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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


mcmd's rating

4.4
   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7322) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, dark brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (dark chocolate), with notes of blueberry syrup, licorice, chipotle pepper, charred oak, lemon juice, sour apple, leather, black cherry, manure. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, moderately burning (chiles), lightly to moderately astringent. Wow, so...blueberry, pedio, chile peppers, and two years of aging...sounds like the opposite of good on paper. But...itís actually pretty nice. The aroma is remarkably complex and enticing, and thankfully the pepper aroma is not the typical green-vegetal type but instead offers a nice punch of smokiness, as if they used chipotles or some other smoked pepper. Blueberry is obvious (and delectable) but not at all overdone; lots of other fun aromas shine through. And lastly, thereís no icky oxidation odors...as usual, acidity is the key to that. Quite nearly a 9 for aroma, honestly (give íer time in the glass, friend-o). The pepper burn isnít exactly desirable (esp. combined with the substantial alcohol) and the mouthfeel is just ok (typical for sour ales), but itís overall a lot better than I feared it might be. Way too expensive, so wonít be buying any more, but happily surprised that it wasnít a drain pour, and instead threatening to be near 4+ territory.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (2382) - Belgrade, SERBIA - SEP 19, 2016
Draft sample at Craft&Draft Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Time to taste event. 05.07.2016. Taste with adamnowek. Pour it dark purple color with no head. Aroma quite thin. Taste of blueberry juice, tart, balsamic feel, leather little bit, nice balanced, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14127) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 27, 2016
Kick 070416. Red black colour with no head.Flavour is alcohol, blueberries, vinegar, raisin, sourness. full body. Very nice beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
VastActiv (5676) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 16, 2016
Tap at One Pint Pub, Helsinki. Colour is murky reddish light brown with very small white head. Aromas and flavors: Berries, blue berries, sourness, tartness, dryness and some distant hints of lactose. Very interesting but not my beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tide (2971) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 15, 2016
Draught at One Pint. Black color, white head. Sour taste with blueberries, tart, acidic notes and earthy notes. Sour finish with blueberries, earthy notes, tart, acidic notes and grass. Decent sour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlruthven (609) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 6, 2016
Big bonus points to this beer for working all the elements successfully. Tap, pours black, slightly purple tan head. Nose is crazy: chocolate, smoke, sharp yogurty acidity, blueberry, oak. Slick, but lively mouthfeel. Very sour upfront, stout elements settle in on the aftertaste. Slight lingering heat. Weird and cool.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
adamnowek (1831) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 5, 2016
Looks exactly like red wine. Aroma is, well, some blueberries with a very acidic vinegar. Taste starts with a light blueberry touch and explodes into a weird combination of charcoal smoke and red wine vinegar. Hysterically tart.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (6473) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2016
Keg at the bottle shop Bermondsey, London. It pours a clean deep purple / brown color with no head. Aroma is sharply acidic and lightly fruity with notes of blueberries, lactic acid and vinegar. Taste is more rounded and complex with notes of blueberries, lactic acid, nail polish remover, ashes, burnt wood. Crazy acidic with a long lingering smokey finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, weird

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (3999) - NORWAY - JUN 6, 2016
On tap at Whatís Brewing 2015, day 2. Black body with no head. Aroma is acidic with bbq smoke and licorice. Taste of lightly sour berries, smoke, oak and a mild sweetness. Sticky fruit and vinegar finish. A very strange one, I like the bbq smoke elements, not sure if the blueberries work as intended.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer5000 (5903) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 12, 2016
Tap @ Kick. Dark brown body with almost no head. Aroma has malt and some berries, not particular blueberry but some kind of acidic berries in combination with vinegar. Rather intense, but nice and promising aroma. The flavor unfortunately does not live up to the expectations from aroma, itís simply too one-dimensional vinegar. Really acidic with a hint of chocolate malt. Iím not able to detect any berries at all with the exception from the last part of the aftertaste. It has some qualities for sure and a delicious aroma, but ends up to raw and acidic for my tast.


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