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: 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Date: November 04, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: The Porter, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark brown, creamy tan head, sticky lace
Aroma: roasted aroma, tart wild blueberry, touch of sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: bit tart flavor, wild blueberry, dark chocolate, complex
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Draft at Zwanze day. This was odd and Iím not a fan. Pours black with a brown head. The nose is a train wreck. Messy, sloppy, phenolic, peppery and vinegar. Some black malt comes through. Of course, so does burnt plastic. On tasting, distinct blueberry under burnt sour plastic. Vinegar again. Not clean acid, not clean beer. Muddy. Blech.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at Brouwerís Big Wood 2012. Black pour (!). This one is nuts -- dark, sweet malts with really tart blueberry/raspberry notes. Reminds me of the cassis available at the Alibi Room in Vancouver, BC. Someone near me likened it to a "sipping vinegar," which isnít far off -- it has some balsamic notes, for sure.Sweet, fruit-infused balsamic, with a little oak, and a tiny bit of smoke. This was a really, really pleasant surprise for me -- and makes this brewery 2-for-2. Iíll be looking out for more from them in Seattle, for sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1304) - 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. Thereís 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 (6193) - 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 (4239) - 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 (852) - - 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 didnít prevent this from being a really special beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (692) - 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. Donít pay for a bottle at this point.

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