La Luna Rossa - Birrificio Del Ducato
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Reviews by SLeffler27:
3.99/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours dark copper and murky (SRM 16-17). The rocky head immediately disappears, leaving no lacing on an Houblon flute.
Tart vinegar fruit. Cherry and fresh-cut oak with light barnyard aromas. Faintly reminiscent of clove cigarette smoke.
A huge, tart pucker forms an all-out assault. Once one recovers, sweet cherry mixes with oak and earth. This one has a long, tart finish and is highly acidic. Lemon and vinegar come out as it warms, but it is best at temperature.
A medium body with syrupy texture, La Luna Rossa is almost flat. Alcohol is quite present, though concealed behind the tartness of this extremely dry wild ale.
This one is not for the faint of heart. However, for those who appreciate strong sours, it will be impressive. La Luna Rossa demands your attention and is worthy of a dare, but not to be wasted on those who do not appreciate this style. If you do not know what oak is supposed to smell and taste like, give this beer a try.
03-23-2014 20:18:11 | More by SLeffler27
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3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
330ml, increasingly familiar squat sloped bottle. 'Cuvee 2009'. There's a red moon on the rise...
This beer pours a murky, storm cloud, muddled dark golden brown melange, with nothing in the way of head beyond a few soda pop bubbles whose existence is less than fleeting. It smells of sour, acidic fruit, mostly cherry and apple, some woodiness, and a slight barnyard funk. The taste is more tart cherry fruitiness, with some lemon and general acetic acid sourness piling on, some sweet barrel notes; a brave bready malt pokes up its head, worried yet about getting it plain shot off, some mild, almost soothing yeasty funk, and earthy, somewhat leafy hops, their drying effort lost in the void, along with the purported 8 points of booze. The carbonation is still a non-starter, the body a surprising medium weight from that damped down malt, and actually pretty smooth, as the vinegar notes abate. It finishes in a harsh realm of the off-dry: the battered malt kneeling in front of the resurgent funky tart. (Try to work a 'that's what she said' into that mess)
Like the other offerings from this Parmesan brewer, the American leanings are strong, and I do like that this funky, sour, hippie-inoculation experiment, in the end, shows some non-Low Countries balance. And wow, where did that hefty ABV get to?
11-06-2011 03:12:33 | More by biboergosum
3.78/5 rDev -3.6%
Interesting aroma, light funk and fruit, chestnut. Pours medium brown coloured body with absolutely not head. Bottled in 2009, bought through private Quebec order. Very light cherry taste, a little fruit sugar,a little sour edge nothing too sour. otherwise very balanced and nice.
03-25-2012 03:04:22 | More by Sammy
3.53/5 rDev -9.9%
Cloudy, suspended sediment body, brown-amber gradient body.
Nose is serious, serious funk. Like, it's a commitment to enjoy this smell. It's... not particularly pleasant.
Taste has a powerful tartness, citrusy, traces of cherry.
Mouthfeel is relatively thinner, not heavily carbonated.
Good but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out. It's quite funky.
04-29-2012 01:59:34 | More by zaphodchak
3.64/5 rDev -7.1%
Pours no head; some light bubbles on the top from a vigorous pour. Brew is a reddish, dark brown, and murky.
Vinegar, funk, and cherries carry the aroma, in that order of strength. A little vanilla and oak as it warms. A musky, sweet aroma comes out as it warms, as well, not unlike wet dog.
Very tart and sour, with a lot of fruit carrying the back-end, vinegar up forward, and oak in the middle. Funky notes throughout. Cherry pits and grass.
An absolutely flat beer; no carbonation. This seems to be normal. It also makes it feel wrong in your mouth. It's not silky smooth like a cask beer; it feels dead.
Great aroma, and an interesting flavor profile. Definitely a big-time sour. I personally do not like the flat mouthfeel, but if you can bear with it a few sips, you'll adjust, and the flavor is worth it.
08-06-2014 20:37:16 | More by Roguer
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
This isn't really an "American Wild", it's an Italian wild in my opinion. My understanding is that it's the same base beer as L'Ultima Luna, so it's an Italian Barleywine, then aged in Nebbiolo barrels and aged with sour cherries. This bottle says "Cuvee 2009, Bottle No. 222".
