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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
92
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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 55
Gots: 40 | 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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Reviews by seaoflament:
Photo of seaoflament
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shane for sharing this interesting beer this past weekend.

The beer poured a light amber hue with a few bubbles on top. Not much of a head to speak of but it's understandable with the young lambic that is used in this blend.

Nice tropical aroma upfront with notes of apricots, peaches, papaya, mango, and orange make up the first line of fruits. There is a leathery presence but it's a low profile. A bit of oak and vanilla with some citrus fruits make up the end half of the aroma. Tangy wheat later on and a bit of spices. It certainly has a presence of a cross/blend between a saison and lambic.

On first taste I get spices, wheat, and a dry brett flavor. The saison seems to have a stronger presence with a bit of funk in the background. Still feels like it's young in the bottle and could use some more time. Hardly any carbonation, quite still and somewhat thick at times but quite easy to drink

seaoflament, Nov 04, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of sweemzander
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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 braugon
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

braugon, May 16, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

tbryan5, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.4%

warnerry, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JakerLou, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small green bottle, large cap. Pours cloudy dark peach, delicate off white head, leaves fine blobs of lace. Complex nose, earthy, light barnyard, citrus, grape juice. Yummy creation, delicate, complex with notes of more light funk, Tropical fuits, lactose, brett, chunky/drying skunky hops..a lot going on here...all of it quite delicious...

Billolick, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of codysjb
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Chimay glass.
Gushes out of the bottle and pours a massive three or more knuckle head.
A: Huge head, golden color with some sediment in the beer.
S: Lambic and citrus with some wheat and a nice saison smell.
T: Funky, citrus, lemon, maybe some apple undertones. The whole thing feels like its midway between a limbic and a saison.
M: Some citrus, the limbic fills the mouth while the saison part takes a backseat.
O: Good, the cantillon stands out against the saison. Not something I’d seak out but certainly worth trying and buying again. B+ A- range.

codysjb, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Homebrew35
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a billowing 3 fingers worth of head in a medium size wine glass. Hazy pale straw color. Some lacing and good retention.

Smells lightly of lemony funk, some hay, and slight white vinegar. Not too strong or distinctive on the nose.

Tastes like fermented lemon mixed with some funk, very clean and refreshing. A medium sour character. Very clean in the sourness and ends quite clean with no substantial sourness.

Thin bodied and fairly prickly/spritzie on the palate.

Overall this is an entry level beer for sourness. A mildly complex with regards to flavors. This beer shines in its even, yet refined flavors. Concise and somewhat short. I prefer a bit more sourness and complexity in flavors. A bit pricy at $9 a 12% bottle.

Homebrew35, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of LCS46208
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

LCS46208, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

GreenMountainBoy, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Prospero, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of standardcherry
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color with a large, frothy white head. Lots of lacing and sediment.
S: The lambic funk takes over here. A bit of saison yeast spiciness and fruity/citrusy sweetness but a large part is funk. A bit of apricot/pear in there as well.
T: Not as funky as I expected. The balance is perfect between the lambic and the saison. Lots of lactic sourness, some yeasty breadiness, some sweet malts and finishes with lemons and dry tartness. Excellent.
M: Light/medium bodied but a bit overcarbonated. Extremely drinkable though, very refreshing.
O: Very impressive beer from these Italians! World-class, I would drink this every day if I could.

standardcherry, May 16, 2013
Photo of KirkFrancis
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

KirkFrancis, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jtladner, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Bizoneill
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bizoneill, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

stereosforgeeks, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If the appearance has anything to say for Duchessic, it makes a statement from the get-go, showing lots of depth and structure. The light yellow-tinted head sitting on this clouded dark gold brew grows to almost three fingers on the pour and retention is fantastic, as the creamy, thick and frothy pillow lays on top for awhile before becoming a heavy layer of foam. Lacing is in thick deposits before going patchy. If only it didn't fade afterward, this beer would likely have a perfect score. Floaties mix it up and then settle down, but can be swirled up along with the head as it sits.
The smell is lovely, showing the good aspects both of lambics and saisons, and it's a style combination that just seems natural. The funk is potent on the nose, horseblanket and wet hay all over the place without any rot to it; as "purely" as funk can be funky, it is. The earthy, dusty elements pull through nicely as well, with a light leafy and herbal quality and just a nip of spiciness in the back.
As can happen, something lightens and thins out a bit in the flavor. I get flashes of the funk I found in the aroma, but it comes and goes less consistently. Thus, the flavor is good but not quite on par with the smell. Most of the dustiness forms the foundational element of this beer's flavor. It does a good job of avoiding metallic qualities or the wet cardboard taste that can sometimes sneak in.
The feel offers a crisp note underneath with a moderate smoothness in a light-medium body with a carbonation that's just right.

Brenden, Aug 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

JasonSiedman, Sep 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

MrVonzipper, May 09, 2013
Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Griffith, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShogoKawada for this one. Poured from a 375mL green bottle into my Drie Fonteinen tumbler.

Cloudy orange peel body with a lasting small seashell head. Nice thick lacing too.

The aroma reveals an acidic funk from Brett. coupled to a sweet sourdough starter yeast scent. Floral and tart.

I'm guessing pilsner malt as there is a slight lagerish note tied to the acidity - thankfully this is absorbed by white pepper, chamomile, and bread from the yeast and a faint cellar note from the lambic. Asian pear mid-palate. Hops contribute a light bitterness which works well with the acidity and earthiness of the finish. An interesting blend, but the lambic and the saison maintain their individuality rather than synergize.

Nice pillowy body - medium but refreshing. I'm guessing the spelt adds some depth to the feel. Good solid carbonation.

Very refreshing with a brisk minerality. Just enough funk to keep you from guzzling, but this is a great ale to open after working in the sun for a while...

augustgarage, Feb 19, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

13esd, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Gonzoillini, Mar 08, 2013
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Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
92 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.