Rubus | Birra Del Borgo

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Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 247
Photo of patre_tim
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper with a pinkish tinge, cloudy with no visible carbonation, and topped with 1 finger of off white head.

Smells of funky acidity, like Cantillon's brewery, and its really floral and fruity. Its kind of like a kid's pink candy, or ice cream. I get raspberries in there as well.

Highly acidic, relatively dry with a hint of sweetness, and really floral as it was on the nose. There's also a strange bitterness as well, perhaps from the excess yeast that poured in. There's a funk as well and a woody, barrel quality.

Medium, crisp body, with a light, almost fiery carbonation.

Got from Bangkok, drinking in Chiang Mai Nov 5th, 2017. Excellent, quality European brew that reminds me of some of the best Lambics.

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Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into wide-mouthed stick

L: red, clear, pushes up thick head of pink-tinged offwhite foam at least 2 fingers tall that dissipates quickly; a little sticking off the head; keeps an almost full skin of pinkish foam with thick collar; clarity isn't 100%, but the slight mistiness is still easy to see through

S: sharp, sweet fingernail polish; sweet fruit, sweet raspberries mixed with lemon juice; musty barn and old oak wood in background; the musty barn aroma begins taking over relatively quickly

T: yeasty sweet/sour raspberries ... almost a raspberry/lemon candy flavor; bitter, earthy flavor eats into sweetness; fingernail polish/remover; bitter floral flavor coats the mouth in the aftertaste, like licking an air freshener; something is mixed in with the fingernail polish flavor I've not encountered ... it's fruity and floral and somehow artificial, like the way burning plastic smells; as it warms, a musty barn flavor starts taking over, an earthy dirt flavor that isn't overly bitter

F: very full from good amount of carbonation yet lightweight

O: very hard to score overall because it has some fantastic "sour" notes and a couple notes I don't like; very yeasty tasting brew with a couple of unique things about it that do make it quite interesting, even if one of those unique notes is the flavor of burning plastic (?); a one-off for me but worth the trouble

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Photo of Slack
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A somewhat hazy deep maroon in color with about a ΒΌ inch of head. Some lacing present.

Sour fruit dominates the nose - raspberries, citrus, maybe cherry. Funk and acid also present.

Taste is sour/tart raspberries mixed with citrus.

Mouthful is medium to light with medium to light carbonation. Finish is clean and dry.

A smooth ale with wine like qualities that make it enjoyable but the flavors could be more pronounced and the carbonation a bit higher.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, ruby-red beer with a offwhite, one finger high head.

Nose: Blackcurrant, apple, gooseberry, raspberry and citrus. Tart.
Taste: Raspberry, citrus, orange, grapefruit, caramel and apple.
Body: Medium to light body. Medium to high carbonation. Bitter finish.

Very refreshing!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Showing both their rustic and refined sides, Del Borgo's Rubus layers the delicacy of raspberry upon the earthen funk of spontaneously fermented ale for a sense of balance that puts this beer up against the driest rose wines of Italy.

Bright raspberry perfume accompanies the scent of funk and fauna as the earth and fruit swirl seamlessly above a peachy-mauve body with champagne-like bubbliness. Its supple candi sweetness and delicate wheat lays gently on the palate in anticipation of its acute sourness to come.

As its sweetness drops off sharply, the taste of berries link up with the natural lime, grape and crabapple esters of the sour ale. With the acidity rising swiftly, its piquant tang is lightly of rice wine vinegar, warhead candies and musty citrus. Dryly balanced, the beer takes a spicy turn with weathered wood, peppercorn and vinous warmth.

Semi-dry and medium-light, the ale is bright yet still retaining a juicy raspberry character. Though bracingly acidic in finish the fruited sour beer achieves a genuine lambic-like character and closes with a charming sour twang a touch of medicinal numbing.

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Photo of Schoeni
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color is a bright red-raspberry, looks like a "Fanta Berries". Nice little Head, not too much foam, Is it really a beer? Yes it is - but you have to open your mind, and get rid of that Black and White thinking. There is more than a "Lager", "Weizen" and "IPA". Aroma: Dark fruits, dark currant, Sour Cherries, little bit of ripe strawberries. Let's taste. Mhhyeah good mouthfeel, very fruity, sour, and indeed lively. I like that perfume and the bitterness at the end. The finish is really a excellent style intepretation of a Belgian Sour, because it is recognizable that this is indeed sth. that has been BREWED...yess.. Flavour is smoothe, with that hoppy fruity yeasty backend. Nice bitterness at the end. It is a good beer of this style.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep reddish purple with a pinkish head. Nice clarity. The aroma has raspberries and sour must. Oak and dry wheat arise heavily in the nose. Mildly sour with good raspberry notes and plenty of damp hay. Solid body. Wine like and thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of kitch
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A unique bottle shape (different to the one shown above... wide short body, with long neck) and raspberries practically sold itself to me. A 330ml bottle poured into a La Chouffe tulip glass. Label on the back says best before October 2016.

