Brett Peat Daydream
Birrificio Del Ducato

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Ranked #65
Ranked #21,482
3.87 | pDev: 15.5%
Birrificio Del Ducato
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Orange red with a quickly fading head. Smells like smoky peat and funky blue cheese. Tastes like dried apricots, smoky peat and blue cheese. Very unique and delicious.

Jul 19, 2019
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I do not even remotely like this style, but let's be honest - it's crafted pretty well. Very aromatic with a decent roll of funk that leans towards wet leaves and band aid. Taste is immediately puckering and maintains that pucker while the funk floats in. The peat is hidden until the finish where it's less "Scotchy" and more earthy. Again, not a fan at all, but this deserves it's due.

Mar 16, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. This beer is a gift from my mother-in-law. Im glad to have the opportunity to drink this beer.
The beer pours a clear golden color at first and then becomes very cloudy at the end of the pour. There is a lot of sediment suspended in the glass and a wispy island and a thin edge layer of bleached white foam rests on the surface.
The aroma is is dominated by musty blanket and farmhouse notes with a bit of a phenolic note and general sharp funkiness.
The first sip releases extremely prickly carbonation and tart acidic flavor that dominates my palate. Lemon juice and some hints of smoked malt. The smoked malt and a little ham or sausage note pushes the brett aside as the beer warms. this actually makes the beer much more approachable in my opinion. Hops get no showing and the booze is also hidden. I do also get a bit of sweet brown sugary malt in the back end, but this is covered by the tart sour note coming back on the finish. The finish also completely dries my palate after each swallow.
THis is a funky brew that I cant quite figure out if I like it or dont want to finish it.
Worth a try if you like funky stuff and especially if you like really tart or sour brews.
Im glad to have tried it but dont think I would make this a regular.

Jun 30, 2016
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: 11.2 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded white and brown pry-off crown cap. No neck label. Purchased at a bottle shop in Torino, Italy.

"Ale with 16.50% havin been aged in Scotch whiskey [sic] barrel." "Brett Peat Daydream is a blend of three different beers: 1.a Peated Barley Wine Style Ale, 2. a Rauch Marzen with a part aged in Scotch Whiskey [sic] barrels, 3. a Brett ale which has inoculated [sic] with Brettanomyces before a six month maturation in a steel vessel." Imported by B. United International.

7.0% ABV.

HEAD: None. No lacing.

BODY: Hazy orange of average vibrance. No yeast particulate/lees/sediment is visible within. Plenty of turbidity.

Looks a bit like pulpy orange juice.

AROMA: Brettanomyces funkiness is evident. Really faint smoked malt. Biscuity (saccharomyces) yeast. Pulp. I don't find any whisky, but maybe some subtle peat. Funkiness dominates, and boy is it funky. Acid. Quite mild floral/fruity hop notes.

Aromatic intensity is average.

No off-notes are present.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Acidic. Peat is definitely present, as is the titular brettanomyces and its concomitant funkiness. No overt Scotch whisky here, but there is a touch of indistinct dampened wood.

Balanced in spite of being a blend, but not gestalt in spite of its impressive cohesion. Depth of flavour is nice.

It just doesn't deliver on the Scotch, which is disappointing. I'd like more peat, more wood, and more complexity in general. The funkiness is nice, though, and doesn't clash with the peat the way you might anticipate. The now-tired cliche of "sweaty gym sock" does come to mind.

Smooth, wet, medium to full-bodied, well carbonated, and oddly refreshing. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Sourness isn't pucker-inducing, maybe a 6/10 in terms of intensity. This will satisfy sour fans, and I'm unsure how they're accomplishing this level of sourness if all they're using is brettanomyces bruxellensis - though I guess brettanomyces lambicus is a possibility?

OVERALL: An interesting beer and a bold attempt at combining two flavour profiles you might think would clash. As innovative an offering as it is, it's not the glowing success I hoped for, but it is evidence Del Ducato has some talented blenders. Worth trying once, though its price point isn't really reasonable (in classic Italian microbrew fashion). Drinkable and enjoyable, and certainly a welcome change from the insipid-or-worse pale lagers ubiquitous in its country of origin.

