CastagnAle | Birra Del Borgo

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Birra Del Borgo

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by stcules on 03-08-2009

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by kylehay2004:
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Almost clear dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has some toasted malt but not much else. Taste is quite weird. Earthy, slightly astringent, bready, maybe just a hint of chestnut. Light body, medium carbonation. Overall it's quite disappointing.

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Photo of snowmaggedon
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of honey and caramel malt with light roasted chestnut. Taste is also dominated by a complex mix between some chestnut and some honey with a nice malt caramelized backbone. Body is about average with nice creamy texture with great carbonation. Very well brewed with amazing level of complexity and great drinkability factor.

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Photo of Sazz9
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish yellow in color and poured with a thin creamy white head that gradually died down and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas in the nose along with some hints of chestnuts and toffee.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of chestnuts, notes of caramel and hints of honey. The nutty flavors become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and the chestnuts make the flavor very unique.

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Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rons35
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of elNopalero
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this at Open Baladin in Roma. This was brewed with chestnuts, and something I wanted to try more to experience an uniquely Italian take on a style (amber ales) I wouldn’t normally prioritize over other offerings (sours, IPAs, etc).

This pours the color of caramel amber with a tan crema atop it. There’s a light aroma which I can best describe as caramel malt with a hint of floral notes. It’s akin to a Belgian amber with a rounded floral yet drying, sweet finish, perhaps from the chestnuts? This beer is pleasing and floral and not at all what I had expected. Style-bias aside, which seems to be the case, I believe this beer is an excellent representation of the Italian style (using localized, specific ingredients, such as the chestnuts). Besides, it was fun to try for the first time.

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Photo of corby112
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque dark amber, chestnut brown color with a one finger light beige head that quickly settles into a thin ring.  Minimal spots of lace left behind.

Earthy, spicy aroma with soily/dirty hops, pepper, sweet malt and dark fruit.  As it warms, the malts come forward with hints of hazelnut, caramel, toffee, coffee bean and toast.  Strange combination of yeast, spice and hops in the nose.

Medium bodied with light carbonation and a slightly syrupy, medicinal fell.   Zesty spice and grassy, piny hops give off some dry bitterness that lingers over the spices and malt backbone into a dry finish.  Hints of pepper and cinnamon followed by caramel malt, nut and toffee.  Slight astringent finish which is too dry for my preference.

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Photo of Carleebabe8
4.56/5  rDev +28.1%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass. Split a bottle between frostpool and my dad.

A: Dark, golden honey color with loads of carbonation bubbles building to a small head of crackling off-white foam before subsiding quickly and leaving little lacing.

S: Fruity profile laced with honey and spices. White pepper, coriander, cloves and white grape skins make up the nose.

T: Light, sweet, mild bready malt flavors up front hit around mid palate by a rush of honey and spices. Sort of a chewy, wheat and sediment flavor before finishing dry, with a mild bitterness and honey resin.

M: Rather light-bodied and thin in many areas. The sediment and spicy chew didn't help the feel in my opinion.

O: This bottle was past prime, but even at its peak, its probably bears close resemblance in flavor, which is a mild, slightly bready, spiced honey beer that borders on mead-like qualities. It's extremely mild and still flavorful enough at 4.2% ABV to try again perhaps with a honey-braid pretzel twist and whole-grain English mustard.

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Photo of samEBC
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kirk
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Poupae
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stcules
2.41/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer with chestnut.
Honeyed color, slightly hazy, with a good white foam, longstanding.
At the smell quite sweet, and fruity, with a light note of chestnut.
The chestnut are strong in the smell, smoked dry chestnut. Again sweetness. Some juniper hints.
There is some hop, too, but not well amalgamated with the sweetness.
A light lactic note.
Difficult beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Season ale from Birra Del Borgne Italy.
Deep amber cloudy body, decent golden head with some laces. Sweet malt, chestnuts, fruits, salt ocean water and tofee in aroma. Taste is rather specific bitter owing to chestnuts, sweet malt, chalky minerals, light acidity. Mouthfeel is dry, soft carbonation. Drinkable, but a bit boring.

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Photo of Krey213
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psweendogg
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of adamette
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle purchased in Mantua, Italy on or about 6 19 09 while on a recent vacation. Poured into a clean, clear glass.

A Light brown yellowish body under a minimal head. The body is a bit cloudy and the color is different from other beers. Minimal lacing.

S Slight chestnut smell (Castagna means chestnut in Italian). It is interesting and inviting.

T Nutty barley taste which is interesting and somewhat complex. The taste improves with warming, revealing even a bit more nuttiness. It also has an interesting Belgian yeast sense to the taste.

M Moderate with nutty, somewhat complex tastes.

D Great drinkability. I could easily finish the bottle.

Notes: A fine artisan beer from Del Burgo, easily my favorite brewer in Italy (too many Euro Pale Lagers out there!)

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CastagnAle from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 23 ratings