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: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   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 years 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
zizzybalubba (1794) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
On tap during the 43 Hours Of Sour at The Birch, Norfolk, VA. Pours very dark and from the lighting was hard to tell if it was dark brown or black. Tart blueberry, apple cider vinegar, and some oak are noticed in the aroma. The blueberry and apple cider vinegar are detected in the flavor and are joined by some soy sauce (which actually works in this beer) and hints of oak and Earth. For a sour beer this has a rich mouthfeel. This is a stunning sour beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
knickskicks (1151) - - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2015
I felt that I had to rate this beer because I feel it is unjustly rated very low for some unknown reason. Batch #3. It is one of the most sour and acetic vinegary beers that Iíve ever had. Funky roasty chocolate meets blueberry vinegar syrup. Like a really intense Kombucha. Holy heck sour. But all the flavors still show. I donít get any spice, but whatever happened... it works. If Cantillon had put their label on this, this is an instant top 100.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
obguthr (5650) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Tobacco, cider vinegar, prunes, and currants on the nose, a fabulous combination. Quite vinous. Opaque black, no head. Full body, sublime smooth almost viscous texture. Tart apple, prune, currant, tar, and tobacco flavor. Char finish. Fabulous complexity with rich dark fruit and tobaco notes. Amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Mouth numbing sour! Awesome! Under all that sourness is some dark fruit and a little of the oak it was aged in. What a great beer!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kindacold (235) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 8, 2012
Smells amazing, blueberry pie with cayenne. Pours an almost black red, no head. Flavor EXPLOSION. Sweet and tart blueberry, sour sweet, major chili flavor, especially at the end. Dry sour finish.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
neepsntatties (1763) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
StinkBall (157) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2013
This is one awesome sour. Very very sour but in an awesome way. Looks just like an imperial stout but doesnít taste like one in the least. The whiskey from the aging in not overpowering and the blueberries are not sweet but give the beer a surprising tartness. You have to get this one if you can.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
trevor211 (1623) - 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.

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