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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
91
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280 Ratings
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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 Holland
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: golden straw color with a thick white head that dissipates, leaving the beer half covered in thin bubbles.

S: slightly sweet, smells of lemon and tartness

T: a bit of the lemon and tartness up front, then the grains and slight sweetness hit, leaving me with a bread-like flavor in my mouth.

M: medium to high carbonation on a medium-light bodied beer means deliciousness for this style.

O: have heard great things about this, and it did not disappoint. Complexity and deliciousness are there, but it's not a regular buy at $9 for a 375 ml bottle.

Holland, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of fdig23
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the bottle. Gushes immediately after the cap is popped. Be careful with this one.

Appearance: Deep hazy orange with the biggest fluffiest white head I've ever seen.

Nose: Sharply acidic white grapes, fresh cracked black pepper, smooth vanilla, buttery croissaint, and good bit of funk.

Taste: Very vinous, like a nice dry Riesling. Taste isn't quite as complex as the nose. Plenty of grape, lemon, a hint of red wine vinegar, and a buttery, vanilla finish. The Duchessa contributes a bit of breadiness and barnyard. Can't help but think the saison only works to dull down the lambic.

Mouthfeel: nice and full all things considered.

Overall: It's like a Gueuze Lite. The sourness and lambic qualities are muted by the bready saison, which doesn't seem to contribute much flavor-wise. Instead you end up with a thirst-quenching and delicious mildly sour beauty.

fdig23, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of deschutes_fan
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

350mL Bottle poured into a bittercreek Teku

-Pours a golden hazy orange with WAY too much carbonation resulting in overflow... the foam tastes of sour deliciousness as I try to save some of the overflow. Foam is quite airy and aromatic, dissipating quickly.

- Smell is complex with a big sour nose at first followed by citrus and barnyard funk. Also can pick up some floral spiciness.

- A nice sour taste upfront, funky tart with lemon and orange citrus. Once the palate adapts to the sourness, I can really pick up on the saison characteristics with spicy floral notes and more citrus. Finish is dry, but not as dry as I was expecting with all the carbonation and sourness.

-Overall a nice sour-saison hybrid, which isn't shocking since they started with 1year old Cantillon lambic. Quite unique with good complexity, however, it is lacking if one is looking for a pure sour gueuze punch.

deschutes_fan, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of tmzl
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: (maybe some gushing at start - happens some times with saisons) Pours with thick, fizzy white head. Slow retention, mostly diminishing, leaves a very thin thick layer. Sticky fair lacing. Medium carbonation, colour is yellow wheat (with light orange hue). Cloudy as fck but the yellow is very intense and looks marvelous, very lively.

Smell: Consists of medium fresh lemony, citrus, wild berries sour and leathery funk. Freshness is very nice and the funk is low-medium, goes along, good balance. Hidden in the backbone lurks light sweetness and some floral notes.

Taste: Lemon, berries sour hits you first, continues with good medium-light funkiness. Just before it goes down there is a small spike of mushroom, wood, earthy tart. Medium sour and light brett funk stay with your at the end. Very light sweet backbone.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, high carbonation - but isn't annoying (bubbles small enough). Light, dry and fresh.

Overall: Great beer, if funk and sour please you - do yourself a favour and grab this one. Fresh and good balance.

tmzl, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

JakerLou, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of LCS46208
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

LCS46208, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

GreenMountainBoy, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Prospero, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of KirkFrancis
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

KirkFrancis, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of jtladner
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jtladner, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

MrVonzipper, May 09, 2013
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slow pour into a Saison Dupont tumbler glass, while listening to Sound Opinion's podcast and Wilco's new album.

A - A slow, lambic-style pour produced a huge, gushing fluffy head on top of a hazy straw colored head.

S - Crisp pale malt, snappy lemon zest sweetness and tight lime sourness take front seat in the aroma. Some slight toastiness, unami, and musty/dusty aromas provide some nice complexity.

T - Fun to see how the sourness and funk really go back and forth, competing for dominance on my palate. Plenty of sourness, with a fun underlining of mushroom and musty funk. Tart fruit (dried apricot, lemon candy) and slight nuttiness help balance out the funkier flavors. More body than expected.

O - Really fun blending of two distinct flavor profiles, both exciting and enjoyable. I can see lots of food possibilities here. I am really impressed by Birra del Borgo's ability to so expressively highlight the strong characteristics of both beers.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of ArtZan
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ArtZan, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of ib21
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ib21, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of OnryAndMean
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

OnryAndMean, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
Photo of WeisGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

WeisGuy, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of FUwolfpacker
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

FUwolfpacker, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ASUBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ASUBeer, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ystazi, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to stakem for hooking me up with this extra!

Opened with a 'pop' and a slow rush of foam in the bottle, but fortunately it was no gusher. Even a slow, steady pour filled the glass with foam, so I dumped some into a Del Borgo teku, and some into a vintage Cantillon lambic mug (#doubleproper), and let it settle for a few minutes, eventually combining the two. Fortunately, not a drop was lost.

Settling down revealed a slightly-hazy golden liquid with a head that eventually simmered to a thin layer of lasting bubbles. Aroma was pleasant and lemony, promises of light tartness, and earthy, grainy malts, with a bit of barnyard funk. This beer was much better than I expected. Moderate lacto-tartness right up front, lemon meringue, crisp saison grassiness, with an earthy finish, the tartness lingering on the tongue. Very nicely balanced in just about every aspect. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, drinkable to the point that I sad-faced once it was gone. I'd love to get more of this.

Rifugium, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of dcguitar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

dcguitar, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of allenson21
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

allenson21, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of scotv
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

scotv, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Beeradelphia
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Beeradelphia, Oct 24, 2012
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
91 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.