B- (3.36) / WORTHY

Apr 17, 2016
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Johnct from New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing it from nonexistant notes so bear with me.

Excited to try it because it's bizarre, and because I love Ducato and Italian beers.

From the bottle:

"Brett Peat Daydream is a blend
of three different beers:
1. a Peated Barley Wine Style Ale, 2. a Rauch Märzen
with a part aged in Scotch Whiskey barrels, 3. a
Brett Ale wich (sic.) has inoculated with Brettanomyces
before a six month maturation in a steel vessel."

It smelled like burnt pencils, a little bit of old green tea leaves left outside in a shallow puddle of stagnant water, and a smidge of faint sourness.

The taste is very sour at the start, kind of mellows into a very faint smokiness, then you get the little sweetness of the "barleywine", but the strong irregular sour character lingers the entire time.

The aftertaste loses most of the sourness, hangs on to the smokiness for a bit and ends on a bit of a sweet note.

Overall, a truly bizarre beer, but what else do we expect from Birrificio del Ducato? Glad I tried it, just wish I was still in Italy so I didn't have to pay anywhere from $10 to $20 for each tiny bottle of these curiosities.

Dec 13, 2015
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drpimento from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good beer; although, it smells much better than it tastes. Aroma is smoke, vinegar, fruit, malt. Appearance is a hazy amber with some head. Flavor's like nose, but smoke is much stronger and clashes a bit with the tart. Decent body and finish.

Nov 18, 2015
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Stingraystripe from Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours butterscotch color with a nice full tight white head that lingers for a bit. The nose smacks with that sour Brettanomyces smell that promises sour and wine-like. The first sip is truly overwhelming... The rauch / smoke, and the peat, and then the sour. My mouth went schizophrenic for about 60 seconds. Then it warms a bit and the Brett really dominates and the other flavors settle down in back like old school fans at a counting crows concert. I love Brettanomyces and so that makes this beer really interesting and a great sipper for me. Definitely not for everyone though. This one is different for sure. And I enjoyed it.

Oct 11, 2015
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A bona-fide gusher when served at cellar temperature.

Pours a somewhat cloudy orange with a big but quickly receding head of foam. Very little lacing.

It has some Brett in the smell but more so of an aroma of band aids.

Light tartness with some noticeable funk, fruity, and then comes the band aid flavour that spoils it for me.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

I wanted to love it, especially after the price that I paid for it, but I don't even like it. It could use some work.

Jun 19, 2015
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2 OZ bottle into a chalice, poured chilled and allowed to warm.
A blend of 3 beers, one barleywine, one scotch ale aged in scotch barrels, one pale ale on Brett in stainless steel.
A - Orange blossom honey, fall straw in color, Reluctant carbonation train feeds a snow white cap. Small islands of lace look for friends as the glass slowly empties.
S - You better love peat, a cloud of it overlays an intriguing cast of characters. Honey, overripe tropical fruit, wet straw, band aid. With an increase in temperature, the peat settles into the parade. Richer malt tones, and those fruits, now with earl grey tea move into the forefront.
T - Considering the composition, this is surprisingly tropical. The peat is relentless, but not out of control. The honey notes and aged fruits stand up to a good push from the scotch ale. The Brett adds a slightly tart and clean bite. All this works in a challenging way.
M - Medium in body, a little slick, the palate is coated with fruited oils, smoked malts, and muted tartness from the Brett. All present simultaneously make for a kind of campfire Jolly Rancher. The linger is pleasant, the close out is slightly tart.
O - After the initial rush of confounding smells, the beer opens up into a complex mix of flavor, from the Peat to apricot jam in the middle stopping for a little kiss of tartness.
This one is for the explorer, the mix of sensory stimulation, can be eye popping.

