Dogfish Head continues its quest of bringing back to life ancient beverages with this style, based on the analysis of drinking vessels found in 2,800-year-old Etruscan tombs.
Dogfish Head's founder & president Sam Calagione visited Italy with molecular archaeologist Dr. Pat McGovern, the world's foremost expert on ancient fermented beverages, and unearthed evidence that shows before there was wine on Italian dinner tables, there was a beverage more akin to beer. Based on their findings, the ingredients selected for this ancient ale reproduction include heirloom Italian wheat, hazelnut flour, pomegranates, raisins, Italian chestnut honey, and gentian root and myrrh tree resin for the ale's bitterness. Its appearance is light orange with a white head that dissipates quickly. On the nose, there are hints of nuts, sweetness and honey. In the flavor, sweet fruit and honey is combined with tartness from the pomegranates and a complex herbal and spicy character. After swallowing, a dry aftertaste lingers on the sides of your tongue for several seconds.