Appearance: Poured a pinkish copper (rosa according to their own website), small amount of haze and very light head

Smell: First thought was apple juice, then lots of tart raspberries

Taste: Definitely sour, acidic, tart raspberries and strawberry

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, light body, light carbonation but a bit sticky at the end

Overall: Went down easy like drinking juice. I like the sour tart raspberry flavour but would have preferred more carbonation

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-a more red than normal ale with little head, morso like wine
- sweet sweet sweet juice smell
-a sour ale with a floral raspberry sent/taste
-a very acidic sour feel but light
-overall a very new style to me thought it would of been a lambic but delicious beer none the less

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Photo of goochpunch
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours out copper with pink tinge. Hardly no head. Smells of raspberry, brett, spicy yeast. Tastes sour with mild berries. Dry and bretty. Light body with tiny prickly bubbles. Solid fruit sour.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Birra Del Borgo's Rubus, ale brewed with raspberries. 5.8% ABV.

A: Red-orange, moving to slightly lighter orange on the outsides of the glass. Faintly-yellow white in the dimple. Less than half a finger of head; dissipates to a thin ring. Tiny bubbles slide nicely along the inside of the glass as the beer is tipped. Slight sheeting. Lacing holds nicely, but is slightly light.

S: Nice, floral raspberry syrup aroma, up front. Lemon acidity, with a touch of lemon oil or lemon candy. Slight raspberry seed. Faint rose petal.

T/MF: Very crisp feel in the mouth. Light raspberry taste, but mostly clean. A hint of lemon peel and pith. Raspberry seed bitterness when swallowed, with a light lemon acidity.

I'm not nearly as impressed with this as the My Blueberry Nightmare. It's not bad, but fairly bland.

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Photo of parris
4.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark orange color, sour funky aroma. Spot on flavor for a wild ale, tart up front and lingers, raspberries definitely come through, hint of bitter on the finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

the italians just keep coming, and they keep impressing me. i used to think it was because i would buy one of these beers for some ungodly price, and almost wait to be impressed, so i was more receptive to it. now, i just know the quality associated with these handful of breweries, and being impressed is almost a given. this one is awesome in both flavor and price point. i think this was under ten bucks, maybe even under nine. its not as heavy on the raspberry as others, certainly than an atrial, but its really fresh and fruit forward, with a musty italian yeast, which i am now used to, and a very light malt base. still really cloudy, and only a little colored from the fruit. doesnt hold much head either in my glass. the nose is nice, fruit and funk, but this isnt real sour, just a little pucker to the nose, and some acidity to the feel, but there is grain tannins in here too, and a fruit tartness along with its juicy ripeness. vibrant but also mature, a cool combination of flavors and textures and sensations, i would buy this again, but it makes me really keen for the cherry one. i havent loved all of the beers from these guys, but i have admired them in their uniqueness and quality. stoked to have this available in denver right now.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11 point something ounce bottle into a teku.

Creamy off-colored head almost a finger thick. Persists well. Carbonation is healthy in the plum skin colored body. 4.5

Huge fruity nose. Raspberry, earthiness and some Brett-y yeast. Slight hints of acidity on the nose. 4

Pretty lemony on the flavor initially before taking an earthy, saison-like yeast. Mid-palate emerges the tart raspberry that then gives way to a bit of funk. There's a peppery quality that adds some character to the already interesting mix of flavors. 4

It's sour and acidic and funky and yeasty. It drinks very cleanly despite the mouth-puckering sourness. 4

This is good. Acidity is high and quite lemony but the fruit shines and there are plenty of flavors playing around here.

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Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Very good raspberry wild beer! It's one of the few beers of this type that gets and maintains any kind of a head. It has a clear medium amber color. Aroma is it first mainly yeast, but then Mellows out into malt and raspberry. Flavor is Like aroma with a true natural raspberry taste soft bitterness and acid are all well balanced. Body is perfect. This is just a superb beer of its type.

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Photo of Jonada
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle poured into a teku glass

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with 1 finger of a white soapy head. Body is hazy but transparent with some light suspended sediment and visible carbonation.

Smell: Fresh raspberries, funk, lacto and hay.

Taste: Same as the aroma. Raspberries dominate the flavor, followed by some mild funk and slight oak character. Pretty straightforward, but nice. Sourness is medium.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat watery mouthfeel. Carbonation on the lower end of medium.