This one pours a syrupy, dirty amber in color, medium bodied with little to no lacing. Having had their other beers, it looks on par. The aromas are full of lacto, sour cherries, cinnamon, fermenting cherries, some brett, light vinegar, funk, more funk, and has a weird cider aspect. Very complex nose if you give it time. The flavors consist of acidic cherries, reminiscent of perhaps an old world red wine, lacto, barnyard, and sweet red fruits. Interesting and complex. You also get some light oak barrel as well. For a beer from Del Ducato, it has an above average mouthfeel. Their beers tend to be pretty flat but this one is on key. It drinks very well and leaves your mouth slightly dry. This is one unique beer. It took them a couple years to make. Again, hats off to the Italians for this one. It was very good. This is worth your while if you're willing to lay down the $18.99 a bottle.
09-29-2011 03:38:18 | More by aasher
1.78/5 rDev -54.6%
Poured into a tulip, produced no head to speak of.
It's got a nose of sour cherries and incontinence (yes, it really does smell like a day-old pee-soaked adult diaper).
The taste is strongly sour and funky, with notes of sour cherry, but mostly just sour pee.
It looks alright, but this was a drainpour. I like a good lambic and a good sour, but this was way beyond anything I've ever tried before. Worst beer I've ever tried.
11-18-2011 02:25:51 | More by Kilonad
3.96/5 rDev +1%
Birrificio Del Ducato La Luna Rossa
Cuvée 2010 - Bottle No. 3917
A- pour yields no head with a flat looking liquid of murky burgundy-brownish color. Can't see a cm into it. 3.25
S- tart cherries, light vinegar, apple cider vinegar, other berries. Smells very nice. 4
T- very nice tartness, with cherries being the predominant berry flavor. Some other berry flavors in there as well. Light vinegar, oak. Very nice. 4
M- very little carbonation. Medium slick body. 3.5
O- I enjoyed this. Isn't quite up there with the top Wild Ales, but it's excellent nonetheless. 4.25
12-31-2013 17:29:30 | More by t420o
4.13/5 rDev +5.4%
Enjoyed this bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.
A: Pours a very cloudy brown hue with no head at all.
S: Very sour and tart aroma.
T: Nice and sour flavor that sweetens a little and finishes on the tart side of dry.
M: Medium body and barely any carbonation.
O: Interesting sour brew. Definitely an acquired taste – and a sipping beer.
03-06-2013 02:38:54 | More by ckollias
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
Low neck and froth generation. Low stickiness. Dark cherry body.
Faint cherry aroma. Some light tannic character and vanilla sweetness. Very cute combination.
Mouth Pickering tartness meets more sweetness than I expected. Caramels tannins and sour cherries. Finish is citric acid, charred oak. long lasting and well placed.
Full body, mouth Pickering tartness that lingers into a nice woodiness. Good light carb gives some creaminess.
This is great. Not worth The cost.
12-10-2011 04:18:48 | More by Khazadum
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
A- Nice hazy red at the center with light orange tint around the edge. Very appealing to the eye
S- Soft cherry vinagar.
T- Lightly sour with not much cherry to be found.
M- very smooth almost like wine with slight tannins
O- easy to drink definately worth a try.
05-16-2013 00:19:49 | More by Juuroumaru
3.9/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a hazy dark golden orange color that appears as a completely opaque dark ruby color with a very thin off-white head that immediately disappears. No lacing whatsoever.
Funky, slightly acetic aroma with a strong earthy oak presence as well as some funky bugs and vinous dark fruit. Lactic funk with a strong vinegar presence in the nose which is nicely complimented by the sweeter notes. The barrel is prominent with lots of oak and vanilla and the cherries are very forward in the nose.
Medium bodied with a slightly tart, mouth-puckering sourness that is excellently balanced by the oak barrel and vinous dark fruit. Slightly lactic but not too funky with a nice vinaigrette character that never becomes to acetic or harsh. Nice toasted oak presence with hints of earthy wood and vanilla. Supposedly a barley wine was used as a base in the blend but the malt and alcohol flavors are subtle. ABV well masked with faint earthy presence. Only 50% of the blend consists of beer with cherries yet there is a sweet vinous presence that compliments the funk nicely. Tons of sweet cherry flavor balancing things out.
Overall this beer is pretty good but not worth the very high price tag. Not incredibly complex and could use some more funk but still pretty flavorful.
10-29-2011 06:41:42 | More by corby112
La Luna Rossa from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.