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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34404) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2011

Bottle 750ml.

Unclear medium to dark orange colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly to fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, fruity, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, spicy - pomerans - salvie. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft. [20111105]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (13833) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Huge head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are orange, caramel, spices, fruits, brett and hops.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13767) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ Ulfborg, Early Winter Tasting, 2011. Pours ruby amber with a staying white head and lacings.Nose is berries, caramel, funk and brett. Strawberries. Lively carbonation. Tasty!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (13214) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle, 75cl. A dense, small, off-white head settles on top of an unclear, amber body with floaties. Herbal aroma with thyme, gale and some lemony brett-ish notes. Caramel hints. The flavor has some caramel, but itís mostly herbal and lightly sourish. Some bitterness chimes in towards the end. A bit heavy on carbonation I think, full body. An interesting beer, but it lacks a bit on drinkability. 111105

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2010
Bottle @ YNWA, Kolding.
Light muddy amber with a small, staying, frothy, off-white head. Stunning aroma. Lots of brett, honey, oak, grapes, red apples. Manages to be sour, zesty, sweet and fresh at the same time as being very complex. High carbonation, good dry mouthfeel. Flavour is complex, but doesnít come close to the aroma. Bretty and dry, apples, zestiness, malty sweetness (perhaps a bit too much?), oaky, tart, oranges, coriander. Complex and exceptionally drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10829) - DENMARK - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle @ FOneFan. Hazy amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, caramel, yeast, fruit and spices. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, yeast, dark fruits, medium sweet, spices and a little acid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (10644) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2011
Hazy amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity, yeasty and spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 051111

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (10542) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2012
Bottle shared at CBC, London. Pours cloudy amber with a small head. Funky, musty nose with some berries. Medium sweet flavor with funk, moderate sourness, berries, cherries, mild grass, mild sugar and caramel. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet, moderately sour to finish, more funk, some musty berries, bread. Very interesting stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (10420) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle. Frothy white fair mostly deminishing head. Amber colour. Moderate malty and light hopy slightly sour aroma. moderate bitter very sour flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily palate.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Mario.
This is a special edition bottle conditioned with brett and something else. God knows what as I donít speak or read Italian, although I wish I could. My god, this is an amazing beer. As soon as it was poured, although I was at least four feet away, I could smell there was a special one on the way. It instantly reminded me of Pope style Thomas Hardys, and we all know thatís not a bad thing. This is an amazingly sniffable beer. An abundance of sour barrelly madness and fruit punch. Cheese and funk a plenty too along with caramel, vanilla, leather and some delightful herbal stuff, almost rosemary. Wow. The flavour is so good Iím almost struggling to get my words out. The initial hit is sourness and tannins but there is an effortless underlying complexity. The wood is perfect, there is something like cured meat in there too. Just a hint of sugar and alcohol, along with more of everything that was so great about the aroma. Utterly outstanding fruit and herbs in the finish leading to a lasting tarty and bretty aftertaste. Itís one of those beers that makes you pause between each sip, partly because you know the chances of you ever getting it again are very slim and partly because you want to experience the whole ride of flavour progression until you embark upon a fresh journey. Iíd be interested to know how old this was before the 2008 bottling. It has the character of something much older but there is clearly plenty of life left in it. Italy is clearly where itís at right now and Del Ducato are one of the best examples as to why. Absolutely excellent beer.


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