Brett Peat Daydream - Birrificio Del Ducato
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Ratings: 47 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
2.45/5 rDev -35.5%
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.
12-22-2013 06:36:29 | More by corby112
4.18/5 rDev +10%
A-Pours a brownish orange color. Hazy. Barely any head. Not a ton of lacing either. It pours like it has some body to it.
S-Aroma is really neat. It's very, very pleated. Also some serious funkiness hanging around in there as well. A sweet lining holds the peat and Brett together. The Brett gives off a nice herbal/medicinal/eucalyptus aroma.
T-Definitely some cured meat. Bonfire. A ton of peat. Funky, musty and somewhat sour as well. The Brett is heavy and pretty tasty to boot. I'm really surprised by how well the Brett/peat combo works together. A nice woody oakiness lingers as well.
M-A bit prickly with nice body. Almost tannic. The flavor (especially the smoked, salted meat component) really hangs around for a while.
O/D-Really cool. Wasn't expecting to enjoy this beer. It was a hit with me. Wild, sour, funky, meaty and peaty. Some how it works!
01-18-2014 23:19:39 | More by VelvetExtract
4.18/5 rDev +10%
16 oz. served in a tulip at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. From notes.
A: Pours a dark copper color with a finger's worth of white-colored head. The head on this is beautiful - it's extremely creamy, with fantastic retention to boot. A nice ring of lacing is left behind.
S: Holy. Friggen. Peat. While the peat is very strong - perhaps even too strong for some - the lesser notes of peat (like burnt rubber) are nicely hidden. Letting it open up will give it some additional notes of brett funk and tart lemon. It's hard to explain why, but it just works.
T: It starts off with some lemony tartness, which quickly transitions to an assload of peat flavors. A slight vinous characteristic appears on the back end. This is very very VERY peaty - somehow, everything stays balanced. It's the whole art of adding one extreme flavor to another extreme flavor, and hoping they somehow coexist. Usually that idea falls flat on its face; but in this one, Ducato pulled it off, and the end result is fantastic.
M: This has a tannic feel befitting a sour ale. It remains light on the palate, and could even be called refreshing. Wait, there's no "could be" about it, it IS refreshing. Carbonation is pretty much medium.
O: Not for everyone at all - I was with someone else who ordered this, and he absolutely hated it. Me, I absolutely loved the sour/peat interplay going on here. This is so deliciously unhinged in the best way, and you bet I'll be looking for this one again.
06-22-2014 22:28:53 | More by ThisWangsChung
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
05-08-2014 20:37:28 | More by PorterLambic
3.8/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-01-2014 01:23:44 | More by 57md
Brett Peat Daydream from Birrificio Del Ducato
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.