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Birrificio del Ducato VIĈMILIA (Via Emilia)

Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Zwickel/Keller/Landbier
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy


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RATINGS: 212   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This bottom fermented beer is golden yellow in color with floral and herbaceous hop aromas (due to the use of Tettnang Tettnanger blooming hop variety personally selected during harvest time). The finish is sharp with a hoppy bitterness and hints of acacia honey.
Elegant, balanced and gratifying: there is always room for her!

La VIĈMILIA being my first creation, is considered by many our signature brew. Although it may appear a simple lager, its brewing is the longest and most delicate. It is cellared for at least 6 weeks, out of which the first week is for primary fermentation and the remaining 4 to 5 for lagering at 3◦C to allow the young beer to refine. During this last phase hop flowers are added. Every year, at the beginning of September, we travel to personally select hops from the farmers of Tettnang (a small village in the south of Germany renowned for cultivating high quality aroma hops).VIĈMILIA unravels such extraordinary floral and herbaceous hop aromas due to the dry hopping process.

Manuel was inspired to call it VIĈMILIA since this beer is an anthem to our land, oppressed by thick fogs during the winter and withered by a merciless sun during the summer afternoons. The verses of a poet from Bologna helped me to put into words the mental image of a lazy day in June.

“Across wheat fields bent by the wind, between flat hills above the plane”

Silver medal at the World Beer Cup 2010, category "Kellerbier or Zwickelbier"
Silver medal at the World Beer Cup 2012, category "Kellerbier or Zwickelbier"
Silver medal at the World Beer Cup 2014, category "Kellerbier or Zwickelbier"

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Geiserich (3865) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 21, 2015
At Craft Bier Fest Wien: Hazy yellow to golden color, white head. Grainy aroma, grassy hops. Flavor is grainy, worth, medical notes, grassy hop bitterness. Boring

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beer5000 (5323) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2015
On tap at brewmakers dinner, Kick. Unclear yellow body with a nice, gig fluffy off white head. Aroma is a bit weak, but delicate. Spicy yeast, herbs, mild fruit and grain. Light in flavor as well, mild pale malt, fruity, herbs, yeast and a bit floral. Medium body and short in aftertaste. Decent lager, could easily go for something between a blonde and a wheat beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15764) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
On tap at Kick. 2014 vintage. A lightly hazy pale golden beer with a small off-white head. Rather grainy aroma with a generic fruityness, something lightly perfumed and grassy. Pine cone hints. It’s dry and lightly carbonated on the palate, soft, and with flavors of grains, pale malts, grass and a generic fruit touch. Lasting dry, grassy, piney and grainy finish. Quenching and quite tasteful. Sure nice. 151022

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 22, 2015
On tap@Kick. Pours hazy yellow with an off white head. Aroma of grains, some bubblegum , yeast and spices. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some grains, yeast and spices. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pils70 (60) - - OCT 21, 2015
Color giallo paglierino con schiuma bianca. Mediamente carbonata, ha evidente erbaceo al naso e al palato. Equilibrata, ma stanca. Forse non in forma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kerenmk (3483) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks Yoav. Clear-to-hazy blond with a white head. Sweet and a little malty aroma, malt and grain and a little vegetal taste. Light-to-medium body, malty, grainy and warm finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
degbert (1487) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy soft yellow-gold with a very high, mixed-grained, bone-white, lacy head. Nose is lemon, dust, yeast, wheat bread, and a touch of smoke. Sweet on the front of the tongue, with lemon and honey notes, then drying out to wheat bread, smoke, dust, toasted grain, almonds, and a faint herbal note. Finish is citric and crisp/clean. A little thin, perhaps, and the hops are a bit too subtle. It’s pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (13345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 22, 2015
Bakgċrden Bċde & 170715. Golden-yellow colour with a white head. Aroma is fruit, malt, hop, pine. Flavour is fruit, citrus, malt, floral, hop, pine. Medium body. Ordinary beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
yiannnos (1195) - , CYPRUS - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle, hazy yellow colour. Hoppy bready aroma. Ligjht, citrus, floral, bready flavour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (11836) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 15, 2015
Tap (TCBW15)
Lovely light milky grains in the aroma - extremely grainy. Raw, light trainy taste - pure barley. Pale, but very hazy - looks good! Persistent light head. So grainy everywhere - finish included. Very refreshing - some heather? For a malt nut like me, this is just what I want in a beer. Would session.

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