Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
A special one time creation that truly lives up to its name. The base is a Stout brewed with hot chili peppers that has been aged for almost 2 yeasr with blueberries & pediococcus. It is opaque black in color in with just a touch of carbonation. Quite acidic & tart along with very intense flavors and aromas. This nightmare is sure to leave a lasting memory.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1458) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Brouwers. Colour...damn near black with no head. Nose...giggly acetic, but the berry aspect is there too! Palate.. Gentle CO2, then a massive burst of acetic acid that never dissipates and transcends into a beautiful berry and somewhat cherry like blend on the palate. There’s a slightly vinous character to boot, and it all converges nicely in the mouth and all the way down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hergee (35) - Hasselt, BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2012
Awesome fruit sour. Aroma is berry, roasted malts, some vinegar and yogurt. Taste is vinegar too, cherry, dried fruits, acidic and tart. Surprisingly easy to drink in its complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6428) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Sampled at Zwanze Day - 2012 (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep black brown hue, darker with touches of brownish frothy head. Dies to a film, laces small. Deeper dark pour overall. Aromas throw red wine vinegar, cherry, and gentle blueberry. Some vinegar, touches of toast. Bigger sour acidic nose hits the nostrils firmly. Initial is a bit tart and acidic up front. Toast, blueberry fruit, firm tart sour elements hit the palate, sour cherries and red wine. Some darker malts give some silky elementsn biscuits, toast. Middle is touches of vinegar, blueberry, cherry, red wine oak. Not as harsh, a firm blueberry skin element is hard on the backend. Some gentle sweetness, darker malts, gentle toffee. Toast, red wine, and good solid sour cherry and vinegar. The nose hits harder than the beer itself, a good thing I think. Much more inviting overall. Good berry element, some raspberry, blueberry, and lingering firm vinegar and red wine. Simple but it works. Backend is solid, nice flavors and rich blueberry. Never actually gets acidic like the nose suggests. Gives just the right bit of pop throughout. Nose might scare some offn but this is pretty nice overall. A more assertive Flanders with good blueberry skin and fruit elements, red wine, vinegar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (4954) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Tap. Pours opaque purple-black with a large brown head, perhaps a blue tinge. Nice lacing. Smell is tart, cherry, dried fruit, dark roasted malts, coffee, wood. Taste is the same, quite sour actually, with strong notes of port and dried fruits mostly overtaking the stout notes. Full bodied and rich in the mouth.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (948) - - DEC 2, 2012
Draft. Deep dark purple, virtually black. Big sour yeast and blueberry nose, purple gatorade. Taste is sour yeast, blueberries, lasting tartness with some grape Tylenol. High alcohol well masked. The grape tylenol in the finish was occasional and ultimately didn’t prevent this from being a really special beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (713) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 On draft as part of Zwanze 2012 at West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago. Pours almost black with thin violet head. Taste is a variety of darks fruits...very tasty

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2014 on tap at Holy Grale on St Sour Sunday. Pours dark purple almost black with a violet head. Smell is vinegar, red wine, oak, and dark fruit. Taste is dark fruit - blueberry, grapes/cabernet with vinegar and sourness balancing the finish along with pepper heat which elevates this beer to a whole new level of uniqueness. Medium-thick body, can barely taste the alcohol. One of the most interesting beers and best sours I have had...as an aside had this beer in a bottle 2 yrs later, almost undrinkable as the bugs have taken over -- way too acidic. Will keep my rating of the younger version on tap with this added disclaimer. Don’t pay for a bottle at this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (4270) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
On tap at p house with keith and simon. Pours a black color, with medium khaki head. Aromas of vinegar, funky yeast, so lactic and acidy, grape skins, blueberries, raspberries. Taste is ultra lactic funk with blueberry tartness, oak, vinegar, tobacco smoke and sour vinous notes. Medium bodied. Amazing sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Draft from the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, first from a flight but then another pour as I had to go back for more. Pours black with a creamy sandy-colored head. Nose is pretty much a faceful of grape-flavored Big League Chew with added chocolate, berry, and slightly ashy notes. Taste is hugely acetic, bright but buttressed by the dark malts and char. A great, great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miked1687 (608) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Blue monk draft. Dark pour with an off white head no lacing. Very heavy sour blueberry aroma. Tastes acidic, lots of blueberry. Interesting beer for sure.

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