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La Luna Rossa - Birrificio Del Ducato

La Luna RossaLa Luna Rossa

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BA SCORE
87
very good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.67%


Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aasher on 09-29-2011)
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Kilonad

Virginia

1.78/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 02:25:51 | More by Kilonad
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Juuroumaru

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 00:19:49 | More by Juuroumaru
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:59:34 | More by zaphodchak
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 03:04:22 | More by Sammy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 03:12:33 | More by biboergosum
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 06:41:42 | More by corby112
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass

Appearance: Rusty, red brown in color. Pours nearly still with only a hint of a hint of carbonation. Body is extremely murky and only very slightly translucent when held up to light. Some thick chunky yeast sediment is visible as well. Not the most attractive looking beer by any stretch of the imagination.

Smell: Sour cherries, vinegar, lactic sourness, oak, red grape.

Taste: Follows the aroma almost exactly. Sour cherries, lactic sourness, oak, red wine grape, slight hints of bread. Medium/high sourness that hits right upfront and carries through to a puckering sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Very nearly flat with only a very slight hint of fine carbonation perceivable on the tongue. Finishes relatively dry.

Overall: Really nice sour ale, but like many Italian beers, the contents don't justify the high price tag. Could have benefited from some additional carbonation as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 01:02:16 | More by Jonada
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jnn4v

Virginia

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A heavy brown color bordering on Amber. no visible sediment.
S: cherry, vinegar, Apple cider. very acidic
T: taste like apple cider, space cherry vinegar, and other moderately acidic products.
M: medium density, bordering on heavy density. Good solid viscosity. Not a ton of carbonation. relatively small bubbles.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 20:34:47 | More by jnn4v
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t420o

California

3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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

B+

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 17:29:30 | More by t420o
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SLeffler27

New York

3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:18:11 | More by SLeffler27
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly opaque mahogany with almost no head.
S: It smelled like tart vinegar and funky oak and sour cherries, with a little brown sugar.
T: It tasted like sweet cherries and brown sugar, with some tart vinegar and funky oak. It had a clean sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with some carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was a nice kriek that wasn't too sweet or sour. The scent and taste weren't very complex, but they were enjoyable. The body was great, and the finish was surprisingly smooth. The alcohol was well hidden too, so it was really easy to drink. Could probably last a long time in the cellar. Not top tier, but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 19:25:35 | More by Pencible
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ckollias

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 02:38:54 | More by ckollias
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aasher

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:38:18 | More by aasher
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 04:18:48 | More by Khazadum
La Luna Rossa from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.