Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Abbey Tripel
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy


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RATINGS: 164   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Top fermented beer which undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle. It is intense gold, almost orange in color, with aromas of fruit in syrup (pineapple, peach and apricot), candy sugar, bread crust and a note of chives from the Belgian hops of Poperinge. Warm and sweet on the palate with a firm fizzy finish. Strong and structured, sweet and inviting. A tribute to a friend who went missing, who we may meet again one day, just like the sun that is hiding behind the hill.

Winterlude is also named after a Bob Dylan song, a perfect fit since it is a winter warmer. The idea of winter as an interlude representing both the pause before awakening and the oblivion before new life.
This beer is inspired by some varieties of the Belgian Tripels. The hops come from the Poperinge region, a variety I have always been fascinated by. I connected with one of the region’s local farmer and had him set a preferred variety aside from his most recent harvest.
Because it combines incredibly well with food, Winterlude has always made us proud with our catering industry clients.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2011
Bottled 750ml (BB 09/2011)
Hazy orange color, huge cloudy white head, lace. Citrus and pineapple in the nose. Medium-bodied. Hayish, perfumic hoppy, grassy, kind of alcoholic. Bitterish, spicey aftertaste. Fruity and hoppy, but not too balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (23913) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2011
Bottled (thanks fonefan). Hazy orange colour, mediumsized beige foamy head. Aroma is slight wooden sourness, mild spices, fruits and quite strong maltyness. Flavour is quite much the same in a quite nice balance. Quite much caramelly and sweet toffeeish notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13819) - DENMARK - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle. Hazy golden with big foamy white head. Flavour is malt, citrus, hops, alcohol, fruit and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3541) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle - 330ml. Superb cloudy golden body with a thick white foamy head. Fresh hoppy aroma with flowery, herbal, and honeyish hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its sharp hoppy taste carries malty and coriander notes. Ends with a long, robust bitter/herbal finish. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Miksu (5033) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2010
0.33 l bottle at Monk’s Cafe Wallingatan, Stockholm. Amber color. Sweet aromas of wort, toffee, biscuits, nuts and orange. Sweet toffeish and nutty flavor with orange, clove and pepper. Very worty taste, which is usually not my thing. Extra points from a nice rustic and artisanal character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dylan88 (223) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 23, 2010
33 cl bottle. Pours out in a very hazy yellow colour with a small creamy white head. Dense aroma of marzipan, dough and apricots. Medium to full-bodied with notes of marzipan, apricots, almonds and mild alcohol. Some grassy hops in the warming aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6743) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2010
Magnifique bouteille de 750 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur d’épices avec une pointe fruitée. Apparence: La couleur est blonde voilée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #3297)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (12191) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2010
Cloudy orange with a lasting white head. Spicy aroma, pepper, herbs and some fruit. Sweetish fruity flavour with peppery spice. Very drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8855) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 15, 2010
My Bottom Line:
This Tripel’s gingery spiciness and honeyed malts coalesce over herbal hops and doughy yeast for a classy example of the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A fluffy head of foam decorates the cloudy golden.
-Carbonation is quite expansive early on, so this one benefits from some breathing.
-Fruit esters are peachy and slightly tropical.
-Spicy hop bitterness is lenient.
-Alcohol is well concealed.
-This may not stand out in the world of Tripels, but it is mighty well done and enjoyable.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (3010) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2010
Aroma:very fruity,yeast.... Appearance:hazy -orange,huge white head... Flavor:fruity,alcohol,yeast.....

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