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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.38%
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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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2012 04:59:29 | More by ElGallo
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furthurgone

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-12-2012 05:14:44 | More by furthurgone
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BeerTrader57

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-06-2013 02:35:17 | More by BeerTrader57
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-14-2013 21:27:59 | More by samEBC
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Hands22

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Served from a 12.7 oz bottle.

A- Gushed when I opened the bottle. Poured a golden, straw color with a huge, thick white head. Some lacing on the glass.

S- Great Brett aroma that comes off as barnyardy. The malt blends in nicely. Get some wheat most noticeably.

T- Tastes the same as the aroma with a nice, light tartness that is somewhat lemony. Finishes slightly dry.

M- Highly carbonated. Medium-light body.

O- An interesting blend. The lambic really adds great complexity and makes for a much better beer than Duchessa alone.

11-02-2011 01:21:31 | More by Hands22
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IndyDad

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-16-2013 13:40:20 | More by IndyDad
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olfolxholme

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-25-2013 04:08:20 | More by olfolxholme
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-23-2012 02:51:59 | More by t0rin0
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-03-2013 03:40:21 | More by pmarlowe
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Guzzle_McBrew

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-04-2014 19:57:05 | More by Guzzle_McBrew
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BartMcStout

Belgium

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-20-2013 20:13:57 | More by BartMcStout
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Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-01-2014 01:20:03 | More by Kerrie
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-17-2012 17:29:00 | More by jfcaa193
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Cubatobaco

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-10-2014 02:55:11 | More by Cubatobaco
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-22-2013 03:35:49 | More by XmnwildX12
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roblund

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-15-2013 14:18:46 | More by roblund
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

Purchased this on a whim at Crown Liquors in Carmel. Figured that anything containing Cantillon lambic was worth a try. The fill level on my bottle was right up to the cap, and when the cap came off we had a slow gusher. Served in a wine glass.

A - Big soapy foam that eventually settles to a thick, chunky, cap and leaves behind lots of lacework. The body is a hazy peach color.

S - Stone fruits, hay, floral and grassy, a touch of honey. This is definitely way on the Saison side as opposed to the lambic side, with only a bit of brett character present.

T - This is a musty Saison in the Fantôme vein. Grapeskins, peaches, light grain/wheat and pilsner malt? Hops (or something) provides hay and grass flavors. Not particularly sour, just very earthy and lightly funky and leathery.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium-light body. The finish is quite clean and leaves behind light residual stickiness.

D - This is quite easy to drink, and could serve as a less strong session alternate to Fantôme. I'd like to see the wild lambic flavors come out a bit more, but at nearly a year they're still quite muted. Probably should have had this before the Wadesda #1 instead of after.

09-17-2010 14:16:55 | More by MasterSki
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Kirk_Grant

Maine

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into a Tulip wine glass.

Color: Hazy pale amber with hints of yeast/sediment floating around in the glass.
Smell: Funk, sour, grapefruit, quince, fresh baked bread, and more citrus notes lift in again
Taste: This really is like a great blend of Saison and Lambic styles with notes of citrus, yellow apple, and quince on the palate.
Overall: An outstanding beer, and unlike anything I've had todate. It reminds me more of Lambic than anything else. Great acidity, nice lithe body, with a big head in the pour. However, at $10 for 11.1 oz. I can't see myself buying this again.

09-07-2013 00:00:52 | More by Kirk_Grant
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

375ml capped (re-sealable) champagne style half bottle

Looky what I have here, a collaboration brew of epic proportions. Though I added this beer as a Saison / Farmhouse it truly is a blend of Saison from Birra Del Borgo and 1 year old Lambic from the one and only Cantillon, safe to say I'm excited to try and very privileged to have acquired this one.

Duchessic Ale pours an orange hue that i have not yet seen in a glass of beer before, it appears to have a sandy texture, hundreds of tiny bubbles line the surface of the pour, minimal 'foam' to speak of. Very delicate to the nose, a mild looming funk, fresh wood, slightly vinous, white grape/apple juice, faint lemon/lime skin a definite sweetness and a touch of a fresh hop character. My only complaint, albeit a small one, is that the beer drinks basically flat, very still in the mouth, it adds unnecessary weight to the quaff and accents the sweetness a bit too much. Glad I have another to age, id be quite interested to see what this does with some time.

11-01-2009 19:35:49 | More by ATPete
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DoubleJ

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

From a bottle at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Sparkling pale yellow in color with almost no head on top. Great nose; it's tart, it's mellow, it's grape. Tasting it brough me back to elemenatry school; what stuck out the most was that fruit snack taste that I remember fondly. There's a little tartness, and a little bit of citrus peel noted. Light in the mouth, easy on the carbonation.

