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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle as a New Year’s gift from Jan of Weerspannige Brouwers, cheers mate! Quite heavy gushing but manageable, I did not lose a lot of volume... Thick and frothy, egg-white, initially dense, lacing head thinning gradually; hazy peach blonde colour with somewhat ochre hue and a ’fog’ of dead yeast particles equally divided throughout the liquid. Aroma of dried orange peel, Grand Marnier, baker’s yeast, heavy cooked banana and banana bread (Hefeweizen-like!), mango, soap, butterscotch, canned apricot, sugared apple, white pepper, freshly cut sorrel, rhubarb, old cake, fairly strong clove-like phenols. Spritzy onset, a tad overcarbonated perhaps, with refreshing redcurrant sourishness, impressions of apple peel, banana and mandarin peel, supple body, yeasty spiciness playing over a background of caramelly and honeyish malt sweetness, bit phenolic but actually fitting into the whole quite well; white candi sugar sweetness is there but not overly so. Finish is malty, juicy and phenolic in the ’good’ (spicy) sense of the word, along with peppery hops with a nice, aromatic bittering quality, as well as residual yeastiness (a little bit ’meaty’ even) and, unexpectedly, warming, gin-like alcohol. Not the most refined Ducato beer I had, but certainly credible as a Belgian tripel (of the sweet side of the style), the ’spirit’ of which these Italians managed to capture quite well, though it does seem a bit more ’exotic’ than average. The flavour deScription on the label is very much to the point as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerViking (3809) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2015
On tap at the Italian Job, faintly hazy dark gold, with a lacing head. Aromas of honey, banana and cloves remind me of a Weizenbock rather than a Tripel. Dry-sweet and fruity, with more notes of light honey, hints of peach and orange, and lightly peppery and grassy hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leghorn99 (197) - Livorno, ITALY - NOV 19, 2015
Di colore arancio pallido e, dalla scarsa trasparenza; schiuma poco marcata, bianca, fine e non molto persistente. Naso dolce, molto pronunciato e complesso con frutta sciroppata in evidenza (pesche, albicocche), scorza d’arancia, sentori floreali, miele, lieviti e canditi. Corpo da medio a pieno, carbonatazione media. In bocca predomina ancora il dolce, con miele, frutta candita (arancia), malto e spezie. Sorprendente viraggio finale secco e amaricante, che pulisce in un attimo il palato ormai saturo di dolce, lasciando un gradevole retrogusto appena amaro, erbaceo, con calde note di alcool.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kosmokrator (794) - ITALY - NOV 17, 2015
Bionda, schiumosa, debolmente torbida. Fruttata, speziata, mielosa, floreale: buona nell’aroma e nel gusto. Buona tripel di corpo medio.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (6917) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 3, 2015
330 ml. bottle. BBF is unreadable. Hazy orange, small touch bigger white bubbles. Nose is overly heavy on esters, sweetish grain, dried orange peel, some dusty spices. Carbonation is a bit sparkling, rather heavy carbonation. Taste is dusty, esters, there is some slight vanilla sweetness, almost fish guts, phenolic, touch pepper, paper, dough phenolic apples. Technically aptly made but the more time passes the more I seem to dislike these kinds of phenolic, estery, grainy, sparkling Belgians. There is something about that just puts me off, there is some slight vanilla sweetness to this one that makes it slightly more interesting & there is nothing technically wrong with it. Acceptable let us say. It did feel a bit old to me, touch oxidized. It is named after a Bob Dylan song (one that is equally cute & silly for me) so that is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (15588) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 11, 2015
Bananig hefiger Geruch und Antrunk. Mild herb, vollmundig, glücklicherweise wenig süß. Minimal trocken. Süffig, rund. 11/11/12/11//11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (1266) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from Eataly in Rome. I understand it’s more appropriate to sip this in the winter but oh well. It pours a murky, amberish golden with an off-white head that drops to a film, with more around the edge, then stays. Some lace. The aroma is excellent: a very nice mix of yeast and fruits, even tropical ones - warm, ripe, almost gone off -, and dough, wheat, old apples, grass. Tastes wheaty, fruity, basically following the nose, with a bit of alcohol. Softish mouthfeel. Some bitterness in the finish, slightly herbal even, with a spicy kick. Mellow carbonation. After a while the alcohol gets obtrusive - I can’t imagine myself downing it faster before it does so. It’s an interesting take on a strong Belgian Ale, I quite enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (2836) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Aroma: yeast, sweet malts, caramel, grain, molasses. Appearance: hazy gold, massive, creamy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets continue, bread malts, caramel, soft carbonation, light, dry finish. Overall: very nice Tripel, excellent sweetness throughout. Pint at Italian Job, Chiswick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
Private order. Bitter with some spice, good with fish. Unique, drinkable, not something I would have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fugitive (1821) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 15, 2015
Color hazy orange with small white head. Aroma yeast, fruits, citrus. Taste fruits, citrus, yeast, dry.

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