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Birrificio del Ducato L’Ultima Luna

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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Barley Wine
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3350) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours basically still with a very deep mahogany color.

The aroma is musty and mushroomy. It’s got some light brine and a bit of white grape. It’s actually akin to a Fino Sherry.

The flavor is spicy and lightly sweet but musty, dry, & briny with some light chocolate. Again, this registers as more familiar to a sherry of Fino or Oloroso style than most beers I’ve ever tried.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (3924) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle shared at Chriso’s post GBBF minidig, 16/08/14. Aroma is nice mellow caramel, nutty, some hot alcohol, cognac barrel. Ruby red / caramel coloured pour with a low off white head. Flavour is composed of liquorice, caramel and nutty, smooth caramel, nutmeg. Palate is viscous, warming alcohol, solvent. A bit rough round the edges.but pretty mellow.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
RW80 (769) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2014
330ml bottle Appearance: opper amber with no head Aroma: unsweetened cocoa powder, some dark fruits such as dried plum and raisin and oak Taste: Sweet, cocoa powder, raisin, red ruit, light spices, and a hint of oak. No carbonation. I guess we have to take the barley WINE part literally.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mario_giri (51) - SWITZERLAND - NOV 24, 2014
Tester, Erzbierschof Tab. Riecht fast gar nicht. Sehr speziell malzig , dickflüssig cremig. Süss. Komisch. Not my style, sorry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickTheRick (459) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DwarfeD (1138) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (9912) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (4959) - 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.

3.4
   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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (16094) - , 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.


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