Rubus | Birra Del Borgo

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Birra Del Borgo

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 06-27-2009

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Photo of facundoCNB
1.92/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured a deep clear red, looks like red wine. slight hint of bubbles

S - smells like wine. grapes mostly. no smell of raspberries.

T - this tastes like wine. i do not drink wine mainly because of the taste. needless to say, this is not a pleasant experience.

M - slightly bubbly, light bodied. i guess kind of like a champagne.

O - this is not what i was expecting AT ALL. was hoping for an ale brewed with raspberries. this just tastes like wine.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
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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Photo of Perrumpo
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One word: RASPBERRY!

A nice red-amber color to this beer with a bit of a white head. Smells of the fruit with tartness. The taste is sour up-front, which was quite enjoyable, but you are soon smacked with the sweet raspberry that is pure, strong raspberry and nothing but! Too sweet and fruity to drink much of. I felt like I was drinking raspberry juice, not beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a pinkish color with a thin fizzy white head. Some bubbles rose to the top of the glass while drinking it but it mostly had a flat look to it. It has a good clarity to it with just a little sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The smell of the beer had a decent funkiness to it. The smell also had a pretty nice aroma of tart raspberries too. The taste was a little sweet upfront but faded into a slightly tart and not very complex aftertaste. The mouthfeel at first has a nice touch of carbonation to it but by mid glass it has escaped into the open air. The feel is a little watery and flat by the end... Not enough body to this one for me. Overall I was disappointed, I really enjoy trying these Italian brews for some reason but sometimes they just don't really hit home. For me this one wasn't the greatest.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml classically odd-shaped BdB bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a full pinkish amber colour, with the pink washing out and disappearing when held to the the light. Head forms a fine film, but dissipates to a ring of white after a brief period. Some streaks of fine lace. Carbonation is also very fine, and abundant when tilted. Looks pretty decent.

Nose is powerfully flavoured with raspberries, with the fruitiness coming through really very strongly. Under this is a suggestion of funky acidity, and perhaps a faint wet grain character, but there's no question: the "lamponi" provide the bulk of the aroma here.

Taste is not so straight, but doesn't really intrigue me with its complexities. Instead, we get more of that slight wet grain character, and more of the real funk, both of which obscure and confuse the purpose of the beer a bit. There's some true tartness on the back, but by then the grainy character has come forward, meaning that instead of the fresh citric bite that might have accompanied it, the tartness accentuates a harshness.

Feel is clear and crisp, and with a pleasant bite at least.

Overall, this is fair enough, but I've had better from BdB. This feels a bit slapdash—like adding raspberries to a beer that was disappointing as a straight wild ale was going to mask the fact that it was disappointing.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a golden-amber body with a scraggy smattering of bubbles.

Smell: Chiefly berries in the nose with the wild raspberries but with a thin trace of basement-living phenols.

Taste: Very mild, ill-defined maltiness, and only ever very lightly sweet. Plucked puckering raspberries with a touch of impartial phenols creeping around. Fairly reserved tartness. Lightly fruity on the near-flat finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Very low, very light carbonation.

Overall: Fairly mild in just about all of its aspects. As I sit here typing up my notes, I'm noticing the carbonation is being reported as either quite high or very low. Hmm, same goes for the level of sweetness detected. That's how it usually goes with Italian beers for me (and why I generally don't go for them), they're inconsistent, they never 'wow' me, and they're always pricey.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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 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 Jonada
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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 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 ¼ 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 fragilehearted
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a snifter. Cap came off with a hiss, just like my other beer from Birra Del Borgo. Let's see how this offering fares...

A - mostly-clear golden amber. Big fluffy head, goes down to cover & ring. Just a little lacing.

S - raspberries, mostly. There's a little barnyard mustiness in there too. Not too complex, but still nice.

T - pretty mild. Raspberries obviously, little funky...again, not really that complex, but I was hoping for a bit more. Slight medicinal taste. I really wish the raspberries were more pronounced...reminds me a bit of an Italian soda, though the raspberry isn't syrupy, so there's that.

M - really light, pretty carbonated (apparently per reviews, this is hit or miss, but mine had lots of bubbles). Dry finish, considering the rest of the feel.

O - worth trying, but I don't think I'd get it again. I liked Duchessic better. This beer is just a little too light for my liking.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours the color of peach juice with very little head.

S- smells of crushed raspberries and chaulky medicinal chewable vitamins.

T- tart zingy acid up front with natural delicious raspberries. Sour falls off and leaves a very cereal grain flavor on the finish.

