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

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RATINGS: 137   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - DEC 3, 2013
Dark spicy beer. Aniseed, cinnamon, heat and spice. Good flavour definition albeit a bit short in the palate. Very Belgian in taste.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2013
330ml bottle, cloudy honey gold hue, with a fluffy white head, with a yeasty, doughy, spicy, fruity, candied peach, orange peel, milky nose, with a panettone bread loaf dough, faint orange marmalade, honey lollipop, corainder accent, with some honeyed pale, toasted, bread, wheat malt, faint orange jello, lemon pie notes in the aroma, follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice yeasty, fruity, spicy coriander, candied orange peel, peach, apricot, panettone cake dough character, with an orange milkyish yogurt, honeyed pale, toasted, wheat malt, orange marmalade, honey lollipop flavour, with a lemon pie, zesty lemon rind, faint flowery citrus hop backbone, leading towards a warming, yeasty, zesty lemon marmalade, spicy coriander, doughy, milkyish, faint lingering citrus hop bitterness finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fraferra (1) - ITALY - NOV 2, 2013 does not count
Un delizioso sentore di pera, banana e frutta gialla matura al naso, con sentori di esteri di lievito pepati. In bocca ha un corpo denso e mellifluo, carico di sapori dolci, bilanciati da una nota di amaretto finale. Niente da invidiare ad una qualsivoglia trappista. Assolutamente da provare.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jetulio (102) - Tarragona.SPAIN, SPAIN - OCT 24, 2013
750 ml bottle poured into a Snifter glass Appearance....... light yellow beer with head colour white of 2 fingers that last Aroma............... alcohol notes with strong malt presence. Clear predominance of malty aroma with some sugar cane remembrance Taste........ sweetness presence with fruity and spicy notes and appearance of alcoholics too Mouthfeel........... medium body and medium/soft carbonation Overall............ a nice ale, a Belgium from outside Belgium !! mamma mia !!!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6022) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
In short: A basic tripel ruined by a chemical sensation. Meh.
How: Bottle 330ml, funny cool shape, consumed 6 months before expiration date.
The look: Partly cloudy dark blonde body topped by a medium white head.
In long: Strange estery nose that is a mix of cider, lemon pie, phenols, chemicals, spicy hops. Taste is a little less strange. Basic crackery and bready cereals. Typical belgian yeast sensation. Quite fruity with a bunch of light color fruits (bananas, pineapples, more…). A good amount of spicy grassy noble hops. The hops provide a balancing-drying effect but not much bitterness. Sweetness sensation is average for the style. An annoying overall chemical sensation that was part crushed aspirins and part lemony Mr Clean™. There was a few good things going on here but an equal amount of bad things. I don’t have a dictionary or a thesaurus with me at the moment so I don’t know what is the opposite of a Winterlude, but that’s what I’d like to drink right now.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10987) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle shared with the Nellerizer at the hotel in Rome - snagged from Domus Birrae. Pours mostly clear gold with a strong, frothy off-white head. Lots of sugary pale malts in the nose, some white bread, wheat, yeast, lemon. Big sweet flavor, lots of booze, some lemon sponge cake, mild yeast, simple white bread. Did I mention alcohol? Full bodied with lively carbonation. Warming finish, lots of simple and doughy pale malts, white bread, light yeast, lemon merengue. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
zaf (242) - ITALY - JUN 12, 2013
birra che si presenta col classico colore da tripel e una abbondante schiuma bianca fine..aromi ben maltati,lieviti che rlasciano sentori fruttari e agrumi penso derivanti dai luppoli..corpo deciso,gusto molto piacevole ma penso un pò troppo luppolata,infatti dopo i primi sorsi l’amaro del retrogusto si attacca alla gola e si amplifica ad ogni sorso lasciando poco spazio agli altri sapori..nel complesso buona ma preferivo una tripel più "normale"

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
probstblueribbon (2918) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2013
750 mL bottle from LCBO, shared with friends. Cloudy bright orange with a large off white head. Lots of sweet citrus, yeasty, spice, a little honey, so sweet. Medium body, loose effervescence. Really sweet, fair citrus and spiciness, sticky sweet honey, booze, meh; off dry with low bitterness, booze, long spicy citrus finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorqui (2105) - Brescia, ITALY - MAY 15, 2013
Bottled 0,33L. Hazy golden/orange color, much charged aspect, good foamy head of long duration. Aged and little sour nose, notes of citrus (like a witbier), yeast, grapes fermented juice. Discreet alcoholic impact, aged and cellar uppermost palate.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Edoardo (8) - ITALY - MAY 14, 2013 does not count
Bellissimo arancio pallido supportato da una schiuma bianca, fine e molto persistente. Al naso si presenta dolce, con sentori di frutta sciroppata, scorza di arancia, ma anche miele. In bocca offre un corpo medio, con miele e spezie da fare da padrone. Forse dolce troppo stucchevole, che per fortuna lascia spazio ad un finale leggermente amaro floreale, con note evidenti di alcol.


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