Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
La notte del 5 dicembre, i Krampus si aggirano fra le vie ed i vicoli dei paesini dell’arco alpino. Coperti da pelli di montoni, con corna e zampe di capra, agitando le loro nere catene, terrorizzano gli abitanti dei villaggi. È il preludio dell’arrivo del Vescovo San Nicola (antico precursore de Babbo Natale) che riporterà la pace, dolci e doni nella comunità. Una birra dedicata al Natale, calda ed avvolgente, dalle tenue speziatura. Ideale per aspettare lálba accanto al focolare, al riparo dalle incursioni del demoni.

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brainwafer (33) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2014
Reeks of sour fruits and boozy fermentation, pour up a light but cloudy copper color, little head,..overwhelming sour flavor unlike any fruit sour ive ever tasted, makes it hard to detect any lingering flavors, maybe apples almost like a cider..deffiently a beer that at first your apprehensive of but as you sip you start to enjoy it more and more..

Bill Becker (2007) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 23, 2014
It’s a cloudy colour of rust, 1 finger head of foam that lasts and lasts. Decent lacing. The nose is of brett, spice and sour goodness. More Brett than sour so I can’t quite pull out what the sour consists of. Maybe when I taste it..Same goes for the spice which, from the label, suggests Star Anise. Tastewise, the sour is prominent and I’ll take a guess and say it’s fruity like in sou r cherries. Funk, yep. Spicy, quite bitter, guessing it’s coming from the star anise. Overall, very tasty for a sour. Medium body and carbonation. the alcohol seems to be very well hidden, so drinkability is very good. I don’t know aboot this being a top choice for a Christmas brew, but it’s very good. +$27 will me think twice aboot buying it again, though.

ljthiessen (1507) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Murky amber with TONS of sediment. I’m wondering if there are a few versions of this beer that aren’t listed on RB, because this is definitely a sour, but I see other reviewers have also tasted sour in this beer. Fairly tart sour aroma, touch of vanilla and some soft fruits. Medium sour tart flavour. Pretty tasty and nicely balanced sour, assuming it’s intentional.

Ferris (17099) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle - Soured caramel malts, light spice and sine tart fruit. Cloudy golden brown with a small white head. Cherry tart, soured malts and spice with a vinegar. Very tart and nice, I like it.

Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - AUG 13, 2014
750ml bottle. 8/13/14. Pours almost translucent amber with a fluffy, very active cream colored head. Aroma is sour, spicy, plums, toffee, biscuit, dark fruits, perhaps a hint of bile. Taste is spicy (something strange? cumin? is this the star anise?), earthy, sour fruits, treacle, brown sugar, cloves, raisins, plums, warming; finish is dark fruits and spice. Nice lacing throughout. Medium-low carbonation. Mouth feel is full, oily; not coating. Not bad, but not great. If you’re looking for a Krampus-inspired beer, there are a few others to grab before this one.

Grzesiek79 (4483) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Dobre piwo, smaczne tresciwe podobne do mocnych belgijskich ale. Fajna butelka ciezkawa z zwezana szyjka. Piwo ma krewowa bezowa piane sredniej wielkosci. Kolor brazowo bursztynowy. Mocno metne, ciezko bylo wymieszac resztki z dna butelki. W smaku trufle sliwka nieco rumu i daktyli. Lekko cierpkie, wytrawna koncowka. Tresciwe i zlozone polecam to spore piwo o zawartosci alk 9%

DuffMan (10762) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle, shared at the lake with Parksy, May long weekend. Very hazy golden amber. Spicy, malty, and lightly sour. I’m not certain whether is is meant to be soured or whether it is infected, but intentional or not, the sourness lends a lovely character. Nice balance. More enjoyable than anticipated.

nuplastikk (6512) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle at Maxs. 2008, consumed in 2012...uh oh. Unfiltered orange-tan, big gushing head. Lively and effervescent. Spiced Italian action, kind of intense. Odd aroma, acetone spice amber malt. Sort of like a Belgian Xmas beer stripped of malt depth. Grows on you, quite unique. Spiced amber. Assumably past it’s prime, but still bubbly and drinkable.

suprchunk (2994) - EffOff, Florida, USA - FEB 2, 2013
A murky brown colored pour with some ruby highlights. One glass had a large head, one had a medium sized head that quickly fell. Notes of raisins, malt, cream, and a slight acetic nose. Taste is sweet malt, some dark fruit, slight hops, and some bread. A slight alcohol heat is present, but not overpowering. A nice winter warmer. Good.

JorisPPattyn (10118) - BELGIUM - FEB 1, 2013
Small to medium yellow-beige head, irregular, over fully hazy red-amber beer. Sourish-fruity nose with acetic acid, lactic acid, yoghurt and wey. Some sweet herbs. Dry, woody flavour. Fine acidity but less than the nose suggested. Gets wry-spicy retronasal. Again some (red) fruity esters, yeasty. Rye-like flavour. Warming up, getting even more spicy. Quite spritzy; acidity gives more MF than flavour. Medium bodied at best. Nose made me weary, but flavour is quite OK. It’s not something I’d choose to drink in 75cl, however.

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