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La Luna Rossa - Birrificio Del Ducato

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27 Reviews
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Reviews: 27
Hads: 107
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 23.93%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2012 edition, a real treat this one is. expensive, but worth it. so much more than a lambic, with as much funk as it has developed lacto character, its certainly sour, and its absolutely acidic, but its a lot more than that. hard to figure out the grain bill on this ruby red hazy beer (gorgeous looking, radiant and sexy, regal, divine). i would guess mostly wheat, but it doesnt really have that texture. the cherry is so forward in the nose and the taste that its hard to tell what the grain really is. a lot of fermentables must have come from the fruit in this one, as the body is quite light for what it is. so much cherry! its tart and sweet fruit, very authentic, and as fruity as any cherry beer i have ever had. the cherry tartness and the bacterial tartness compliment each other well, but make this an enormously sour beer, with just a little thick sweetness in the finish. its mature and rustic, could have come from cantillon or something, its that good. its also that fruity and that tart, i have had few others that do this. maybe the spontancherry frederiksdal from mikkeller, but thats about it, including the lou pepe stuff. not sure i would pay near 30 bucks for this again, but i cant help be taken aback by this, i mean, its incredibly good and unique. the italian stuff has been hit or miss for me, and even the beers from ducato have not all been amazing, but this is special!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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?

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Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cuvée 2011, Bottle #1736/2000

Brown body with some reddish highlights. Lots of barrel, cherries, and balsamic vinegar on the nose. Not a lot of room for much else to poke through. Very intense vinegar aroma. Cherries up front with oak and balsamic carrying you through the finish. Little bit of sweetness from the cherries peeks out and then gets pushed out of the way by a wave of sourness. No carbonation whatsoever. This is a bold sour that lacks complexity; very much a vinegar bomb.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.73/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75


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%.

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Photo of Roguer
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of ckollias
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
4.01/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of kjyost
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cuvee 2012. Bottle 748.
Pours a bit gushing murky burgundy beer, head vanishes in seconds.
Smell -balsamic vinegar, cherry, nice funk.
Taste - sour, cherry, brett funk.
Feel - prickly, well-balanced, mature beer.

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Photo of Jonada
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of bobhits
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A slightly nutty finish, cherry perhaps as well, sour of course. Cherries dominate the fruit bill. A good bit of funk at the start. Some nice yeast character.

The color is murky and kinda ugly, the carbonation isn't great. A lot of haze.

Overall I really like this one, REALLY like this one.

Sadly the BA overall score sucks here due to the look and smell scores being low. Still I stand by this is great beer, and looks don't matter at all and the smell well it need more but it isn't a negative. This is a 4.15-4.3 by a reasonable scoring system.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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 

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Photo of t420o
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 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


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Photo of jnn4v
3.96/5  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.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cherries were really well presented in this beer but the base beer itself was a little stinky/off to me. Not a bad beer by any means but just didn't quite do it for me.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Brondeau
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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La Luna Rossa from Birrificio Del Ducato
88 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.