Birrificio Del Ducato

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Belgian Lambic
4.13 | pDev: 10.17%
Birrificio Del Ducato
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of macrosmatic
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. 2015 bottling, consumed 10/23/17. Poured from the 11.2 oz. weird-shaped bottle into an El Catador Barrel-Aged glass.

A: Up front, there's no "pffft' at all when the bottle is opened; I'm not sure that's a good omen. It pours a bright gold with mild haze. No head, no visible carbonation bubbles. I'm not certain if this is supposed to be a still beer, but it sure looks it.

S: Vinous, lactic, and mild acetic tart. Lemons and citric acid, milder oak tannins. Citrus zest as well. Smells pretty decent and not vinegary at all, but notably wine-like though very dry.

T: Vinous and lemon rind, milder acetic sourness up front. Big citric acidity and light biscuit malts. Oaky dry tannins. Mild funk – feet and basement. More vinous dryness, hints of dried apricots and more lemons with a lingering dry white wine in the hang.

M: A light body overall, but the absolutely-no-carbonation thing makes it feel sticky. Medium amount of alcohol flavors. Again, literally no carbonation here at all.

O: I’m not sure if this was intended to be a still beer (although now that I look at other's reviews, it doesn't appear so). If so, I think it suffered as a result. There’s frankly minimal description on the label, which leaves a lot to be imagined. I purchased this from the bottle shop directly, and it has been in the temperature-controlled cellar and the refrigerator since purchased, so it’s not like it’s been abused. Too bad, because the flavors had some promise. Even as it is, it’s not undrinkable. If in fact the low carbonation was a bottle issue, I’d give it another try; but I wouldn’t seek it out nor pay any significant money for it. I would estimate the beer to be well north of 3.75/5 if it was appropriately carbonated.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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 Kurmaraja
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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 LonePeakHomeBrewery
3/5  rDev -27.4%
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 KABC
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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 BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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 drpimento
3.19/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened with a slight hiss, but had zero head and very little fizz in the mouth. Aroma is vinegar, lemon/citrus, hint of barnyard. Flavor is massive lemon/citrus/vinegar. Body would have been better with a little more carbonation, otherwise good. I find this brewery puts out a lot of good beer but has problems with consistency/quality control.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy (almost cloudy) yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high head consisting of large bubbles that completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness and funk are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has much more in the way of sourness compared to funk. Acidic hints of lemons and vinegar are also perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The tartness becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
O: This beer really grows on you as you drink it—when I first smelled it it seemed like it would be really funky like a gueuze, but the taste was much more sour, helping to mask a good portion of the funk. I would definitely try this beer again if I could find it.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer’s. Served in a wine glass. Very hazy pale orange. Small white head with big bubbles. Strong oak aroma. Lemon acidity. White wine, too. Intensely sour taste. Oak. White wine flavors, too. Stone fruits. Sourness drops off in the finish a little bit. Medium body. Low carbonation. Extremely sour, but not quite too much. Pretty tasty, but a little difficult to drink.

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Photo of Zach136
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brick Store Pub 7/18/15

Appearance: Pours light yellow with no head. Acceptable for the style.

Aroma/Flavor: Citric and lactic acids. Nice brett funk. Light but present oak. Medium plus acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied great texture.

Overall: Tastes like a lemonier petrus aged pale. I dig it.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Aroma initially opens with lemon rind, followed by funky, musty, horse-blanket with some wood

A: hazy golden straw color with very little head retention

T: Initial flavor is a combination of lemon, followed by some grain with an acidic vinous finish that’s slightly bitter from the brett

M: Med-body with low level carbonation with fair amount of acidity on the tongue finishes quite dry

O: This beer is quite tasty with a very interesting complex aroma that falls somewhere between a lambic and wine barrel aged offering. There is a fair amount of acidity, but the vinous notes are not overwhelming or unpleasant