Jun 14, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

maybe the weirdest beer i have had in 2015, truly an oddity. its very pale in color, unexpectedly so, clearly none of the scottish ale type darker and redder malts, this is a hazy blonde beer with a very fizzy white head. it smells like lemon lime gatorade, no joke, an astute observation by thebrewo as we shared this bottle, but i have to agree 100%, its literally yellow gatorade. there is a funky smoke to it as well though, honey baked ham comes to mind, with the meaty aspect coming from the smoke, and the barrel obviously having a big impact on this one. the taste is just like the nose, with both gatorade and baked ham being obvious flavors in this. that sounds kind of gross, but its actually incredible. the barrel aged portion is a big contributor, smokey and peaty as they come, but its so cool to have it be in a beer thats not malt heavy, and for it to be a sour nonetheless, insane! the sourness is major, its puckery, but also woody like a campfire being lit. cant say if this is one of my favorites or not, but it is literally a work of art, not to be missed for the curious palate. ducato has been up and down, but this is as interesting as beer gets these days, and its a big hit for me. dry as they come, and carbonated as effervescently as you could imagine, its named perfectly, and i will never forget the experience. not often i can say that these days...

Mar 14, 2015
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle -> tulip

murky off yellow color with a moderate head. smell is very sour and tart with lots of lemon but the peat is also very prominent. quite an interesting smell and very unusual. the taste is honestly just like the aroma. starts off lip puckeringly sour but quickly changes to smoky/peatyness. very very different. it ends refreshing believe it or not. i think i really love this... maybe more so because its just so different than any other beer ive ever had.

Feb 20, 2015
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goracle from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

I can't go into detail on terminology, but I can say that I'm hunting for this beer wherever I can find it because it's the most unique and delicious beer I've ever tasted. It's loaded with smokey flavor, meat, and yet it ends refreshing. I highly recommend this and I have to say, it's my favorite beer.

Dec 11, 2014
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. served in a tulip at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore. From notes.

A: Pours a dark copper color with a finger's worth of white-colored head. The head on this is beautiful - it's extremely creamy, with fantastic retention to boot. A nice ring of lacing is left behind.

S: Holy. Friggen. Peat. While the peat is very strong - perhaps even too strong for some - the lesser notes of peat (like burnt rubber) are nicely hidden. Letting it open up will give it some additional notes of brett funk and tart lemon. It's hard to explain why, but it just works.

T: It starts off with some lemony tartness, which quickly transitions to an assload of peat flavors. A slight vinous characteristic appears on the back end. This is very very VERY peaty - somehow, everything stays balanced. It's the whole art of adding one extreme flavor to another extreme flavor, and hoping they somehow coexist. Usually that idea falls flat on its face; but in this one, Ducato pulled it off, and the end result is fantastic.

M: This has a tannic feel befitting a sour ale. It remains light on the palate, and could even be called refreshing. Wait, there's no "could be" about it, it IS refreshing. Carbonation is pretty much medium.

O: Not for everyone at all - I was with someone else who ordered this, and he absolutely hated it. Me, I absolutely loved the sour/peat interplay going on here. This is so deliciously unhinged in the best way, and you bet I'll be looking for this one again.

Jun 22, 2014
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery-amber color with a voluminous white, creamy looking head. Good lace left behind.
Smell is nicely sour, oak and cedar, malt and the scent of a bandage just out of the packaging (that's not a bad thing). A good balance.
Taste is very tart, sour, acidic with a vinegar/bandage mixture following close behind the initial taste with a smokiness bringing up the rear. Balance is heavy to the sour until it becomes an aftertaste. Still sour but the smoke steps up then.
Light bodied, similar to a wheat, with an aggressively tangy effervescence. Not a smooth kind of beer, more of a palate wrecker without being a hoppy bastard. Can't see having it again but glad I did once.

May 08, 2014
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a cloudy muddy straw color with a finger of head that lingered for quite some time and then left nice lacing in its wake. The nose was more like a wine than a beer – sour grapes dominate. The flavor follows the nose for the most part. In addition to the wine-like flavor, there is an earthy tone that probably comes from the peat. There are also vague hints of scotch. The finish is mildly tart.

The body on this offering is light and refreshing and it certainly has promise. The problem is that this beer is a little too all over the place. Sometimes less is more and simple is better; this is one of those situations.

May 01, 2014
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JimLeff from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with peat-smoked malts and aged in Scotch barrels with brett.
Tasted at "Super Kegs" at The Diamond in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Nose: peaty bretty band aids 

This beer is precisely as bretty as it is peaty. The two flavors never connect, but that's cool because you can drink this beer either way. It's two beers in one!

