Maledetta | Birra Del Borgo

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John_M on 11-05-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
11
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
7
For Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

im not sure this one is retired, because i just picked it up off a shelf in a popular store last week, but never mind that. its a cool beer, probably not worth what i paid for it, but thats the gamble with all of this beautifully packaged italian stuff thats blowing up everywhere, its not all amazing, but when it hits, it hits hard. this is a saison type with a really neat yeast strain in it, short of what we require to be a wild ale here, but its moving more in that direction than the belgian or american saison yeast types. wheat base from what i can discern, and it tastes pretty fresh, refined, and somewhat rustic. its hazy and pale, with a ton of bubbles, a creamy feel, and frothy but dry finish with a light white pepper flavor, soft and unique. the flavor of the beer moves from rather neutral malt to european hops and then the yeast, which really is the star of the show, i wish i saved the bottle to culture some. farmy but tamed by the creaminess of the body on this one. i liked the beer, but is it way better than the basic american take on the style? im not sure, its definitely a little different, more yeasty and whole, but im not sure i would buy it again, even for half the price.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
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 oline73
2.21/5  rDev -39.9%
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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of DrBier
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFields
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 corby112
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at The Farmers Cabinet.

Pours a hazy dark ruby/copper color with dark golden orange edges and a one finger off-white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with sweet tropical and citrus hop notes along with some sweet malt.  Hints of ry,  caramel and grassy saison yeast. Not terribly hoppy or piny. More sweet smelling than anything.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture and much more of a saison ipa hybrid than the aroma suggests. Much stronger hop presence that is floral and slightly dry/bitter lingering over the sweet malt and saison yeast into a slightly dry finish. Pine needle balanced by tropical fruit and citrus rind as well as grassy, earthy yeast notes and sweet malt. Hints of caramel, rye, toffee and biscuit. Well balanced and more comlex than expected. Pretty quaffable.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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 markgugs
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of drpimento
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance has an incredible cream-colored huge thick, very long-lasting head, with some lace and a cloudy honey amber color. aroma is used bread dough and hops. Flavor is like aroma plus some additional flavors of resin, wood, malt sweetness and slightly oxidized hops. Body is very good. not sure what kind of beer this is; tastes to me a little bit like an old ale, but whatever kind it is, it's decent enough

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Photo of shigg85
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Maledetta from Birra Del Borgo
3.68 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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