Birrificio del Ducato Baciami Lipsia (Kiss Me Lipsia)

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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Grodziskie/Gose/Lichtenhainer
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy

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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour beer inoculated with Lactobacillus blended with a Gose brewed with Himalayan pink salt and aged for 9 months.

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3.6
rumore (647) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 8, 2017
From a 33cl bottle. Pours pale yellow with evanescent but abundant white foam. Aroma is lemony, hay and lactobacillus. Body is average with intense carbonation. Taste is definitely salty, partially sour. Finish is clean, with a nice leftover lemony feeling.

4.9
pigiax (6) - ITALY - SEP 6, 2017 does not count
citrus, pale, clear, rocky head, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, umami, light body, thin feel, average carbonation, astringent,

3.7
ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 14, 2017
Draught at Branchline, 6/19/17.
Drab, golden-maize with light brassy-copper hues and a moderate haze. Off-white head atop is small and recedes fairly rapidly to ring.
Lactic acidity is joined quickly by light honey and biscuity/nutty wheat. Lots of lemon-lime though it tends sharper and with more raw acid than it does juicy/fruity. That being said, it’s quite complex with more than just lactic acidity to sniff. Tons of floral character with lots of basement and a mix of spicy and even slightly clove-tinged phenols. Not exactly sure what’s intended here, but it’s quite competent with no flaw or alcohol.
Soft, malty-wheaty with a strong enough malt depth to combat the strong lactic acidity. Some salinity helps attempt to round the sour/sharp edges, as well, though the beer is certainly not "salty". There’s a good undercurrent of floral/spicy esters and phenols surprisingly noticeable even through all of this acidity. Low carbonation, a bit loose at times prevents the acidity from being dispersed better and thus this does fatigue the palate by the end of the glass, but the parts are pretty well-integrated here and I think the beer works, as a whole. Surprisingly malty/soft texture for such a low gravity, highly acidic beer and that’s what really makes this a success.

3.2
blackisle (2707) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2017
Tap @Craft & Draft, Amsterdam (with wilde_joost), poured into a shaker. Cloudy straw yellow, small fizzy white head, mostly diminishing; aroma lemon, grapefruit, bit barnyard; taste light sweet and sour, grapefruit, sour apple, salty, herbal notes; thin body, watery texture, average carbonation; good gose.

2
wilde_joost59 (222) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 4, 2017
From tap at Craft & Draft (with Huub). Yellow color, almost no foam. Smells a bit acid, but taste even more acid. This is not my kind of beer, didn’t liked it.

3.7
Tinaccio (453) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 2, 2017
On keg at Mother Kelly's, Bethnal Green, London, UK. It pours hazy, pale yellow, no head. Aroma is funky, like a lambic, earth, grass, salt. Aroma is sour, lot of salt. Difficult to explain but lovely. Body is light to medium, carbonation is fizzy. Liked it!

4.6
loscovar (615) - Trieste, ITALY, Villeneuvette, FRANCE - JUN 28, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2017 Light golden color, small head, carbonation llively. Fruity, higly drinkable, a bit salty on the end. Really good beer, i love it!

3.5
anders37 (26845) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 20, 2017
Bottle @ Sour Sunday 2017, Berkeley, CA. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity osur tart salty aroma. Fruity sour tart salty flavor. Has a fruity sour tart salty finish.

4
thellgren (1100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 12, 2016
0.33 l bottle from K-Citymarket Ruoholahti, Helsinki. Appearance is pale yellow, hazy, big head, lively carbonation. Aroma and taste are like lambic - vineous and very sour. Hints of some grain, too. I don’t taste any salt. More close to lambic than gose, but who cares. This is absolutely great.

3.6
Ernest (7748) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 13, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, fizzy, white, mostly/fully diminishing Body is cloudy light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of sour apple, lemon/lime juice, oak. Flavor is moderately sweet, heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly astringent. Another very solid entry from Ducato, a fairly consistent and skilled brewery, I’m finding (still a big fan of Brett Peat Daydream after many samples from both bottle and draft). This is a mish-mash of lambic and Berliner Weiss (and at least by ingredients, gose, but honestly I can’t really tell there’s salt in it), absolutely tear-inducing sourness but somehow there is just enough sweetness to make me sorta grin and go for another sip, almost like a glutton for punishment. Sourheads will surely think I’m exaggerating, but of course everyone has their own thresholds for various odors and flavors, and I am very sensitive to sourness. It’s an accomplishment for a brewery to make something like this that I not only find drinkable, but enjoyable. Extreme sourness can work just fine for me if (A) it’s not also significantly bitter, (B) it’s aromatically enticing and clean (something Crooked Stave and Odd13 and many others need to work on), and (C) the mouth experience is pleasant...it’s very common for sour beer to have a stark, prickly, overly tannic mouthfeel that just isn’t any fun to drink. This is indeed a bit on the watery and fizzy side, but it’s not bad at all, better than most 4% beers and certainly sour beers of any gravity. Bravo, Ducato.


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