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


on tap

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3743) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6709) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Draft at blue monk, buffalo. Black pour with purple hues, minor roast in the aroma, lots of acidic blueberries, very light chocolate. Flavor is highly acidic upfront, blueberry, bile, tart, some chocolate roast lost in there. Unique

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1994) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2012
On tap at Thirsty Monk. Pours completely opaque black with just a ring of head/carbonation. Smell is ash, dark malts, berries and tobacco.Taste starts with thick cocoa malt with a muddled tartness, tobacco, char and blueberries. The berries are not a pronouced as I would have thought. Very complex. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lukaduke (2549) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Draft at Novare Res. Pours a slick deep umber black color with a finger of fleeting eggshell foam... on the nose its wildly funky; compost, rubbish, organic matter, berry, chocolate, oak smoke. On the palate its a lot of the same... a little here and there but full of interestingly complex notes. There is a nice moment mid palate that the blueberries really ripen up but then get overtaken by the chocolate, dirt, vinegar touches that pull it back into the hmmmm category. Glad I tried it... would I order it again? Not sure

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
brokensail (12367) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Black in color with a small khaki head. Roasty, some blueberry, and a bit of nail polish remover. Some butterscotch, smoke, bandaid, and salt. Light lemon notes, too. The flavor is a bit savory. Some smoke, roast, and chocolate. Salty, a bit of blueberry, light tartness, and some burnt sugar. Not terribly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2012
On tap at Poor Phil’s. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, some tartness, berries, and chilies. Flavors of warmth from chilies, roasted malts, blueberries and fair amount of tartness. A lot going on here. Pretty damn tasty and interesting none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5966) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 7, 2012
Draft at the Birch. Deep and brooding, with a hint of midnight blue. The aroma is borders on the pharmaceutical, but this drinks with a decidedly Flemish character -- a definite sour vinegar edge the predominate front, with a funky twist as a sidekick. This is like a sweet and sour battle inside my mouth. (#4797, 10/6/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4289) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Tap at Tasty Beverage. Pours ink black with one finger of sandy tan head. Nose shows more acidity than expected. Fruit skin and chocolate, tannic and acidic. Very nice flavor, some charred wood. Phenolic and fingernail polish remover start to show through. Acidity builds as I taste. Medium body. Gets a little weird.

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