MF- slick soda like mouthfeel with a light medium body and good active carbonation.

D- decently drinkable

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Photo of muletrane
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Happy Valentine's Day!

Bottle code: L5035 10

Poured from a 12.7oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a slightly hazy ruby colour. Almost amber. No head whatsoever. Beer looks flat. And of course no lacing. Great color though!

S: Slightly tart and sweet raspberries. A touch of funk. A little spice in there as well. Mild overall.

T: Alot of the notes from the nose come through but more pronounced. Nice balance between the tart, funk and spice notes. Finish is dry with some lingering tartness.

M: Light body with light carbonation. Puckery mouthfeel. Clean and dry.

Overall I would say this beer has nice flavor. Which is what really matters. Everything else about this beer is just average. Not the greatest bang for your buck that's for sure.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up from Wine and Beverage Depot in Totowa. After having the My Antonia, figured I'd give this a try.

A - Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a goblet. Pours a hazy amber orange with almost no head and virtually no lacing around the glass.

S - Rasberries all the way here with bready and sour aromas coming through at the end.

T - Bitter rasberries followed by a sweet taste of the malts that seems to end kind of bitter. It is an unusual mix of flavors that can only be described as having a bunch of rasberries through different stages of their maturity level leaving multiple flavors. Not bad, but not amazing.

M - Very thin with a prominant carbonation feel and dry finish like a champagne.

O - I want to have this again. I feel like I'm alrady in a love hate realtionship. Worth a try of you can get your hands on one. No blushing monk...but still a decent brew.

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Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was listed on a menu of a local beer bar as "Rubus Lamponi from Birra del Borgo" if this isn't the correct place to put this I'm sorry. On draft, served in a snifter.

Beer is pinkish and hazy with a lazy head that leaves minimal lacing, lots of carbonation though. Looks nice.

Aroma is complex but mostly it is sweet raspberries with a mild oakiness and some smoke with mild lactic character.

The beer itself is an odd one. I get some raspberries for sure but I also get a mild smoke, some darker malts, oak on the finish, which is rather dry, and some raspberry tartness in the corners of my mouth. Overall a really odd bag of flavors and I doubt I'll get the opportunity to have this again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly hazy golden orange to ruby red in color with a glow when held up to the light and moderate amounts of visible carbonation.The beer has a finger tall fizzy (soda-like) light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberry (fresh) with some barnyard funkiness and just a hint of sourness. There are also some very light vinous notes and just a hint of vinegar.

T: There is a light amount of barnyard funk flavor upfront with a significant amount of fresh raspberry flavors. Some notes of vinous and vinegar hints but not overly sour but just a little hint of tartness.

M: Slightly more than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Not as much complexity as I was hoping for but this is a very enjoyable and easy to drink. I think that this is pretty approachable for a wild ale but I personally like them a little funkier and a little more sour. I would have this one again - enjoyed that the rasberries have a real natural flavor (not artificial or overly sweetened).

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Photo of TruePerception
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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 jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

I drank this from a tasting glass at EBF.

The beer pours a clearish gold with lots of pink throughout. The head is white with very nice retention and lacing.

The aroma is very similar to champagne with some fruit on the side of the glass.

The first thing about the taste you get is ton of carbonation, some light sweet raspberries, and a little alcohol. This really just reminds me of sparkling water.

The feel kills it for me, way to bubbly, but easy to drink.

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Photo of dar482
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short head consisting of large bubbles that gradually died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the nose along with some notes of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is mostly filled with flavors of sour raspberries. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little tart on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer did a really good job of balancing the tartness and sweetness of raspberries with the sourness. The raspberry aromas and flavors become a little more dominant as the beer warms up, but it still remains very drinkable.

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Photo of shleepy
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

375 bottle shared by a couple of people. Served in snifter glasses. Writing based on ~3-week-old notes.

A: No head; slightly lighter than amber, mostly clear.

S: Raspberries and tomato juice.

T: Slight sourness, and lots of raspberry flavor (which, in turn, combines with the sourness for the tomato-ish flavor). Very interesting.

M: Thin/watery, highly drinkable. No carbonation.

O: Unique. Should be a treat for raspberry fans.

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Photo of Loot
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: orange in color with a slightly pink tone to it. A 1" head lasts a bit and produces a thick lace on the glass.

Smell: raspberries and some sourness is very pleasant on the nose.

Taste: nice sour raspberry flavor with a mild bitterness. One dimensional but tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout.

Drinkability: this is a slow sipping beer that really hit the spot when looking for the style. This beer was fresh and on draft made this a nice find.

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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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