Birra Etrusca
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #26
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #24,397
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 13.75%
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
648
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 06, 2022
Added:
Dec 09, 2012
Wants:
  43
Gots:
  144
SCORE
84
Good
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Notes: This beer is based on a beverage that may have been enjoyed by the Etruscans of Ancient Italy around 800 BC. A strong ale containing an Italian heirloom grain called Cappelli Senatore, along with pomegranate juice, raisins, and hazelnut flour, together with 3 types of honey: chestnut, wildflower, and clover. Spiced with several hop flowers, Gentian root and tree resin (think Myrrh) in the kettle.
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Rated: 4.09 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Sep 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.55 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by Benish from Utah

Apr 04, 2021
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Rated by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Really enjoyed this, I get the pomegranate and the rest is a nice meld
Aug 06, 2020
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Reviewed by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bottled on 06/03/14

Nice, complex, tart, fruity, with an interesting herbal incense spice note, myrrh, gentian root, honey, hint of hazelnut, wheaty, with fresh pomegranates, pomegranate juice, raisins, some acidity, herbal notes, and a touch of bronze
Apr 25, 2019
 
Rated: 3.29 by mholdefer from Alabama

Jan 31, 2019
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Rated by Reggie_Dunlop from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Had it several years ago in a pint bottle. I can remember the taste being eye opening
Jan 13, 2019
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From the 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on May 20, 2018.

It pours a handsome looking and slightly murky looking amber brown. Quick lived off-white head.

The aroma is alive with sensations including pomegranate, honey, woody spiciness, and hazelnut. A kid of earthiness throughout.

The body is medium to bold and rather slick.

IN the flavor the sweet honey is front and center with a boost of fruitiness. The alcohol is downplayed yet there is an exotic spicy character. Hops are not found. A unique tasting beer.
May 20, 2018
 
Rated: 4.78 by chiefz1 from New York

Feb 11, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by JuiceMan818 from California

Jan 30, 2018
 
Rated: 3.93 by crow from Illinois

Dec 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2017
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Rated blind.

Clear brown brew, with a fizzy head of moderate size that rapidly disappears completely.

Prunes feature heavily on the aroma, along with figs and dates, light Belgian yeast notes, and brown sugar. Something on the nose is a touch stale and cloying.

My immediate impression on the palate is figs and grape juice, along with apples, light brown sugar, hay, wheat, and mild spices. Not as strong as a Belgian in flavors.

Sticky finish, but a light brew overall. Surprising warmth belies a moderately high ABV.
Oct 10, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Aug 28, 2017
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Reviewed by secondtooth from Indiana

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Aged maybe a year.

Appearance: This Bronze-age ancient ale pours a deep and clean amber, with average head and no lace.

Aroma: Fruity. Sour pomegranate notes seem to take hold first, with a grainy maltiness ruling. Not bad.

Taste: Fruit again, sweet but with a warming finish. I get a honey taste, too. Can’t detect much of the hazelnut flour, but I do get the raisins and some spice, too. Feels a lot like a wine vibe overall, but pretty well delicious and fruit/malty in the realm of the fine Belgians. Really pleasant and tasty.
Aug 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.53 by BergBeer from Hawaii

Aug 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Mar 24, 2017
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a slightly hazy , (slightly) reddish-purplish orange-amber. Maybe if a touch of pomegranate juice were added to cider? Light , off-white head.

Smells like a V. labrusca-based wine ('Concord',etc.) , plus a slight yeastiness. As it warms, a boozy, brandy-like aroma emerges, like a Belgian tripel.

At first, the flavor is like a very dry, slightly (hop) bitter, grape soda, with very fine carbonation. As it warms some honey, spice, floral, and nut flavors come out, and it becomes less dry and crisp.

Overall, a good one. I wouldn't want it often, but it hit the spot today. I'd have it again, and would recommend it as worth a try.
Mar 19, 2017
 
Rated: 3.71 by mds1101 from Illinois

Feb 22, 2017
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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Tastes pretty good for what it is. None of the individual components overwhelms the others. I have to wonder though, most of DFH's ancient ales are fairly high ABV - did all beer used to be this boozy?
Feb 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.24 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Jan 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.92 by DrKarl from Illinois

Jan 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Dec 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Nov 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by HabaJohn from Illinois

Nov 13, 2016
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

4.19/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Copper with no sediment on the first pour. Only fine, fine, fine, bubbled carbonation, and a half finger of bright yellow tinged head.

