Krampus | Birrificio Del Ducato

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Birrificio Del Ducato

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by John_M on 12-23-2008

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Photo of StormAles
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. The bottle label states "Brewed for Christmas 2008". The bottle was consumed during the Christmas season of 2014. Poured from the unusually-shaped 750 mL bottle into a Cigar City Brewing Humidor glass.

A: This was a bit of gusher when first cracked. After allowing it to settle some and pouring, it looks hazy to opaque dark bronze with a medium level of visible carbonation in the glass. It forms a big fluffy off-white head that takes awhile to recede.

S: Acetic vinegar, light tartness. Bready malts and it smells dry.

T: Acetic acid, tart and sweet cherries, and bready malts. Some vinous grapes near the swallow, and it finishes dry.

M: Medium body, low alcohol presence. Despite the gushing, the carbonation sensation is fairly low.

O: I wouldn't think this was what the brewer was looking for. But it's matured into something pretty decent and more than drinkable. I'm not sure if it was infected, and I do think the years had oxidized it mildly. But it's certainly not bad.

NOTE: After reading multiple reviews of both this beer, Blueberry Nightmare, and other beers from this brewery, I have a suggestion (not that anybody from the brewery cares about my opinion). If you're going to put out intentionally sour beers, please indicate that fact on the label. It would change both scores and the drinkers' expectations. As it is, I feel obligated to score to the listed style and/or to the label's claimed style.

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Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Howlader
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sathanas
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LargeCrab
4.81/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deliciously sour. Hints of sweetness. Smells terrific. Lots of sediment. Quite fruity.

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Photo of Shadman
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the beers in this year's Beer Advent calendar. Love the label on this one.

Looked amazing but waaayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too sour. As in undrinkable. My guess is either a bad batch or something after reading some of the non-advent calender reviews. Tasted like very strong malty vinegar.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Svingjo
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Krampus Speciale from Birrificio Del Ducato from Day 5 of The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar - Okay I know going into this beer that it's a sour beer. Now it pour on the reddish side of copper with about a finger width of white head and spires of small bubbles moving up the side of the glass. It has a bit of a floral nose, and spicy that reminds me a bit of mulled wine but a sourness that is reminiscent of red wine vinegar. The sourness really bites in the mouth and there is fruit but unripened fruit, maybe sour cherries. There is a bitterness that clings to the back of the tongue as well. The 7.0% ABV does come forward with some heat near the end. Not a bad beer, but one that I could see people either loving or hating. I did find that as it warmed up it seemed to go down easier. Glad I had a chance to try it.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bulldogops
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Tivlavrie
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of PeteRiz
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a cloudy colour of rust, 1 finger head of foam that lasts and lasts. Decent lacing.

The nose is of brett, spice and sour goodness. More Brett than sour so I can't quite pull out what the sour consists of. Maybe when I taste it..Same goes for the spice which, from the label, suggests Star Anise.

Tastewise, the sour is prominent and I'll take a guess and say it's fruity like in sou r cherries. Funk, yep. Spicy, quite bitter, guessing it's coming from the star anise. Overall, very tasty for a sour.

Medium body and carbonation. the alcohol seems to be very well hidden, so drinkability is very good.

I don't know aboot this being a top choice for a Christmas brew, but it's very good. +$27 will me think twice aboot buying it again, though.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

For when the Christmas shopping has rendered you as indecisive as you could possible get. Sweet or sour? Rich or dry? wine or ale? savory or acidic? Malty or vinous? Fruity or spicy? Even through Krampus implies everything of what's "bah humbug" about the holiday season, this ale does the opposite- it gives you everything!

With a rich mauve hue, its pinkish, purple and golden color is laced with yeasty haze that seems to dance in a snow globe as the carbonation keeps the ale afloat. A creamy but light-statured head rises above the ale and retains most of the session with light speckled lace left behind.

Acidic notes tickle the nose with tinges of both dry white and red wines, light balsamic sour apples and under-ripened berries. But that sourish tone is counter to the sweet candied malt, mild honey and confectioner's sugar scent. Its vinous sweetness is counter-intuitive as ales usually prefer one or the other. Spicy coriander, white pepper and wood spice continue to entice and prod the olfactory senses with curiosity and intrigue.

Sure enough, the ale starts with a sweeter tone as the taste of powdered sugar, honey and sweet red wine align for a sweeter introduction to the taste buds. Short into the taste, the ale takes on a decisive wine-like taste, full of dry red grapes, near-balsamic sourness, tart apple, blackberry, plumb, cherry and blackcurrant in high Cabernet fashion. Its savory earthen properties offer up dates, prunes and raisins that seem to have been cognac-soaked before a richer, sweeter finish reveals a tinge of port and robust sherry.

Its feel is rich and creamy even though its acidity slices through the sweetness and breainess with ease. Its pepper effervescence highlights the ale's acidity and scrubs the palate lightly. Finishing peppery-tart and mildly tannin-like, an extension of fruit and sourness flutter lightly in aftertaste.

Its a sour without being too sour. Its malty without being too sweet. Its spicy without being hot. The ale is simply at the bull's eye for all the possible flavors that decorate the beer flavor wheel. Highly complex and rewarding- the ale is nearly as confusing to the palate as it is rewarding.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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Krampus from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 43 ratings