Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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La notte del 5 dicembre, i Krampus si aggirano fra le vie ed i vicoli dei paesini dell’arco alpino. Coperti da pelli di montoni, con corna e zampe di capra, agitando le loro nere catene, terrorizzano gli abitanti dei villaggi. È il preludio dell’arrivo del Vescovo San Nicola (antico precursore de Babbo Natale) che riporterà la pace, dolci e doni nella comunità. Una birra dedicata al Natale, calda ed avvolgente, dalle tenue speziatura. Ideale per aspettare lálba accanto al focolare, al riparo dalle incursioni del demoni.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (607) - CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
2014 Advent Calendar #5, 330ml, bottle date 2014, best before 2020 Pours muddy medium amber with one finger of loose off-white head diminishing rapidly to a thin cap, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is sour cherries and lemons, faint yeast. (8/10) Taste is mild sweet, moderate sour. (8/10) Light body, prickly carbonation, lingering and building puckering sour finish. (4/5) Wow! The Advent Calendar continues to deal out surprises! I would have sworn up and down there was no way they’d include a sour in the mix! I can see lots of bewildered lager drinkers dumping their calendar beers - which makes me sad. This is actually a fairly decent sour - not too aggressive and nicely balanced. I would definitely drink this again. (16/20)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
reetron (18) - Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Super gross. Turns out I really dislike drinking pure malt vinegar and haven’t the objectivity to rate this drink. First craft beer I’ve ever dumped!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2417) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
I love sour and this is a nice intense sour, not nuanced, sure, but it packs a punch. Iced tea body, not much head. Strong vinegar aroma. Taste is sour with a touch of fruity sweetness and cereal or lactose as well. Enjoyable Flemish Red.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfearnley (1141) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle to pint glass Aroma of lemon, yeast, and apple cider vinegar. I got a bit of the settled yeast on top of which I should have expected given that it’s a sludgy brown mess. The head, while only 1/2 cm to start pretty much disappeared immediately, leaving a thin white haze and the aforementioned yeast gunk. Lots of lemon from the off...a mouth puckering, slightly sweet lemon, which transitions to cardboard and a little ginger, ending with that original lemony taste coming through. Enjoyable, and it’s going down quickly because I don’t want to look at it anymore.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (13139) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Muddy light amber. Aroma is sour fruits, lemon and yeast. Very sour, just acetic, bracing, maybe a bit of lacto? A little yeastiness but otherwise not a ton of complexity. Just random pointless sour, lacking any nuance or artistry. Not why I drink beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shorlin (714) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Have to rate this quickly so I can finish it! Colour is a bit muddy amber copper. Not much carb. Aroma is funky cherry and standard Flemish red stuff. Taste is Puckery tart with cherry and funk. Bit thin and not effervescent. Nice sour.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
gonczy87 (1) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014 does not count
Beer was good. Just a little too sour for my liking! Would definitely try again though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2757) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
330ml brown bottle. From the Craft Beer Advent Calendar, day #5. Cloudy orange colour, some yeast chunks from a clumsy pour. Head is white and creamy but short lasting. Nose has yeast, lemon and some sourness. Taste is lemony and sour with vinegar and cherry hints. Finishes dry with tangy lemony notes. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1134) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Pours a hazy copper with a spotty white head and displays good legs. Aroma is fruity, citrus, lemony, cherry, lightly funky and a little earthy. Flavour is tart, funky, lemony, cherry, mildly sweet, and a touch earthy. Oh how I love the puckering beers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oldschool_Mike (134) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle into tulip glass. Pours a hazy light brown amber colour with no head. Aroma is fruity sour. Taste is pleasantly sour and bright. Kind of liking this beer. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

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