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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Barley Wine
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 114   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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JorisPPattyn (7929) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2011
Looks like dark Armenian brandy - and that doesn’t look bad either. Overwhelming, superb, brandy-like nose, with tutti frutti on brandy, rich and onctuous. Fruity, woody, alcohol and fusels, and... everything you’ld ask from a perfect pousse-caféSips viscous-oily and warming, again like cognac; palate is off the charts. Aftertaste has some more winey notes, rather than brandy. This is simply... overpowering. And yet it’s oh so much more drinkable and refined than, say, a Samuel Adams Millenium...

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrChopin (3288) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 20, 2010
Taste thanks to Andrew!
Nearly transparent, tepid plum body, no head or carbonation. Sour cherry nose with the faintest acetone, definitely well-rounded and some nice plum interplay with wood and malt. Flavor is vinous, melding very well with complex malt profile of chocolate, pie crust, brown sugar, and definitely some more wood and cherry through the softly carbonated, lightly dry finish. The excellent body and fruit-malt profile are reminiscent of Sinners ’08 with more integration. Outstanding stuff, surprised this isn’t a blend given how well it incorporates several styles.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cpetrone84 (1381) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
A-pours a dark copper color, quite clear with almost no head at all. S-hint of caramel, notes of brown sugar, a good bit of cherry behind with a touch of sour acidity in the back. T-very interesting, notes of brown sugar and caramel. lots of tart cherries behind with a good acidity. the wood comes in at the back with a touch of of sweeter red wine (almost zinfandel). M-smooth, medium to full body, a little syrupy. it is slightly undercarbonated but still holds throughout the taste. D-very tasty, good balance with a touch of sour cherry in the back. 13%, where? no booze or heat at all.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vaiz (3350) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Bottle at ACBF 2011. Clear deep dark red pour, aroma is slightly fruity, red wine and some leather. Flavor is smooth, sweet, slightly sour. Very well balanced. Low carbonation. 8/4/9/3/17

Re-rate Reserva 2010, tasted at the 4th BBF @ de Molen. Hazy brown pour, aroma of leather, bourbon, dry fruits. Smooth and round. Flavor is more bourbon, fruits, somewhat sweet, thick body, well balanced, low carbonation. 9/3/9/4/18

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Papsoe (25085) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Labove (427) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 10, 2011
Molto meglio della Prima Luna, a dispetto del rating medio. Grande competenza nell’affinamento in botte. Gran birra, complimenti ancora!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bierkoning (10210) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Mario.
Hazy red amber with a thin off white head. Woo hoo, that’s a proper barley wine. Big cheesy funk on the nose, loads of fruit, faint soy, molasses and glorious caramel. Equally big in the mouth. Incredibly rich malty madness, toffee and cheese along with some soy and spice. Surprisingly balanced and restrained for a 13% barley wine. All the Christmas pudding and spicy stuff is there and as it slips down it leaves some utterly glorious wine barrel notes that seem to come out of nowhere. The finish is just outstanding. The red wine comes in like a tsunami and although you feel like you’ve just had some smooth bolo punch, you know you want more. Absolutely excellent. Too much at first but once the red wine kicks in... Wow.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Cap came off with no sound. Beer poured with no life. God damned it i was excited but I am not a fan of flat beers...I don’t mind flat chicks, but flat beers are wrong. The head was formed with force, just a bunch of large, see through gravity bubbles...the beer underneath, a straight-up brown liquid. Ooooh...the nose. Well, that’s somewhat redeeming. Sour flow of fumes, with earthy cherry undertones, wine, memories of cuvee de tomme, cherry pits as well...dirty chocolate. Pretty much completely flat as far as carbination goes, which is a fucking damn shame, but will influence solely appearance and palate on this one as nose and flavors are beyond awesome. To be exact, the flavors are superbly earthy, tannic, and vinous...did i mention earthy? Lots of deep, dark cherry pit earthiness, earthy tannic red wine notes, soil-covered cherry sweetness, oaky breath of alcohol...fucking A, if this was adequately carbonated, I would not hesitate to go to the store right now and buy every single bottle on the shelf...but as I said, flat beers upset me. Then again...maybe they aren’t all flat...maybe they’ll develop carbonation over time....why does this taste like cuvee de tomme? Why do I care?

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3173) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
Le liquide a une robe brune acajou. La mousse est absente : les quelques bulles qui sont présentes sont le résultat de l’oxygénation créée lors du versement. Au nez, ce vin d’orge particulier présente d’intéressants parfums de chocolat et de caramel qui surgissent derrière des élans de cerises, de raisins et, plus largement, de petits fruits rouges. Le liquide est indéniablement habité par le boisé du fût de chêne : ses entrailles sont chauffées par des parfums de vin cuit et par des parfums tanniques. Le goût est très doux par son malt sucré. Les saveurs vineuses de raisins mûrs et de cerises sont complexifiées par les saveurs d’un alcool boisé et parfumé. Au fil des gorgées, le doux caramel se mute en fin toffee. Très agréable. En bouche, le liquide est corpulent avec son effervescence tout à fait éteinte (dommage!) et sa texture grasse. La finale est superbe, remplie de notes fruitées et de notes maltées qui se fondent dans un vieil alcool chaud.


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