L'Ultima Luna | Birrificio Del Ducato

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L'Ultima LunaL'Ultima Luna

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Birrificio Del Ducato

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Italian barleywine aged for nine months in Calvados barrels.

Added by Halcyondays on 05-08-2010

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Aged in wine barrels, and boy does it show. I’m extremely impressed by how much this drinks like a great wine, yet underwhelmed with the Barleywine base. Hard to rate because it gets the wine so right. Worth a pick-up.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beersnake1
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is aged for 18 months - just purchased at a shop in Zurich. No carbonation at all - no noise when the cap was popped. Pours dark brown. Nose is full of booze, nuts, cognac, raisins, caramel, plums, molasses. Taste is strong - lots of alcohol heat. The lack of carbonation is tough. I wish it had just a little bit. Feels like the flavors are muted because of this. Definitely sweet toffee, coffee, booze, nuts, bread, raisins. Mouthfeel is a bit dry an syrupy. Tough to drink a whole bottle, but definitely pretty good.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Beertemple, Amsterdam. Dark brown pour with no head. Notes of dried fruit, nuts, sherry and similar liquors, caramel and alcohol. Full bodied and flat, a bit too difficult to drink.

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Photo of Brewski
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzlyo
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Aroma is caramel/caramel malts, bourbon, fruit and a good hint of earthy/slightly dirty. The flavor is caramel, liquor, fruit and a very earthy/slightly dirty finish.

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Photo of McMatt7
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monketeeth
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

L- Muddy, reddish brown with little carbonation.
S- Heavy wine barrel aroma Calvados and dried fruit. Lots of alcohol present here.
T- Taste follows the nose with heavy wine and barrel flavor, light alcohol burn present. Some dried fruit on the back end. I feel like I'm drinking a glass of homemade Italian wine.
F- Flat, silky dryness. Sucks the moisture right out of your mouth.
O- This is a good beer, but not a great beer. The more you enjoy Italian homemade wine, the more that you will like this beer. May have been barreled a bit to long because the lack of any carbonation is offputting. A bit pricey for what you get but worth trying once.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of thegerm87
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Listed as L'Ultima Luna (Barrel-Aged) on-tap at Beer Temple, in Amsterdam.

L'Ultima Luna ("the last moon") is a dark and heavily concealed beer that offers only a sliver of ruby highlighting at the right angle. I'm sure time in the barrel had some influence in forging this shady, gloomy appearance. At 13% no one should be surprised by the absence of head.

The bar wasn't sure what barrels this particular offering was aged in. Apparently the original recipe is aged in red wine (Amarone della Valpolicella) barrels but a Calvados-aged version also exists. I'm pretty sure this is the former; I immediately noted dried fruits and port-like notes that are consistent with Amarone wines (which use partially dried grapes).

Like a cheater with perfume on his collar, this beer can't shake the smell of the wood it laid with for some 18 or so months. We know where it's been. As mentioned, there's lots of raisin and fortified wine character. The strength is also apparent from scent alone - this smells like something that will dehydrate you inside out.

Other flavours include figs, honey, apples, black licorice and plum pudding. It actually tastes like a tootsie-roll for adults. Or a Christmas cake. Either way, you get the idea: dried fruits, booze, and dark toffee. It's tasty but not necessarily enjoyable; esters are spicy and both raw wood and alcohol are plainly apparent. Two ounces would have been plenty.

Birrificio Del Ducato L'Ultima Luna is like a Ken Burns documentary: interesting (if not all that exciting), long and a little arduous to get through, and obviously painstaking to make. When it’s done you feel better for having experienced it but you wouldn’t care to do it again.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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L'Ultima Luna from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 45 ratings