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Birra Del Borgo

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 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 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 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 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 HopHead84
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Dark golden orange with a bit white head.

S: Bursting with raspberry skin and seed. Nice candied fruitiness. There's a little maple and caramel. Light earthy notes.

T: Authentic raspberry flavor with a light bitterness and a touch of aspirin-like character. Moderately sweet with a low acetic acidity.

M: Light body with a highly carbonated spritzy mouthfeel.

Overall: Great fruit nose but the flavor didn't live up to it. A nice beer overall, though, and worth trying.

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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 jibbyvonjibb
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Beerenauslese
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from Bir & Fud bottle shop in Rome, May, 2011. Freshness date is 3/2013. Lot LS35. Poured into a Bruery chalice.

Bottle opened with a resounding pop. Body has a bright orange color, hazily translucent. Poured with some force, it produced a 3/4 inch head that within 5 minutes turns to a cap and ring.

Nose is all raspberry fruit, and very fresh smelling real raspberries. There is some light maltiness as well. Smells just like a tub of raspberries.

Tastes of fresh, tart raspberries with a light malt backbone. Contrary to some posts, this tastes more like beer than wine, but the malt is very light. Per website, the base is the spelt beer, Duchessa, but the label says it is brewed with barley. OK.

There is a nice berry tartness on the tongue and just a little funk, but overall, a very clean and bright presentation of fresh raspberries. There is just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, which is also a bit dry. Also just a little hint of mint. Tastes simple and to the point, it is not complicated.

Body is medium and carbonation is fizzy, giving this a refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, I think this is a delightful beer that really exudes fresh raspberry taste. Good to drink on its own, I think it would really go with some sticky dark chocolate confection. Some may desire more complexity or sourness, but this simple expression is working just fine for me. Fresh raspberries are the main ingredient (can't make out the percentage on the label, maybe 11%; the website says 100 grams of fresh raspberries per liter were used). Some raspberry extract is used as well (label says 10% raspberry infusion). But overall, this seems to be a beer of honest simplicity.

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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 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 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 larryi86
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- A bright clear reddish orange with a small one finger head.

S- Tart raspberries, hint of funk, some sweetness.

T- Tart raspberries, hint of earthy notes and some funk, sweet raspberries.

M- Light, crisp, good carbonation.

O- A nice raspberry beer that is easy to drink. At times it reminded me of a toned down and sweeter Rosé De Gambrinus. I would pick this up again as a treat or to share with others, really worth trying.

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

Served in a wine glass.

Light golden amber with a pink tinge to it that is clear. Has an off white head that also has a pink tinge, it dispersed quickly and left little lacing.

Light raspberry with a little funkiness in the nose.

A little raspberry in the beginning that becomes semi sweet in the middle with a funky tart finish that is very dry.

Beer was recommended by the bartender and I was happy he did. Was not overwhelming with the funkiness just right. Most surprising thing about this beer was it reminded me of a country wine an not beer. Good beer.

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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 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 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 glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a cream-colored head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of grainy medium malts with good amounts of mildly tart raspberries and smaller amounts of grassy funk.

Tastes more complex than it smells. Moderately dry medium malts up front are joined quickly by solid amounts of lightly tart raspberries. Midway through hints of breadiness come through before being pushed aside by wet hay and grassy funk. The funk fades out into a crisp and mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation.

Overall this was an interesting beer that is very well balanced in the flavor profile. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

american wild is a bit of a stretch... Stated by justin of beer table as a saison with raspberries added rather early in the boil. And indeed a rather filtered saison with a mild musty bitter end to a very distinct and sour raspberry beginning. Nose of an up front raspberry candy fruit. Palate is as lean as expected with an almost lager crisp of grassy bitter with almost no head after about a minute. Predominantly sour and almost no malt hints. Not as fruit tannin as other fruit added to wort beers. Although still rather unique in the american frame of mind, i could see a quebec brewery doing something very similar.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a pink orange with a very mild head, almost flat looking.

S: Raspberry heaven, light acid, reminds me a lot of Raspberry Tart.

T: True raspberry flavour mixed with a lot of lemon and acid, good flavour.

M: Medium acidity, very light carbonation, but a good full body in this beer.

O: This is a wonderful tasty fruit sour with true fruit flavour. If you see this available, a must try.

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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 timtim
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"wild" ales are all the rage right now, but not totally sure that is where this one fits, seeing as the brettanomyces are introduced from adding wild raspberries. whatever... this is an interesting, very well made and refreshingly unique beer. pours a remarkable pink-amber with a white(ish) head that holds forever and leaves big lace. very pretty. nose is big, pure, beautiful, sweet, fresh raspberry with a hint of cherry pie crust and earth (and brett... or is the pie crust/earth the brett?) wrapping it up. taste is raspberry mainly, but it never seems contrived or artificial. just seems like the natural character of the whole raspberry patch has been preserved. earth, fresh air, fruit. wonderful. the natural balance of sweet and tart is there, and a hint of graham cracker maltiness seems to come out a bit in the finish. fruit all the way, and this may be the only beery showcase of fruit i have ever tried that fully preserves the beauty of the adjunct. refreshing and different. i want to savor and schwill at the same time. on the palate, this one never gets sticky, even as it warms up a good bit. it stays crisp, clean and light-medium with a sparkly finish and no aftertastes. fantastic. going in to this expecting an American style wild may cause disappointment for lack of funk and sourness, but an open mind is sure to find a lovely lovely beer. classy and elegant, this is what fruit should do to beer.

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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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