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Birra Etrusca | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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792 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by billab914 on 12-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,928
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
792
pDev:
13.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
145
Trade:
4
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Photo of heddar33
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
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.

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Photo of BergBeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeinportc
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | 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.

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Photo of mds1101
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
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?

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrKarl
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HabaJohn
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
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.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 5EKF
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 0_0
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.

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Photo of dacrza1
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...

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Photo of Narthax
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Ohiovania
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 792 ratings
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