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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Barley Wine
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 127   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.


1.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2012
In short: An lifeless mixture of rotting dark grapes and tannins. Awful.
How: Cute fancy 330ml bottle. Consumed a little over 1 year after first rating of this beer (was it bottled more than once?).
The look: Cloudy dirty burgundy body topped by a few beige bubbles circling the glass
In long: Nose is raisins, toffee, sweet ripe dark grapes, wine barrels. From the nose it doesn’t seem like a train wreck at all. Taste is another story. This is bad, bad, bad, bad. Almost no carbonation, rotting dark grapes, sweet marmalade, booze, the cheapest young uber-fruity red-wine, some caramel, tannins. Gross, this is stuff is nasty, I drank just enough to get a rating out of it and poured most of the bottle down the drain. And to think I paid almost $15 for a 330ml of this atrocity, this is how stupid I am, and I blame my mother for not being more selective on whose sperm she let on board.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (11139) - Randers, DENMARK - DEC 12, 2011
Bottle. Frothy white almost no head. Moderate malty and hoppy aroma. Very vinius caramellic sweet flavor. Average light bitter finish. Creamy palate but way too flat. NIce but not worth the money.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (12445) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2011
Hazy deep ruby with an off-white head. Aroma is very sweet malty, caramel, fruity, wood and lots of alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with lots of alcohol. Sticky. 221111

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11921) - DENMARK - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown/orange with tiny tan head. Aroma malt, dark fruit, caramel, toffee and strong oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, fruit, vinous, sweet, strong oak, tiny bit sour, toffee and notes of alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14424) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2011
Bottle. Small head with short duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are wood, fruits, vanilla, notes of smoke, caramel and hops. Vinous and has a syropy texture.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9102) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
330mL thanks to MrChopin. Pours tepid mahogany with no head- small bubbles subside. Mostly flat. Small yeast chunkies. Nose is maple, sour dark fruits, raisins, sour dark cherry, savory/umami character. Taste is tart, tannic berries, blueberry and dark raspberry, mild heat. Very enjoyable. Palate has some decent heat, heavy oil, citric acid, fattiness. Nice stuff. Soured barleywine overall. Recommended.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10449) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle shared by MrChopin. Pours lightly hazy brown with little to no head or lacing. Aroma is caramel and cookie malt, sour fruits, oak, and vinous notes. Flavor is caramel malt, sour fruits, oak, wine, and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (14475) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Bottle courtesy of MrChopin, thanks! Pours deep ruby purple, small white edge head. Aroma of plums. Taste is syrupy pomegranite powder. Interesting and unique.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Viper666 (2787) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
Bouteille 330ml (lot 2035), courtoisie de SlovakSniper. De couleur brune-ambrée foncée et voilée. Nez fruité (raisins légèrement vineux, moyen de prunes et de pommes vertes), boisé (fût de chêne), d’alcool liquoreux, de caramel toffee aux petites notes rôties, moyen de vanille avec des petites notes de chocolat noir. Ronde-moyenne en bouche avec un pétillement très faible ainsi qu’une texture liquoreuse et aux faibles notes vineuses. Goût fruité sucré (raisins légèrement vineux, notes de pommes vertes mûres et de cerises, traces de prunes) accompagné d’un moyen goût de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute très rapidement un goût malté de caramel toffee très sucré et aux faibles notes rôties avec des notes de chocolat noir et de biscuits. Parallèlement, l’on retrouve un goût très présent d’alcool liquoreux doux et assez boisé (fût de chêne, genre bourbon ou brandy) jusqu’en finale. Post-goût long, composé d’un goût d’alcool liquoreux doux et boisé (fût de chêne) avec un goût fruitté (moût de raisins, notes de moût de pommes).

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11314) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2011
Bottle, bought @ YNWA, Kolding.
Pours deep brownish amber with practically no head - just a few bubbles ’round the edges of my glass. Aroma has lots of plums, oak, grapes, red wine, phenolic, sweet caramel, light toasted, sherry. Vinious. No carbonation, fat and very oily mouthfeel. Flavour is vinious, plums, lots of red wine, port, oak, sweet toasted caramel. Not as strong in alcohol as I feared. Still, some carbonation would have suited it. Still a very nice BA barley wine.


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