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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 53
Gots: 41 | FT: 2
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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fdig23

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

03-06-2013 04:22:22 | More by fdig23
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deschutes_fan

Idaho

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

10-08-2013 02:54:12 | More by deschutes_fan
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tmzl

Slovenia

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

01-28-2014 08:50:23 | More by tmzl
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-17-2014 21:34:56 | More by JakerLou
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LCS46208

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-08-2014 00:55:52 | More by LCS46208
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GreenMountainBoy

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-05-2012 16:17:01 | More by GreenMountainBoy
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-27-2014 18:34:31 | More by Prospero
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KirkFrancis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-23-2014 23:08:31 | More by KirkFrancis
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jtladner

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-08-2014 02:27:29 | More by jtladner
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-09-2013 09:23:38 | More by MrVonzipper
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SammyDavisJrJrJr

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

10-19-2011 02:31:55 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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ib21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-20-2013 18:22:34 | More by ib21
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OnryAndMean

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-11-2014 18:50:35 | More by OnryAndMean
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-30-2013 23:59:08 | More by largadeer
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WeisGuy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-15-2014 02:26:16 | More by WeisGuy
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-16-2013 04:21:20 | More by FUwolfpacker
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-20-2013 00:16:12 | More by ASUBeer
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ystazi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-20-2014 20:30:23 | More by ystazi
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

01-02-2014 23:56:15 | More by Rifugium
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dcguitar

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-20-2014 14:53:18 | More by dcguitar
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allenson21

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-28-2013 00:01:54 | More by allenson21
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scotv

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

09-28-2013 00:59:35 | More by scotv
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Beeradelphia

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-24-2012 04:02:33 | More by Beeradelphia
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

07-17-2014 13:11:26 | More by sweemzander
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-08-2013 01:54:24 | More by cadaugherty
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
92 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.