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%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorqui (2214) - Brescia, ITALY - MAY 15, 2013
Bottled 0,33L. Hazy golden/orange color, much charged aspect, good foamy head of long duration. Aged and little sour nose, notes of citrus (like a witbier), yeast, grapes fermented juice. Discreet alcoholic impact, aged and cellar uppermost palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Edoardo (8) - ITALY - MAY 14, 2013 does not count
Bellissimo arancio pallido supportato da una schiuma bianca, fine e molto persistente. Al naso si presenta dolce, con sentori di frutta sciroppata, scorza di arancia, ma anche miele. In bocca offre un corpo medio, con miele e spezie da fare da padrone. Forse dolce troppo stucchevole, che per fortuna lascia spazio ad un finale leggermente amaro floreale, con note evidenti di alcol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (4209) - NORWAY - APR 16, 2013
Bottle, february 16th 2013. Nice haze golden body, big offwhite head. Hop fruity aroma with caramel, wheat, big lemon touch. Spicy yeast taste, malt, citrus fruits, good bitterness and a sweet spicy aftertaste with more fruity hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silvan7 (1192) - Samarate, ITALY - APR 10, 2013
bottle @ home. profumi tipici delle tripel ma pi volatili. i malti e il fruttato si percepiscono ma non sono persistenti e alcolici come nelle migliori tripel belghe. forse sin troppo dolce. Da qui in avanti per molto bene. Bellissimo il colore ambrato con riflessi oro. Schima compatta e piuttosto persistente.carbonatazione ok. in bocca sa di frutti tropicali e un po di caramello / zucchero. Il livello alcolico buono ed i luppoli sono ben bilanciati perch si avvertono solo sul finale, come giusto nelle tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (2182) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 20, 2013
21/12/2012 Ma che siete venuti a f (tap). Dorata, torbidissima, schiuma biancastra discretamente abbondante e persistente. Al naso esteri di banana, frutta matura, qualche spezia, caramella mou. In bocca equilibrata, ben fatta, zucchero di canna, caramello e lieviti, scorza darancia, finale amarognolo e pulito. Corpo medio-alto, carbonazione buona. Una bella tripel, non mi ha fatto gridare al miracolo ma la sostanza c.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rulas3 (109) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 12, 2013
great interpretation of a clasic triple, more aromatic, less carbonation , complex but drinkable. great brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18250) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2013
Tap at Ma Che, 11/02/13. Lightly hazed mid amber/orange with a big frothy white head that retains well. Nose is dark fruits, yeast, toffee, spice, orange, lightly soured fruits. Taste comprises orange peel, yeast esters, spice, sugars, caramel, orange pith. Full bodied with moderate carbonation, fruity boozey finish. Decent enough Tripel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tfredvik (1849) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 10, 2013
I thought I knew what a tripel should smell like by now, but no, this one has an aroma completely different from all other beers Ive tried of this style. Sure there are some of the well-known yeasty notes and vague spices, but the dominating parts of the rather faint aroma are sweet wort, pale malts and toffee. Very strange, and not that inviting. In addition there are notes of fruits, apple, sweet honey and red clover nectar (ok, the last one there might be a bit too precise, the nectar from other types of clovers and flowers might smell the same, but Im the one coming up with the associations here, mkay?). In the glass the beer looks orange and surprisingly cloudy. The head is egg-white and long-lived and reduces to a thin layer. The taste is moderate sweet and moderate bitter. There are notes of yeast and spices in the flavours, but again some sweet, organic notes are dominating: I get heather honey and fruits, with additional toffee and alcohol. The body is medium to full with a rather creamy texture. The carbonation starts out quite lively but it decreases unusually fast, leaving a bit to softly carbonated brew before the glass is empty. There is very little dryness before the finish, but the aftertaste is light dry. A weak tripel.
[33 cl bottle, from Vinmonopolet Vika, Oslo]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matstc (73) - - FEB 6, 2013
On tap. Smells a bit like vodka. Great solid belgian-style ale but could perhaps benefit from a lower alcohol level.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foffern (1764) - Bod, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle at home. Pours a slightly hazy golden straw colour with a small creamy off-white head. Fruity aroma of belgian yeast, hay, lemons, coriander, fresh mint and wet wipe. Sweet flavour of mature gooseberries, sweet malt, pepper and some orange. Has a soft and rich mouthfeel, and a light bitterness. A nice and rich ale, well-balanced, and with a good spicy touch.

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