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

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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1127) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
Elle est de couleur dorée et voilée, ayant une mousse digne qui la surmonte et en se résorbant, elle laisse une dentelle qui colle au verre. Au nez, de beaux arômes fruités en émanent. Toute la gamme des agrumes s’y retrouvent avec des pointes poivrées. En bouche, ça prend un certain temps avant de capter toutes ses saveurs. Un goût acidulé se mêle à une levure épicée et sèche, alors qu’un sucre candi vient joindre la compagnie (C’est le temps des Fêtes) et nous laisse les lèvres sucrées. Bonne corpulence et assurément un plaisir gustatif. (503-020113)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dado93 (130) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2013
Winterlude is one surprise for me, i’m not one lover of triple... With a beautiful cloudy light orange color, aroma is fruity with soft notes of hop, in mouth is smooth, good carbonation, the taste is fruity and soft hops, specially bitter orange notes in final, in La Chouffe this sensation don’t like me, but this is one very good beer from my country, Italy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7760) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2013
Nice and compact 330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Langnes. Clear amber body to a near-white head that stays well. Spotty lacing. Smell of dusty hops and sweet fruits alongside hints of honey and a tad of ginger. Taste of sweet fruits, mild pepper, wheat and yeasty fruitiness. Dry ending with underlying alcohol. Velvety, warming and (a bit too) sweet. Seasonal qualities (sipper at home, 04.01.2013).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmrmwel (854) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours light hazy golden, with a big creamy head. Aroma is sweet almost tropical fruity, with yeast and caramel. Full creamy body with soft carbonation. Flavour is sweet with malts, some notes of yeast and a good fruitiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ljunkan (530) - NORWAY - DEC 30, 2012
Golden color. Fruity, lightly spicy aroma with notes of citrus. Flavour is lightly sweet and fruity. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Good one!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (5829) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours gold with a white head. Sweet fruity and yeasty, with citric and peachy notes, and flowery hops in the finish. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle shared by Jay at tasting at my house. Pours apricot gold with white head. Nose/taste of lemongrass, lemonbreads, bready malt, citrus, light wheat malt and some spice. Moderate hop bitterness. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle that a tasting at James’s place. Pours a lightly hazed gold with a medium to large white head. Big fuzzy musk on the nose, soft wheat and candy. Musk, medium bodied, candy, warm alcohol. Nice amount of esters and musk. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
molly75 (300) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - DEC 2, 2012
[ASPETTO] oro intenso, velata [SCHIUMA] bianca, media presenza, fine e buona persistenza [OLFATTO] fresca, con profumi fruttati, che ricordano marmellata di frutta gialla, lievito, un floreale di contorno con leggere note di fieno. Sentori alcolici [GUSTO] imbocco tendenzilamente dolce, ancora con note di frutta matura e marmellata, un tocco di caramellato, lievito. Andando avanti con al bevuta, il dolce perde mordente, lasciando spazio a note amare moderate,che si mescolano con un acenno speziato ed alcolico. finale secco. [TEXTURE] corpo medio, molto morbida al palato, con una buona carbonazione; alcohol evidente solo nel finale con una sensazione di calore al palato [COMMENTO FINALE] buona! Esce forse dal classico trend delle tripel, mantenendo amaricanti molto contenuti e dando un po’ più spazio a note fruttate e dolci, caramellose soprattutto all’inizio. Alcohol molto ben inserito, quasi ci si dimentica degli 8 gradi se non per una sensazione calda nel retrogusto. un tripel quindi meno speziata e meno amara ma con tutti gli ingredienti equilibrati e ben inseriti.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (2614) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle (330 ml). Traded by SlovakSniper, thanks Patrick! Hazy golden with a huge frothy white and and good lacing. Aroma of fruits, malt, spices, slight citrus and pepper. Taste is of malt, fruits, spices and grain. Alcohol is noticeable. Medium body. Good tripel but nothing outstanding.


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