Rubus | Birra Del Borgo

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86
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244 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by John_M on 06-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
11.63%
 
 
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8
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18
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4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of von_kaiser
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of q33jeff
2.12/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Nichols33
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of stompilator
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Slack
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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 ConradKenney
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petermethot
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fabiand
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Maich
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of probert
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Domvan
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mytu420
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of xJMFCx
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 773-F-I-B
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craftbeersweden
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Rubus from Birra Del Borgo
3.87 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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