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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Barley Wine
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 112   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34282) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 20, 2011

Bottle 330ml. @ Th. 4th. Alvinne Craft Beer Festival (ACBF) 2011, De Kasteelhoeve, Doorniksesteenweg 314, Outrijve (Avelgem), Belgium.

Clear medium to dark red amber color with virtually none head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, tobacco, wood, raisin - cherry - fruity - berry. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, dried berry, tobacco, wood. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20110304]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30747) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2011
33 cL bottle at ACBF2011. Pours clear and golden orange with no head. Aroma is dense malty, mead like and solid alcohol. Dry malty, slight wooden and wineous. Lingering dense malty and roasted.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29135) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2011
Bottled. An unclear red-brown beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of wood, brettanomyces, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet and a bit acidic with notes of caramel, alcohol, wood, brettanomyces, and malt, leading to a dry and slightly tart finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25089) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours a cloudy opaque dark brown with no head - completely flat. Amazing aroma of Brett, wood and indeed wine. Solid body, caramel, wood, tart cherries and again quite some Brett and funk. A little warming alcohol in the finish. Both delicate and extremely delicious. 230311

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (20569) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Hazy red brown coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits and rum with notes of oak. Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits and berries with notes of oak and rum. Sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16410) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle. Pours a Dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty weak spicy dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy dark fruit finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14454) - , 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.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14340) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle from Lortica, Bologna; bb 2050, batch L175 09, 3 years old
Dark brown color with a few sparse big bubbles. Very nice aroma: raisins, wood, malt, caramel, with a touch of spices; it reminds me of Poltorak meads. Almost no carbonation, the mouthfeel is therefore a bit oily; caramel flavor, with an unfortunate dusty character; the sweetness is very moderate; it has a too strong oxidization, that spoils the flavor; tobacco; ordinary bitterness; the alcohol content is well hidden. The flavor profile is quite a mess, but it improves with some oxygenation.
Goes from fantastic aroma to good flavor, but it would be nice to try again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (13802) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13286) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2011
Bottle at ACBF 2011. Clear brown - no head. Barley, licorice, fruity, dried fruits, roasted, raisins, light oakey, alcoholic, wine notes, sparkling feeling, berries, light tartness.


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