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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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber into a wine glass.

A: Wow, what a stunning looking beer. Pours out as a copper-gold but sits in the glass as a resolute red-brown. When held to the light it turns back into amber-copper-gold. Really nice head, which disappeared before I could stop admiring the beer, the only visual flaw.

S: Honey and wheat, mixed with a strongly pomegranate scented must (pre-fermented wine), with a twinge of floral notes.

T: The first thing that hits me as the beer is held in my mouth is a warming cinnamon note, oddly, which turns to raisins, red grape skins, pomegranate tartness and the Gentian root, which comes out near the very, very end and turns into a warming, slightly numbing, slightly medicinal bitterness, which tastes EXACTLY like Moxie soda (available on the internet and in the Northeast US). The myrrh is also tasted in a very slight minty flavor mixed in with the Gentian root, but the myrrh comes out much more prominently in the next category.

M: This beer is SO exciting to drink! Sharp carbonation mixes with that cinnamon warming/numbing which feels dry on your tongue, but leaves your cheeks nice and moist. It turns refreshing and as the bitterness from the Gentian comes along and re-warms your palate with the alcohol the myrrh does something very cool, it brings a menthol-like coolness to the mouth when you breathe in. Just stunning.

O: It's the best of both wine and beer in one bottle, hands down. This is a great beer to taste on your own and I bet this would spark a lively debate during a tasting. Dogfish nailed it with this beer, I could easily drink this all the time, I hope this becomes a regular DFH brew.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Birra Etrusca pours a deep but clear bronze with a healthy head and lively carbonation bubbles. Lacing and retention are both as good as it gets.

The complexity of this beer comes out early in the nose. There are aromas of dark fruit, alcohol, and a variety of spices and herbs.

The taste is equally as complex and gratifying. Malt, dark fruit and apple come through early. It's very herbal, with a spicy yeast flavor, followed by a slight honey sweetness with a nice floral finish.

Birra Estrusca is a medium-bodied beer with a lively carbonation. There's a lot of flavors going on, but they work together nicely to make this a fairly drinkable beer.

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4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Unique is a definite understatement with this beer, and it's undoubtedly one of those love-it-or-hate-it type of things. If you like wine, you'll probably enjoy this beer. If you don't, you may still like it, but may be less likely.

Appearance is a light amber color with moderate head that doesn't stick around too long. The smell is very aromatic and, much like the taste, is kind of dry, if that makes any sense at all. There's a lot going on on the palette when you take a drink; some carbonation, overall pleasant. The taste is where this gets interesting. I've read some reviews that it's just a mish-mash of many different things; and while that is kind of the case, it works well for me. The two things in particular that stick out for me are; dry and pomegranate. The dry finish is what reminds me of a nice red wine, so maybe that falls more under mouth-feel, but nonetheless...overall, I wish they brewed more of it; one of my favorite all-time DFH brews.

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4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber/red/bronze/gold color with thin white head. Looks heavily carbonatated.

S: Smells like root beer. Wintergreen mint and anise are strongest, and there is a cinnamon scent. At the end there is some honey. A little bit like toasted marshmallows.

T: Sweet and spicy. Forward honey flavor and anise. It has a very faint hop flavor in the aftertaste.

M: Pretty heavily carbonated and with the gravity of something closer to a belgian tripel. The sweetness makes it seem more round and filling.

O: Pretty good and different. I would probably pick this up again if I came across it.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Burnt copper with a big active head. Smells really nice. Very rustic like a farm in fall. Some spice box and fruitiness. Dark bread with Apple jam. Some Belgian funk.

Flavor is much like the nose but with a lot of tart Apple flavor. Big creamy body Belgian candi flavors, just enough carbonation. Funky with a tart and herbal finish. Really good, I like it.

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