My Blueberry Nightmare - Birrificio Del Ducato

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 34.16%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | FT: 4
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Italy

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woosterbill on 08-31-2012

An extension of Birrificio Del Ducato's Verdi Imperial Stout - My Blueberry Nightmare is a stout brewed with hot chili, then aged for 2 years in oak barrels with blueberries.
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Photo of emilylee
2.11/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This was one of our New Year's beers. The venue was Trappist Provisions in Oakland - the new satellite bar of the excellent Trappist, Oakland.

We did their list, beer by beer, from BFM to Black Hole, and it was varied and mostly marvelous.

The only loser on the list was this Italian fiasco. We ordered it for the sake of completion, to make sure we tried everything. We knew full well that anything called "My Blueberry Nightmare" is probably a mistake. But how big? Well read on...

So the beer was pretty enough. Trappist Provisions will provide a masterful pour no matter what. The Ducato had a good thick chocolaty head, a rich dark color, and was picture perfect. But take a whiff....that's where the problems begin.

The taste and the smell.... I'm reminded of the Violet Beauregarde scene in Willy Wonka. The blueberry is a giant swollen overpowering mass. Charlie and Grandpa could rip off all your shit while you aren't looking because all you can do is pay attention to the giant blueberry while the Oompa Loompas run around trying to mitigate the disaster.

And then when the blueberry has died down, there's the chili flavor. It's subtle. Not spicy. Just a touch of acrid bite at the back of your throat. And that's really not good. It's less of a flavor than just a feeling, like a touch of acid reflux much earlier in the evening than you were planning. Foreshadowing in literature = good. Foreshadowing in digestion = bad.

So, overall this beer is a gimmicky mix of overpowering elements. And not a very well considered mixture at that. In fact, there might be a beer under there, but I wouldn't know.

Sorry Italy, we gave this beer the boot.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Etan
2.11/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

On tap at the Roscoe Village Pub, in conjunction with WLV for Zwanze 2012.

A: Pours a brownish purple with a light tan head.

S: Lots of vinegar and blueberry in the nose. Smells strong and acetic. A bit of a smoky note behind.

T: Tart blueberry, huge vinegar acidity, trashy roasted malt, smoky, astringent. Drinks like balsamic vinegar racked off of blueberries.

M: Medium bodied, light carbonation.

O: A nightmare indeed. Horrible beer.

Photo of anteater
2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer on two different occasions with two VERY different experiences.

1st time:

On Draft. Dark brown in appearance with moderate carb. Exceptionally good sour, didn't get any chili or much blueberry but the flavor was great. Rating = 4.25

2nd time:

From a bottle. Poured dark brown and completely flat. Smelled like nail polish remover. Taste like vinegar mixed with nail polish remover. Something went terribly wrong here. This amazing beer clearly went bad and resulted in the worst beer experience I've ever. Rating = 1

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MDbiere
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the most interesting sour stouts I've had. Blueberries, hot peppers, and aged in oak.

A: Deep purple/black. Looks like a stout with a small tan head accompanying the opaque body.

S: Tart berries, vinegar, smoke, and some spice from the peppers.

T: Everything hits at once. Sour berries, vinegar, smoke, oak, cocoa, and some faint ripe blueberries. This is then followed by a very pronounced hot pepper note that sticks around for a while.

M: medium-bodied, light carbonation

O: Definitely not for everyone, but certainly something everyone should try. A bit all over the place, but the chaos added to the intrigue. This is an extremely sour/funky/spicy stout. Every sip was more interesting which made it hard to put down.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a strange brew. I like sours but this one pushes the envelope hard.

Arrives a deeply purple color, almost black. A faint head drops like a rock in a quarry. No lace in this 11% beer.
Smell is strong blueberry, oak, tart cherry, a medicinal note that reminds me of paint thinner or cider vinegar. Supremely tart. Nice to see the blueberry come through so well.
Taste is hugely, overwhelmingly, tart, balsamic vinegar, oak and malt.
Body is medium to medium-light with a faint effervescence, almost an uncarbonated feel to it. Astringent like vinegar, as well.
This is not for the faint-hearted, the tartness is insane (and this from someone who actually drinks balsamic and cider vinegars on occasion!). I shared this with a friend and at the end we were both glad to not have to drink an entire snifter by ourselves. Worth trying once but probably never again.

Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with a little lacing.

S: acetic vinegar notes up front with blueberries, funk, sour fruit, peaty Scotch, smoke, and a myriad of other aromas. Very interesting.

T: acetic vinegar here as well with musty and funky flavors, smoke, sour and tart fruit, peaty Scotch, and medicinal flavors. Very interesting, though the medicinal flavors are a bit off-putting.

M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: a very interesting beer that is is not quite successful. There's so much going on in this beer, but the strong medicinal and acetic flavors hold it back.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.24/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

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My Blueberry Nightmare from Birrificio Del Ducato
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