My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato
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4.65/5 rDev +43.5%
Had this last night on tap at Ebenezer's, served in a tulip glass.
A: Looks like a stout almost, but has a slight blue hue. 1/2 inch of head lingers a few minutes before dissipating. I was surprised how dark it was.
S: Blueberries and vinegar. You can tell there's sourness awaiting.
T: Again, blueberries dominate, along with the sour element. There are also very subtle hints of oak, but they're overpowered by the fresh wild blueberry flavor. While drinking this, I had no idea the alcohol was 11%....it's hidden incredibly well. I've had several blueberry beers in the past, but this is by far the best.
M: Very nice for a sour. Certainly not watery, and leaning a bit more toward the creamy end.
Overall: I don't understand nor agree with a few of the low reviews of this beer. I'm guessing they're from people who don't appreciate the sour style. I found it to be fantastic and cannot wait to have another poured at Ebenezer's today. I usually gravitate toward the IPA's, but if this is what a sour can be, count me in as a fan.
02-20-2013 13:01:39 | More by handpullme
4.28/5 rDev +32.1%
On-tap at Prime 16, served in a snifter. Described as a sour, barrel-aged Imperial Stout with blueberries. ABV unknown.
A: Black body with brown highlights and a thin, short-lived head of fine dark tan froth. Pretty standard.
S: Far from standard. Powerful, intense acetic acid absolutely dominates everything with pungent aromas of balsamic vinegar. Oak and chocolate are present, but lie buried far beneath the potent acid. Crazy, and enjoyable.
T: Vinegar up front, with tingly, mouth-filling acidity blowing everything else into the background. Once the raw sourness subsides, notes of blueberry, cocoa powder, and vinous oak peek through. The aftertaste is immense, and blends all of the flavors together in a rapturous embrace of sour fruit, sweet malt, and woodiness. I’d prefer it if the complexity weren’t relegated entirely to the aftertaste, but it’s incredibly enjoyable as is.
M: Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and puckeringly sour. Solid.
O: Insanity. This is right up there with something like Rodenbach Grand Cru or even Rosso e Marrone in terms of raw acetic sourness, but the base beer, barrel, and fruit components all give this a little twist that’s really enjoyable. At first sniff I thought it was woefully unbalanced, but with each sip it grows on me a bit more. Delicious stuff.
08-31-2012 00:09:04 | More by woosterbill
My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
75 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.