Rubus | Birra Del Borgo

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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:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
247
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
20
Trade:
1
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 247
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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 -26.7%
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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Photo of wedgie9
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Tasted from bottle at Lush West Town. Pours peach orange with a fluffy and long-lasting tan head. Nose is fresh, tart raspberry with a hint of chewable vitamins and some funk and sweet syrup. The flavor is sweet and tart raspberry with a sour and funky note and solid acidity. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long tart finish.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 Perrumpo
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
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 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 jrallen34
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
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 John_M
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's yesterday, during their rare and obscure beer festival. By all accounts this beer is quite rare, with only 2 kegs shipped to the US.

The beer pours a light pinkish gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. The nose is unique, consisting of raspberry, sour funk, and a slight hint of ginger. Flavors on the palate are even more unusual, with this beer reminding me of a dry raspberry fresca soda, but then with some very noticeable funk/sour. Mouthfeel is very light, and you can tell the alcohol is not very high in this beer. Drinkability is not bad at all, and I found this beer growing on me as I drank more and more of it.

An interesting beer, and one I would describe as a "training wheels" beer for folks trying to understand and appreciate sour beers. While the sour and funk are certainly noticeable, it's dialed down sufficiently that even a confirmed sour hater like myself could appreciate it. Not sure I'd want it all the time, but it was an interesting beer to try at this event.

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Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 247 ratings