Duce | North Loop Brew Co

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Brewed by:
North Loop Brew Co
Minnesota, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lucid Duce is a full flavored, malt forward, red ale with robust caramel, vanilla, and biscuit flavor profiles. Duce, Italian for "duke", is a bold, powerful, ale for the winter season. Enjoy responsibly.

Added by morimech on 02-22-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 82
Reviews by BryanCarey:
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucid Duce pours to a dark copper hue with a nice, creamy, yet solid head of foam that lasts a while and leaves good lacing. The nose on this beer is one of bread, light spice, and vanilla, and it’s quite enticing.

This beer has a flavor that follows its nose, but it’s more intense. Flavors of bread and biscuits are most evident, but there are other great flavors to savor as well, such as caramel, some woodiness, a touch of pine, and a dash of cherries and citrus. The beer has a certain whiskey component to it, too, due to the aging in oak barrels. There is just a touch of alcohol in the finish, but it gets out of the way quickly, allowing you to savor the other complex flavors.

Duce is the first beer I have sampled from Lucid Brewing and I like what I have experienced so far. They really seem to have balanced out the flavors in this beer and I love the complexity and oak aging. This beer is definitely one I will try again when I can and I can’t wait to try more from this brewery. Cheers!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first taste of this Minnesota brew.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a lovely dark amber with only a little foam. The center pour leaves only a single finger of head that quickly dissipates, leaving a little spotty lacing and a dusting on top of the beer.

The smell is quite nice, although a little weak to my nose. There is the sweet malt and a little yeasty bread note, a hint of vanilla, and a slight, underlying and rather pleasant funkiness.

The taste is wonderful and more than I expected from the smell. The malt is right up front with a roasted sweetness and some hints of caramel. I also caught some oak hits early on as well as some of that nice yeastiness that I really enjoy. Then the hops come forward, a little pine and a little peppery. It finishes with a nice lingering bitter note and a little boozy dryness.

Overall, a really nice beer. I'm looking forward to drinking this one again. I just noticed the bottle says "oak aged." That makes sense given some of the nice flavors in this. Good stuff.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose is fairly mild with some spice, vanilla, biscuit, caramel, dried fruit. It pours a brilliant deep reddish amber under a 2" finely bubbled foam cap from a bomber bottle. The 12 ounce bottles have slightly less head. Big biscuit flavors, fruit, vanilla, caramel, alcohol and a hint of fig. there is a very slight tannic astringency on the finish. The hops and alcohol flavors join together to temper the rich malt flavors. The body is big - just a shade under chewy. I prefer it out of the bomber bottles - the carbonation is softer. The 12 oz. bottles are crisper and have a little bit of a bite. The tap version is somewhere in between. Big and bold, yet fairly well balanced.

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Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BigAl18
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MynamesRickJames
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

Pours a clear red color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down th glass.

For a label that claims is malt forward, I smell mostly hops. Citrus, pine, and herbal. Then I get the caramel from the malt. Not getting much of the oak in the aroma.

Nice caramel and bready flavor. The hops add nice complimentary flavor of citrus and pine. Mild oakiness and vanilla notes. Bitterness is low but enough to make this a nicely balanced beer. Finishes with just a touch of alcohol.

Lucid nailed the carbonation in this beer. So smooth and softly textured. Just wish the body was a little fuller.

The oak could of come out some more. Otherwise a very solid red ale bringing some good flavor.

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Photo of jduprey007
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of TooGood
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of CraigP83
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chocolate and caramel. Smooth. Dangerous

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikexw
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of SebD
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy copper/amber color to it. It has a nice thick tan head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramel, some toffee, light bready/toasty malts and faint herbal hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has caramel, toffee, some breadiness, toasty/buiscuity malts and light herbal hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by decent flavors and aromas.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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Duce from North Loop Brew Co
3.8 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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