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L’Olmaia Christmas Duck

Brewed by L’Olmaia
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Sant’Albino - Montepulciano, Siena, Italy


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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 2.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Birra bruna ad alta fermentazione, ispirata alle classiche birre Natalizie. Con il suo gusto delicato ma deciso, grazie all’utilizzo di 4 tipi di malto e una aromatizzazione con miele di Olmo (melata di bosco), la CD è perfetta come birra da meditazione, ma allo stesso tempo ideale per accompagnarvi nelle serate invernali. Prodotta da Ottobre a Marzo anche in magnum da 1,5 l.

Rifermentata in bottiglia

Honey beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rune (7995) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2014
750ml bottle, 8 % abv, from Vinmonopolet Bestillingsutvalget. Unclear dark brown coloured body. Dotted spots on the glassware. Tiny off-white head. Aromas of brown malts and honey, with a little tartness beneath. Malt-fruity flavours of plums, sweet berries, some Christmas spices, and brown malts. Dry, tart and sweet ending. So and so. It did not managed to create any Christmas feel in August (shared with Stefan, Elisabeth and Finn, session at Finns, Tromsø 07.08.2014).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chuckaduck (640) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2014
750ml bottle. 8/13/14. Exploded upon opening. Went nuts for about 7 minutes. Pours red-amber with a thin light-amber head. Aroma is fruity, earthy, oxidized, basement, musty, sweet. Taste is sweet, fruity, some leather, oxidation; finish is a sticky fruit jam. Mouth feel is oily with some grit. No lacing. Carbonation is low (after the initial eruption). Not sure if infected or just a bad batch; this is the second time this has happened with this beer though. Not good, sadly. Drain pour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Finn (4157) - Tromsø, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Flaske 750ml fra Vinmonopolet, Bestillingsutvalget. Fellesinnkjøp med Rune. Delt med ham, Snegurochka og TheCellarer på Nerstranda 7 Aug 14. Mørk amber. Uklar med tydelige partikler. Lavt filmskum. Beskjeden syrlig fruktaroma. Smaken er plommer og syrlige epler. Sikkert god til visse matretter. Veldig uklar siste kvelling.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Palme (3311) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 14, 2014
Sampled from a 0.75l in The Great Juleøl Blindtest 2013. A really deep warm amber cloudy looking one with a small light sidesticking off-white head. Slightly acidic nose, some spicy hints, wet silo grass and yeast. Not extreme and not to pleasant either. Semi dry in the taste, soft to average on the bubbles with a mild oily mouthfeel. More soft acidic fruity hints. Yeast, dark caramel and ripe old fruits. Dark malts and a flour chalky dry finish with hints of dry cocoa in the background. A bit dull perhaps. Not something I feel any real need to try again. 23.11.2013

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
k92488 (255) - NORWAY - FEB 9, 2014
Backlog fra Cardinals crazy juleølsmaking. Jeg ticket alle de øllene, men så at de da ikke kom med på Statistikk, så nå blir det sånn ca...

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Inbreak (2038) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 16.12.2013, 075l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is wet grain, almond essence, weeds, wet hay, caramel. Taste is harsh and slightly sour-ish, caramel malts, wet grain, almond essence, wet hay gone sour, weeds, chalk. Little bitterness. Typical Italian....MEH!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Foffern (1190) - Bodø, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours a hazy reddish brown colour with a light brown, creamy, medium head. Malty aroma with oak, heather, some leather and is slightly sour. The flavor is a light version of the same and is still slightly sour with a touch of oak. Has a slick mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A little strange ale but is interesting and balanced. The flavour is a bit light though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
berlinoise2go (608) - NORWAY - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle (75cl) from Vinmonopolet, Oslo. 8% ABV. Good-looking bottle. Hazy rust brown colour. Small, short-lasting bubbly head, settles as a thin ring. Aroma of sour cherries, ginger cookies, caramel, mild vinegar, yeast, spices. Medium body, average carbonation. Fruity taste, predominantly sour, to some degree balanced by a malty sweetness and mild bitterness. Fruity and tart finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClubGonzo (3995) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep amber-hued red body with a small white head. Nose is raisins, grainy caramel, red berries and hints of sour wheat. Taste is caramel, red berries, cinnamon, hints of grains. Watery body, medium carbonation. Mellow and boring, and I’m sad to say this but: very Italian. :-P

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (5256) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2013
Shared bottel at DSJT, Cardinal.Pours hazy nut brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, light sour & yeasty. Taste is light sweet, with an unpleasant acidic bite towards the end.

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