Like one of those optical illusions that can be seen as either convex or concave, but never both at once.

Not sure I'd say the dimensions are both quite world class, but I couldn't detect anything "off", and I found this incredibly fun to drink, and surprisingly refreshing considering the strength.

Apr 11, 2014
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mt24turner from New York

4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wonderful smell of hay and barnyard with a touch of smoke underneath, the taste follows the smell somewhat. lots of funk and peat/hay flavors and just a little bit of smoke and tart finish, plenty of carbonation and a drinkable mouthfeel this really is a fantastic bottle of beer

Mar 23, 2014
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a brownish orange color. Hazy. Barely any head. Not a ton of lacing either. It pours like it has some body to it.

S-Aroma is really neat. It's very, very pleated. Also some serious funkiness hanging around in there as well. A sweet lining holds the peat and Brett together. The Brett gives off a nice herbal/medicinal/eucalyptus aroma.

T-Definitely some cured meat. Bonfire. A ton of peat. Funky, musty and somewhat sour as well. The Brett is heavy and pretty tasty to boot. I'm really surprised by how well the Brett/peat combo works together. A nice woody oakiness lingers as well.

M-A bit prickly with nice body. Almost tannic. The flavor (especially the smoked, salted meat component) really hangs around for a while.

O/D-Really cool. Wasn't expecting to enjoy this beer. It was a hit with me. Wild, sour, funky, meaty and peaty. Some how it works!

Jan 18, 2014
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Pours a very cloudy, deep ruby red color that's completely opaque with dark mahogany edges and a two finger off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Possibly over carbonated but otherwise looks pretty good.

Funky, smokey aroma with a subtle barrel presence that's delicately integrated into hints of leathery malt, musty bugs, vinous fruit and acetic acid. Very unique with some liquid smoked, charcoal, campfire and bacon followed by damp oak, wild yeast, sourdough bread and sweet fruit. Not the most inviting aroma but you can smell mostly everything that went into the blend. Smoke, peated whiskey, brett, leathery malt, oak, grape, raisin and dark berry. The smoke, acetone and funk are most prominent but the nose is really complex.

Medium body with tight carbonation and a very strong acetic quality that initially overpowers the other flavors. Harsh and solvent like with strong acidity, solvency and vinegar. After the palate adjusts, the smoke, leathery malt, wild yeast and dark fruit notes start to stand out. Only 16.5% of the blend is barrel aged yet there is a strong dry oak/toothpick presence along with funky brett/wild yeast flavor. The smoke doesn't really show until the finish with faint lingering hints of charcoal and butane. I'm not really picking up anything that reminds me of a Marzen and all of the malt character is dry and leathery. Desperately in need of some sweetness. The dark fruit notes from the nose are evident but only slightly.

Overall, this beer is kind of a mess. Harsh, overly acetic and tough to drink with a one dimensional flavor profile. The peat/smoke and barleywine character is completely overpowered and I don't think anyone could guess Marzen was in the blend. The brett character is okay with decent funk but this beer is too dry and acetic for my preference. Disappointing offering from an otherwise solid brewery.

Dec 22, 2013
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Golden-brown hue, slightly cloudy, with hardly any head or lacing. (Caveat: I had this at a dimly lit dive bar, so this aspect of the beer was hard to judge.)

S: Smoked ham was the first thought that came to mind. Notes of leather are fairly evident as well. Fruity citrus and maybe faint pineapple aromas are also present.

T: Almost a perfect match to the aromas. Almost no malt sweetness; this one's tart from start to finish, but not in a harsh way at all -- it's like a mild lambic. The smokiness kicks in quickly and lingers to the finish, never overpowering (like some rauchbier I've had). There's a faint "funkiness" in the background that reminds me that Brettanomyces was involved in the fermentation.

M: Crisp, refreshing, and decently carbonated.

O: It's lapsang souchong meets lambic! I got this because I like smoky tea and whisky, and smoky it was. Not an every-day drink by any means, but an interesting and tasty foray into uncharted (for me) beer territory.

Nov 14, 2013
Brett Peat Daydream from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 94 ratings