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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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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (10563) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 1, 2012
From bottle @ Borefts 2012. Dark brown color. Vinous aroma (Barbera wine?) Malty sweet flavor, full bodied, thick mouthfeel. Glorious vinous notes in the flavor. Very well balanced. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3794) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - SEP 28, 2012
Very rich sweetness, some cream, concentrated. Powerful sweetness with yeast base. Dough as well. Murky brown body. Good stuff. Just a bit thin in the mouth maybe. Like it. (On tap at Borefts 2012)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Sweet, strong alcohol flavor. Aged flavor barrel aged. Dark fruit sweet cherry

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2012
A hazed dark brown barley wine with floaties and no head. In aroma, a smooth sweet vinous malt with smooth vanilla beans, licorice, pinot de charente, very nice. In mouth, a sweet candy malt with light sour cherries and tobacco leaves, molasses, soy sauce, and burned caramel, rather nice and corky. Loads of alcohol warmth. Bieropholie import.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle share from OmegaX
Appearance - Hazy (yeast) brown, bubbles
Aroma - Honey mustard, peanuts, musty water
Taste - Mustard, grain, flat, dry, vinous, faint hops

This beer had that musty scent and sour body that rivaled that of a long-cellard old ale. I absolutely loved it - though pretty much flat, the intense and sometimes delicate flavors were fun!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1283) - Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Strange brew. This one smelled like horseradish and brown mustard with some vinous, red fruit qualities, and caramel. Wait, what? Strange stuff. Taste is mainly coffee, some mustard again, wine qualities, butter, and ???. Hmmmm.... No carbonation at all, with a caramel colored body. One of the most unique brews I’ve ever had. I like the unique aromas and flavor from this brew but it is definitely something to savor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Draft at Alla Spina. Served in a small tulip glass. Poured a dark reddish brown. Very boozy aroma with raisin, oak, cherry. Thick and syrupy with tastes of oak, sweet dried cranberry, malt. Taste and smell is akin to a sherry.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7413) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Reakt. It pours deep red, with a thin yellow-white head. The nose is vanilla, oak, sherry and toffee. The taste is brown sugar, oak, honey, tinned fruit, alcohol warmth, vanilla, fresh coconut and some cocoa, finishing sweet. Full body and low carbonation. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Decent.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11862) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle at The Kernel during Thomas’s Birthday Party, London. Pours lightly cloudy ruby with a fine, bubbly head. Sweet caramel and toffee aroma, some cherries and light wood. Very sweet flavor, more caramel, some bourbon, honey, wood, vanilla. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm, sticky sweet finish, some caramel and vanilla, light wood, coconut, toffee, toast. Drinks well given the ABV. Very nice beer. Big.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
This came across as a mess both visually and on the flavor profile, it was muddled, weak grape notes, some undistinguished malt body...


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