Brett Peat Daydream - Birrificio Del Ducato
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Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
2.45/5 rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Pours a very cloudy, deep ruby red color that's completely opaque with dark mahogany edges and a two finger off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Possibly over carbonated but otherwise looks pretty good.
Funky, smokey aroma with a subtle barrel presence that's delicately integrated into hints of leathery malt, musty bugs, vinous fruit and acetic acid. Very unique with some liquid smoked, charcoal, campfire and bacon followed by damp oak, wild yeast, sourdough bread and sweet fruit. Not the most inviting aroma but you can smell mostly everything that went into the blend. Smoke, peated whiskey, brett, leathery malt, oak, grape, raisin and dark berry. The smoke, acetone and funk are most prominent but the nose is really complex.
Medium body with tight carbonation and a very strong acetic quality that initially overpowers the other flavors. Harsh and solvent like with strong acidity, solvency and vinegar. After the palate adjusts, the smoke, leathery malt, wild yeast and dark fruit notes start to stand out. Only 16.5% of the blend is barrel aged yet there is a strong dry oak/toothpick presence along with funky brett/wild yeast flavor. The smoke doesn't really show until the finish with faint lingering hints of charcoal and butane. I'm not really picking up anything that reminds me of a Marzen and all of the malt character is dry and leathery. Desperately in need of some sweetness. The dark fruit notes from the nose are evident but only slightly.
Overall, this beer is kind of a mess. Harsh, overly acetic and tough to drink with a one dimensional flavor profile. The peat/smoke and barleywine character is completely overpowered and I don't think anyone could guess Marzen was in the blend. The brett character is okay with decent funk but this beer is too dry and acetic for my preference. Disappointing offering from an otherwise solid brewery.
Serving type: bottle
12-22-2013 06:36:29 | More by corby112
3.5/5 rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a coppery-amber color with a voluminous white, creamy looking head. Good lace left behind.
Smell is nicely sour, oak and cedar, malt and the scent of a bandage just out of the packaging (that's not a bad thing). A good balance.
Taste is very tart, sour, acidic with a vinegar/bandage mixture following close behind the initial taste with a smokiness bringing up the rear. Balance is heavy to the sour until it becomes an aftertaste. Still sour but the smoke steps up then.
Light bodied, similar to a wheat, with an aggressively tangy effervescence. Not a smooth kind of beer, more of a palate wrecker without being a hoppy bastard. Can't see having it again but glad I did once.
Serving type: on-tap
05-08-2014 20:37:28 | More by PorterLambic
3.79/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Golden-brown hue, slightly cloudy, with hardly any head or lacing. (Caveat: I had this at a dimly lit dive bar, so this aspect of the beer was hard to judge.)
S: Smoked ham was the first thought that came to mind. Notes of leather are fairly evident as well. Fruity citrus and maybe faint pineapple aromas are also present.
T: Almost a perfect match to the aromas. Almost no malt sweetness; this one's tart from start to finish, but not in a harsh way at all -- it's like a mild lambic. The smokiness kicks in quickly and lingers to the finish, never overpowering (like some rauchbier I've had). There's a faint "funkiness" in the background that reminds me that Brettanomyces was involved in the fermentation.
M: Crisp, refreshing, and decently carbonated.
O: It's lapsang souchong meets lambic! I got this because I like smoky tea and whisky, and smoky it was. Not an every-day drink by any means, but an interesting and tasty foray into uncharted (for me) beer territory.
Serving type: on-tap
11-14-2013 11:47:48 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance is a cloudy muddy straw color with a finger of head that lingered for quite some time and then left nice lacing in its wake. The nose was more like a wine than a beer – sour grapes dominate. The flavor follows the nose for the most part. In addition to the wine-like flavor, there is an earthy tone that probably comes from the peat. There are also vague hints of scotch. The finish is mildly tart.
The body on this offering is light and refreshing and it certainly has promise. The problem is that this beer is a little too all over the place. Sometimes less is more and simple is better; this is one of those situations.
Serving type: on-tap
05-01-2014 01:23:44 | More by 57md
Brett Peat Daydream from Birrificio Del Ducato
85 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.