Birra Del Borgo "L'Equilibrista" Bière de Champagne, Italy (750ml)

SKU #1079896

From the distributor: "The highlight being a new beer he is making which is a blend of 50% duchessa [his saison] mixed with 50% sangiovese grape must. It is unbelievable. Fermented with champagne yeasts. It has the body of a beer, the acidity and tannins of a wine. Right now the nose is concentrated white fruit. Lots of white peach, pear, light apricot. Panetone smells from the champagne yeast. It is still young and a little sweet and I’m sure it will dry out nicely. He intends to treat it like a champagne and do a degorgment and everything [5 bar!]."

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2016 | Send Email
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I think that I have only written up two or three beers because I have a relatively hard time describing them. Let's just say that last night, when I tasted this one, I described another beer as smelling like Kentucky Fried chicken and another one as "composty." This glorious selection, however, is easy. It's just simply delicious! It has peach and stone fruit notes on the nose but, the palate has tart strawberry, raspberry and rhubarb. I was super dubious as it is a cross between beer and wine (the "Champagne" part might have gotten me excited) but, wowsa! I can't say much more than just try it. It is simply delicious!

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- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.
Alcohol Content (%): 10.5