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


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RATINGS: 170   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (9163) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2011
Trying to recall where I had this. I think it must have been at Lortica, Bologna, 27.02.11 Pours hazy amber with a slight farmhouse/saison type nose more than a Tripel aroma. Soft in mouth, there is some vanilla and a furry bitterness, really nice. Been impressed with the Ducato beers that I’ve had thus far. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5984) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
light hoppy aroma,amber, hazy, white foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, soft carbonation, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12653) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle. Creamy white excellent mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and hoppy nice yeasty aroma. Moderate bitter fruity flavor. Some licorice notes. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate. OK trippel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hansen (8206) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Medium yellow and clear. Has a white head, medium duration. Aroma is fruity and malty, yeasty notes too. Flavor has notes of light port. Sweet too. Moderate bitter finish. Syrupy texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16049) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
Bottle from Aakjærs. Nice head with good duration. Color is hazy golden. Aroma and taste are sweet malt, yeast, fruits and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2011
A very enjoyable tripel. Golden color with a nice frothy head. Malts and fruit in the nose. Bubbly mouthfeel that settles down over time. Nice fruity tones with hints of hops. Alcohol masked well, but this will warm you up. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (15519) - 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 (24330) - 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 (14126) - 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 (3605) - 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.

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