Overall: Nice sour ale that makes good use of the added fruit. Not terribly complex, but worth a try.

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Photo of gtermi
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer pours a dark orange body with a thin white head that quickly fades away. The smell is of tart raspberries, lactobacillus and a tiny bit of sweetness. Tart raspberries that quickly fades into a malt sweetness. The beer has a nice tart tingle on the back of the throat and on the tongue. A very delicious beer

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 11.1 oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

A: Pours a pinkish copper, moderately hazy. Forms a thin white head with low visible carbonation. 3.25/5

S: Fruity raspberry, lactic tartness, acidic, and modestly funky. There's a light malt presence in the background as well. 16.5/20

T: Follows the nose - funky lactic tart, underripe raspberries, acetic undertones, a delicate light malt and what seems like wheat as well. There's a bit of funky barnyard with a touch of feet to it. Tartness lasts into the hang. 34.5/45

M: Medium body, very low alcohol presence. Carbonation sensation a bit on the low side. 8/10

O: I found this to be enjoyable. Doesn't compete at all with some of the best fruited sours, but a serviceable change of pace. The balance of between sourness and complexity left something to be desired. 16/20

Estimated final score: 4.07
Calculated final score: 78.25/100
Old BA score: 3.91

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


On tap at Bittercreek's 2014 Funkfest... Hefty pour into a large goblet... orangish with a definite pinkish tinge... fairly long lasting white head... nice lacing.

Nose is big bretty funk.. damp basement and wet hay/wet leather... fruit is tart and emerges more toward the end.

Flavor is dank funk with a pretty bracing sourness that is punctuated by fermented out raspberry tartness and a bit of fruit tannins.

A lot of stuff going on in this one... I enjoyed it, but doubt I would buy it again.


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Photo of Fcolle2
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a faded pink hue and a moderate amount of cloudiness. Head is a thin film and fizzy .

Smell has tons of cider vinager aromas with a mild tart raspberry finish. Malt is light and cracker like and adds a nice balance to the sour aromas.

Taste is sour forward in a very plesent crisp cider like tartness that fades quickly into a lot of funk mixed in with some oak flavors. More tart raspberries and some more funk in te finish.

Mouthfeel is good. Light but sticky from the vinager and cut with a high amount of carbonation. A mild metallic finish however not off putting at all.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What an interesting, funky, tasty beer. It starts out enjoyable but only gets better as it warms. The sourness is prevalent but not overdone. And the same can be said for the funkiness. Lots of strawberry and raspberry flavors, some maltiness,, and a smooth mouthfeel and aftertaste. Really cool and fun. Will definitely drink more of this when I get a chance.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bight bright red-pink. It's got a bubbly white head, too. I don't know what to expect as I have never had a beer that looks like this before.

S: Tart raspberry or strawberry, citrus, lemon.

T: Just like the nose but way more prominent. Tart raspberries and/or strawberries, lemon, kind of a funky bitterness, yeast. Oddly enough, I'm getting some sort of 'seedy' taste- like sesame seeds. Not bad, but I'm not blown away.

M: Light and crisp, but not completely. It's a little too light for my tastes, but it's not bad. It does take away from the beer though.

O: This was nice, because I've never had a wild ale before. I don't know if all of them are around the same level of sourness, but I was pleasantly surprised. It didn't blow me away, though.

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Photo of Loot
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

first hits the noise with raspberry, juicy fruit and leather.... followed by minty, floral, Olive notes. finishes Olive strong. with fuzzy white pillowy head that dissipates quickly...

taste it's raspberry sour sweet....with leather and malt, followed by again olives... very much like the nose.

mouthfeel is very medium , medium light.... slight sweetness, but finishes dry... very drinkable...

overall a well done beer... delivers a classic sour character...with a raspberry twist...

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Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in an amber orange color.

The aroma has tart cherry, raspberry, a lemon tartness, and a bit of funk.

The flavor has tons of sweet tart raspberry, lemony tartness, lactic sourness, wood, and funkiness. Some sweetness and dries like white wine.

A very well done wild ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

This Italian raspberry ale is reddish orange colored with a tiny head formed on top with almost no lace circling around. There is a succulent aroma of raspberry juice and raspberry flesh, teasing the nostrils and begging me to drink. Success. Rubus is a very tasty beer, one with the taste of fresh squeezed raspberry juice and a vague acidity which seems to increase my craving for the beer. It's a very pleasing flavor. Unlike many raspberry ales, this one lands closer to lighter medium territory than a thick sweet drink. Having my first sour Italian ale was exciting enough. Having a beer like Rubus which could put up a fight against the likes of Raspberry Tart makes the moment even more special.

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Rubus from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 247 ratings