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Birrificio del Ducato L’Ultima Luna

Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Barley Wine
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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A Barley Wine aged 18 months in French oak wine barrels previously used for Amarone della Valpolicella wine.

Barley wine di grande carattere, maturato per 18 mesi in barriques di rovere francese usate per invecchiare vino Amarone della Valpolicella. Di color ramato intenso con riflessi rossi, al naso è straordinariamente ricco e complesso, sprigiona profumi di frutti rossi (marasca e ribes) e vaniglia, con sentori di sottobosco e reminescenze vinose. In bocca è caldo, di gran corpo e privo di gasatura. Una birra al di là di preconcetti e luoghi comuni, dedicata all’uomo di domani.

Alc. 13,0% 26°P

L’Ultima Luna è la birra che ho ideato per celebrare la nascita del mio primo figlio, Matteo. Ricordo che durante i mesi dell’attesa ho pensato a lungo alla birra che gli avrei dedicato, volevo che fosse profonda, complessa, evocativa e che si potesse destinare ad un lungo invecchiamento. Decisi di utilizzare botti usate di Amarone (uno dei miei primi amori in campo enologico), ma riempite solo per 2/3 del loro volume, in modo tale da favorire l’ossidazione della birra con l’aria (un omaggio al mio passato in Andalusia, ai vini ossidati di una terra in cui ho lasciato un pezzo di cuore). La birra (se così la si può ancora chiamare) avrebbe dovuto originariamente invecchiare 9 mesi, ma con l’esperienza ho capito che l’invecchiamento minimo per questa birra è di 18 mesi. In etichetta ci sono delle citazioni di Dalì e Saint-Exupéry, l’immagine del bambino che solleva surrealisticamente il mare è un chiaro riferimento a Matteo. Quello che mi affascina in questa birra è l’eccezionale complessità degli aromi terziari (cuoio, crosta del formaggio, madeira, legno, mandorla tostata) dati dall’ossidazione, una cosa che mi piace fare è lasciare le bottiglie aperte e berle dopo circa 3 mesi per innalzare il livello del godimento.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickTheRick (425) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
Brune laiteuse aux reflets bourgognes disparates, aucune mousse ne se présente à nous lors du versement. Visuellement, on a l’impression de boire du vin rouge. Au niveau des autres sens, nous ne sommes effectivement pas trop loin du liquide de Dionysos. Des notes vineuses évidentes émanent du verre et se conjuguent aux prunes confites et au sucre candi. D’autres fruits confits apparaissent en bouche et apaisent l’acidité rappelant toujours le vin rouge. Par contre, plus la bière tempère, cette acidité prend le dessus. Avec son absence de carbonatation et sa madérisation avancée, cette bière partage de nombreux points communs avec le vin de Madère. Spéciale, mais délicieuse. À siroter doucement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DwarfeD (1105) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2014
Draugt at Borefts ’14. Dark amber with almost no head. Full body with low carbonation. A very sweet and thick brew. Dark fruits, wood, nuts, spices, brown sugar, booze and raisin. A very pleasant special brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (9613) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14 from Domus Birrae. Lightly hazed chestnut brown with no head. Nose is nutty, dark toffee vibes, brown sugars, big walnut whip presence, spice, light chocolate. Taste comprises big sherry notes, booze, oaky, more of that walnut whippage effect, figs, dates. Full bodied, soft carbonation, light warming alcohol in the close. Nice slightly aged barley wine, mellow and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (4730) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2012 - Vinous and barrel notes, plum and some booze. Hazy copper with no head. Vinous and big oak notes. Body is a bit thin. This has picked up so much of the barrel that it no longer resembles a Barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle 76. Pours a copper amber with no head whatsoever. Aroma intense chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, some dark fruits such as dried plum and raisin. Flavor very sweet, again cocoa and fruit, rum raisin, savory spice, leathery. No carb at all, zero. Ill give it that its interesting, but as any sort of style goes its kind of all over without being anywhere. Sweet fruit, not much barrel character, though a bit red wine fruity, but not oaky or wood like Id hope for

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15782) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
8th May 2014
Murky red - brown beer, no head. Palate is light and softish and a touch viscous. No carbonation! Mellow gueuzey sourness kicks off but is soon joined by a nice tangy red wine steak. Good red wine berry fruits. The two elements come together very well in to a light smooth finish. Does a good job of hiding the abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaboon (1611) - FINLAND - MAY 10, 2014
Pours red brown with not much head at all. Hard to tell what that colour was because there hardly was any and it disappeared quickly. That said, head does not play that important of a role.... Aroma is fruits, spices, oak and toasted. Flavour is medium sweet, oak, fruits and a little bit of spices. Very nice beer. Italians are coming. Beware.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (1048) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Extremely unique, but very intense beer. Pours a deep amber-red, with no head. Smells like wine with some fig and weirdly, blue cheese. Taste has a lot of red wine with some caramelized sugar and sweetness in the end and a boozy finish. Very buttery. Couldn’t drink too much, but very interesting. Had in the bottle at La Trappe’s Italian event. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (868) - - FEB 2, 2014
Barley wine dal corpo denso e il gusto dominato da un carattere decisamente vinoso, non sempre equilibrato, con note di frutti rossi, mosto e una leggera torbatura che si fonde con la forte presenza alcolica. Buona, ma per quello che costa non vale assolutamente la pena.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
DrSilverworm (6805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2014
11.2oz bottle, on close out from Party Source. Very dark brown / red, near black. Virtually no head. A few khaki bubbles. Chunky flaky dark yeast bits. Bigger, wine-like body. Completely uncarbonated, this is totally flat. Are they trying to make this beer as close to an actual wine as possible? Lots of caramel malt, dark fruit, and huge vinous notes. Lots of big red wine in the flavor, malt. Earthy. Some chocolate. Tomato soup. Big sweet, lightly spicy. Best thing going for this is that it hides the alcohol ok, no burn or bite or warmth. The taste is awful though and make this hard to drink. Probably no noticeable alcohol because it’s so difficult to take more than a tiny sip. Interesting at first, but got way and way worse as I went. Poured the majority of this one out... So oddly wine-like, but without any of the well-roundedness nor complexity of a wine. Is this over my head? Maybe I need to be a sommelier to understand this one. Not even worth the $5 or whatever the price was

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