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


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RATINGS: 183   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 region’s 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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Theydon_Bois (19559) - 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.

tfredvik (1948) - 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 I’ve 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 I’m the one coming up with the associations here, m’kay?). 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]

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.

Foffern (1909) - Bodø, 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.

Beer5000 (6494) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 13, 2013
330 ml bottle. A hazy orange body with a nice, stable white head. Refreshing aroma of mild, sweet malt, fruit and slightly acidic berries together with spices. Flavor is quite sweet but has a fine slightly fruity/berries acidity with spices and not to overwhelming alcohol. Full body and pleasant aftertaste. Delicious and quite far away from your regular abbey triple.

Kikuzzo (143) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 8, 2013
ttima schiuma, in bocca è eccellente: alcolica dolce e aromatica di agrumi e miele.

jredmond (8288) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle sampled at Clockwork’s Dec 8th, 2012 tasting. Overall this beer’s cloying booziness really took away from the other characteristics at play. There was definitely potential for the beer to be interesting with a blend of sweet fruity malts and a lemon/citrus aspect, but like some tripels tend to be, this one was too unbalanced with the majority of focus lying on the alcohol.

AlainG (2248) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 6, 2013
Elle est de couleur dorée et voilée, ayant une mousse digne qui la surmonte et en se résorbant, elle laisse une dentelle qui colle au verre. Au nez, de beaux arômes fruités en émanent. Toute la gamme des agrumes s’y retrouvent avec des pointes poivrées. En bouche, ça prend un certain temps avant de capter toutes ses saveurs. Un goût acidulé se mêle à une levure épicée et sèche, alors qu’un sucre candi vient joindre la compagnie (C’est le temps des Fêtes) et nous laisse les lèvres sucrées. Bonne corpulence et assurément un plaisir gustatif. (503-020113)

dado93 (156) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2013
Winterlude is one surprise for me, i’m not one lover of triple... With a beautiful cloudy light orange color, aroma is fruity with soft notes of hop, in mouth is smooth, good carbonation, the taste is fruity and soft hops, specially bitter orange notes in final, in La Chouffe this sensation don’t like me, but this is one very good beer from my country, Italy.

Rune (12829) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2013
Nice and compact 330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet Langnes. Clear amber body to a near-white head that stays well. Spotty lacing. Smell of dusty hops and sweet fruits alongside hints of honey and a tad of ginger. Taste of sweet fruits, mild pepper, wheat and yeasty fruitiness. Dry ending with underlying alcohol. Velvety, warming and (a bit too) sweet. Seasonal qualities (sipper at home, 04.01.2013).

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