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


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RATINGS: 158   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   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.

flavio_b's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
flavio_b (277) - ROME, - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leghorn99 (167) - 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 (668) - 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 (6195) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (14127) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - OCT 11, 2015
Bananig hefiger Geruch und Antrunk. Mild herb, vollmundig, glücklicherweise wenig süß. Minimal trocken. Süffig, rund. 11/11/12/11//11

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kauge (943) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 21, 2015
Bottle from Eataly in Rome. I understand it’s more appropriate to sip this in the winter but oh well. It pours a murky, amberish golden with an off-white head that drops to a film, with more around the edge, then stays. Some lace. The aroma is excellent: a very nice mix of yeast and fruits, even tropical ones - warm, ripe, almost gone off -, and dough, wheat, old apples, grass. Tastes wheaty, fruity, basically following the nose, with a bit of alcohol. Softish mouthfeel. Some bitterness in the finish, slightly herbal even, with a spicy kick. Mellow carbonation. After a while the alcohol gets obtrusive - I can’t imagine myself downing it faster before it does so. It’s an interesting take on a strong Belgian Ale, I quite enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (2414) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Aroma: yeast, sweet malts, caramel, grain, molasses. Appearance: hazy gold, massive, creamy, white head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets continue, bread malts, caramel, soft carbonation, light, dry finish. Overall: very nice Tripel, excellent sweetness throughout. Pint at Italian Job, Chiswick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (9992) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
Private order. Bitter with some spice, good with fish. Unique, drinkable, not something I would have again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fugitive (1745) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 15, 2015
Color hazy orange with small white head. Aroma yeast, fruits, citrus. Taste fruits, citrus, yeast, dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (2004) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2015
Bottle a golden yellow colored beer with a white head aroma malts citrus fruits yeast spicy and hops flavor malts spicy citrus fruits and bitter hops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Taboada (568) - Compostela (Galiza), - MAY 15, 2015
330 mml bottle tasted on the 05/05/2015. Floral and hoppy aroma for a nice hazy golden colour beer. Taste is very floral too with presence of malts and some caramel. Next one please!

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