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

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RATINGS: 141   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (1758) - 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 (6704) - 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!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rasmus40 (11787) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 19, 2012
Clear orange with a dense, lasting white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, yeasty and spicy. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 190112

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rand (1299) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 16, 2012
Bottel 33 cl from erzbierschof.ch. Golden amber with effervescence like Champagne and many particles under a white and compact foam designer. Soft aromas, honey, fruity esters, mango and tropical fruits. The taste is unctuous, rich and tasty of malt, spices, alcohol complex, hints of yeast, honey-candy, bergamot, orange and pink pepper. Bitterness of zest present between alcohol and sugar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6296) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2012
(Bottle, Monk’s Café Wallingatan, Stockholm, 13 Dec 2011) Hazy golden amber colour with frothy, off-white head. Malty, fruity nose with notes of citrus, tropical fruit, candy sugar and spicy hops. Fruity, malty, slightly tart taste with citrus, tropical fruit, spicy hints of yeast and a slightly earthy bitterness. More than medium body, slightly sweet. Quite spicy and very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (6016) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle.Pours cloudy golden with an off-white head.Aroma fruitiness, malt, caramel and citrus. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some malt, yeast, citrus and floral notes.Medium body, average carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yngwie (14069) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. It forms a big, dense, off-white head over a semi-clear golden body. Sugar, hops and pale malts in the faintly spiced aroma. The alcohol isn’t missing either. In the flavor there’s sugars, hops, a touch of spices, a solid dose of fruityness and some bitterness. Full body, smooth, warming and nicely carbonated. More bitter in the end than initially. Overall, a quite pleasant one, although a bit on the sweet side. 120107

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (8180) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle 330ml @ gunnfryd
Pours cloudy deep golden with a white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4706) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle. 8.8%. Pouring away and wondering where the head was that VBS spoke of when suddenly I was gulping foam to preserve the beer. The foam was tasty hops and alcohol. Beer is gold under the carved white foam. Aroma is spice forward, alcohol and some spice. Aggressive upfront flavour. Plenty of peppery hops. A nectarine note blended nicely with some hops and a hint of peanut oil.


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