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
Reviews by Premo88:
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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More User Reviews:
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 ckeegan04
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows raspberry, soft funk, light clean malt. Delectable.
More raspberry as a flavour, along with a fair bit of acidity. Well balanced though with some light malt underneath.
Could use more carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mark for sharing this one at the Bruery 2nd Anniversary.

A: The pour is a light pinkish/red color with a short lived white head.

S: A nice fruity raspberry aroma along with a light acidity and some mild/tame funk.

T: The berry flavors really come through here, more so than in the nose. The intense carbonation heightens the acidity that is there and this works nicely with the somewhat minimal funk.

M: As already mentioned, a very highly carbonated beer--almost soda or champagne-like (I haven't quite decided). A light body on this one.

D: One of the better Italian beers I've come across. A nice refreshing sour/fruit beer that would be nice for the hot weather.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Open Baladin Roma in Rome, Italy.

Pours a bright ruby red color with a pinkish off-white head that slowly fades into a lastig ring. Chunks of soapy lacig left behind. Not the best color but still looks pretty nice.

Subtle funk in the nose but aroma of this beer is just bursting with fresh juicy raspberries. It's so prominent that it seems almost artificial like a syrup was used. It's also a bit seedy and all of the raspberry character starts to overpower the other notes. Still, it smells really good.

Thinner bodies than expected and unfortunately doesn't lie upto the nose. Slightly tart and funky but not very sour or acidic. Again, the raspberries dominate the flavor and the result is a lot of overwhelming sweetness. Sutle earthy funk but tastes more like a dessert drink.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.5/5  rDev -10%

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

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 bottle

A: amber color. almost clear. no head or vidible carbomation
S: raspberry jam. raspberry vine grasiness. never had a fruit beer so close to the actual berry. tomato juice present as well.
T: no bitterness. some tannins in aftertaste.
M: no carbonation. fairly thin. mich like unblended lambic.
O: pure raspberries. doesnt get much closer in liquid form.

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Photo of bobv
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wtkphoto
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of ferrari29
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopStoopid120
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.85/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a pizzaria paradiso a while ago...Would call this a fruit beer over a wild ale.

A: Like a sparkling rose (wine) in color, no head but pretty.

S: Tons of raspberry seed, pure fruit and butter essence. No tartness or malt to speak of, but interesting and amazingly fresh fruit aromas.

T: Taste is like raspberry soda. Too sweet without any leveling tartness or malt to contradict.

M: Very carbonated like draft soda. Too much for sure.

O: It's ok but I would avoid this.

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Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 247 ratings