Birra Etrusca | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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
Ratings:
787
Reviews:
148
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.56%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
143
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 787 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeinportc
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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 -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lucular
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrKarl
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HabaJohn
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 5EKF
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 0_0
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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 +12%
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 +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AuntBea
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of searsclone
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of colts9016
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RPM3334
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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