mcberko (14662) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
375mL bottle, pours an opaque dark pinkish orange with almost no head. Aroma brings out lots of vinegary notes, stone fruits and acidity. Flavour is along the same lines, with stone fruits, vinegar and acidity on the finish. Perfumey, acetic finish. Solid stuff, albeit harsh.
fiery_1 (284) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle [2013 vintage], pours a cloudy dark red/brown. Nose of sour, caramel malt, tart cherry, and red wine. Flavour sour, fruity/cherries, red wine, and vinegar.
Ferris (12890) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Sour acidic and Vinngar cherry. Cloudy maroon. Lots of sweet cherry acidity. A bit too much acidity and not enough complexity.
Oakes (15805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purplish-brown, fairly muddy. No head. The aroma is hugely acetic, with a blast of cherry. This has a lot of cherry character, sweetness, and the acetic is still there, but nowhere as prominent as it was on the nose.
lupulist (299) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a red colour with no head. Aromas of cherry, barrel, and a bit of vinegar. Quite acetic and vinegar-y. Very light body. No carbonation. Not for me.
markoijelena (2480) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 19, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft sample at Craft&Draft Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Time to taste event. 05.07.2016. Taste with adamnowek. Pour it cloudy red color with no head. Aroma balsamic vinegar, tart. Taste really kick tart sour taste, some saltines in the middle, really too much aggressive tart note for my opinion, dry finish, medium body, sticky, average carbonation, long finish.
cmacklin (880) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. (2013 vintage) Pours a cloudy dark red with no head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, tart cherry, red wine and oak. Sweet, fruity flavour of cherries, caramel malt, red wine, oak, vinegar and light brett with a dry, tart, acidic finish. Medium body with an oily texture and flat carbonation. Very nice.
Ernest (7346) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2013 vintage).
Virtually no head.
Body is cloudy dark reddish-amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie/pastry, caramel, toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of golden raisins, cherry, oak, lemon juice, sumac, dried strawberries.
Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, soft/flat carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Another solid brew here from Ducato. While it doesn’t look like much and the mouthfeel is watery with almost no carbonation, it makes up for those weak points with a surprisingly interesting and enjoyable nose (the distinct note of sumac, which I use in cooking, is rare and cool) and the same sort of nearly tear-inducing sourness (but still delightful balance) of Baciami Lipsia. In a blind tasting, I would absolutely say this is a (low-carbonation) Flemish red ale, and quite a nice one (at least in the most important categories). Also very surprised this is 3 years old...zero cardboard or sherry or walnut shells or anything else resembling oxidation/staleness...but that of course is the magic of acidity, the #1 key to longevity in wine and beer alike. Too expensive to buy again, but a fun beer for sure and further proof that Ducato has skills.
sokuzs1 (631) - - AUG 20, 2016
1.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2016 Aroma: cherry, wine, vinegar, some strange off-aromasTaste: heavy sour, vinegar, cherryTotally spoiled and undrinkable (probably it happened only to my bottle, because cap wasn?t properly sealed)
edsbrew1 (7) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I must admit I did not review this when I first tried it about 18 months ago and I enjoyed this bottle more from my memory of it back then. Pours with very little to no head which dissipates quickly anyway. A murky red cherry colour with brown hues. On the nose you can tell it’s a sour but a nice mellow sweet wood barrel scent is also present, only a slight whiff of cherry. Quite soft on the palate and a surprising bit of carbonation adding to the mouth feel despite it’s seemingly lack in the glass. Morello cherries are highlighted together with sour apricot and other mature fruits and wood. Low acid for this style as the fruit malt seems to balance it out a bit. Quick hit of sourness but not the cheek pulling effect of some. As it warms up the sour becomes more gentle and the flavours tend to cooperate. Very enjoyable and I am of the opinion if I get my hands on more of these I will cellar them for a while. I suggest this be enjoyed at at leat 12 degrees or even room temperature, mine did not last that long.