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Krampus - Birrificio Del Ducato

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.73%
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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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 18
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.81/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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3.09/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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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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4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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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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Krampus from Birrificio Del Ducato
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.