Imper Ale Ubi Rossa | Birra Tenute Collesi SRL

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Imper Ale Ubi RossaImper Ale Ubi Rossa
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
Italy
collesi.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by lumikuuro on 03-15-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.21%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i like this quite a bit less than some of the others from these guys. its a deep red color, a hint at how sweet and malty it is, with a minimal and fading white head. a little haze to the dark amber liquid and a nose of dryer red malt and the same slightly funky yeast that manifests itself in all the beers in this series. i see sugar as an ingredient, suggesting the additive to increase the abv here, which i dont think adds anything. the yeast flavors this one less than the others, and in fact seems a bit underdone, like it didnt get all the sugar out. the dominant flavor here is the grain, which is a tad stale, but richer and robustly earthy. some dried fruit on the back end, red apples and figs. almost a saison style finish to this, well carbonated but still a bit heavy and sweet. i can almost feel a headache coming on, dont know what it is with these, but thats the case. an enjoyable brew, but the others were a little better i think. the 8% abv hits harder than it should.

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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has no sign of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: The aroma isn’t very strong but is complex with notes of yeast and hints of cherries.
T: Like the smell, the taste is also complex and has flavors of dark fruits along with notes of grapes and yeast. The flavors develop and become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the flavors are well balanced.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy reddish brown in color with some very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface and moderate amounts of yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass (made up of pretty large white particles). The beer has a two finger tall creamy tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There is a good amount of complexity to the aroma of this beer with some dark fruit sweetness including cherries along with some yeast and spices.

T: Like the smell, there is a fair amount of complexity to the taste of this beer. There is a moderate to strong presence of dark fruits (cherry, grape, and plum) contributing some sweetness. The beer also has a moderate presence of yeast and spices.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I enjoyed this beer because of the complexity in both the smell and taste, it is easy to drink for how big it is because the alcohol is well hidden. This is a sipping beer to be enjoyed slowly.

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Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Ah, one of the members of the relatively unknown pair of Martina and Rossa... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby topped by over a finger of faded khaki foam. The nose comprises light black cherry, rye bread, clove, dry caramel, a hint of chlorinated water, light dark fruits, and a touch of brown sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, with the fruity and bready notes battling it out for domination and the spices left grasping for scraps. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda creamy feel. Overall, a decently solid brew, something akin to a middling BSDA. It's nothing special, but it's enjoyable enough for an occasional drink.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mklisz
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of aasher
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark amber / brown color with a huge 3" head that lasted a long time. Moderate lace painted the glass.

Smell: malt sweetness and some yeasty bread tones are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: big malty base with some toffee, black plum, fig, and a yeasty and earthy tone showing up late. Bitterness is mild but balancing. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a slight dryness late. Long lasting aftertaste as the flavors linger a while in the mouth.

Overall: an enjoyable dark ale that is slow sipping. This is a hearty beer with nice flavor profile.

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Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish color with a white head. The aroma has some toffee and candy sugar notes, as well as a fruity flavor that reminds me of grapes and cherries.

The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of cherries and grapes, which are accompanied by the toffee and caramel malt notes. The alcohol is very well hidden. There is also a little malty sweetness in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown with burgundy highlights, big plume of khaki colored head, diminishes quickly, leaving splotchy lacing. First scent is of bready belgian yeasts, underneath lie notes of plum, fig, cherry, apple, wine grapes, brown sugar, vanilla and oak, overall slightly sweet with a touch of tartness. Taste brings the components of scent together in a muted, but well designed flavor profile - sweet and fruity, but light and clean. As it warms, the flavors develop fully - recommend above the stated serving temp range. Medium bodied, some heft from suspended yeast, carbonation in check despite rush when pouring. A pleasent beer with many complex notes without any being very aggressive - could have used one standout charachter and the fruit notes were begging to be unleashed.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good, fairly clear mahogany red colour with a big, quick to dissipate light tan head.

Dusty, stale aroma. Very slightly malty. Some mild fruity notes.

The flavour is really nice. There's a rounded sweet malt, great berry fruits, some nice vanilla and a hint of nuts. There's a little x-factor missing but it's quite nice.

Medium to medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Just a touch gassy.

This is a solid Belgian ale. The flavours are full and good.

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Photo of Hellpop65
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Collesi Imper Ale Rossa Ubi has a very thick, beige head, a murkey, rust-red appearance, with tiny bubble streams up the side, and thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of fruitcake- dark, rich fruits and sweet bread. Taste is of the same, with the brandy-like alcohol shining forth. Bitterness is essentially nonexistent with this. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Collesi Imper Ale Rossa Ubi finishes semi-dry, surprisingly crisp, rich, and very drinkable. Overall, this is a wonderful beer.

RJT

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Photo of ADZA
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in exactly the same sort of bottle and labeling as the Bionda except everything is in red instead of yellow,it pours an impressive deep cherry,mahogany hue with nice carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger tanned head with some sporadic lacing,the aromas are cherries,spices and some red berries,it has a pretty light mouthfeel for the style which is abit overcarbonated but you still get tastes of cherries,red berries,plum jam and on finish its pretty dry with a tinge of hoppy bitterness,overall alot better than the Bionda but not very memorable and wouldnt rush out to buy it again.

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Thanks to Ken for bringing this one over to our tasting last night. One of the most beautiful and unique bottles I've seen. Poured a medium reddish color with a decent tan head. Aromas of yeast, spices and dark fruits. Medium bodied and somewhat crisp and slightly vinuous, with flavors yeast, caramel and spice.

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Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gordavidson
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep, leathery brown liquid with some ruby highlights when held to a light. The off-white head is thin but creamy with excellent retention.

S- Plums, figs, brown sugar, apples, and a touch of cotton candy.

T- Dark fruits such as plums and figs, some brown sugar, bubble gum, and some cotton candy. There is a bit of earthiness on the finish if you look for it.

M- Abundant carbonation gives this beer a light and clean mouthfeel and helps keep the flavors from becoming overbearing.

O- A tasty beer that does not deviate too far from the style. Enjoyable and definitely worth trying.

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Imper Ale Ubi Rossa from Birra Tenute Collesi SRL
3.82 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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