Alengrin (5334) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2017 fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A bizarre concept for a beer. I was skeptical... it could have easily been a trainwreck, but it was actually great. There is a fairly subtle smoke flavor and aroma from the peated malt and the scotch barrels. In the forefront is there is mainly sour and funk flavors. All 3 beers have strong flavors, and they combine very well without drowning each other out. Hard to believe this isn’t Belgian. A very impressive and innovative beer.
Draught at ’Cause Beer Loves Food. Daring blend of a peated barleywine, a Bamberg style Rauchbier and a ’Bretted’ sour ale, a combination of flavours I haven’t seen thus far. Off-white, initially moussy but quickly dissolving an eventually all but vanishing head over a misty peach blonde beer with vaguely amber brownish hue. Intense aroma, unusual and challenging as expected, with moist peat (even peated whisky) dominating initially, less iodine-like than is often the case in peated beers and actually very elegant and inviting, combined with impressions of smoked apricots, grape peel, stale sweat, ’horseblanket’ funkiness, green olives, soggy bread, smoked bacon, seaweed, dried lemon peel. Intense taste with estery fruitiness in the onset, lots of gooseberry, unripe stonefruit and sour crabapple, drying tartness and even sharper lemony acidity dominating, yoghurty especially in the middle with a green olive-like umami accent, smooth and softly carbonated, bit vinous even, over a bready and very lightly caramelly malt backbone; finish is brightly coloured with peat (Islay whiskies) in the middle, leathery and hayish Brett to the sides and smoked meat underneath, while the tartness continues to dry the back of the mouth, with some juicy fruitiness and a dash of warming alcohol in its wake. Wow, this is something else - a very daring combination of intense flavors indeed, touching the extremes in umaminess and tartness with very low sweetness remaining, though just enough of it is kept to bring the much more challenging aspects to a happy conclusion. It takes swagger to create something like this and present it to your consumers, but Ducato has created beers of world class greatness before. This will not be to anyone’s liking, but taken into consideration the fact that it achieves balance in all its extremes and shows intelligence, craftmanship and complexity while doing so, this is clearly a great piece of work in my book. Blending can be just as refined an art as brewing itself - think geuze - and this is a wonderful combination of flavors all reinforcing each other rather than working against each other, as is usually the case in those (very) rare beers that dare to confront sourness with smokiness and / or peatedness. A revelation. MrTipple (4955) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2017
Super Islay whisky, intense peat, smokey, grain malts. Hazy gold, small, frothy, white head. Super dry and sour. Citrus fruits, lemon peel, grass, flat carbonation, medium bodied, funky peat, dry, bitter, acidic finish. A very acquired taste this one, amazing aroma, bit weird in taste and palate. Keg at The Italian Job, Chiswick. mjs (7259) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2017
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Il Birrificio, 20170111) The beer poured golden and hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had wood, smoke, peat and vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and dry with medium carbonation. Flavours were tartness, peat, wood, vanilla, smoke, sourness and low bitterness. Aftertaste had peat, tartness and low bitterness. A messy blend of different gimmicks. Svartvit (574) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2017
Sampled from draft at Uiltje Bar, Haarlem. Pours a dark hazy orange with a small white head. As one might guess from the description this is a pretty complex blend. However, both in aroma and taste a few things pop out. Right off the bat it is very smokey, peated but also quite sour. Lots of wood, oak, ash. Clearly has a ton of brett funk to it, citrusy fruits. A slight caramel, sweet malts note remains underneath the peat and sour onslaught. A bit messy but interesting to drink for sure. Dermi (1185) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 29, 2016
11.2 fl. oz, bottled. Pours hazy straw with a small white head. Aroma: Smoked and cured ham, peat, malt, wood. Leather. Taste: Smoked aroma, sour taste. Medium sweetness. Fruity end. Palate: Medium body, average carbonation. Very nice peated sour ale.
PanMarek (438) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Very cloudy dark golden pour with creamy beige foam. Sour, very smoky in the nose with some hoppy touches. Light body with active fizz and dry finish. The smoky aspect is prominent in the taste but some tart citrus comes through as well and some brine. Pleasantly acidic with lots of Brett, but no mineral. A challenging beer. The yeast appears more as it warms, but the peaty (almost bacon) flavors predominate. It is perhaps the most unsweet beer I have tasted. Korcz (3372) - Warsaw, POLAND - NOV 24, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. Ekstremalnie. Kwaśna kiełbasa. Trochę aż zbyt kwaśna. Gerbeer (3747) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours a hazy tawny color with little head. Aromas of campfire, old rubber and funk. Flavors of old smokey wood and peat, old dried fruit, gummy bears and lemons. DwarfeD (3513) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2016
Draught at Uiltje Brewery & Taproom. Hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Peat, tart, roasted malts, oak, herbs, spices and caramel. Weird but nice. Ferris (15265) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2016
Bottle - Smoke, peat and some acidic notes. Cloudy gold with a small white head. Lots of wood and peaty notes, nice acidity and a long woody finish. If you like peat, an extraordinary beer.