My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato
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3.93/5 rDev +21.7%
On tap for the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some dark malt, berry, and balsalmic vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with a super sour acidic finish and a mild roasty bitterness. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a very sour flavor and is very interesting all around.
09-18-2012 01:31:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.46/5 rDev +7.1%
Apparently these Italian guys have lost their damn mind! A sour stout? ...with blueberries? ...with chili peppers? ... with 11% alcohol? The ale is a blind-sided collage of complexities, challenges, and power that plays out a triangulated game of tug-o-war on the tongue.
Nearly still upon the initial pour, the translucent dark ale gives up little in the way of carbonation. A turbulent swirl reveals mocha-stained, loosely knit bubbles that zip away as quick as they're created. Light inky legging supplants lace and is hardly noticeable with a tilt of the glass. Tell me it's espresso and I'd buy that.
Sharp vinegary aromas pierce the olfactory senses with pin-point precision, making me nearly break out in a sweat simply from the beer's first whiff. Fruit, coffee, toast, chocolate, and alcohol all lurk behind the vinous acidity but never rival its sour dominance.
Intense red wine vinegar flavors contort the mouth with jaw stabbing astringency. Grape seed, sour apples, vinous wine, under-ripened blueberries, lemons, and salty brine trample the taste buds with no apologies. A terse rebuttal of roasted malt has a shallow attempt to balance the beer with dark roast coffee, cocoa powder, walnuts, and thin caramel. But when the acetic tone meets the immense alcohols, then the acetone flavor of nail polish remover takes hold and forces lasting impressions upon the aftertaste.
The sheer acidity and alcohol keeps the beer thinned and medium-light on the palate early and often. Difficult to explore the beer's taste, the sharp sourness has no problem stepping into tannin-rich astringency for intimidating palate sensations on the sides of the tongue. Finishing spicy, hot, and solventy- the vinegar acidity never backs down; even in its extended sour aftertaste.
Much of my review may seem detremental to the beer, but its a solid sour ale that relies heavy on acetobacter as a souring agent and dismisses many of the other souring agents or the cellar to help balance and sooth its intensity. It also gives rise to the alcohol for a compelling spicy/solventy interplay. So if that type of intensity is your thing, then you won't have a problem with this complex taste.
03-21-2013 17:52:55 | More by BEERchitect
3.85/5 rDev +19.2%
On-tap 12/23/2012 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a blue hue and a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains blueberries, esters, Belgian yeast and some alcohol.
T: The taste starts out with a strong tart blueberry flavor followed by some chocolate and blueberry sweetness. The malt character is on the thin side but brings a decent balance. I was told the beer was brewed with some hot peppers in it but they get over-powered by the sourness of the blueberries.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, unique representation of style, it’s a good beer but despite the large number of beers I’ve tried I have not found anything else I can compare this beer to in order to give any perspective. Suffice to say that even though it’s quite complex, I don’t feel the beer justifies the high price.
12-24-2012 02:14:18 | More by TheManiacalOne
1.64/5 rDev -49.2%
Dark purplish-black pour, muddy, with just a few straggling bubbles on top; no lacing to speak of. Big whiff of acetone and Easter egg dye, thick berry muddle. Yeah, this was...well at least they got the "Nightmare" part right. This was tasting pretty dreadful, as promised by the aroma, pretty much all acetone and vinegar, solventy booze, sour wet bread. Whew...what a mess. Nothing worth noting as far as mouthfeel and drinkability, other than it really wasn't drinkable. Some folks might enjoy this as a novelty item, but I think it's crazy that this is actually marketable.
07-08-2014 05:30:29 | More by Rifugium
4.23/5 rDev +31%
I had this on-tap at Max's during Baltimore beer week. Served in a tasting glass.
Appearance: The beer pours a dark purple/brown color. More purple shows up when the light hits the beer. The head is a weird tan/purple/blue color. As the head fades it leaves a thick ring around the pour and some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Reminds me a lot of blueberry vinegar. I'm getting a bunch of that dark sour/red berry type smell. There is also a hint of red wine. Very aggressive.
Taste: This one is very sour. I'm not picking up much alcohol at all. The blueberries show up more than I thought they would. I'm also getting some red wine and sour vinegar. The finish has an acidic burn to it like vinegar.
Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side with tons of tingly carbonation that manages to ve quite smooth. The finish is dry.
Overall: This is super sour and there was no hint of the high abv. The finish burns quite a bit. Overall I liked this and would have more.
11-09-2012 02:57:21 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +23.8%
From 05/19/13 notes. Big thanks to whoever brought this to WTWBA; been a want of mine.
a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color, almost black, with one inch of otan head and low carbonation evident.
s - Smells of blueberries, sour dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, oak, burnt malts, toasted malts, and some vinegar. Not getting any of the peppers, but it's nice.
t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, roasted malts, vinegar, oak, chili peppers, dark chocolate, burnt malts, toasted malts, and molasses. Little more sour than the nose and a little more vinegar.
m - Medium to full bodied stout and low to moderate carbonation. Some alcohol present.
o - Overall an interesting beer; I was a little disappointed as I wanted it to be great, but it's still a good beer that works. A nice mix of sour dark fruits and vinegar mixing with roasted malts and chocolate, making it an interesting sour stout that ultimately works. I prefer Tart of Darkness, and am very glad I never bought a bottle for $40, but wouldn't pass it up if I was offered a few ounces. Worth checking out if you like sour stouts and don't have to pay an arm and a leg for it.
05-20-2013 19:31:58 | More by mdfb79
1.99/5 rDev -38.4%
Draft at The Pour House in Westmont, NJ.
Pours a dark purple, almost black color thats reminiscent of eggplant. Opaque with a thin, half finger off-white head that immediately settles. No lacing.
Vinous dark fruit aroma with some earthy oak and a strong acetone presence. A bit too much solvent/nail polish for my liking but here's also some funky yeast and wild bugs counter things a but. Lots of dark grape, currant and blueberry but the acetic vinegar is a big turnoff.
Wow, the acetone is much sharper and prominent than in the nose. Really abrasive and acidic with tons of solvent flavor killing off the wild bugs, oak and blueberry. After a while the dark fruit notes come too the forefront with some blueberry, dark grape and currant. Still, it's way too strong on the acetic acid/acetone/solvent flavors. Pretty much undrinkable after a few ounces.
02-26-2013 02:39:44 | More by corby112
3.93/5 rDev +21.7%
Had this one on a past ticking trip to Asheville! Served from tap into a sampler snifter. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, blueberry, tart, sour, and subtle roasted malt. The flavor was of sweet malt, blueberry, blackberry, tart, sour, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I really rather enjoyed the fruit aspect that was going on this one. As the name would suggest blueberry played a substantial role in this brew. Since blueberry is a very delicate flavor I was surprised at how well they were able to keep in forward in the brew throughout. I would definitely enjoy having this one again and would not hesitate to suggest it to others.
01-15-2013 21:11:25 | More by thagr81us
4.28/5 rDev +32.5%
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 143 ratings.