Less a saison and more lambic-like in my opinion. Regardless, it is worth trying out.

05-10-2010 01:32:30 | More by DoubleJ
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Purchased at Julio's. Unfortunately my botle promptly overflowed as soon as I cracked it resulting in a great loss.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip while overflowing. Pours a nice golden brown colour, like others have said much ike a light apple cider. There was a nice rocky head that slowly faded to leave a nice white blanket and average side lacing.

S - A nice mingling of the usual saison aromas (funky, citrus) and lambic ones (acid, vinegar, tartness). Pretty good.

T - The same, its a nice saison with good barnyard funk followed b some unplaceable fruit tartness. Apples perhaps? Maybe cherries, I dunno. Quite sour and tart, very tasty though.

M - Have to give it a low score considering that all the carbonation was lost when I cracked it resulting in an almost completely flat drink.

O - Overall, thoroughly enjoyed this beer. I'd love to have it again but bottles will always be nervous for me seeing how this one blew. Perhaps on tap, as this has many qualities that make this beer easy drinking and incredibly addictive.

09-26-2011 03:12:42 | More by rudzud
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

A: giant frothy white head that took a while to go down. Pale golden cloudy body.

S: yeast, pear, light strawberry, green apple and corriander.

T: very interesting beer which seems to get better the more you drink it. mildly tart citrus with mostly green apple coming through. herbal notes and club soda.

M: light body, very high carbonation. almost has a fine sediment to it. semi dry finish.

Overall: interesting beer. This combination compliments each other very well making a beer that only gets better as you drink it.

07-01-2012 00:24:20 | More by kylehay2004
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

33cl bottle from Nikki's, 10.49+tax. Poured into my new Chimay goblet.

A- A mild, slightly hazy rusty sunshine yellow with little to no head... expected as I poured this slow as to leave the yeast for the second pour. Nice, dense bubble formation at the edges... this beer looks tasty.

S- Interesting... the lambic is noticeable in the nose. Leather/wet-dog/medicinal funk smell. Cherry/pineapple/green apple sweetness.

T- Interesting. Hard funky first shot. Not nearly as sweet as the nose would suggest. Mild pear, a faint grassiness, and a sharpness from the funk which is quite tasty. WOW... 2nd pour with the yeast puts this one in another level. Funk and fruit are multiplied... tart apple is ever-so-fleeting. very tasty! This is an interesting blend... not in-your-face, but pretty tasty, indeed.

M- Sharp, drying, and really complex. Beyond my tongue, I think... but I know I enjoy it!

D- Moderate... tasty, interesting, and unique... a bit too expensive to have a couple of these, but I enjoyed this for sure!

11-26-2009 00:47:40 | More by ShogoKawada
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

12.7 ounce bottle, 07 2013 stamped on the back label (I guess that's the best by date). Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a couple inch frothy white head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells like peppery spice, lemon peel, pears, hay, wheat and some funk. It tastes like lemon peel, wheat, peppery spice, slightly tart lemons, apricots, white grapes and funk. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with high (a little bit too high for me) but soft carbonation. I think this is a good saison/lambic blend. It's pricey at $9.99 a bottle but I'd buy this brew again, I liked it.

12-02-2011 22:27:53 | More by bluejacket74
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

jleblanc was such a vociferous pimp of this beer that I had to grab a bottle.

Quite brilliantly clear, this beer is a gorgeous golden color with a dense white head with excellent retention and lacing. A steady stream of carbonation is visible.

The nose is quite saison-like with a rustic, barnyard aroma with a spicy character along with some honey and a mild floral character. I definitely do not get the gobs of horseblanket that some people allude to, this is still very saison-like, to the point that I wish I'd held onto it a longer. However, there is a definite Brett character to the nose, refreshingly so, mildly clove-like with some earthiness.

The palate opens with a delicious blend of dry, saison flavors and a wonderful Bretty character. Rustic and barnyardy with drying hay, spicy phenols, the pronounced Brett character does work well with base saison. The mid-palate is quite funky alongside which there's a combination of honey and a hibiscus-like floral character. Drying out on the finish with a earthy spiciness, this is quite delicious. Light in body with a moderately high level of carbonation, this is quite the treat on the palate. Thoroughly drinkable, I'll keep an eye out for this. My only complaint is the moderate bait-and-switch that this beer is. I've had many a Cantillon beer and this has nothing I really associate with one, this almost tastes like a good saison that's finished with an all-Brett beer.

02-17-2010 02:57:46 | More by DefenCorps
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
92 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.