Chrysopolis | Birrificio Del Ducato

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birrificio Del Ducato
Italy
birrificiodelducato.com

Style: Belgian Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JAHMUR on 02-07-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
107
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of peensteen
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. No marking for bottling date found.
Cloudy presentation (I did pour the yeast sediment into the glass), pale gold colored body. Bright white head quickly disappears, but a bubble fed ring persists. No lacing.
Aroma is tart lemon, leather funk, and wine/oak. The lemon is on top, but the funk and barrel lie beneath.
Extremely dry in its taste profile. Quite sour, combined with the tart lemon flavor. The tannic oak barrel comes in later. The funk is there throughout, leather and horse blanket.
Very acidic. Medium mouth feel, somewhat fizzy. Each sip totally wipes itself clean from the mouth, and beckons for another.
This beer lives in the lambic world.

One review I found: "Italian Lambic made with 65% pilsner malt and 35% wheat – the program tries to imitate the turbic mash schedule maintaining a large amount of dextrin and also some starch residues. During boil – he adds the hops suranne in flowers that were left to age in air for a few years (similar to lambic). After cooling – they transfer the wort directly into the barrel. Then he leaves the beer in old barrels that used to house Sicilian red wines (Nero d’Avola and Cabernet). The barrels are so old that the wine characteristics does not remain in the barrel but instead it is just the vehicle for spontaneous fermentation. The barrels are aged for at least 12 months before he starts to blend different barrels to create the final product."

I found this bottle of beer, among a few other offerings from this brewery, sitting on a wooden barrel in the Saint Louis Park Top Ten Liquors store. The display appeared to be a final offering of this brewery's few beers left in stock.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful flavor, particularly closer to room temperature - musty, woody, gooseberries, goat cheese. The aroma does have a slight paint thinner aroma that isn't pleasant. Appearance, I'm assuming this is an unblended lambic and intentionally flatter, is par for the course but I don't really know how to judge it.

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Photo of OnryAndMean
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jayhunter357
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LonePeakHomeBrewery
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As a Lambic the beer a nice deep yellow hue, some lace, and descent body. The tartiness and funk for lambic one would expect is there but it was over shadowed by a lasting turpentine flavor. Perhaps it was too old because we noted a similar taste of their La Luma Rossa (Cuvée 2012).

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Photo of American_Hawk
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KABC
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An inventive and refreshing spin on a lambic. I'm not a big fan of the lambic style, but this beer is closer to a gose. Perfect sourness with a great light fruit aftertaste. Definitely try, especially if you like gose. È ottimo!

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Photo of J-Rice
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DucksFan16
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed March 25, 2016.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IrishColonial
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, yellow-orange body with minimal head and no lace. The first thing that hits me when smelling beer is a tart cherry smell, then some general acidic sourness (more than funkiness), and then bits of sweetness for some reason. Not overly tart or sour but this beer is definitely a sour beer, has bits of sweet fruits to add balance but for most part this one goes in the sour category. Woody and smooth, light ABV, easy to drink, worth trying if you like sours at all.

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Photo of MichialTanner1
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of frekky
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingjohnh
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the development of cleaner, crisper, fruitier and brazingly tart sour ales, the old-world charm of the mustier, earthier and much more rustic flavor seem challenging to sour ale appreciators. And that trend is well documented in Del Ducato's unblended lambic that shows more acid that earth.

Chrysopolis pours with a striking champagne character; lightly golden and modest with haze, its carbonation is soft and subtle with a dainty creme of froth. Jaw-tightening aromas strike the nose with with a sharply acidic scent that's off-vinegar but tantalizing with fruit. A moderately earthy nose suggests saddle leather, horse hair, sea brine and weathered cork.

But its taste shies away from such earthiness as the middle palate invites a shockingly sour taste- white wine, cider vinegar, gooseberry, crabapple, sour white grape, under-ripened berry frame a fruity and sour medley. With an ironside finish, the ale captures a saltine balance with damp hay, straw and grassy character from hops and grain.

Light and dry, the ale easily strips the palate of all thirst to ensure a highly refreshing and cleansing flavor and feel. Its brazen acidity provides a piquant astringency that evokes mouthwatering sensations as its spicy sourness teases the tastebuds with its prickle and tang.

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Photo of MCano
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SourNick
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Chrysopolis from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 107 ratings