Enkir | Birra Del Borgo

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Birra Del Borgo

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Suds on 05-01-2009

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by dgilks:
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3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber colour with no head. Disappointing.

Spicy phenolic nose. Coriander and pepper. Stonefruit and banana. Good.

Delightfully light and fruity. No bitterness. Quite sweet.

Pretty flat. Lacking the carbonation that would give this lift. Medium body.

The flavour profiles are nice but the lack of carbonation severely lets this down. It needs something to cut the sweetness.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Lupollo 12, Rome - Pours Cloudy amber with a large white frothy head. Medium carbonation. Smell - Yeasty, bready, fruity. Taste - sweet, fruits, light yeast, crisp finish. Very refreshing well presented saison.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Birra Del Borgo "Enkir"
on tap @ No.Au, Rome, Italy on 1 December 2015
5€ / 33 cl. glass

Notes: Brewed with 55% Triticum Monococccum, the first domesticated corn. Clear amber body. Bright white head. Very good head retention and lacing. Aroma: malty, fruity (apricot), coriander, yeast. The flavor follows. 30-40 IBUs. Drying finish as malt erodes. Medium to medium-full body. Interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vanz
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of enelson
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of PatB1987
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Andsav
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blanco
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the fruity flavors are a little more prevalent (including bananas and oranges) and there are also some notes of wheat and hints of coriander towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a good summer beer that has the drinkability of a saison but a different flavor profile. I found the creamy and smooth mouthfeel to be its most unique characteristic.

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Photo of spicelab
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

With thanks to [email protected] Liquor.

Pours a moderately hazed orange with a rapidly diminishing two finger white head. Been seen time since I've seen a head fall so rapidly to virtually nix.

Immediate sharp burnt plastic phenolics. There's clearly an abundance of estery sweetness behind it and plenty of grassy spice, but I hardly care at this point because the plastic is so objectionable.

Less plastic action makes for better flavours. Rather sweet, with tonnes of woody honey, cinnamon, floral spice, pear, apple and banana. Plenty of candied citrus and a dash of citrus peel to temper the sweet barrage. Better, but not overly exciting.

Medium, nicely creamy body. Light spritzy carbonation cuts through it a little. Maybe a hint of tartness.

Even correcting for my heightened senstivity to plastic phenols, this still doesn't impress as a particularly well made or noteworthy Belgian Pale.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey gold, with no visible carbonation and a half finger of off white head.

Smells of peaches, caramel, and hints of coriander.

Tastes of peaches, roses, caramel, coriander and hints of Belgian yeasts.

Medium, slightly syrupy body, with moderate, spicy carbonation.

Got online, and I'm drinking it in Chiang Mai, January 17th, 2017. Okay brew, good, just not awesome.

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Photo of aasher
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice, generic "orange drink" esque bright orange in color with light cloudiness and a light white lacing around the glass. This one smells like a coriander bomb. It has little to no hop presence and is very grainy and malty. The oranges and spices are in your face. It tastes of spice and oranges with a wheat-ish backbone. It's subtly sweet and hits it's peak of sweetness on the finish. It really is heavy on the oranges and tangerines. This could be confused for a tangerine wheat without question. It tastes good and is refreshing but is it a good beer? I'm on the fence. It just isn't very balanced and isn't much of a Belgian Pale Ale. Decent drinker, it just doesn't rate very well, in my opinion.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Suds
3.37/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is really an experimental beer, and I had a hard time categorizing it. It's a collaborative beer, brewed by Del Borgo in conjunction with a traditional grain miller. What makes it unique is the use of Enkir (Einkorn wheat), a pre-historic cereal grain that was abundant thousands of years ago in the fertile crescent. The beer seems to be brewed primarily with malted barley, with a healthy dose of Enkir added, and a modest hop addition. It has a yeasty, very wheat and twang character at first. There's a sourdough bread and slightly sugary aroma. No real hop smell at all. The taste is quite sweet, with a very interesting, cereal quality. It's almost acidic and starchy, but very interesting. There is, however, quite a bit of pale malt character and a decent Belgian-like yeast quality. A small about of fruity esters are also present. No hop flavor either, but there is a bit of balancing hop bitterness. There could be more: the beer is not really well balanced. Very interesting, a good experiment.

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Photo of Deuce_Wingo
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of ph1ash
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hblaze66
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of demgoth
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DispyDnb
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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