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


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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (1632) - Besançon, FRANCE - MAR 2, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Belle blonde légèrement trouble. Mousse blanche onctueuse. Nez sur le fruit jaune, Bel équilibre acide/amer, ronde et corpulente en bouche. grande finale où l’on retrouve le fruit et les houblons. Good one !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alex_leit (2509) - Minsk, BELARUS - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle. Golden-straw, weak white foam. Aroma: white wine, fruits (peach, pineapple), malt, a little perfume. Taste: malt, dry sherry, wood, a little alcohol and hop bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodo26 (33) - ITALY - JAN 23, 2016
Bortiglia da 33cl...di un colore ambrato scuro abbastanza torbido...schiuma bella pomposa ma poco persistente...buon profumo rinfrescante ma, quando si assaggia, si sente l’alta gradazione, ciò nonostanta piacevole al palato...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2016
bottle at home. Pours clear golden with a steady huge head, nice creamy head by the way. Straightforward belgian yeast and pine European hops in the nose. Rich body, a tad sweet, nice mellow green bitters, dry finish, a bit of cheesy hops. Taste is crisp malts and the typical triple yeast. A nice fusion of Westmalle & a more mellow sweeter blond tripel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
330 ml super-gusher of a bottle. Pours a clear straw with a resilient white head. Aroma is pepper, spice, sweetbread and pear. Flavor is pepper, mint. Finish is very bitter, loads of oldish. Very grassy and boozy. Medium to full body. Big time drain pour...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4604) - 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 (4205) - 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 (239) - 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 (849) - 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 (8210) - 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.

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