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have not had many in this style, but this is easily my favorite. Taste is lemon and sour mix. The flavors come together beautifully. Will get this again if I can find it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

weird to call this one a gueuze, as i dont believe it is blended, but it is a very sour lambic thats absolutely delicious. its pale in color, but extremely bright, yellow and light, sunny, but with absolutely no head, just the little air bubbles that rise and burst from a vigorous pour, i cant excite this thing. the smell is fantastic, sour but in that funky italian way, almost like their blueberry nightmare, with a slight vinegar hit to it, and a hot citric acidity. its mouthwatering for sure. looks like a mostly white wheat malt base, but the texture isnt there, its really really thin and under carbonated, just doesnt feel the part for me, which really hurts its overall impression for me. the flavor rocks though, you really get the white wine barrel, acidic, tannic, pear, green apple, white grape, sharpness, mature oak, and funk. super dry in the finish which i love, the fruitiness is cleaned up almost as fast as it arises, and the sourness lingers. feels delicate to me, which i like, very very winey, which is a good thing i think in this case, but it lacks the mouthfeel to be rated with the best in the genre. some wild price variation on this in the market here too. ive seen it ranging from under 9 bucks to upwards of 16...

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Photo of KATCanada
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color very translucent, almost opaque. Bo foam, no carbonation. Big sour nose of apple vinegar. Big sour hit and long finish. Taste reminds me of my favorite white wine vinegar - Agrodolce. Sour apples, vinegar touch of the white wine barrel. Okay.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold. Almost no head.

Heavy wood and apricot. Bracingly sour.Kind of flat but still fleeting on the tongue leaving behind a sour lemon and funky aftertaste.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%

330ml bottle. teku glass

pours a totally flat hazy yellow. funky lemon/white grape/ acidic nose. slighty tart, very musty taste. big white wine flavor. no oak presence. finishes sour and it lasts. very drinkable, i wouldnt consider this a gueuze though. much more like an american wild ale. enjoyable but the price point is a bit much. i would drink again but not buy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is sour with malt, grain, funk, lemon, acidic, white wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, lemon, funk, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, but the combination of the fairly high acidity and low carbonation make this one heartburn inducing.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Hoperator
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Presentation is a light yellow gold color with a hazed clarity. There is no head or carbonation as the style intends. The aroma has vinegar-like warmth. The mouthfeel on the front end pulls sour and finishes with the oaky, champaign-like dryness. Tart with no alcohol burn and much flavor contributed by yeast. Enjoyable.

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Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, bright golden orange color with yellowish-mango hues. Completely still with just a few bubbles rising to the surface. No head or lace to speak of. Nice color but the lack of any foam/head/visible carbonation is disappointing.

Musty, earthy aroma with lactic funk and dry oak countered by light fruit esters and white wine character. Sweaty with cobwebs, damp earth, cheesy funk and a very subtle acetic acid presence. Strong barrel presence in the nose with prominent char and vinous fruit/white wine notes. The oak never becomes overpowering with the sweeter wine, grape and lighter fruit notes balancing things out. Nice balance of funky bugs, estery yeast, acetic acid and barrel. Smells sort of like a gueuze/wine barrel aged American wild ale hybrid.

Medium body that's fuller than expected with a decent amount of soft carbonation which is surprising given how still this beer pours. Tart and slightly puckering but not as sour/funky as the aroma suggests. Some must and lactic funk along with acetic vinegar sweetness that lingers over the oak and sweet vinous notes without becoming unpleasant or solvent-like. The barrel notes really stand out with a decent amount of charred oak and subtle toothpick flavor. Aggressive white wine presence with light grape and vinous fruit complimented by bready yeast and estery apple and pear sweetness. Not overly complex but this beer is light, well balanced and surprisingly drinkable. Again, it kind of reminds me of a blend of 2/3 part white wine BA American wild ale and 1/3 part Belgian gueuze. Enjoyable but I probably wouldn't buy it again because of the high price point.

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