Maledetta | Birra Del Borgo

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Birra Del Borgo

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by John_M on 11-05-2011

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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Beer-A-Lot:
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Gorgeous amber ale color, huge head.

S - Sweet honey, lemon, wine.

T - Win in a beer glass. Sweet, lemony, tart, slight dryness on back end.

M - some chewiness, lots of wine-like tannins.

O - Really tasty. Makes sense it tastes like wine since it's from Italia. Well done.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows funky brett-like notes, sweet malt and some over-ripe apples/peaches.
Flavours focus on rich, sweet malt with very little hops, just a faint herbal and spicy note.
Body feels too thick.
Interesting stuff...

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Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with two fingers of off-white head that recedes into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Sour and sweet citrus up front, reminiscent of lemons. Some light candy sugar and bubblegum aromas follow along with a good amount of must and funk.

T: The funk really dominates in the flavor, giving some musty and barnyard flavors. Sour lemony citrus flavors follow with a lightly bitter but clean finish.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is light, dry, and refreshingly clean.

O: Described as a "saison IPA," this beer is definitely more saison than IPA. The hop notes were faint, but the sour and funky aspects of the beer were quite good. It was refreshingly tart and funky.

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Photo of geofort78
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark yellowish amber in color and has some fine particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light to moderate aromas of malts and yeast are present in the nose along with notes of pepper and hints of lemons.
T: The taste has flavors of musty and sweet malts along with peppery notes from the yeast.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer feels a little heavier and maltier compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of marcrech
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of oline73
2.21/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at Max's. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a slightly weird hue, like it was on the tv and the color was off a bit. There is a layer of smooth off white head and a decent amount of retention.

Smell: Quite buttery/creamy, uh oh. Citrus peel hops and some malt too.

Taste: Some citrus peel bitterness and a mildly sour note. The creaminess from the smell shows up here too. Bitter in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: Not sure if this was an off keg or an of beer. The taste and smell didn't work for me. Oh well.

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Photo of drmeto
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy orange-red with a medium,frothy,offwhite head
-raisins,spicy,grassy,sour cherry,red apple,pineapple,plums,pomegranate
-high,lingering bitterniss
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
More of a Belgian IPA than a Saison.Pretty good

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Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of pubscout
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as a Christmas present, Maledetta, from Birra del Borgo is a very interesting, very different, yet comfortably familiar Beer. Billed as a saison/farmhouse ale, it’s supposedly a combination of Belgian and British styles and I can’t disagree. The Belgian influence shows in the round body and in the flowery, slightly spiced flavor, and the British Style is evidenced in the intense citrus aroma. But it’s also malty, as most British IPA’s are. The mouthfeel is smooth with medium to high carbonation. It starts out with flavors of honey and toffee, but finishes with a pleasant peppery note. At just 6.2% ABV, it could easily be a summer session Beer, and it would work well at a BBQ or with Shepherd’s Pie. I must have obtained an unusual bottle, because the label art displays the name “Maledetta,” ( most don’t show the name ) which means “cursed” or “damned” and comes from the name of a famous Italian cigar club. I don’t see how anyone would be “cursed” by having this beer, but I will say it’s “damned” good.

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of brianmandell
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today (naturally - who else would have this on tap).

The beer pours a reddish gold color with good head retention and considerable lacing all around. The nose is unusual (I was warned this beer is a bit, ahem, unusual), dry apple, cottage cheese, and cream. Ummm.... yeah....

The flavor profile is a bit more impressive than what I pick up on the nose, though this beer is still plenty unusual. The beer is fairly sweet, and is quite creamy on the palate, with flavor of apple, light ginger snap and a touch of honey. Really don't get a whole lot to indicate that this is a saison IPA (how it's listed on the menu at Max's). Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, soft, creamy finish. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable in this beer.

Interesting beer, and I'm glad I was able to try it, but can't really see ordering this again any time soon.

Edit from 11/16/11. Had a better version of this beer at Rustico Ballston (in fact, Casey indicated that he eventually pulled the keg at Max's, as he was concerned about some of the unusual, possibly "off" flavors). I didn't pick up any of the cottage cheese or cream aroma/flavor this time, and the beer tasted much more like an IPA saison. There was a lot more sweet ice tea flavor in the beer, with some nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. I don't think the overall quality necessitates a rating/score change (a score of B still sums this up pretty well), but the Rustico version certainly tasted different from the beer I had at Max's.

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Photo of MouthfulOfchris
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of JaimeLondon
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a complex beer.
It has a turbid appearance, of umber color and a beige foam.
Smell is yeasty, with fruity notes of lemon and pear, with spicy notes like peper and with sweet notes like caramel and syrup.
Taste is similar in the beginning, gets sour after some time and then gets bitter and dry in the end, with some sweet honey notes in the lips.
Body and carbonation are a somewhat high level.
Yeah, that's a good and complex beer. But for some reason I didn't find it great.

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Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Walbert_Neto
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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Maledetta from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 65 ratings