L'Ultima Luna - Birrificio Del Ducato
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3.71/5 rDev +3.3%
Listed as L'Ultima Luna (Barrel-Aged) on-tap at Beer Temple, in Amsterdam.
L'Ultima Luna ("the last moon") is a dark and heavily concealed beer that offers only a sliver of ruby highlighting at the right angle. I'm sure time in the barrel had some influence in forging this shady, gloomy appearance. At 13% no one should be surprised by the absence of head.
The bar wasn't sure what barrels this particular offering was aged in. Apparently the original recipe is aged in red wine (Amarone della Valpolicella) barrels but a Calvados-aged version also exists. I'm pretty sure this is the former; I immediately noted dried fruits and port-like notes that are consistent with Amarone wines (which use partially dried grapes).
Like a cheater with perfume on his collar, this beer can't shake the smell of the wood it laid with for some 18 or so months. We know where it's been. As mentioned, there's lots of raisin and fortified wine character. The strength is also apparent from scent alone - this smells like something that will dehydrate you inside out.
Other flavours include figs, honey, apples, black licorice and plum pudding. It actually tastes like a tootsie-roll for adults. Or a Christmas cake. Either way, you get the idea: dried fruits, booze, and dark toffee. It's tasty but not necessarily enjoyable; esters are spicy and both raw wood and alcohol are plainly apparent. Two ounces would have been plenty.
Birrificio Del Ducato L'Ultima Luna is like a Ken Burns documentary: interesting (if not all that exciting), long and a little arduous to get through, and obviously painstaking to make. When it’s done you feel better for having experienced it but you wouldn’t care to do it again.
08-21-2013 19:07:33 | More by biegaman
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
Small balsamic vinegar type bottle.
Color: Deep muddy brown. Never really seen a beer this color.
Nose: This is beer? Almonds, figs, prunes, any rich and savory dried fruit you can think of is packed into here. Very port or sherry like with just a hint of brett-y funk. Really interesting.
Taste: Same as the smell but taken over the top. Fig newtons, dates, and raisins at first with a peat-like charcoal finish. There is really very little evidence here to back up that this is a beer, but it makes for a really tasty after-dinner type sipper.
Mouthfeel: Drinks more like a syrupy dessert wine than beer.
Overall: Barrel-aging taken too far, but you have to commend Ducato for even trying it. Amarone is an intense wine and this has taken on a whole lot of its characteristics causing it to lose most of its barleywine qualities. Definitely glad I tried it, just wish they dialed back the aging a bit.
12-20-2012 20:24:50 | More by fdig23
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
“Barley wine ale matured for over 9 months in French Oak barrels that previously contained great Italian wines.” Big thanks goes out to aasher for sending me this one as a part of a get-well package I received from a few other BAs! 2009 Vintage! Served from bottle into a balloon wine glass. Poured a murky copper with a very minimal off-white head that subsided to none almost instantly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, brown sugar, wood, grape, dark fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, brown sugar, sugar, sweet alcohol, wood, grape, dark fruit, and subtle peat. It had a medium feel on the palate with very little carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. The flavor on this one really reminded me of a toned back Sam Adams Utopias if I am completely honest. The alcohol wasn’t as present, nor was it as intense in the other flavors, but the similar flavor profiles were there for the taking. Be warned that this brew is very still in the carbonation area, so if that does not appeal to you , I would avoid it. However, if you don’t mind this fact, there are some nice things to be had with this one. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as I’ve seen it on the shelves here, but have never pulled the trigger on picking it up. Thanks a ton for this tick Al!
05-31-2012 12:34:01 | More by thagr81us
4.13/5 rDev +15%
a: murky dark orange/copper. 2 or 3 bubbles creep to the top with a vigorous pour. lots of particles in the bottom of the bottle, though only a few made it into the glass. Quite thick in appearance.
s: old apples that have sat so long they begin to ferment. caramel, toffee notes waft. A sweetness perks me up and it ends with sour notes from the apple and back to a slight booziness.
t: strong alcohol hits up front but quickly fades and makes way to a wonderful plate of apples, honey, caramel and maple. sugary malts but not overly sweet and a beautiful finishing flavor from the barrel aging and leaves and oaky smoke to the apple taste. Slightly sour, but not much.
m: meaty and chew. this boy is thick. coats well and sticks with you after your sip. too chewy with all of the floaties...though the thickness is nice given the taste.
o: a bit boozier than I'd have prefered given the sweet flavors at hand, though the heat fades fast and makes way to an assortment of flavors that kept my mouth watering. none of the sweet flavors were overly done and they blending perfectly with a fruity apple/pear.
08-08-2011 20:09:49 | More by Preismj
L'Ultima Luna from Birrificio Del Ducato
82 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.