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La Luna Rossa - Birrificio Del Ducato

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La Luna RossaLa Luna Rossa

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BA SCORE
87
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

08-20-2012 01:01:05 | More by nmann08
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

09-05-2013 09:51:37 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

09-11-2012 17:14:39 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

02-13-2014 06:26:36 | More by MarkyMOD
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-09-2013 19:23:14 | More by liamt07
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3/5  rDev -23.5%

04-25-2014 14:54:45 | More by Evil_Pidde
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-01-2012 00:59:10 | More by bsuedekum
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

lip puckeringly sour, not for the faint of heart.

08-15-2014 00:44:03 | More by Axnjxn
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aasher

Indiana

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
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

08-24-2014 14:50:45 | More by Griffith
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Pencible

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

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.

06-16-2013 19:25:35 | More by Pencible
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-13-2013 04:44:09 | More by tom10101
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-23-2014 16:35:57 | More by thegerm87
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bigred89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

03-02-2014 03:31:28 | More by bigred89
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

05-13-2013 23:21:41 | More by ADTaber
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

12-28-2013 01:45:22 | More by smithj4
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

02-24-2014 19:46:05 | More by HopStoopid120
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +2%

06-17-2013 23:28:38 | More by Kmat10
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ckollias

Maryland

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
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SLeffler27

New York

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.

Bottle #767-2011.

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

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-08-2012 22:50:06 | More by safaricook
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1%

Cuvée 2010. Bottle No. 4887.
Poured ~10C into a tasting tulip. Popped with no hiss. Uh oh!

A: Amber, fairly clear though a hint of haze and not a bubble in sight. With time a hint of a ring comes about the edge.
S: Dark dried fruit aromas with bretty barnyard notes with a soupçon of acidity.
T: Initially very old ale like with dark fruit, a hint of sweetness and a modicum of heat. Quicjly builds in the tartness department moving more into the true sour range, but with some fruity sweetness constantly playing across the palate. Quite interesting.
M: A challenging beer to drink due to its like of carbonation.
O: A very interesting beer I am glad that I got to try. Worthwhile getting another one.

06-20-2014 01:40:39 | More by kjyost
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La Luna Rossa from Birrificio Del Ducato
87 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.