Friday, March 8, 2013

Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze

Hey everyone!  Thanks for coming by.  I'm super glad we finally reached Friday!  This morning we woke up to a surprising 5 inches of snow on the ground.  We were supposed to have gotten the snow the night before, so it was around 24 hours late!  Tonight, Kerry and I are sharing a bottle of Birra Etrusca Bronze from Dogfish Head.  This is one of their Ancient Ales, and is based off of chemical evidence taken from jars found near tombs in Tuscany.  The evidence dates back to the 8th century B.C.  Let's give this one a try!

Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze
Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze

Birra Etrusca Bronze
Gruit / Herbed / Spiced Beer
8.5% ABV
1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. poured into my Dogfish Head signature glass and Victory Brewing tulip

Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze
Dogfish Head Birra Etrusca Bronze

Birra Etrusca Bronze pours a deep amber color with a two finger width white head, which doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.  Bringing the beer to my nose, I catch aromas of honey and pomegranates (I can only identify the pomegranates because the bottle says they are in there!  But the aroma is definitely fruity!).  The flavor is dominated by honey, pomegranate and ginger.  Very fruity and herbal.  Birra Etrusca Bronze's body is relatively light compared to its 8.5% ABV, and it's average carbonation blends nicely with the beer.

Overall:  Birra Etrusca Bronze is one of the more interesting beers I've tried recently.  It was quite enjoyable to drink.  I was reminded of a wine more than a beer, except for the carbonation.  If you're into that style, then pick one of these up and let me know if you like it! 

Have you had Dogfish Head's Birra Etrusca Bronze?  What did you think of it?  Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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4 comments:

  1. Have you ever had a braggot? It's basically mead and beer together (or just hopped honey malt drink) but it sounds a lot like the flavor you are describing.

    I think I'll try to find a bottle of this to try. Great review.

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    1. Thanks Oliver! The only braggot I can recall trying is Weyerbacher's 16th (I think) Anniversary beer, but I definitely liked it. Can you recommend any?

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    2. I've only ever had homebrewed. Can't say I've ever seen a braggot in a store. Will keep my eye out though!

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    3. I just remembered, I've also tried Brother Adams Braggot from Atlantic Brewing up in Maine. It was mighty tasty!

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