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Brewed by Birrificio del Ducato
Style: Abbey Tripel
Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy

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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Top fermented beer which undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle. It is intense gold, almost orange in color, with aromas of fruit in syrup (pineapple, peach and apricot), candy sugar, bread crust and a note of chives from the Belgian hops of Poperinge. Warm and sweet on the palate with a firm fizzy finish. Strong and structured, sweet and inviting. A tribute to a friend who went missing, who we may meet again one day, just like the sun that is hiding behind the hill.

Winterlude is also named after a Bob Dylan song, a perfect fit since it is a winter warmer. The idea of winter as an interlude representing both the pause before awakening and the oblivion before new life.
This beer is inspired by some varieties of the Belgian Tripels. The hops come from the Poperinge region, a variety I have always been fascinated by. I connected with one of the regions local farmer and had him set a preferred variety aside from his most recent harvest.
Because it combines incredibly well with food, Winterlude has always made us proud with our catering industry clients.
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magela (137) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - MAR 29, 2016
Aroma sweet of pineapple and malts. The taste is well balanced between the sweet of fruits and the bitter of hops. Has an spiced ending.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vidmidia (286) - Vila Velha, BRAZIL - MAR 24, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2016 Cor de mel, turva. Espuma abundante de longa durao. Aroma ctrico de casca de laranja e especiarias. Sabor amargo com notas de casca de laranja, banana e especiarias, levemente picante, com lcool perceptvel. Retrogosto amargo e herbceo com final alcolico.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
filosanchi (4) - - MAR 20, 2016 does not count
Colore ambrato..aroma di frutta tropicale e di crosta di pane arrostito. Carbonazione forse un poco eccessiva che non facilita la beva. Senzazione diffusa di calore dovuto allalto grado alcolico.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tognetta (825) - So Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 16, 2016
Alaranjada opaca, espuma amarela de boa formao e persistncia, aspecto cremoso, perfeita para o estilo. Aroma caramelado, fermento belga, lcool perceptvel, frutas amarelas maduras (misto de dulor e azedume). Paladar de mdio dulor, quase sem amargor, abacaxi, laranja. Corpo mdio, baixa carbonatao. Aftertaste alcolico, pssego maduro, dulor persistente e bem equilibrado, mas um leve aguado ao final, diferente das melhores tripel belgas.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Renobob (1917) - Besanon, FRANCE - MAR 2, 2016
Bue en bouteille de 33cl. Belle blonde lgrement trouble. Mousse blanche onctueuse. Nez sur le fruit jaune, Bel quilibre acide/amer, ronde et corpulente en bouche. grande finale o lon retrouve le fruit et les houblons. Good one !

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
alex_leit (3282) - Minsk, BELARUS - JAN 26, 2016
Bottle. Golden-straw, weak white foam. Aroma: white wine, fruits (peach, pineapple), malt, a little perfume. Taste: malt, dry sherry, wood, a little alcohol and hop bitterness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dodo26 (33) - ITALY - JAN 23, 2016
Bortiglia da 33cl...di un colore ambrato scuro abbastanza torbido...schiuma bella pomposa ma poco persistente...buon profumo rinfrescante ma, quando si assaggia, si sente lalta gradazione, ci nonostanta piacevole al palato...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2016
bottle at home. Pours clear golden with a steady huge head, nice creamy head by the way. Straightforward belgian yeast and pine European hops in the nose. Rich body, a tad sweet, nice mellow green bitters, dry finish, a bit of cheesy hops. Taste is crisp malts and the typical triple yeast. A nice fusion of Westmalle & a more mellow sweeter blond tripel.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
330 ml super-gusher of a bottle. Pours a clear straw with a resilient white head. Aroma is pepper, spice, sweetbread and pear. Flavor is pepper, mint. Finish is very bitter, loads of oldish. Very grassy and boozy. Medium to full body. Big time drain pour...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (4895) - BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2016
Bottle as a New Years gift from Jan of Weerspannige Brouwers, cheers mate! Quite heavy gushing but manageable, I did not lose a lot of volume... Thick and frothy, egg-white, initially dense, lacing head thinning gradually; hazy peach blonde colour with somewhat ochre hue and a fog of dead yeast particles equally divided throughout the liquid. Aroma of dried orange peel, Grand Marnier, bakers yeast, heavy cooked banana and banana bread (Hefeweizen-like!), mango, soap, butterscotch, canned apricot, sugared apple, white pepper, freshly cut sorrel, rhubarb, old cake, fairly strong clove-like phenols. Spritzy onset, a tad overcarbonated perhaps, with refreshing redcurrant sourishness, impressions of apple peel, banana and mandarin peel, supple body, yeasty spiciness playing over a background of caramelly and honeyish malt sweetness, bit phenolic but actually fitting into the whole quite well; white candi sugar sweetness is there but not overly so. Finish is malty, juicy and phenolic in the good (spicy) sense of the word, along with peppery hops with a nice, aromatic bittering quality, as well as residual yeastiness (a little bit meaty even) and, unexpectedly, warming, gin-like alcohol. Not the most refined Ducato beer I had, but certainly credible as a Belgian tripel (of the sweet side of the style), the spirit of which these Italians managed to capture quite well, though it does seem a bit more exotic than average. The flavour deScription on the label is very much to the point as well.


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