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25 Dodici | Birra Del Borgo

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerIsland on 02-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,177
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
101
pDev:
12.5%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
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17
Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RMW66
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of igl
4.83/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Alc. 8.0 %

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Photo of Dentist666
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8% ABV version.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of utopiajane
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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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4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
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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3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 sgregory
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Pete_IV
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
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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25 Dodici from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 101 ratings
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