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

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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Blend of Krisopolis (a new beer, that will be available in the future, fermented in barrels for 2 years, then Morello cherries are added to it), with a part of Ultima Luna (Barley Wine matured in Amarone barrels, with Marasca Morello cherries) and a part of young beer.

First brewed in 2009 and bottled in 2011.
Video description from the brewers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9y_XLVTej4


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 Spettacolare Barley wine con note acide conferite dalla persistenza in botte. Dolce, fruttata, bel finale acido. Una delle migliori birre mai bevute finora.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4303) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2014
Sampled draft @ Borefts 2014. Thank you! Dark hazy pink, light pink head. Huge tart raspberry in the nose, skins, very tart; Very acidic huge raspberry taste, light vinegar, puckering, faint sugar. Dries out the mouth. Super delicious.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cipressaia (53) - ITALY - SEP 13, 2011
Una birra di Dio! Raffinatissimo blend tra un barley e una sour ale, il tutto messo a maturare in botte per un risultato sorprendente. Un birrone, a cui solo una nota di aceto un po’ eccessiva sottrae qualche punto.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Buongiorgio00 (917) - - DEC 1, 2013
Grado: imperscrutabile. Gusto: incredibile. Versata tutta in un bel calice Teku non lascia nessuno scampo alle papille gustative. Verdetto unanime: paradisiaca. Beverina, fruttata, amabilmente acida, sensuale. Se avessi una spina in salotto, vorrei poter attaccare la Luna Rossa. Ogni italiano amante della birra dovrebbe essere fiero di questo prodotto e, senza perdere un’istante, dovrebbe assaggiarlo.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - AUG 24, 2010
Bottle. This is pure goodness. Thank God I’ve some other bottles in my cellar. Unfathomably deep and complex. A vinous, fruity, slightly leathery gem.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
gEUS (1267) - Linden, BELGIUM - FEB 10, 2013
330 ml bottle - pours murcky red brown with a fine bubbly head - it’s definitely alive! Elegant nose - waauw! - cherries, caramel, apple, botrytis raisins. Light yet complex body with a salty start, going over to sweet caramel and ending with a sour boost, all supported by a cherry tartness... Incredible sour beer, in the same range of the Russian River Supplication. If you are a sour fan and already used to lambics and craft lambic fruit beers, this is another "aha erlebnis" showing the skills of craft Italian brewers! Top score!

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikeyo1 (277) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2014
Bottle @ home, cuvée 2011. Pours dull and opaque red/light brown with no head whatsoever. Nose is warm and sweet with a fantastic blend of vinous cherries, oak, vinegar, raisins, earth. Vanilla, apple, lemon and caramel notes. Medium bodied with low soft carbonation. Taste has some caramel sweetness initially but quickly turns really sour. Sour cherries, smooth vinegar, red apples, vinous raisins, barnyard. Lots of oak and vanilla, and some lemon peel in the aftertaste. Finishes tart and sour with clean cherry notes coming back at intense levels. I had no expectations on this one, i’m overwhelmed.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 A Mes rate. Bottle, MASSIVE thanks to the Magic Man.
My god. This is the real deal. Hazy amber brown with a thin beige film on top. Not the best looking beer but the rest of it means the appearance is instantly forgotten. Right from the off, the aroma makes it clear this is going to be special. Amazing wet wood, fruit, leather and red wine barrels. The flavour is even better. In fact, and I know this is a big call, but the only other sour ales I’ve had that are so stork on worthy are made by Russian River. It reminds me very much of RR sours. That same blended barrelly madness that I love so dearly is here. The sourness is delicate but assertive. Not at all challenging but gripping all the same. The red wine notes are through the fuckin’ roof. This sort of depth of flavour and complexity only comes from some genius blending. Faint lemon acidity and the feel of something fresh, blended with something old. Great length, developing through waves of tart, then sweet, then tart, leading to a fantastic clean finish. Brilliant stuff all the way through. I wish, I WISH I could get more of this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbierlover (617) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 15, 2012
Red body with a small, vanishing white head. Look like a cherry juice (or a fresh orange juice). Aroma is complex, some tartness. Taste is complex again: cherries, varnish, some vanilla. Sour finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
SamTheBarrel (498) - Vallentuna, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2014
330ml 2011 years vintage brown bottle, with very nice looking artwork, poured into a Rodenbach branded Tulip glass. Appearance is opaque Russet colored with some sediment, pours with no head, just a few bubbles that quickly dissipated. Aroma of overripe apples, cherries, balsamic vinegar and oak wood. Flavours of green apples, table grapes, balsamic vinegar, cherries, dried fruits, plums, spices and oak wood. Taste is light sweet, light bitter and heavy sour. Palate is medium bodied, slightly oily texture and soft carbonation. Overall a first-class beer, very sour and with complex and vinous flavours.


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