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La Luna Rossa - Birrificio Del Ducato

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26 Reviews
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Reviews: 26
Hads: 103
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aasher on 09-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by SLeffler27:
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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Bottle #767-2011. (974 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mantooth
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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Birrificio del Ducato La Luna Rosa, American Wild Ale on draft at Duckworth's, Park Road, Charlotte NC.

Pours with little to no head and a splendid purple color, almost a black cherry appearance. The nose is vinegar, dark fruit and bready yeast. The taste is incredible - loads of balsamic and tart vinegar,  especially in the finish. Thin but oily mouthfeel with a sticky finish. If you like sours I highly suggest you seek this nearly perfect beer out. Quite dangerous at 8%. (703 characters)

Photo of Beeridizer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

I keep trying sour beers, i am not a fan but for the category this one is a nice change of pace. (96 characters)

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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? (1,312 characters)

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz poured into a 

A: nice red hue hardly any head

S: Oak , vinegar, wine grapes 

T: Puckering, sour wine oak grapes very sour and super dry lemon sourness 

O: wow is it a dry sour beer I would have never guessed the fruit but wow  (245 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (280 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (352 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

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. (816 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kmlund
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmurray10
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with a quickly fading head.
Nose shows loads of funk, cherry, woody oak and rose notes.
Similar flavours; cherry, coconut, oak, bready malt, soft booze. (172 characters)

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very, very tart wild ale that I was excited to try. It pours a murky red color with little to no head. Smells a bit like a black cherry warhead. Lots of acidity in the nose. Sure enough, its mouth puckering. The flavor is a really nice combination of cherries and maybe raspberries, with a huge sour kick on the finish. Unfortunately, this beer is flat. I saw that this was an issue with most of the reviews, but was hoping the draft version might be force carbed. It was not, and the beer was begging for a tiny bit of spritzy carbonation. The lack of carb was certainly disappointing, but I still enjoyed the beer. This one flaw kept this beer from being a top tier sour though, and I probably wouldn't spend the money on it again. (744 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Brondeau
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This was gross. 2011 cuvée. Bottle 1372/2000. Wanted to try something different at the store. My first real sour beer and I am not impressed. People drink this by choice? Ugh. (177 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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La Luna Rossa from Birrificio Del Ducato
86 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.