First thought is, its a Belgian triple based on the nose. Smells of phenols, and what I think of as Belgian yeasts, its fruity, like apples, alcohol and a hint of creme brûlée.

Sweet and way more complex than I expected. Tastes like layers of flowers and fruits, it could be a perfume based on the taste. I get apples, and grenadine syrup (yes, the pomegranate) a fair amount of sweetness considering I've had this bottle for over a year. Flowers, molasses, and its like concentrated pomegranate syrup is present. The floral aspects might be a residue of the honey.

Medium, slightly weighty body with moderate, almost low carbonation. Very smooth, alcohol only detected in the throat.

My wife got this at Bruisin Ales in Asheville, NC in August 2015. Drank in Chiangmai, Thailand, Sept 6th, 2016. Really standing up with time. Well worth a try, no disappointments here. Unique, and tastes good, and having a historical background is a huge bonus.
Sep 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.8 by 5EKF from Illinois

Aug 16, 2016
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Reviewed by 0_0 from New Jersey

3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75
L - Decent Head dark amber in color
S - Sour, slight fruit notes
T - Sour, bitter, grapes and only the tiniest hint of the bottle - mentioned pom.
F- I;m high right now, what does it matter how i feel?
O - The ancient ale is interesting, but really its story is more build up than its actual delivery.
Jul 30, 2016
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
DATE: July 28, 2016... OCCASION: watching our wedding videos (thanks for sending the VCR, Jer!) while celebrating fifteen blessed years of marriage with Shana... GLASSWARE: Affligem goblet.... a dark copper, almost brownish opaque body challenges daylight... the off-white fizzles to a pencil-thin ring, while small clouds circle inside... apple, sour apple, grapefruit, vanilla, honey, grapes, and saltiness--safe to say, I haven't smelled something like this before, although the aroma loosely approximates freshly unwrapped cassette tapes from the eighties... in summation, quite a cornucopia to process... upon first sip, surprisingly active in the mouth... medium-bodied, warming, and dry, with the honeyed finish that provides depth and length to the taste... demonstrative apple, honey and citrus and sour mash... ginger, raisins, dry nuts, and phenol hints develop a complex, almost unworldly profile, one that encourages sip upon sip... a beer worthy of the our milestone anniversary, I cannot help but think this beer is challenging in all the right ways, stirring fruit, spice and lesser elements to develop a taste akin to a Belgian ale but with drastically different draw and depth.. manageable at its 8.5% but formidable as well, with its spiciness erupting with every sip... on sale at A&P Liquors? yes, please...
Jul 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by Narthax from Texas

Jun 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.78 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by ClavisAurea from New York

May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by dcmchew from Romania

May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 2.91 by AuntBea from Illinois

May 28, 2016
 
Rated: 3.61 by Ohiovania from Ohio

May 23, 2016
 
Rated: 3.78 by alcohline_trip from Pennsylvania

May 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by searsclone from Arizona

May 14, 2016
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pour the beer into a chalice glass, since it is an ancient ale. A hard pour produced a pathetic head that immediately dissipated. The color of the beer is a rich Amber hue with orange, rust, and mahogany hues. The beer has some carbonation bubbles that rise to the top. It is knida neat to see it.

The nose on the beer is complex the labels says pomegranate, but I only can detect some fruitiness, the malt is toasty, biscuit, yeasty, a herbal like medicinal and grass. This is odd but the nose has this smell like a freshly painted room. A floral and perfume note on the back end.. The Nose is very fragrant.

Taste: Immediately there is that medicinal herbal note with grass, wheat, kinda like yarrow tea. The taste is weedy, slightly sweet, biscuit, yeast, fruity, floral and oranges.

Mouth-feel: A dry tannin like feel, that is bitter, but not astringent, carbonated, and the finish lingers for a few moments.

Overall: Ok this beer is one strange cookie, just like what Dogfish is known to do. I can not tell you if I really like or not. I have this bomber to drink. The strong herbal note takes minute to understand. It is made well and great for its style.
Apr 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by xShoWTeKx from South Carolina

Apr 18, 2016
Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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