Birrificio del Ducato L’Ultima Luna beer

Birrificio del Ducato L’Ultima Luna

Barley Wine · 13.0% ABV · ~370 calories

Birrificio del Ducato (Duvel Moorgat) · Verdi di Busseto (PR)


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Beer Description

Barley wine of great character, matured for 18 months in French oak barrels used to age wine Amarone della Valpolicella.

A Barley Wine aged 18 months in French oak wine barrels previously used for Amarone della Valpolicella wine.

Of intense coppery color with red highlights, the nose is extraordinarily rich and complex, gives off aromas of red fruit (cherries and currants) and vanilla, with hints of underbrush and reminiscences vinous. The taste is warm, full-bodied and with no carbonation. A beer beyond preconceptions and stereotypes, dedicated to the man of tomorrow.
The Last Moon is the beer I designed to celebrate the birth of my first son, Matthew. I remember that during the months of waiting I thought long to beer that I would dedicate, I wanted it to be deep, complex, evocative, and that could be allocated for long aging. I decided to use barrels used for Amarone (one of my first loves in the wine), but filled only 2/3 of their volume, so as to promote the oxidation of the beer with the air (a tribute to my past in Andalusia, the oxidized wines of a land in which I left a piece of heart). The beer (if so you can still call) was originally meant to age 9 months, but with experience I realized that the minimum age for this beer is 18 months. On the label there are quotes from Dali and Saint-Exupéry, the image of the child who raises surreally the sea is a clear reference to Matthew. What fascinates me in this beer is the exceptional complexity of tertiary aromas (leather, cheese rind, madeira, wood, toasted almonds) data from oxidation, one thing I like to do is to leave open bottles and drink them after about 3 months to raise the level of enjoyment.

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