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

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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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.
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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (5280) - Tau, NORWAY - JAN 19, 2010
Stylish bottle, at Håndverkerstuene, Oslo. ABV was 8.8%. Amber colour, hazy, big white head. Very nice aroma of Belgian yeast, notes of coriander, cloves and other undefined spices. The flavour is sweet and sour (? - can’t read my own handwriting) with notes of coriander, orange peel and undefined spices. Good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6276) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2010
Biggish offwhite lasting head. Hazy orange body with small particles. Tropical fruit aroma with peppery, spicy Belgian yeast notes. Full and harmonic. Dry-sweetish peppery fruity spicy taste with milky barnyard notes. Light body. Faintly hot mouthfeel. Very little trace of the alcohol. Dry toffeeish spicy peppery aftertaste with wooden notes. An excellent Belgian tripel. Highly drinkable, yet complex and subtle. (0.33l bottle, Håndtverkerstuene, Oslo.)

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2009
Bottled at Monks Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19809) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2009
Bottled at Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm. Cloudy golden, small head. Aroma of nougat and cardboard. Very sweet with dense full body. Very malty with marzipan-like yeast tones. The sweetness collides with resiny bitterness. Powerful and a bit off balance, still likable and interesting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4587) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2009
This was a gift from John at Johnny’s Off License, Rome. Cloudy, dark brown with lots of sediment. Aroma has yeast, brown sugar, and fruit. Sweet flavor. Well carbonated, and tall head. Interesting appearance for a tripel. Full flavored, and very Belgian in character. John was concerned the bottle might be bad but I thought this was one of the best beers I had during my Italian holiday.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (5680) - ITALY - MAR 30, 2009
orom buona schiuma discreta persistenza il naso è erbace maltato leggermente agrumato in bocca ritorna con un finale erbaceo luppolato piuttosto secca ma non molto tagliente

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6227) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle. Muddy brown, Molasses, grapefruit. The aroma is a bit sweet and sour. Rather true to style Beligan tripel with the characteristic sourness and yeastiness. Some pepper and soy sauce. Enjoyable? Yes. Outstanding? No. I had planned to bring this home, but the cork leaked on the Milano-Parma train ride, so it was deemed unfit for check in luggage.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MiP (13726) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JAN 16, 2009
Bottle, 8.4%. Cloudy orange colour. The flavour is citric and slightly sweet. Has some Belgian yeast notes as well as an orangey fruitiness and citricness. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel. I had expected something darker and sweeter, and that the alcohol flavour with be more evident.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8018) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2008
Huge, towering yellow head over hazy orange beer. Orange aroma, estery and fruity, bananaester. Sweet, malty taste, but essentialy some oxydized malts. Very carbonated MF, long lasting sweetness. Too oxydized in the main taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 2, 2008
Draught at Salone della Birra Artigianale e di Qualità 2008, Milan
Hazy light amber color. It has a good malty aroma, a bit fruity, with a shade of Belgian character. Good body strength, full malty, round, dynamic flavor. Well structured. Excellent.


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