La Luna Rossa | Birrificio Del Ducato

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Birrificio Del Ducato

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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I think that in the life of every brewer exists a particular moment that makes him proud and satisfied with his work: for me this time comes during the blend of La Luna Rossa. Maybe because it is the beer that it takes more time before leaving the brewery, or maybe for a certain analogy with the trade of enologist, it is always very emotional when myself and Luca (a solid presence at the brewery) find ourselves between sour splashes and leftover pieces of fruit that remind me the “visciole” (morello cherry) my grandfather used to eat while playng cards. It starts with an acidic base that has made at least 2 years of mixed fermentations (conducted mainly by lactic, acetic bacteria and brettanomyces) which have at least 6 months macerated cherries and sour cherries, blend with a small part of chimera and some young beer; the blend is put in numbered bottles indicating the year of the cuvée, which refined further 12 months before selling.

La Luna Rossa is like a kriek on the basis flemish red, has an extraordinary complexity associated with a wonderful elegance, for lovers of the genre is definitely one of those beers that you find it difficult to forget.

- Giovanni

In the glass, to the nose and in the mouth …

Born from the blend about different beers, some of them aged in barrels until 2 years with the addition morello and marasca cherries. Intense amber colour with ruby reflections, extraordinary aromatic complexity: fruity aromas (marasca and morello cherries in the first place), accompanied by subtle ethereal notes and sublime acetic hints and lactic acid, as well as shades of oxidized malts. In the mouth it is tasty, large, persistent, and ends with a magnificent and uplifting acidity.

Added by aasher on 09-29-2011

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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of Kilonad
1.75/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into a tulip, produced no head to speak of.

It's got a nose of sour cherries and incontinence (yes, it really does smell like a day-old pee-soaked adult diaper).

The taste is strongly sour and funky, with notes of sour cherry, but mostly just sour pee.

It looks alright, but this was a drainpour. I like a good lambic and a good sour, but this was way beyond anything I've ever tried before. Worst beer I've ever tried.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
2.55/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Brondeau
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This was gross. 2011 cuvée. Bottle 1372/2000. Wanted to try something different at the store. My first real sour beer and I am not impressed. People drink this by choice? Ugh.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of LonePeakHomeBrewery
3.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was able to buy six different beers from Birrificio Del Ducato the La Luma Rossa (Cuvée 2012) was the second of the six we have tried. Like the first we tried Chrysoplis this one also had a turpentine flavor that over shadowed the taste. Being from 2012 my feeling is that the beer did not age well.

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Photo of BdM
3.05/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Docrock
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Alx99
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 3/13/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a medium pinkish white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains tart cherries and grapes, very light caramelized malts and wild Belgian yeast.

T: The taste starts out very tart with strong flavors of cherries and grapes making it very wine-like. The malt character is thin and there is no hops presence. Neither is there much balance. The after-taste is tart.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer considering its target niche but overall my options would have to be quite limited for me to choose it.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.44/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, suspended sediment body, brown-amber gradient body.

Nose is serious, serious funk. Like, it's a commitment to enjoy this smell. It's... not particularly pleasant.

Taste has a powerful tartness, citrusy, traces of cherry.

Mouthfeel is relatively thinner, not heavily carbonated.

Good but I wouldn't necessarily seek it out. It's quite funky.

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Photo of Juuroumaru
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice hazy red at the center with light orange tint around the edge. Very appealing to the eye
S- Soft cherry vinagar.
T- Lightly sour with not much cherry to be found.
M- very smooth almost like wine with slight tannins
O- easy to drink definately worth a try.

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Photo of Beeridizer
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

I keep trying sour beers, i am not a fan but for the category this one is a nice change of pace.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Wayne17
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roguer
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Pours no head; some light bubbles on the top from a vigorous pour. Brew is a reddish, dark brown, and murky.

Vinegar, funk, and cherries carry the aroma, in that order of strength. A little vanilla and oak as it warms. A musky, sweet aroma comes out as it warms, as well, not unlike wet dog.

Very tart and sour, with a lot of fruit carrying the back-end, vinegar up forward, and oak in the middle. Funky notes throughout. Cherry pits and grass.

An absolutely flat beer; no carbonation. This seems to be normal. It also makes it feel wrong in your mouth. It's not silky smooth like a cask beer; it feels dead.

Great aroma, and an interesting flavor profile. Definitely a big-time sour. I personally do not like the flat mouthfeel, but if you can bear with it a few sips, you'll adjust, and the flavor is worth it.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cuvée 2011, Bottle #1736/2000

Brown body with some reddish highlights. Lots of barrel, cherries, and balsamic vinegar on the nose. Not a lot of room for much else to poke through. Very intense vinegar aroma. Cherries up front with oak and balsamic carrying you through the finish. Little bit of sweetness from the cherries peeks out and then gets pushed out of the way by a wave of sourness. No carbonation whatsoever. This is a bold sour that lacks complexity; very much a vinegar bomb.

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Photo of bobhits
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A slightly nutty finish, cherry perhaps as well, sour of course. Cherries dominate the fruit bill. A good bit of funk at the start. Some nice yeast character.

The color is murky and kinda ugly, the carbonation isn't great. A lot of haze.

Overall I really like this one, REALLY like this one.

Sadly the BA overall score sucks here due to the look and smell scores being low. Still I stand by this is great beer, and looks don't matter at all and the smell well it need more but it isn't a negative. This is a 4.15-4.3 by a reasonable scoring system.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting aroma, light funk and fruit, chestnut. Pours medium brown coloured body with absolutely not head. Bottled in 2009, bought through private Quebec order. Very light cherry taste, a little fruit sugar,a little sour edge nothing too sour. otherwise very balanced and nice.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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La Luna Rossa from Birrificio Del Ducato
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 125 ratings