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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Barley Wine
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bottle 76. Pours a copper amber with no head whatsoever. Aroma intense chocolate, unsweetened cocoa powder, some dark fruits such as dried plum and raisin. Flavor very sweet, again cocoa and fruit, rum raisin, savory spice, leathery. No carb at all, zero. Ill give it that its interesting, but as any sort of style goes its kind of all over without being anywhere. Sweet fruit, not much barrel character, though a bit red wine fruity, but not oaky or wood like Id hope for


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThreeCats (637) - ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2015
Murky brown with floating bits and no head. Seems very sweet, smells like fruit compote and spices (allspice mostly). Taste sweet and fruity, almost no carbonation, strong alcoholic feeling going down the throat. I usually love Ducato, but this left me unimpressed. It IS five years old, so maybe that’s part of it, would love to try a fresher, or possibly just later, sample.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (2021) - NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2015
shared bottle, sample, poured a murky dark cola to brown colour with a small off head. sweet raisins, dark red fruits, cherries, vanilla, sweet butter notes, spanish wine, oak, sweet toffee, bread, low carbonated, very smooth finish for 13% abv

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4797) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 30, 2015
330ml bottle. Hazy, reddish chestnut coloured pouring produces some fugacious, macropored bubbles. Intense, sweetish malty aroma, lots of almond, marzipan, sherry, Amaretto, Moscatel, Marsala, some little by little pervasive Marmite-like spiciness. Taste is mildly spicy, a touch of soup cube and lovage, hints of Marmite, some sherry, Marsala; slightly dry, papery, cardboard finish, warming alcohol paralleled. Viscous texture, flat, insipid palate. Slow sipper necessitating a process that must be described rather as arduous abolition than reiterated regalement.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maximet (133) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
Dark brown with no head, flat. Amarone wine, wood, dark caramel, very ripe dark fruit. A little bitterness at first, then mainly sweet with a weird finish. No carbonation, tiny body. No really great.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
laiti (7263) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
33 cl bottle @ tiong
Riserva 2010, 24 mesi in botte. Lotto 01 03 64, UL 30M 11. Bottle nr. 1584.
Aroma is very strong on sherry – even more than some sherries themselves. Also some licorice, porto and alcohol. Flavour has licorice, sherry, woody tones and sweet cherries. Quite pleasant but also quite far from a beer. Feels like a sherry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4641) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
330ml bottle from De Molen Beershop

Riserva 2010, bott. n. 1584. Da consumarsi preferibilmente entro il: 01 03 64 (wtf?!) LOTTO: UL30M 11 - Pours dark brown with no head. Aroma of toffee, syrup, wood, oak, vinous notes, loads of sherry, caramel, raisins, ripe fruits and madeira. Taste is sweet, syrupy and woody with loads of oak, vinous notes, sherry, madeira, hints of caramel, toffee and berries. Finish is smooth, but very sweet and complex with some vinous notes, oak, wood, vanilla and toffee. Quite heavy and sweet. An extremely slow sipper.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2015
0.33 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Reddish brown color. Thick sweet aromas of oak, raisins, almonds, toffee and bourbon. Thick oaky flavor with raisins, honey, blackberry, bourbon, almonds. Thick woody mouthfeel. Controversial, aroma feels dessert wine or bourbon, but flavor is dryer with detracting malt and red wine flavors.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
esenwu (11) - Łódź, POLAND - JAN 19, 2015
Smells like cigars, wine from plums and vanilla in one. 5 years, dark caramel with no bubbles. Just delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
matbli (130) - Poznań, POLAND - JAN 1, 2015
330ml bottle, vintage 2010, dark brown, clowdy with small yeast particles, completly no head. Aroma of vanilla, raisins, soy souce, black tee and vinegar. In taste balanced medium sweetness and sourness with very delicate bitterness. Alcohol slightly noticable but not disturbing and warming. Very thick and oily texture with almost no carbonisation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3556) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Bottle, courtesy of a kind soul... shared in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours basically still with a very deep mahogany color.

The aroma is musty and mushroomy. It’s got some light brine and a bit of white grape. It’s actually akin to a Fino Sherry.

The flavor is spicy and lightly sweet but musty, dry, & briny with some light chocolate. Again, this registers as more familiar to a sherry of Fino or Oloroso style than most beers I’ve ever tried.


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