Birrificio Del Ducato

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Birrificio Del Ducato
Belgian Dark Strong Ale
Ranked #119
Ranked #18,941
3.84 | pDev: 9.11%
Oct 29, 2022
May 08, 2009
Very Good
Notes: Friar’s robe brown colour. Hints of caramel, fruit in alcohol (pear and cherry), with a subtle roasted hint. Warm, dry and complex.
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Rated: 4.19 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by igl from Russian Federation

May 08, 2017
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Reviewed by TH28 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
330ml bottle. No noticeable production dating. Appearance: Dark brown with a touch of ruby red, murky, with minimal khaki colored head that disappears immediately. Aroma: Malty, mostly toasted malt with a touch of caramel. Light sugary dark fruit, most noticeably plum. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, with toasted bread and caramel notes. Dark fruitiness shows up on the back of the palate, plum and prune like with a lot of residual sugar. A lot of sweetness on the swallow. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation and a light alcohol warmth that is smooth. Finish: Finishes with plum fruit and sugar. Some toasted malt retronasally. Overall: A solid quad, noticeable lower in intensity and easier drinking than the more renowned versions. Maltiness is noticeably toasty, and the fruitiness is restrained. While this may not rate up with the best quads, I prefer it’s overall balance and drinkability to most.
Oct 30, 2016
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Reviewed by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, clear reddish honey brown with a thin cap of tan head that leaves distant snowcapped mountain range lace as it recedes. Lots of little floaties.

Smells of toffee pudding, caramel, candied plum and raisin, browning apple, mild vanilla extract, faint alcohol and earthy, leafy hops.

Tastes of caramel apple, more sugary dried dark fruit, gooey toffee pudding, dried vanilla and more faint hops.

Feels surprisingly light. Medium bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes mildly sweet.

Verdict: Highly recommended. I bought this on a whim and I can't read Italian, so I didn't really know what I was getting into. By those standards, it is very good.
Oct 14, 2016
Rated: 4.4 by ScottL1966 from North Carolina

Aug 04, 2016
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Reviewed by JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a partially clear-hazy dark yellow-red tinged brown hue almost like a strong iced tea. Tops of with a bubbly off-white head that dissipates a bit quickly to a small ring of bubbles with fair lacing.

Aromatics: I get a few scents that all seem to appear simultaneously - the wine-vinegar smell and hits of apricot and yeast to me are more identifiable than some of the more subtle notes - perhaps roasted plums and toffee malts.

Taste: It is unique combination of fruitiness with the plum family being most prominent, mixed with earthy hops which is smoothed out by the sweet toffee malts.

Feel: Smooth and silky medium body with gentle carbonation. The finish is relatively dry with little of the hops bitterness left behind

Overall: Loved it. It has a unique set of characteristics that I found very appealing - from its unique bottle design, to its poured appearance and its flavour finish, it’s composition definitely has it on my “buy again” list.
Jun 28, 2016
Rated: 3.89 by kwolf23 from Texas

Feb 17, 2016
Rated: 3.73 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Oct 18, 2015
Rated: 4 by NateF90 from Connecticut

Aug 24, 2015
Rated: 3.89 by Saviour from Russian Federation

Aug 14, 2015
Rated: 4.19 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Jun 22, 2015
Rated: 3.16 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

May 23, 2015
Rated: 3.18 by kiki3drt292 from California

May 23, 2015
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
marked all the way down to $4.99, hard to pass up a beer from these guys at that price. its one of their least impressive offerings, but its still tasty, its just the least different, or the most familiar, you get it. the yeast i think is whats lacking for me. i really like the grain build, the mouthfeel, the complexion of the beer as a whole, but the yeast, i always expect a lot from the italian producers on the yeast front, and its not really happening here. the weird thing is for me, it doesnt even have a belgian yeast in it, i dont think, the yeast is like, irrelevant. very uncommon in italian beer in my experience to have a dull yeast. as a result, the beer feels sweet and a little heavy, which is not to say i dislike it, but that it could be a lot more fun. that said, its probably a little old given the markdown, so im not too upset. well worth 5 bucks, i really have enjoyed experimenting with ducato stuff lately. golden raisins and burnt sugar and butterscotch is what i taste the most here, all pleasant enough, but not quite exciting enough to really get me moving.
May 12, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by MattMorin from Illinois

May 04, 2015
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Reviewed by Svingjo from Canada (BC)

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This pours a nice dark brown colour with a tan head that reaches loonie/twoonie sized proportions and sticks around for a while. The nose presents a caramel toffee toasted malt smell, along with a plum and raisins. Kind of reminds me of Christmas plum pudding. The taste presents some of the same flavours but with an earthiness and dates coming to the forefront. I do get a bit of alcohol heat, but given that it's ABV is 8.0% it's not as much as you may expect. The carbonation is mouth filling permeates the tongue. I like this style of sipping Belgian Ales and enjoyed this beverage.
Dec 22, 2014
Rated: 4 by hoppecatania from Italy

Sep 04, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by HopStoopid120 from Connecticut

Feb 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Peter1977 from Massachusetts

Dec 19, 2013
Rated: 4 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

Nov 29, 2013
Rated: 4 by mrfrancis from Kentucky

Jun 18, 2013
Rated: 4 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

May 26, 2013
Rated: 4 by Liquoric3 from Germany

Apr 14, 2013
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Reviewed by OF001 from Canada (BC)

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
330 mL btl. poured into a tulip. Served at 7C.

