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Quarta Runa | Birrificio Montegioco

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Montegioco
Italy
birrificiomontegioco.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Belgian-inspired ale brewed with fresh peaches.

Added by Todd on 10-11-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,389
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
60
pDev:
8.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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16
Gots:
4
Trade:
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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Moor, Bristol - Pours cloudy golden with a medium white head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Aroma - Fruity forefront - peach, light vanilla at the back, tart notes. Taste - Tart, fruity - peach, sweet notes. Very refreshing fruity wild ale.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of epyon396
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Listed in the "1001", I don't think I'll have this again. It was not a good value and had some off-tastes.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at Hunger N Thirst serve in a small snifter.

The color is golden and cloudy with thick white head and rocky top. The smell has mild floral and slightly fruity esters with gentle malt in the aroma. The feel is tangy, fruity and subtle creamy yet lightly mineral in the finish with slight sour aspect with mostly dry finish -like mineral water essence with peach flesh in texture.

The taste is good with a slight fruity malty entry with a subtle sweet quality and slight floral hint in the middle with peach essence that is semi-tangy yet mildly creamy perhaps from the yeast with a gentle and semi-dry finish. Overall this is interesting but of the peach beers I tried recently this was the most mellow

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking pride in their rustic brewing roots that are now more likely embodied in Belgian lowland ales, Italy shows off their barley and wheat-rich tradition with Quarta Runa- a yeast and wheat heavy taste with a delicate array of fruit and spice, but with a certain peach-flavored lead.

Hazy goldenrod and turbid like German wheat ale, the beer's racing carbonation plumps up a large, rocky pillow of froth. With an acidic fruit tinge to the nose, the scent of peach is front and center. With a bready-sweet character looming, its taste is doughy and succulent like cookie dough.

With the rich wheat and bread flavors holding stern, the natural fruit esters of apple, banana, papaya and pawpaw act cidery, vinous with white wine, and share a candied confectioner's whimsy. Balanced with freshly grated white pepper, clove, peppercorn, vanilla and almond, the counter to fruit is spicy. Peach dominance however reign supreme with the mustiness of over-ripe orchard fruit, damp burlap and a whimsy of sea air adding a deep and earthen tone to finish without souring.

Medium-full on the palate, the beer's soft bitter finish is lightly grassy as the beer once again links up with the fruit skin pectin character of peach for an astringency that's mostly reserved for fruit wine. Trailing with a big wheat, yeast, vegemite and angel-food creaminess, the ale rounds out on the palate like a bigger, more complex, fruit-infused hefeweizen

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3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 bottle, opened Oct 2015

A - Nice deep golden wheat body with a finger f creamy white head. OK retention and lace.

S - Loaded with delicious yellow peaches, fresh cut grass, sweet melon, and bread crust.

T - Sweet and peachy. Grass, lemon, crisp apple, syrupy canned peaches, and dry earthy hops.

M - Medium body with low carbonation.

O - Fruity and sweet. Almost more fruit lambic-like than Belgian strong ale.

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

just incredible beer here, been loving the italians, and this, although not technically a wild ale, which i have found those guys do the best, is up there with the best i have had from the boot shaped country with a diverse brewing history. its hazy straw colored beer, super heady, but unassuming in presentation aside from the comical but beautiful artwork on the paper that wraps the bottle. the smell on this is insane, fresh peaches with a caramel kick, like they were grilled or somehow caramelized themselves. the malt base is simple, seemingly wheat first, and its quite yeasty too, with an ale strain somewhere between belgian saison and mild brett. there is a mild funk, but it may just be from unpasteurized raw wild fruit. the peach flavor in this too is as authentic as it gets. the way atrial rubicite gives you raspberries like no other, this does the same thing with the peach. i taste and feel the tangy fuzz on the outside, and the juicy ripeness is unrivaled in fermented beverages. the yeast is cool, bready and light, like a peach pastry, and that caramelization almost grilled peach richness as there all the way though. somehow super dry as it finishes, with only natural peach flavor left on the palate. as good as fruit beer gets, especially without the maturity and funk of a lambic type. amazing, and easily the best of the few beers i have had from these guys, maybe my favorite italian brew to date. special, and although it cost almost 30 bucks, it was worth every penny!!!

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -4%

Photo of Rado
4.04/5  rDev 0%

Photo of polishkaz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with hints of gold and a fine one finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma is almost all fresh peaches, with thints of caramel malt. Peachy. Flavor is dry light peach, light wheat, slight tartness. Medium body with good carbonation. This is kind of a one dimensional ale, with little other flavors than the peach and the light wheat, but it is so differeent and well done that it is still an interesting and unusual treat to drink. Drier than a fruit lambic. The peach in the flavor is not quite as fresh as the aroma, but the nose is fabulous. Glad I ran across this.

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4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Marvelous, really enjoy peach anyway and I passed this around to a few people who really liked it as well. The wheat was a surprise, did not expect to pick up on it. Well carbonated, refreshing and very drinkable. A real pleasure, would like to find more.

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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of PEZ candy. Never smelled anything like this before in a beer. Fresh peaches and sugar are tempered with a 7% ABV and some light hopping. Perfect carbonation with a persistent, sturdy head that follows each sip into your mouth. This beer has the right amount of dextrins and body for a "fruit" beer.

Highly recommended.

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Quarta Runa from Birrificio Montegioco
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 60 ratings
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