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


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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
A special one time creation that truly lives up to its name. The base is a Stout brewed with hot chili peppers that has been aged for almost 2 years with blueberries & pediococcus. It is opaque black in color in with just a touch of carbonation. Quite acidic & tart along with very intense flavors and aromas. This nightmare is sure to leave a lasting memory.

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mcmd's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2014 on tap at Holy Grale on St Sour Sunday. Pours dark purple almost black with a violet head. Smell is vinegar, red wine, oak, and dark fruit. Taste is dark fruit - blueberry, grapes/cabernet with vinegar and sourness balancing the finish along with pepper heat which elevates this beer to a whole new level of uniqueness. Medium-thick body, can barely taste the alcohol. One of the most interesting beers and best sours I have had...as an aside had this beer in a bottle 2 yrs later, almost undrinkable as the bugs have taken over -- way too acidic. Will keep my rating of the younger version on tap with this added disclaimer. Don’t pay for a bottle at this point.

vinivini (3244) - Gomel, BELARUS - NOV 6, 2017
Tap. Opaque deep brown colour. Minimal head. Arroma: acetic, fruity, some dark malts, lightvto medium body. Medium to heavy sour taste. Fruity. Acetic. Quite extreme. Decent.

meccahh69lol (366) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 31, 2017
Well, this is a very odd one and kinda easy to see why it is so divisive although we both liked it. The aroma is funk, fruit, and alcohol and the appearance is a thick purple black with a thin head. The taste is all over the darn place with some funk and blueberries up front but a smoky stout aftertaste that lingers around and ultimately takes over. It is not an every day beer, but is good for special occasions or when you need something that is a change of pace. It is a confounding mix of tastes, but is interesting enough to be worth your time. Kind of like if a sour and a stout f'd... sour enough for a smoky hater and smoky enough to be intriguing. Good for a Hallows Eve Bday spectacular of seafood, futile line waiting, and Unsolved Mysteries reruns in bed.

Gangstergafje (1383) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2017
The beer looks nice. The color of the beer is a nice dark brown, almost black. There is hardly any foam on top of the beer. The smell is, in my humble opinion, disgusting. It is very sour. I smell some cherry or berry and some oak wood. Thats about it. There are some whisky like oak wood touches, with a touch of iodine and some twists of red wine. That is all the positive there is. The taste is terrible to. To sour, way out of balance. There aren’t clear blueberry flavours anywhere (at least i can’t find it). There are only disgusting sour flavours, with some hints of red wine in the far away distance. I hate this beer type anyway, and this one especially. Bleh.

ALIBALI (2889) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAR 17, 2017
Essigbrecher mit überheblicher Beerensäure unter der Haube. Da wurden die Borsten mitvergoren ;). Und alle Lambiker stinken ab :o !!! Vom Hahn im CAUSE BEER LOVES FOOD Amsterdam. 15cl/4 Euro.

aleksander9 (1927) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2017 Dark blue with red head. Strong nail polish, blueberries and alcohol. Metallic, sour and blueberry. Not good.

luttonm (7063) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Big Wood 2016, Brouwer’s, Seattle. Red-dark ring cream. Reddish, dark body. Fantastic barrel room funk, tobacco blueberry skin. Dark red wine yeast, fermentation. Fantastic.

Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - DEC 8, 2016
Where and how: mini tasting, bottle 375 ml
Aroma: tart with strong alcohol feel, softer at mid, drying finish. Feels to be stronger than what label promised.
Appearance :
Top: small tanned head.
Base: hazy red with brown.
s Palate : mellow mid bodied ale with longer than average finish.
Taste: ash, smoke, alcohol with berry infused hints. Slight tartness with chili smoke.

Johnsense (1818) - - OCT 30, 2016
Black pour, reddish tan head. Dark chocolate, blueberry, chili, sour aroma and taste. Slight alcohol warming. Too much for one person (even in the tiny boutique bottle) but worth trying.

Sammy (13105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2016
sour blueberry first then stout and chile. very dark brown. a sipper for sure.

Svesse (9124) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2016
(Draught at Craft & Draft, Amsterdam, 17 Sep 2016) Black colour with brief, red/blue/beige head. Malty, sourish nose with notes of balsamic vinegar, blueberries and oak wood. Fruity, tart taste with balsamic vinegar, blueberries, some coffee and a tart finish with low bitterness. Almost full body, quite dry. Sour stout with chilli and blueberries? Well, a lot could go wrong here. It is mainly sour, and fairly unbalanced, but it actually works fairly well with tasty blueberries shining through the vinegar. Quite nice.

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