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Krampus - Birrificio Del Ducato

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very good

36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: John_M on 12-23-2008

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Photo of LargeCrab
4.81/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deliciously sour. Hints of sweetness. Smells terrific. Lots of sediment. Quite fruity.

Photo of Shadman
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the beers in this year's Beer Advent calendar. Love the label on this one.

Looked amazing but waaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too sour. As in undrinkable. My guess is either a bad batch or something after reading some of the non-advent calender reviews. Tasted like very strong malty vinegar.

Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Svingjo
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Krampus Speciale from Birrificio Del Ducato from Day 5 of The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar - Okay I know going into this beer that it's a sour beer. Now it pour on the reddish side of copper with about a finger width of white head and spires of small bubbles moving up the side of the glass. It has a bit of a floral nose, and spicy that reminds me a bit of mulled wine but a sourness that is reminiscent of red wine vinegar. The sourness really bites in the mouth and there is fruit but unripened fruit, maybe sour cherries. There is a bitterness that clings to the back of the tongue as well. The 7.0% ABV does come forward with some heat near the end. Not a bad beer, but one that I could see people either loving or hating. I did find that as it warmed up it seemed to go down easier. Glad I had a chance to try it.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a cloudy colour of rust, 1 finger head of foam that lasts and lasts. Decent lacing.

The nose is of brett, spice and sour goodness. More Brett than sour so I can't quite pull out what the sour consists of. Maybe when I taste it..Same goes for the spice which, from the label, suggests Star Anise.

Tastewise, the sour is prominent and I'll take a guess and say it's fruity like in sou r cherries. Funk, yep. Spicy, quite bitter, guessing it's coming from the star anise. Overall, very tasty for a sour.

Medium body and carbonation. the alcohol seems to be very well hidden, so drinkability is very good.

I don't know aboot this being a top choice for a Christmas brew, but it's very good. +$27 will me think twice aboot buying it again, though.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For when the Christmas shopping has rendered you as indecisive as you could possible get. Sweet or sour? Rich or dry? wine or ale? savory or acidic? Malty or vinous? Fruity or spicy? Even through Krampus implies everything of what's "bah humbug" about the holiday season, this ale does the opposite- it gives you everything!

With a rich mauve hue, its pinkish, purple and golden color is laced with yeasty haze that seems to dance in a snow globe as the carbonation keeps the ale afloat. A creamy but light-statured head rises above the ale and retains most of the session with light speckled lace left behind.

Acidic notes tickle the nose with tinges of both dry white and red wines, light balsamic sour apples and under-ripened berries. But that sourish tone is counter to the sweet candied malt, mild honey and confectioner's sugar scent. Its vinous sweetness is counter-intuitive as ales usually prefer one or the other. Spicy coriander, white pepper and wood spice continue to entice and prod the olfactory senses with curiosity and intrigue.

Sure enough, the ale starts with a sweeter tone as the taste of powdered sugar, honey and sweet red wine align for a sweeter introduction to the taste buds. Short into the taste, the ale takes on a decisive wine-like taste, full of dry red grapes, near-balsamic sourness, tart apple, blackberry, plumb, cherry and blackcurrant in high Cabernet fashion. Its savory earthen properties offer up dates, prunes and raisins that seem to have been cognac-soaked before a richer, sweeter finish reveals a tinge of port and robust sherry.

Its feel is rich and creamy even though its acidity slices through the sweetness and breainess with ease. Its pepper effervescence highlights the ale's acidity and scrubs the palate lightly. Finishing peppery-tart and mildly tannin-like, an extension of fruit and sourness flutter lightly in aftertaste.

Its a sour without being too sour. Its malty without being too sweet. Its spicy without being hot. The ale is simply at the bull's eye for all the possible flavors that decorate the beer flavor wheel. Highly complex and rewarding- the ale is nearly as confusing to the palate as it is rewarding.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of cowboy83
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a squat 750 ml brown bottle, 2009 edition. Massive foam on the pour. When it recedes what is presented is a cloudy amber body, tall creamy beige head ends up as a thin cap.

The aroma releases sweet toffee malt, sugary sweet candied fruit, some sharp citrusy acidic yeast, some spicy yeast as well.

Sweet yeasty candied character up front in the flavour, a little bit of yeasty spice and leafy hop attempts to balance it out in the middle and on the finish. Quite a clean profile for such a sweet beer. Toasty and toffee malt can eventually be discerned in the background, however it is faint.

Mouthfeel is light, even a bit thin at times although the sticky and somewhat under-attenuated mouthfeel lends it a bit of heft to balance that out and add some needed body. Mid-range amount of carbonation that brings things to life a bit more. Overall the mouthfeel seems disjointed and a bit all over the place, doesn't work together and doesn't boost the flavour.

While a bit cloying at times this Belgian Strong Pale Ale comes across as very approachable, yet the unbalanced sweetness eventually gets to me in the end. I didn't have to push my way through this bottle, however by the third sip I knew what was coming next, over and over, without much more to discover or anticipate. A bit pricey for what it delivers, yet perhaps it hit its peak a year ago, or will morph into something else in a couple of years. This is a beer with a best before date in the middle of 2015 after all.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml squat sparkling Champagne-esque bottle, 9% ABV. Strange heaven and hell imagery on the front label. The back label, in Italian, tells the story of the European alpine legend of a demonic anti-Santa character, who roams the street on Dec 5, and frightens the local children, in advance of ol' Saint Nick's arrival. I get a very Dr. Suess meets Grimm's fairly tales aura from this particular cultural meme.

This beer pours a hazy dark orangish amber hue, with two vibrant fingers of foamy, crackling pale beige head, which leaves little in the way of lace as it steadily abates. It smells of mildly tart cherry and lemon zest, wet earth, sweet, somewhat sugary caramel malt, and muddled winter spice. The taste is subtle caramel malt, some dried black fruit, a bit of candy sugar, funky yeast, a weird, but not unpleasant, root-like sourness, and waning warm spices, which, when combined with the wine-like masked alcohol, produces strong mulled-wine leanings. The carbonation is average, if very slightly prickly, the body an airy medium weight, and smooth with a mild clingy, filmy caveat. It finishes fairly off-dry, divided equally between grain and refined sugar, kept agreeably in check by an ethereally drying combination of essentially hidden booze and wraith-like spice.

One strange beast, this. The individual flavours, when extracted and analyzed, sure don't seem all that enticing. However, working together, they all make for an approachable, even easy-drinking Belgian-style pale ale - strong, like mule, of course.

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Krampus from Birrificio Del Ducato
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.