Dark earthy, chocolaty hazy chestnut brown pour with a huge, limitless head that is unrefined, huge bubbles that leave gaps in some spots and tight and controlled in others.

Roasty well rounded nose. Caramel and separate residual sugars with plums, dark candied dates and raisins in suryp. hints of spice.

Sweet, caramel and toffee with both deep dark stewed/dried fruit and balanced top end citrus notes that is lightly tart. Balance! Smooth rummy raisin and plums; sweet earthy bread filled with dates and figs. Bright but slightly muted lemon peel and lime on top. Malty, but plays a secondary role to the fruit. Balanced woody/hop finish with a mild lingering of residual sugars

Smooth while the carbonation gives some body without being frothy and lifts the citrus nots above the malty sugar depths. Layers the flavour profile perfectly.

WOW! this is the perfect example of a beer whose total is greater than the sum of its parts. Incredibly balance of fruit, both high and low. The low individual rating do it no justice, but I can't give it a 5 as an overall to balance its real value. shame.
Dec 25, 2012
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
330ml half-sized champers-style bottle, day 23 of the 2012 Craft Beer Advent calendar.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark bronzed amber hue, with three fingers of tight, densely packed foamy beige head, which leaves some scattered eroded hoodoo lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel/toffee malt, warming vanilla, black fruit - some cherry and plum notes - a mild earthy yeastiness, and some musty, leafy hops. The taste is more fruity upfront, the plums being joined by some overripe pears, black currants, and softly musty dates, the caramel malt taking a backseat, but still prominent enough, with a soft sourness lingering on the back end amongst some quite faint earthy hops. Very little alcohol heat is apparent throughout.

The carbonation is more than a tad frothy, but generally well-behaved, the body medium in weight, but sporting an airy quality that results in a pervasive thinness, and detracts from an otherwise poised smoothness. It finishes off-dry, bordering on sweet, the complex fruitiness and subdued caramel malt persisting, the yeast flaring up a bit, and the hops assuming a plain, hopeful drying role.

A decent strong Belgian-styled dark ale, the fruitiness well rendered, and weirdly balanced, even though there seems to be little present in the way of natural offsets. Anyway, this is rather agreeable, and nicely warming - in my veins, as opposed to in my gullet, always a plus.
Dec 24, 2012
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Reviewed by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
330ml teardrop bottle poured into tulip 27/9/12

A gusher, light brown with a large 3 fingers of noisy foam that falls quickly like cola and leaves a single patch of lace

S Christmas cake and raisin toast, spices and plums, smells like someone baking goodies, just a little booze and sweet burnt sugars

T spices are stronger but the plums a little sour, not as nice as the nose, just a little cardboard or wet wood

M not as thick as I would guess but there’s enough carbonation too give it some life, sweet spicy finish and just a little heat

O The booze is fairly well concealed but missing a little something, reminds me of a heavily spiced Dubble

Ok beer but a slight let down, something’s not quite doing it for me. Perhaps one of the more expensive brews in my Advent Calendar and with it not bringing up the average it’s a little disappointing
Sep 28, 2012
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Reviewed by drpimento from Wisconsin

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Interesting beer. Poured perhaps a touch cold, with a small to medium sized, cream-colored head that soon settles to some swirls and a ring with a tiny bit of lace. Color is a cloudy brown amber opaque in the wider parts of the glass. Aroma is a muted combo of malt, fruit, apricots, plums, yeast, wine. Flavor is a blend of those qualities with interesting interplay between sweet and carbonic tang being slightly more dominant than bitter. Very rich. Body is big, but the sweet, tang and bitter create high points that along with its richness make it a little overpowering. Carbonation is good taken alone. Finish is medium in length. No alcohol warmth. One and done.
May 30, 2012
Rated: 4 by capuozzo84 from New York

May 21, 2012
Rated: 3 by TimH

May 19, 2012
Rated: 3.25 by PeteRiz from Connecticut

Apr 06, 2012
Rated: 3 by chrispoint from Connecticut

Feb 19, 2012
Rated: 4 by JAHMUR from Connecticut

Nov 14, 2011
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
With the first sniff of the glass and the most supple of sips, immediate comparisons to Rochefort 10 and Malheur 12 come to mind. No doubt this is a very, very good beer!

