crummy bottle and expect better from a brewery that is doing collaborations with DFH.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the famous Eatily in NYC.

Icky sweet smell in my Sam Adam's glass. Nice color, chestnut red?

Sweet like belgian candy, the residual sugar is unexpectedly intense. Has a nice bitter orange residual that creeps up on me. Very muted and long lasting.
No idea why some one would have this for a dessert, it isn't that good. Has a funk about it between sweet and a pleasant natural bitterness.

Painful to think I spent an irrational amount of money on this beer thinking it's worthy of an imaginary fireside while I could have had other food products around me.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, Christmas Day beer, now I get it,

A: Pours amber with a fizzy white head, good lace.

S: Winter all the way, dark Belgian-style fruitiness, chocolate, molasses and blackberries.

T: Sweet malt with some great plum and dark honey notes. Orange and Christmas spice abound.

M: Full-bodied, easy drinking and smooth.

D: Nice, I needed a little Christmas in May.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass for a murky, offred brown with minimal head and lacing. A good mix of some nuttiness, barnyard funk, caramel and hints of light cocoa along with some cherry and/or grape for a sweet, fruity nose. A smooth although slightly syrupy/sticky mouthfeel - the beer is a tad dry w/ minor sour flavors of tart fruits (thinking cherry, grape, raisin). Also some nutty/breadiness comes from some dry malt and there is sweetness from caramel malt that balances the beer and it finishes dry and slightly hot. An interesting winter warmer, if it is that, with a well-hidden ABV.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip....

A: Pours a murky amber brown that is very opaque...lots of yeast left in the bottom of the bottle. Big bubble form a one finger head that recedes slowly leaving pretty good lacing and a thin foam on top of the beer with lots of large bubbles.

S: Plums, raisins, fresh tilled soil, earthy hops, faint spices, fresh cut grass, a hint of citrus in the background.

T: Follows the nose with added caramel malt in the mid-palate which adds nice body and a much needed hint of sweetness to balance the earthiness of this beer. Definitely pick up on the orange peel, combines well with the citrusy hop profile to make a nice crisp finish that lingers. Pretty good.

M: Medium body with very nice carbonation, not too much and finishes nice and dry with lingering hops and malt balanced nicely.

D: Interesting flavor profile on this winter warmer combined with the nice mouthfeel and completely hidden 9.5% makes this a very drinkable winter warmer. Delish, really enjoyed.

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25 Dodici from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 103 ratings