La Luna Rossa - Birrificio Del Ducato

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88
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aasher on 09-29-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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?

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  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.

Photo of liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of aasher
4.33/5  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.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

lip puckeringly sour, not for the faint of heart.

Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of smithj4
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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La Luna Rossa from Birrificio Del Ducato
88 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.