Bella Ciao – Le Trou du Diable (Shawinigan, QC, Canada)

Bella Ciao – Le Trou Du Diable in collaboration with Birrificio del Ducato, 5% ABV, 600ml., (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

Per onore di giustizia l’istinto travolge la prudenza. (To honor of Justice instinct overwhelms prudence.)

Bella Ciao is a collaborative beer resulting from the strong friendship and shared commitment of Trou du Diable and Italian brewery Del Ducato in fighting to re-establish beer’s status as a noble libation.

This hymn to resistance celebrates the virtues of a co fermentation of white and seasonal yeasts. The nose features strong aromas of lemon zest and spices dominated by crushed black pepper. The notably dry palate is rounded by a finish of gentle notes of oats and New Zealand hops, which reveal strong hints of citrus.”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, malted oat, malted wheat, hops, yeast.


  • Style: Saison
  • Taste: Dry grainy barley malt slight-banana lemony more dry hay medium bitter hop
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $8.70 (after 10% off) – 600ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good, but not super good

Visual: (Their own bottle for their brewery, raised lettering and devil on the bottom, odd size 600ml). Pours translucent bright straw yellow with a smallish head, spotty 1mm retention, very active fast streams all around.

Nose: lemony pineapple-banana wheat malt (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: tingly-full fizzy crisp bite, citrusy impression

Mid-palate: grainy-light barley malt, banana wheat malt, (lvl-2-sweetness), oat thickness, airy-bloatedness, lemon oils, slight black pepperiness

Finish: dry hay hopped medium bitter, mild pineapple wheat malt exhale

Summary: I can taste the quality in the mouthfeel and nuanced citrus hops and lively fermentation, but the dry grainy malt becomes tiresome 2/3rd’s through the bottle. Good, but not super good.

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #5 – Krampus Speciale (Sour Ale)

image

The Craft BeerAdvent Calendar 2014 Day #5

Krampus Speciale – Birrificio del Ducato, 7.0% ABV – 330ml., (Roncole Verdi di Busseto, Italy)

-Apparently this beer is only available in Canada via the BeerAdvent Calendar, lucky us! Now if only I liked it…

  • Style: Sour Ale/Wild Ale
  • Taste: Extremely sour tart vinegar red wine oak cherry pukey
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: only for sour lovers

Visual: Pours reddish brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention, scattered steady micro streams.

Nose: HUGE sour cherries, puke. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: extreme tartness, incoming sourness

Mid-palate: extreme puckering sourness! (lvl-3)-sweetness, (MAIN) red wine, vinegar, oak, cherry

Finish: light pukey aftertaste,

Summary: Knee-jerkingly, whiplashin’, scrunched-facingly sour; This one is not for those adverse to sour ales. Flavours aren’t bad, it’s just way too sour for me to enjoy properly.

Winterlude – Birrificio del Ducato (Italy)

Winterlude – Birrificio del Ducato, 8.8% ABV – 330cl, (Verdi di Busseto, Italy)

  • Style:Tripel
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: creamy -> orange/malt/yeast/wheat -> very crisp light bitterness
  • Where I got it: Legacy (?)
  • How much: ~$6, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours golden yellow-orange with a nice frothy head, lots of active CO2 streams. Medium malts on the nose. A super creamy mouthfeel upfront, transitions into flavours of malt, orange, honey, bread, wheat, light-bitter hops, light yeast, finishes lightly tingly, sweet (6/10), and a mild bitter finish with a crisp bite. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, excellent drinkability.

Nuova Mattina (New Morning) – Birrificio del Ducato (Italy)

Nuova Mattina (New Morning) – Birrificio del Ducato (Italy), 5.8% ABV – 330cl, (Verdi di Busseto, Italy)

from ratebeer.com:

“Dedicated to the beauty of a new spring morning with the first sun rays warming the blossoming flowers. Nuova Mattina pours a hazy orange color with a scent reminiscent of field flowers. A complex, intriguing, voluptuous and thirst quenching ale, a hopeful hymn to the day that lies ahead. Brewed with ginger, coriander, green pepper and chamomile”

  • Style: Saison
  • My Rating: B+
  • Taste Profile: ginger w/ light sweetness -> chamomile/tangerine -> off-dry light bitter hoppy finish
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek (?)
  • How much: $5, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: maybe, it’s interesting
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours golden orange with a nice foamy head, numerous slow-moving CO2 streams. Chamomile and a bit of orange on the nose. Light sweetness up front (3/10) balanced nicely with a silky creamy mouthfeel, tastes of ginger, chamomile, mint, malts, tangerine, and mild bitter finish with a bit of peppery bite. Medium complexity, medium depth, excellent transitions, great carry, fantastic drinkability.

VIÆMILIA – Birrificio del Ducato (Italy)

VIÆMILIA – Birrificio del Ducato, 5.0% ABV – 330ml, (Roncole Verdi di Busseto (PR), Italy)

from ratebeer.com:

“Viaemilia is a distinctive pils, strong golden color with a tendency to a green shade, dry and strongly characterized by floral aromas coming from the hop variety Hallertau Mittelfrueh. One of the best pilsners in Italy.”

  • Style: Classic German Pilsner
  • World Beer Cup 2010 Kellerbier Silver Award
  • My Rating: B
  • Taste Profile: light malts/hops/yeast -> medium sweetness -> lemon/orange citrus -> crisp bitter finish
  • Where I got it: W.16th
  • How much: ~$5, 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours slightly cloudy amber-yellow with very sizable thick foamy head, lots of slow-moving CO2 streams. Light malts and lemon on the nose. Sharp fizziness up front, light malts and hops and yeast up front, a very soft and gentle bitterness (2/10), ultra-creamy mouthfeel, subtle orange-lemon in the background, medium sweetness (6/10), finishes crisp with a lingering light-medium bitterness (4/10). Medium complexity, med-high depth, great transitions, good carry, great drinkability.