Birra Etrusca | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a snifter.

A - Copper hue carrying a full off-white head with below average retention and lacing.

S - Blend of spices, citrus, burnt wood and light alcohol. Smells like some refreshing aerosol!

T - Slightly sweet, deriving mostly from honey, among a slew of spices which fail to blend admirably.

M - Thin, somewhat chalky body, with pale carbonation. Much to be desired.

O - This beer is just an empty attempt to create something unique. Bland flavors meshed in something that is passable at best.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber hue with a bright foamy head and little to no lacing. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell: Lots of winter spice up front followed with an almost smokey element. Cedar and sassafras come to mind.

Taste: Awesome. Heavyweight floral but it is balanced by the tart finish. The boozy ABV adds some nice sweetness as well. Taste is complex with the aforementioned spice and woodsy flavors as well as what I identified to be vanilla, falernum and ginger. But I'm not going by the label; I'm going by a sixtel.

Mouthfeel: Meh.

Overall: Contrary to the generally mediocre reviews of this beer, I find it wonderful. Normally i don't go for beers in dfh's massive cache of spiced ales but this one is worth trying.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Murky tea appearance with a very small head that goes away to complete flatness. Zero lacing.

S: There's a mild spice scent, similar to sarsaparilla. Nothing fancy here, just some spice.

T: There's a lot going on here. Clearly the taste is the star of the show. There's a fruity quality to it...a bit like cherry. There's a huge spice flavor as well, a bit like cinnamon, then there's a lot of clove flavor. It's interesting to read the ingredients on the bottle after tasting. Perhaps the sarsaparilla I smelled is gentian root, and the cherry flavor I tasted was actually the pomegranate juice? It could be. It has some very good and strong flavors, but I feel that some are much stronger than others. The flavors I described as "cinnamon" and "clove" (don't know if they used these) are very strong. I would have preferred it to be a bit more mellow.

M: The mouthfeel is fairly fleeting and doesn't have enough carbonation for a beer. After reading the bottle, it mentions that the beer pays homage to what might have been consumed before the arrival of wine. Could it be under-carbonated on purpose? Who knows. Drinkability is fairly low for me because of the quantity of spices.

O: Overall I thought the beer was interesting, but it's not something I would ever buy again. It's seemed interesting so I bought it, but I can't say I'm a fan. It reminds me of what an exotic perfume would taste like...I say taste because this doesn't have much scent to it.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a deep bronzy brown. Head white in the center, much darker around edges. The ehad retention would be terrible, if it was not for the constant gas release from the bottom. Very unstable, but, in this glass at least, it almost keeps up. Not much lacing either.

S- the aroma was very strong with grape, and balanced out by a grainy scent. THere is also a very herbaly, earthy scent.

T- the taste is beyond peculiar. I definitely get the grapes upfront, almost a rotten grape kind of taste, but not necessarily bad. This is followed by a very earthy taste.

M- Although not as full-bodied as it appears, it still has a good bit of body. And, despite thi, it manages to finish very dry.

O- A fun beer to try and to taste. It's not one I could see myself sitting down and drinking a bunch of, but I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of other more obscure Dogfish brews, especially their ancient ales and grapey beers. It will take me a little while to drink, so I'm glad I recently got the bottle opener/sealer to keep this fresh and sudsy.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Birra Etrusca

LOOK: Pours a deep copper color with a short lived cracking head. Mostly clear with a slight chill haze.

SMELL: Sweet fruit snack aroma from the pomegranate and raisin. Good blend of fruits, with a bit of cinnamon like spice coming through as well. Very pleasing to the nose, the smell is great.

TASTE: Raisin, spice, cinnamon, earthy as can be, while still balancing the sweet fruit aspect. Some tartness and faint nuttiness in the finish.

FEEL: Medium bodied and well carbonated. Drinks easily, no real hint of the abv.

OVERALL: A good beer, definitely a hit rather than miss. Good fruit flavor, nice spice. For a spiced fruit beer, it's very good.

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