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


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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (8442) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle - Soured caramel malts, light spice and sine tart fruit. Cloudy golden brown with a small white head. Cherry tart, soured malts and spice with a vinegar. Very tart and nice, I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2014
750ml bottle. 8/13/14. Pours almost translucent amber with a fluffy, very active cream colored head. Aroma is sour, spicy, plums, toffee, biscuit, dark fruits, perhaps a hint of bile. Taste is spicy (something strange? cumin? is this the star anise?), earthy, sour fruits, treacle, brown sugar, cloves, raisins, plums, warming; finish is dark fruits and spice. Nice lacing throughout. Medium-low carbonation. Mouth feel is full, oily; not coating. Not bad, but not great. If you’re looking for a Krampus-inspired beer, there are a few others to grab before this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3543) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Dobre piwo, smaczne tresciwe podobne do mocnych belgijskich ale. Fajna butelka ciezkawa z zwezana szyjka. Piwo ma krewowa bezowa piane sredniej wielkosci. Kolor brazowo bursztynowy. Mocno metne, ciezko bylo wymieszac resztki z dna butelki. W smaku trufle sliwka nieco rumu i daktyli. Lekko cierpkie, wytrawna koncowka. Tresciwe i zlozone polecam to spore piwo o zawartosci alk 9%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (8152) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle, shared at the lake with Parksy, May long weekend. Very hazy golden amber. Spicy, malty, and lightly sour. I’m not certain whether is is meant to be soured or whether it is infected, but intentional or not, the sourness lends a lovely character. Nice balance. More enjoyable than anticipated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5165) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle at Maxs. 2008, consumed in 2012...uh oh. Unfiltered orange-tan, big gushing head. Lively and effervescent. Spiced Italian action, kind of intense. Odd aroma, acetone spice amber malt. Sort of like a Belgian Xmas beer stripped of malt depth. Grows on you, quite unique. Spiced amber. Assumably past it’s prime, but still bubbly and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2684) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
A murky brown colored pour with some ruby highlights. One glass had a large head, one had a medium sized head that quickly fell. Notes of raisins, malt, cream, and a slight acetic nose. Taste is sweet malt, some dark fruit, slight hops, and some bread. A slight alcohol heat is present, but not overpowering. A nice winter warmer. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8643) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2013
Small to medium yellow-beige head, irregular, over fully hazy red-amber beer. Sourish-fruity nose with acetic acid, lactic acid, yoghurt and wey. Some sweet herbs. Dry, woody flavour. Fine acidity but less than the nose suggested. Gets wry-spicy retronasal. Again some (red) fruity esters, yeasty. Rye-like flavour. Warming up, getting even more spicy. Quite spritzy; acidity gives more MF than flavour. Medium bodied at best. Nose made me weary, but flavour is quite OK. It’s not something I’d choose to drink in 75cl, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (6710) - ITALY - DEC 14, 2012
Ramato carico quasi nocciola buona schiuma discreta persisyenza fruttata speziata carsmelo zucvhero candito buona beva piuttosto secca ma anbastqnza maktata buona spezkatura riscaldante ma pukita

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
molly75 (300) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - DEC 2, 2012
[ASPETTO] color rubino scuro, limpida. [SCHIUMA] colro beige, media presenza, media finezza e poco durevole [OLFATTO] profumi di un leggero tostato, lieviti ma ancor più frutta matura, mela, uva e un tocco di ciliegia, note alcoliche evidenti [GUSTO] mantiene note dolci iniziali, con un tocco di mayto tostato , miele a cui però segue un fruttato con una certa astringenza, quasi vinosa, con note di frutta sottospirito e sapori alcolici. [TEXTURE] corpo medio-basso , reso ancor più leggero da una carbonazione minima, [COMMENTO FINALE] una belgian ale con alcohol sopra le righe, non ben centrata dato un corpo che non tiene il passo. Per il resto sorprendono le note aspre e fruttate, dando per certo fin dall’inizio, contemplando un coloro marrone-rossastro, di avere fra le mani quasi una dubbel. non male nel colpesso comunque, pecca forse di una scarsa armonicità. da rivalutare una seconda volta con più calma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. Poured hazy amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex yeast and licorice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark licorice flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderated duration. Interesting beer.

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