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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 53
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A sort of "collaboration beer" with the famous Belgian brewery Brasserie Cantillon: an interesting experiment on the world of spontaneous fermentation. Our classic Duchess - Spelt beer - is was cut with a 20% of Cantillon lambic aged one year. The result is a unique beer that blends in an extraordinary way the characteristic acidity and roughness of lambic with delicate and gentle notes of the Duchess.

(Beer added by: ATPete on 11-01-2009)
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Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375mL bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden apricot color. Produced some solid white froth with great retention and lacing.

(S)- An insanely inviting aroma of acidic oak funk meets dry lemon peel and apple. Its very very dry, but very very awesome. Subtle Brett bits.

(T)- Again, a Brett-like funky dryness meets subtle acidity with lemon. Finishes slightly yeasty with bits of ever so slight sweet apple.

(M)- A lively carbonation level. This has a great balance of dry funky oak, acidic lemon, and a subtle yeasty sweet finish.

(O)- The lambic influence in this is obvious, but it really adds a dynamic layer of funk and acidity to the base overall. Fantastic beer. This bottle has obviously had some time on it at the time of purchase due to how faded the label appeared.

sweemzander, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of parris
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

parris, Sunday at 05:14 PM
Photo of Rekrule
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%

Rekrule, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Horbar, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Petegrieco
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Petegrieco, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of cjgiant
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked L83713 (I think):
Nice off yellow (tan to orange side), cloudy. A LOT of champagne-like head in pour, reduces to foamy, lace-producing white head that covers surface. Nose is very funky to me. Wood, definitely aged and perhaps rotting, a touch of sour milk tartness, Belgian yeast notes, bit if farmhouse scents as well.

Taste starts tart, with a decent amount if carbonation right up front. The tartness is pretty subdued, but lemon/lime perhaps, but really combined with a cheesy funky aspect. He carbonation plays a part in the feel throughout the taste. I can't quite decide what the tart/funk combo produces, but it seems light-tart in nature, Granny Smith apple-like. I feel a bit rambling, but it's an interesting beer.

Overall, this beer seems a bit overpriced. It's not bad, but add that it's an import, apparently (given BA rating), has Cantillon related to it, etc, and the price is jacked up, perhaps. If it weren't a special occasion, probably wouldn't have tried it. Actually glad I did, so if you have a chance, think you might enjoy it based On your preferences, and have some $$ in your pocket, give it a whirl.

cjgiant, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5.3% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, funk, earth, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, funk, apple skin, earth, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between the base beer and the lambic addition blended in.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

spycow, Oct 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ArtZan, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

ShanePB, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of markgugs
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

markgugs, Oct 05, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

jjdc, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Oct 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tom10101, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of bcoyle
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bcoyle, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of random846
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

random846, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of MrDarcy
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

MrDarcy, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

GRG1313, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jimdrinksbeer, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev -3.6%

tykechandler, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Opens with a loud hiss but not gushing. Pours a clear golden color with a 4-5 finger white frothy head that doesn't recede (4)

S- Definitely get the spelt and lambic which blend nicely together with the lambic adding just a touch of funkiness to the spelt. Backround aromas of clean saison yeast, light spices that blend with the spelt, and a clean profile. Nicely done (4.25)

T- Spelt and lambic again intertwine nicely. Flavors of spelt, hints of peppercorn, light lambic funk, saison yeast, and clean profile come out. The lambic blends nicely, a little bit of age might not hurt to let it come out a bit more too (4)

M- Very fizzy and highly carbonated, light and very drinkable, finishes a bit on the dry side. I suggest letting this sit for about 10-15 minutes to let the fizziness settle a bit (3.5)

O- This was a nice beer that I'm glad I picked up a bottle of. My only complaint was that it was a little bit overcarbonated, but that was solved by letting it sit for 10-15 minutes to settle. Might be worth aging this for a bit to let the lambic come out a little bit more, but it's drinking fairly well right now (4)

jaasen64, Sep 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.8%

ThatsThatDude, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Prospero, Aug 27, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Chingringo, Aug 26, 2014
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Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
91 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.