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:
788
Reviews:
148
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.56%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
144
For Trade:
4
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Photo of RPM3334
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjdevel
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look:
Hazy and a deep copper brown color. Fairly light on carbonation. 1-finger head and recedes rapidly. Some residual bubbles continue to flow up, but not enough to replenish the foam bed.

Smell:
Smells of sour fruit up front. Some floral properties either from hops or other ingredients. Spices quickly take over. There are many different grassy and herbal notes that take turns hitting your nostrils.

Taste:
Instant bitterness and sourness. There is a bite at first, then it kicks into a sour fruit, wine, and vinegar. It starts to sweeten a bit, just before the earthiness rolls in. Wow, it’s hard to describe the earthiness. There are flavors of fresh cracked black pepper, grass, tree lings, roots, plants, leaves, rocks, minerals… well just about everything else imaginable. The sweetness fades and the spices start to fade, then there seems to be some evidence of late addition hops (or some other ingredient taking on the same role). It dries out a bit more and you are left with a slightly smoky malt flavor and fruit.

Feel:
Medium+ mouthfeel. Not very fizzy, but it doesn’t totally go flat. A bit oily and slick. It is quite interest though.

Overall:
This was a very interesting brew. There are a lot of flavors in there that you can’t quite place and keeps you guessing. One sip seems a bit different from the next. I am a big Dogfish Head fan. I am an off-centered person and love their off-centered beers!!!!!

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

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

Photo of morrowd3
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zythophile
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: 6/16/15
Palate Contaminants: spicy stuff an hour before

Another Ancient Ale. Gotta love the initiative.

Appearance is a slightly opaque light brown.

Smell is pleasant. It's starts like mead, but then the dried fruit really dominates.

Everything that's in the taste is in the smell, but the balance is different. It actually starts out like a really hearty hefeweizen, then the unique nature shows. Raisins, prunes, and honey dominate. It's actually like a sweet trailmix, if that makes any sense.

Feel shoots par.

This is one that I'd be happy to have again, but I have too many other things to try for me to go looking, but it is a pretty good beverage.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours dark golden body with amber tones with a thin white head with no real retention or lacing.
S: herbal, honey, sweet alcohol notes with some fruity undertones
T: sweet, herbal tasting beer. Hazelnuts are a little relevant, some piney notes and an earthy aftertaste. Alcohol aftertaste
M: medium bodied and pretty smooth
D: ok mouthfeel and taste combination for a good drinking beer; definitely not a session beer, but still goes down pretty well!

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IsaiahHoogendyk
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drwatson32
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hertzbj1
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Expected a lot and was underwhelmed- lacked finish.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

750ml
Bottled On: 06/17/13

About 2.5 yrs. on this bottle

Poured into a DFH glass a pretty nice clean/clear golden brown color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger creamy/fizzy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, some figs, raisins, plums, grapes. The taste is malty, yeasty, with some dark fruits, slightly tart/sweet, slightly spicy. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a tasty brew. Reminds me of a BSDA with a twist.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a brown color with no head. Aroma is sweet and sugary. Taste is very sweet and fruity. Very flat body makes it seem like juice.

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

Photo of colonia25
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dreynolds1808
2.02/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Sabtos
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

What in the world is going on with this? This is like the most extreme version of a Christmas ale I've ever had, and it's not even advertised as such. There is so much spice in this it's beyond comprehension. As I've said with other DFH ancient ales, they didn't always do things better in the past.

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Photo of mjhall1989
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craftaholic
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Birra Etrusca from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 788 ratings.
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