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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 53
Gots: 42 | 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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

corby112, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold w/ minimal head that gave off minor head that died quick w/ lace. Nose and taste are the same; semi-sweet w/ a good touch of fruit like citrus and tart cherry although not so much tartness in this at all. Easy to drink w/ a crisp finish.

clayrock81, Jul 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ElGallo, Nov 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

furthurgone, Jul 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BeerTrader57, Dec 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

samEBC, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Hands22
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hands22, Nov 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

IndyDad, Sep 16, 2013
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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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

olfolxholme, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

pmarlowe, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Guzzle_McBrew, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BartMcStout, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Kerrie, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

jfcaa193, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Cubatobaco, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

roblund, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MasterSki, Sep 17, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Kirk_Grant, Sep 07, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ATPete, Nov 01, 2009
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DoubleJ, May 10, 2010
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
92 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.