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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13458) - 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 (2763) - 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 (11260) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skortila (4631) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2011
@ ACBF 2011. The aroma has some bourbon, raisin/dark fruits. Clear, dark red-amber coloured beer with no head. The taste is a bit sweet, bit bourbon/boozy, has dark fruity, raisin-like and caramel maltiness, some wine. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoePeesie (879) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
A solid very sweet barley wine. Pours a ruby red with a slight off white to maroon head. This beer has a nose and taste of the wine barrels it is aged in. Not a must try, but I’m glad I was able to sample it.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2011
330ml Bottle ("RISERVA E. Dupont Calvados Barrel 2009"): Aroma of malt, wood, Calvados, maple syrup, tobacco, and mead. Poured brown in color with a tiny, loose, brown head that disappeared instantly. Cloudy. Very slightly sparkling. Full of tiny, small, and huge-sized particles throughout. No lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, wood, maple syrup, and some pancake batter. Medium to full body. Slick, then lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, wood, maple syrup finish is lightly dry. 13%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (8987) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2011
Had this at Alvinne CBF 2011. Nice amber colored beer. Smell wine and dark fruits. Taste hints of wine, dark fs and a little alcohol.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Smells like apple cider. Faint ethanol hit in the background. Pours a murky brown, no head. Taste is super malty and sweet with a strong boozy finish. Pretty dry in the finish, very, very sweet. Taste is similar...very cidery. Pretty full-bodied and chewy. As it warms up I’m getting more caramel malty flavors and expected barleywine sweetness. Not sure about this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (4052) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2011
Aroma is comparable with prima luna, only more smooth and balanced with the wine barrels. Flavour is lot’s better than PL, more smooth, not as sweet, way better balance. This I like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2011
Had this one at the ACBF 2011. Amber, copper colored brew. Dark fruits in the aroma, some vinous aroma. Flavor is vinous, dark fruits, vanilla, booze.


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