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

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RATINGS: 138   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6901) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle, shared with my wife. Hazy medium golden with a lively finely bubbled head. Aroma is sweet pale malts and soft orchard fruits with delicate floral spice (thinking ginger but not quite?). I’m immediately taken by the tasty biscuity malt structure, very nice malts here, and equally nice fruity hops with a light spice character. This is a style that normally holds little appeal for me, but I really enjoyed this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10187) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2012
A hazed golden ale with a thick lacing frothy white head. In aroma, a smooth honey malt, grainy and smooth, grassy field. In mouth, a nice malty ale with smooth creamy notes, perfumy, light alcohol warmth, not bad. Bieropholie import, tasted May 12 2012.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GBZ59 (1137) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAY 28, 2012
Botella de 330ml. Copa Cáliz de Orval. Color oro puro con una corona blanca y tupida que forma redes en las paredes. Aromas de caramelo y piel de mandarina con trazos de especias. Entrada de zumo de mandarina especiado. Maltas moderadas en el paladar seguidas por un final de lúpulo y toques de mango. Cuerpo medio-intenso y carbonatación media. Retrogusto de cítricos y piel de mandarina. El ABV provoca una gentil sensación cálida. 330ml bottle. Orval Chalice glass. Pure gold in color with a white, close, crown & webs on sides. Candy, tangerine zest aromas, spiced hues. Spiced tangerine juice upfront. Mildy malts onto the palate followed by kind hoppy finish & mango touches. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Citric & tangerine zest aftertaste. ABV leaves a gentle warming sensation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flavio_b (277) - ROME, ITALY - MAY 11, 2012
On tap @Ma che siete. Golden colour, with a big white head. Sweet, hoppy and fruity. Full bodied. I appreciated it a lot. Great!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (10859) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden-orange colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sugar, hop, malt, spices. Flavour is sweet, sugar, hop, alcohol, malt, spices. Full body. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (4698) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Bottle at lunch in Desenzano, Italy. Deep golden color. Hazy. Big white head. The nose is spicy, wheat, honey, yeast. Quite belgian. The taste is malty orange syrup, hefty wheat-like body. Full and thick body. Active carbonation. Overall, quite nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
abemorsten (2831) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - APR 28, 2012
From a small bottle at Øl- og akevittmessen 2012, Stavanger. Clear golden body with a white head. Spicy Belgo yeast, banana and sweet light malts on the nose. Fresh, sweet and spicy mouth. Full bodied. Grows slightly in the mouth.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1651) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 30, 2012
Outstanding Tripel. This brewery has been a good show for me so far. Pours out a bright, clear and sparkly golden body with a thick and creamy beige head. The nose is fresh, floral, grass and spiced uniquely. An overall well balanced nose with a light floral accentuated hop with light toasty malt. The taste has sweetness and light grainy malts in the middle. Light clove and coriander spices with floral notes throughout. A bit bland and mild for a tripel with light esters and a bland yeast taste. Mid mouthfeel with a bit of a thin mouthfeel. Overall a great brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6581) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2012
Draught at Bir & Fud. Deep gold, cloudy, with a high, pillowy head. Malty, yeasty aroma with peaches and honey. Rather acidic flavor, peach and melon and alcohol. Very sweet, with stewed fruits in honey, orange, lemon, bread. Tasty but too sweet—could use more attenuation and hopping.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - MAR 8, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2012 Ottima tripel italiana!. Fruttata, con sentori di pesche, mele, albicocche arance e di malto, con un tocco di miele. Il tutto bilanciato da un finale amaricante e luppolato che la equilibrano. Ottima birra non c’è che dire!


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