Dark, rich, and creamy, the beer appeals to the eye with a chessnut colored pour and medium haze. A fluid and froathy head of slightly tanned foam proves very sticky and long lasting. Islands of foam clings to the glass as the beer fades into memeory.

Succulent, effortless, and with elegant complexity, the well rounded nose starts with a creamy confectioner's sugar-type sweetness with embedded esters of grape, dates, figs, plumbs, and red grapes- all leading to a deep aroma that's somewhat beer and somewhat wine. Low on spice and low on hops, this beer doesn't need them; the fruity malty richness carries through the nose.

Flavors are even more supple and smooth than aromas suggest. Malty rich with sweet breads and sugar cookie dough with light earthy bitterness in balance. Rummy alcohols reinforce the sweet and bitter interplay and give strenth to all flavors involved. Fruity throughout with plumbs, grapes, figs, and other stone fruits for a somewhat fruitcake-like roundenss. Background notes of chocolate, medium toast, and pecans all weave into the varying flavor spread.

Creamy and rich to the palate without any approach of cloying sweetness. The balance of sugary feel to warm and dry alcohols allow for a malty-dry finish with a linger of both fruit and malt.

A delicious beer throughout for an effortless nightcap of sweetness, elegance, and masculinity.
Oct 14, 2011
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Reviewed by kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: 1.5 finger off white, rapidly dissipating head, Brown and hazy with yellow hues.

S: Dark fruit and vinegar. Apricot notes.

T: Sour and tart with a vinegar backbone. Molasses, dark malt and dark fruit intermixed.

M: High carbonation and medium body. semi-dry finish.

Overall: This one took a few sips to get used too. A little strange overall and definitly unique.
Oct 01, 2011
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Reviewed by nickfl from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A - It pours with one finger of medium tan foam on a hazy, dark brown body. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Dark, fruity malt with notes of plum, black cherry, and currants. Some caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Tart fruit and dark, sugary malt up front. More dark fruit appears in the middle with cherries and currants. Darker caramel and molasses creep up in the finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - For a strong, borderline sour Belgianish beer, this is surprisingly drinkable. The fruit and light sourness go well together while the sugar keeps it balanced and prevents the tartness from dominating.
Sep 30, 2011
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Reviewed by BeerNemesis from New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Chimera | 330 ml. | 8.0% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Birrificio Del Ducato
Style: Belgian Dark Ale
Glass: wine glass

Silky mahogany body with a quickly receding head.

Caramel, figs, pineapple

Brown sugar, caramel, pineapple, figs, golden raisins, light toasted malt body. Hint of hops on the finish.

Silky but also a bit anemic.

A nice Dark Ale, sweet, but tempered.

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: ?
Served: June 28, 2011

Price = $9.99 at Whole Foods (NYC)
Jun 29, 2011
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer poured out as a hazy brown color with a nice light tan head. As the head settles the lacing sticks really well to the glass. The smell of some sweet dark fruits and a bit of yeast on the nose. The taste is lightly toasted with some dark fruity flavors. The flavors are very good in the beer. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy and has a pretty good carbonation. Overall I really liked this beer quite a bit.
Jun 26, 2011
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: The beer is hazy brown in color and poured with a thin beige head that quickly dissipated, leaving delicate lacing behind.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and notes of caramel in the nose.
T: The taste is slightly sweet with flavors of caramel malts in the initial taste and plums towards the finish. Any traces of alcohol and bitterness are well hidden.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. The finish has a hint of dryness.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because it isn’t as full bodied compared to other beers in the style.
May 15, 2011
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Reviewed by StevenBilodeau from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
So I had this brew with some co-workers after we closed shoppe.
We split the beer between 4 people, in small plastic tasting cups.

Chimera poured into my cup a dark amber brown. It poured as creamy white head, that left decent retention and lacing.

The ale smelled of sweet dried fruits, date like. It also had a lingering sourness similar to green apple. Crisp fruit notes as well.

The flavors are malty..and sweet, caramel notes, sour tart notes, almost reminds me of a Belgian Sour, but much more milder.

The percent is good, and subtle on your mouth. It is hard to tell that this beer is anything above 6ABV, but 8...

This is a good beer, I will have it again.
May 02, 2011
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Reviewed by Derek from Canada (BC)

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Hazy brown, off-white head, thin ring of retention leaves some lace.

S: Figs, candied pineapple, maraschino cherries, cider, pear, treacle, light spice.

T: Figs, plums, golden raisins, maraschino cherries, candied pineapple, pear, cider, treacle, modest bitterness allows a light sweetness to come through.

M: Light residual sweetness with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: A nice drinker, plenty of flavour,but it doesn't seem as strong as it is.
Jan 20, 2011
Chimera from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 50 ratings