Rubus | Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
73.4%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 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
Ranking:
#10,139
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
244
Liked:
179
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
11.66%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
18
Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Monk. Pours pinkish with a wisp on head. Sour aroma with a drop of brett. A full mouthfeel is striking from the first sip until the palate gets used to the frontal attack of the raspberries, malt, and enzmes. Very nicely drinkable, a deep taste of raspberry thoroughness and fruit sugar. This is the real thing.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and slightly funky with raspberry and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour raspberry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Rubus from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 73.4% out of 100 with 244 ratings
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