Quarta Runa | Birrificio Montegioco

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Brewed by:
Birrificio Montegioco
Italy | website

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

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Reviews:
32
Ratings:
55
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
11.44%
 
 
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 55
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a fizzy and hazy orange color. The smell was a little funky and sweet at the same time. I liked the taste ofthe beer quite a bit. It was more sweet than sour. I enjoyed the refreshing peach flavor it had. The mouthfeel was highly carbonated and lively. It's an interesting brew.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of vfgccp
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
What an interesting bottle, it is shaped like a Belgian 750ml, except that it actually has a bottle cap on it. The bottle cap is fantastically intriguing as well; it has a plastic, cork-mimicing insert attached to it. As I pour this I get soft fruity notes reminiscent of peaches and apples. The beer is quite hazy, with an orange gold color. It is topped by an initially one-finger thick, off-white colored head that is somewhat creamy in consistency. Really smells like a mostly dry, peach accented hard cider.

This has a medium carbonation to it and with the light body has quite a small impact on the palate. Pretty dry tasting, but that does not stop it from having quite a bit of aromatic tasting fruitiness to it. Peach is certainly noticeable, but there are still notes reminiscent of cider, and the peach notes lean heavily towards to apricot. This hides the alcohol quite well, I would have guessed this was much lower than it is. There is a touch of thin malt here, but it is quite well hidden. The is also a touch of spiciness in the finish somewhat reminiscent of soft ginger.

I was surprised how much peach flavor was in this brew. They must have packed in a ton of peaches to get that flavor and I have a feeling this is what washed out the beer flavors. At $20 a bottle, this is one of the more expensive beers out there.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy orange with a light white head leaving some lacing.

S: Peaches and lemon peel.

T: Lemon and lactic acid for the main flavour with an undercurrent of delicious peaches which never overtake the main flavour.

M: Elegant and smooth. Medium-bodied, with mild acid.

D: A really nice fruit beer; I like peaches so much I wish they were more to the forefront, but that's my only real qualm.

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Photo of corby112
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a foamy white head that settles into a nice lacing that sticks around through the finish. Aroma of crisp golden fruit along with huge peach and sour oak presence. Sour and carbonated up front with loads of peach and oak flavor and a slight wooden, nut presence from the pits. Nice balance of sour and sweet fruit with a wine-like texture. Very unique and quite good!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a very hazy dense peach-yellow colored body with a thick snow-white cloudy head that last the full beer. The body is a bit too dense to see any carbonation.

S- The full smell of yeasty wheat and soft peach fuzz has a hint of club soda followed by a green leaf note. As the beer warms the aroma really develops the dry peach pit note that is very nice.

T- The dry wheat flavor has a slight tartness to it followed by a light dry peach note. The finish is a nice soft bitterness. As the beer warms, the dry but nice flavor of peaches develops.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight sponge texture to the finish.

D- With the first glass of this beer, I was really under whelmed thinking this was just another decent wheat beer with a nice bitterness to it. As the beer warmed in the second and third glass the peach flavor really showed itself. The peach flavor had a very good fresh real peach fuzz flavor. I didn’t taste big juicy sugary peaches but soft peach blossoms.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian strong ale brewed with Volpedo peaches.

A: Poured a bright and very hazy golden-peach color with a huge 2 finger creamy white head that left a nice film lacing.

S: yeasty with sour citrus, oranges, peaches, and a slight bit of farmhouse funkiness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and spicy with some cinnamon notes, fresh sugary peaches, and citrus. The mouthful was light, creamy and very light on the tongue from the soft wheat palate. The flavor proceeds to a tangy citrus and peach flavor before finishing with a sour fruitiness.

M: Very refreshing, crisp, and smooth.

D: soft citrusy and peach flavors provide for an incredibly smooth drinkability factor. Really nice.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey honey wine, gloden yellow, light amber orange juice and melted ice color. Good lacing, and a regular head. The aroma was very fain in peach, but lent some butterscotch and peaches when it was colder. As it warmned, it smelled like buttery peachs.
The taste was very buttery and with some very faint, malty peaches. Unique and unexpected taste of lightly buttered popcorn as teh beer warms. Pretty heavy on the palate with butter and cream, but leaves the palate quickly.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is cloudy dark amber with an off white tight head. Very fruity in the nose, orange peel and peach skin, slightly green and a touch dusty. Huge peach, really tastes like the first bite of a fresh fuzzy peach. Very singular with an earthy peach pit note in back. Medium body, soft palate, great carbonation. This is refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of Suds
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruit beer with peaches: This brew is a hazy, cloudy, traffic-light yellow color. The head is brilliantly white and remarkably thick. The smell is interesting...light and fresh, with peach, apple, yeast, and distant pale malt and grain. A little grass and hay are present in the smell as well. It's a summery-smelling brew, to be sure. The taste has a dryness and chalky character that's not quite fitting. I do like that the fruit isn't overly sweet, though. There's a little malt, and hints of sourness that never quite develop. No sense of hops at all, but there is a little spice quality that comes forth in the finish. Light in body. For 7% abv, the beer hides it's alcohol very well. As far as a fruit beer, this one is pretty good.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a chardonnay glass. This beer is a clear gold with a fizzy white head. Looks nice. Displays a bit of shimmer when swirled.

S: The nose is dominated by aromas of ripe peaches and sparkling wine. I could not help thinking that it smells almost like a bellini.

T: A fruity, tart entry gives way to graceful notes of butter cream, ripe peach, champagne, vanilla, and minerals. Finishes with a sustained flourish of peach and vanilla flavors. Very drinkable.

