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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Barley Wine
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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.


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (8521) - Copenhagen, - OCT 7, 2012
Another one of these lovely small and sexy bottles. No head. Clear very dark red brown body. Vinious malty caramel cocoa aroma and flavor swith a suitable amount of hops bitterness although the beer is relatively sweet. Alcohol well hidden. Low carbonation. Long sweet finishy.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (7523) - ITALY - APR 28, 2016
bbe 2035 bottle ramato carico rubino piatta marsalata frutti rossi leggero etilico spirito discreto corpo

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (3051) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2016
Bottle from demolenbeershop. 2010 vintage. No hissing sound at all as the cap goes off. And no head at all. Murky dirty orangebrown colour. A bit flat mouth feel and sometimes. But the nose is nice with lots of sweet tones of raisins, grapes, honey, barrels and most of all a really sweet vine hard to say if it´s white or red. It´s probably past it´s best days and it not as potent as the 135 abv would suggest. Combines really well to strong cheese or to any cheese which is good cause by it´s self it´s to sweet. Nice all together.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rask0lnikov (498) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2016
Bottle nr 0315. Hazy, brownish, colour. Almost non-excistent carbonation. Very powerful aroma. Plums, vanilla, raisins, wine, almonds, dried apples. Very rich! Caramel, vanilla at first. Some spiceness in the middle. Notes of sherry in the end. Heavy bodied, oily, silky, creamy, luxurious, non-carbonated, really enjoyable, aristocratic barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajnepple (4702) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2016
Backlog from a recent bottle share. 330 ml bottle, Riserva 2010, purchased on sale at Supermarket Liquors. Hazy reddish amber appearance. Aroma of fruity/vinous esters, caramel, light toffee, light alcohol and light vanilla. Similar flavor, heavy sweetness with a smooth, creamy feel. Full body with soft carbonation. Interesting, probably past its prime, though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SeniorZozo (897) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 7, 2016
Vienna Craft Beer Fest 2015. Poured a deep amber color with a very small sized head. Sherry, raisins, some wood, fruity, and some ashy

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werckmeister (1831) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - NOV 22, 2015
0,1l from tap at Craft Bier Fest Wien, shared by a friend. nice smell of sherry, coconut, spices, some alcohol, dried fruits. very nice smell. full body, soft carbonatioon, slick mouthfeel, soft oily carbonation. tastes alcoholic, sherry, spices, dried fruits, wood. finishes with alcohol and notes of dried fruits. very nice beer, a bit too sharp alcohol, but lovely sherry and notes of dried fruits.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7273) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 21, 2015
Beerfest Vienna. Hazy Amber color with minimal white head. Strong aroma of malt, candies, cherry liqueur. Very complex taste of cherries, wood, malt, candies. Nice one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gurthnar (4531) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 21, 2015
At Craft Bier Fest Wien. Quite intense with pronounced basic woodiness. Lots of tannins and poorly drinkable. Somewhat astringent. Rough alcohol. I do not like it very much.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SinH4 (2172) - Garching, GERMANY - NOV 21, 2015
Purple color with no head. Aroma is amarone, raisins, tartness. Taste is some malts, nuttiness, amarone again, raisins. Like a very good dry sherry. Awesome, a real slow sipper. A masterpiece.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle at Todd’s share. Pours a muddy brown with very small head in a small snifter. Powerful fruited aroma of overipe dark fruits like prunes, plums, nectarines, raisins, and apricots. The taste was super sweet overipe fruits mention in the aroma and dark candy sugars. Cloying. Some sweet roll aspects with spices as well. Medium to full body and very low carb. It smelled good but since the finish was so sweet it was a little rough.


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