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: 147   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   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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   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. Dont pay for a bottle at this point.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Gangstergafje (1036) - 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 arent clear blueberry flavours anywhere (at least i cant 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALIBALI (1822) - Kiel, GERMANY - MAR 17, 2017
Essigbrecher mit berheblicher Beerensure 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
aleksander9 (1606) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (6012) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2017
Big Wood 2016, Brouwers, Seattle. Red-dark ring cream. Reddish, dark body. Fantastic barrel room funk, tobacco blueberry skin. Dark red wine yeast, fermentation. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7301) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (1581) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2016
sour blueberry first then stout and chile. very dark brown. a sipper for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Svesse (8454) - Hsselby, 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2016
22nd September 2016
Craft and Draft. Keg. Hazy brown beer, a few pale tan bubbles. Palate is light, dry and crisp. Very sharp vinegar. Some blueberry maybe - but who cares? Acid vinegar finish. Would even put this on me chips! God awful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7625) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, dark brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (dark chocolate), with notes of blueberry syrup, licorice, chipotle pepper, charred oak, lemon juice, sour apple, leather, black cherry, manure. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, moderately burning (chiles), lightly to moderately astringent. Wow, so...blueberry, pedio, chile peppers, and two years of aging...sounds like the opposite of good on paper. But...its actually pretty nice. The aroma is remarkably complex and enticing, and thankfully the pepper aroma is not the typical green-vegetal type but instead offers a nice punch of smokiness, as if they used chipotles or some other smoked pepper. Blueberry is obvious (and delectable) but not at all overdone; lots of other fun aromas shine through. And lastly, theres no icky oxidation odors...as usual, acidity is the key to that. Quite nearly a 9 for aroma, honestly (give er time in the glass, friend-o). The pepper burn isnt exactly desirable (esp. combined with the substantial alcohol) and the mouthfeel is just ok (typical for sour ales), but its overall a lot better than I feared it might be. Way too expensive, so wont be buying any more, but happily surprised that it wasnt a drain pour, and instead threatening to be near 4+ territory.

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