F: Full-bodied with a thick, firm, luscious mouthfeel. Not too heavy. Nicely balanced.

O: This is really an excellent strong pale ale. I recommend it highly.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 12/29/2009. Bottle from Ginger Man. Pours a clear light orange/yellow with no real head. Aroma is straight-out peaches with some light musty funk. Flavor is also quite peachy with some light sugary sweetness too. Great fruit beer! I'm especially a fan of those peach beers and this was a good one!

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first pour of the 2009 Portland International Beerfest, 4 oz. (or a bit more) to a tasting glass, from a 750ml green bottle.

A: Hazy wheat-yellow, very little head and a thin ring. Milky, but a little carbonation shows in the waning sunlight. Fuller in the center, less opaque at the edges. Small flecks of lace.

S: Very nice aroma, soft wheat and ripe peaches. Has a 'peach sorbet' aroma: a lttle milky and bready wrapped around 'peach'. Slightly nutty, a toasty grain.

T: Here we go with peaches again; buttered bread and that juicy sweet/tart fruit. Really gives the impression of a liquified cobbler, down to the flaky pie crust. A nice honey-sweetness intermingled with a light tartness.

M: Velvety smooth, a fine coating of silt. rich and creamy for a pale ale. Feels 'full' in a body that's barely 'medium'. Lovely.

D: Really could drink this all the time, has a fruity/bready quality something akin to DFH's Festina Peche - only problem is the lofty ABV. Very tasty and very happy to try, even at a whopping $5 for a 4 oz. taste.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in May 2008; price not recorded.

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a reasonable white head, and a small-moderate amount of chunky yeasty-like sediment.

Aroma is of fresh peaches, and is absolutely marvelous; the best part of this beer. Well done!

Flavor is a generally tame, wheaty pale ale, with a generous (but not overpowering) fruit flavor- nicely balanced, delicate and clean. However, also plain and unexciting. Good for what it is, but not anything that really excites me.

Not bad.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

New batch? Didn't see a date on the 12oz bottle served at Alla Spina in Philadelphia. Pricey.

Pours a light golden, plenty of bubbly head. Smell is ripe and very peachy, mix of earthy fresh peaches and a sweeter, juicy peach note. Loads of peaches. Peaches. Did I mention peaches?

Flavor carries through the peach notes, sweet and earthy, light tartness with spritzy carbonation, a little too much so, could be a little more depth to this (maybe a bit more malt body, though I think the carbonation is hindering what could be a smoother balance here), light and refreshing, enjoyable.

Worth the price? Probably not, but a really enjoyable, unique beer. Did I mention peaches?!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden in color with a big finger and a half white fizzy head

Smell is malt forward with a bright sweet peach aroma that works nicely with the sweet caramel malt and rich grainy aromas. Little to no hop presence.

First sip is lighter then expected but not in a bad way. Malt has some faint grain and straw flavors that are balanced out by a moderately sticky sweet peach fruit flavor. A little bit of bready yeast is present near the end and in the exhale.

Mouthfeel is light crisp ad refreshing. High carbonation is balanced with a fruit and malt stickiness.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy pale orange. Really beautiful color. Slight head when poured, but then absolutely nothing afterwards except for a slight "island" of bubbles on top.

Smell: Fruit characters are very evident. The sweetness of the peaches jump out at you like you just opened up a can of them. Very fresh smelling.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Man that is great. It's a combination of a lighter Belgian pale ale, a fruit beer and a sour. The showcase of this one is the peaches. Has a light and dry body. It's got some sweetness to it, but it's not as overwhelming as you would think. The aftertaste has a sour kick to it. Very tasty.

Drinkability: If the price on this wasn't so expensive, I would drink it often, but as it is, this one is for special occasions. This is a very drinkable beer and a unique one from this Italian brewing company. Excited to see other offerings from them.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange, with a decent head that lasts awhile.

Smells of malt and fresh peaches.

While peaches are what this beer is all about, the taste is good but not stellar. Malt is prominent and the taste is overall a bit bland. Very unlike a Lindeman's in which the peach flavor is much more prominent. This is not very acidic, which I would prefer, but it is also not too sweet which is one thing I like about it compared to Lindeman's.

The body is medium and carbonation is lightly spritzy, giving it an acceptable mouthfeel.

This is an OK fruit beer, but overall a bit on the bland side. Finished it off, but will not seek another.

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Photo of rallison
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a 1/2 finger white head that leaves a ring.

Smells wonderful. Fresh peaches and yeast make for a very pleasant nose.

The taste, however, is a bit of a letdown. Wheat-y with some yeast notes and very, very subtle peach notes. The smell is complex - the taste, not so much. Still very interesting, but not as good as I was hoping.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good.

Recommended, although not worth the $20 or so this costs.

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Photo of nick76
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is very good good with plenty of peaches and yeast. It's also got lots of malt. The appearance is cloudy white gold with a pink hue. The taste is dryer than I expected and slightly sour with a general fruitiness and peaches. There is also some malt and funk. The palate is average but smooth. OVerall I like it but it falls just short of great.

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Photo of dherling
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a golden brown color with a nice off white head. I get some alcohol in the nose, along with caramel, butterscotch, and maple syrup with a touch of spice. The taste is slightly assertive, but the alcohol is a bit too forward, and the sweetness not as balanced as Iwould like. This also has a bit too creamy of a mouthfeel, where I would think it should be a little dryer and crisper.

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