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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
93
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242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 49
Gots: 36 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Dan (DSlim71) for this great beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours into my trusty tulip with a vibrant hazy golden color and three fingers of fluffy, slightly off white head. The head dissipates at a slow pace leaving fat chunky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Heavy and wonderful smelling barnyard funk. To be perfectly honest it smells like the JP yeast strain. Lemon zest, slight biscuty aroma, brett, wet hay, green apple, and apricots.

Taste – Awesome. Quite fruit forward with peaches and apricots which fade to a sharp lemon zest and white pepper. As previously mentioned, the “funk” from the beer is reminiscent of Jolly Pumpkin, meaning it is more tart/funky than sweet like other Saison’s. Spot on for the style I enjoy. I would love to have this side by side with Bam Biere no joke. The beer finishes up with a tartness after the midway wet hay and barnyard funk. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, spirited carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – I love this beer. A very pleasant surprise, and even a bigger pleasant surprise finding out it was blended with Cantillon. I will absolutely seek this beer out in the future. I am not sure if it is available on the shelves by me as I have never seen it, but I hope so. If not, ISO!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:35:53 | More by SpdKilz
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

11-10-2013 01:42:55 | More by WanderingFool
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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened Easter sunday and shared with my wife and brother-in-law.

This was a GUSHER! Open with cups ready!

Yellowy golden with a slight haze to it. Foamy fluffy 2.5 finger head. Great retention, and great lacing.
Dry malt, tartness, oak, and brett all coming through on the nose. Some lemony citrus and chalky wheat malt with a good dry tart finish. Light Cantillon funk and sourness on the finish.

Feels thin and airy-- it really works well on a 70 degree spring afternoon.

Overall-- I like it much better this time than the first time I had it... Perhaps bottle variation? In any case, I like this one. Would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 18:43:48 | More by AleWatcher
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

09-16-2013 00:10:41 | More by shigg85
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge hiss when opened. Slight gusher.

A - Hazy golden amber with a thin off white head.

S - Earthy, musty, wet hay, straw. As it warms I pick up a little green apple, lemon and funk.

T - Sweet wheat malt along with tart citrus. Sweet Tart candy flavor. Lemon, oak, wet hay. Very acidic, almost burned at times going down.

M - Well carbonated, maybe a tad bit over carbonated. Lively with a tart acidic bite.

D - A little disappointed with this one. Was hoping it would be a little more complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:07:42 | More by brewcrew76
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-03-2014 14:36:42 | More by ncstateplaya
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WeisGuy

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-05-2012 22:01:03 | More by muskiesman
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augustgarage

California

4.18/5  rDev 0%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 00:06:01 | More by augustgarage
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-08-2013 01:54:24 | More by cadaugherty
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Saw and the store and after seeing if was mixed with lambic from Cantillon, figured it was a safe-ish buy to try. Bottle gives a healthy "pop" when opened and pours a very heady slighlty cloudy orange amber color. The head is bone white and slowly settles. Spice, yeast, biscuit, and a slight lemon in the nose. Interesting. Lemon sour note up front followed by a drawn out saison/farmhouse floral, orange citrus, and belgian yeast flavor. Light mouthfeel. Some lace left on the glass. Overall, a nice beer. Refreshing. Wonder what some time on a bottle would do?

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 23:49:08 | More by kbutler1
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tbryan5

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

10-29-2013 02:55:39 | More by tbryan5
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DaveHack

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-31-2012 23:51:46 | More by DaveHack
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KVNBGRY

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

12-16-2013 14:58:22 | More by KVNBGRY
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the pour is amazing. poured into a drie fonteinen stemmed glass. cap pops and there is some gush. poured into glass where the head is thick and huge. takes forever to dissipate. slightly hazy body, very active.

very spicy and funky on the nose, slight hint of fresh young lambic or gueuze.

flavor is very interesting. loads of spice, funk, and floral notes. there is a complex blend of the above with some sweetness and lemon notes. and from that lemon, a bit of tartness.

very light and airy with a very moderate to active carbonation.

very interesting. not sure if this will develop over time, but great flavors. the hint of lambic really adds that extra dimension.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:12:10 | More by hooliganlife
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ystazi

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Vermont

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-27-2013 03:55:42 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

375 ml bottle, best-before date of 07/2013, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an inch of bubbly white head, very good retention and a lot of delicate lacing.

S- Loads of barnyard funk, some citrusy tartness and oak, also some brett and a bit of spice and fruit.

T- Big funky and spicy notes up front, a bit of earthy and musty flavors, along with some apple and pear fruitiness. Has a balanced lemony tartness and some oak/tannic flavor, which lingers into the finish.

M- Light-bodied, crisp and well-carbonated with a dry finish.

O- A really nice beer, the saison and lambic qualities work really well together, definitely worth picking up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 10:13:58 | More by WillCarrera
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 21 August 2012, reviewed from notes. Couldn't pass up a saison/lambic blend, especially one with Cantillon lambic. But we'll see how it is.

Looks clear coming out of the bottle, but in the glass it's a little hazy. Very orange color, one finger of white head, decent retention and lacing. Moderately attractive.

Smell is fantastic. The saison yeast, which is fantastically full and fruity, apricot-like, works really well with the light lemony sour of the lambic. The combination creates these layers of sweet-sour, acidic and fruity. I'm really digging it. Like a slightly sour, bretted saison.

Taste is good, with a lot of the same characteristics. But for some reason they clash more in the taste, where they were in such harmony in the smell. The saison feels spicier, and the acidity of the lambic is more pronounced, making for a much rougher-edged beer, spicy and sharp. Good, but not as stunning as the smell. Like a spicy acid-forward lambic, without depth or much to balance it.

Mouthfeel is on the flat side. I'd like more carbonation from these two styles, so that it bubbles up more. Lots of small bubble carbonation late, but it takes a long time for that to appear. Lasting finish, but what lasts is that slightly bitter, acidic sour.

Fantastic smell, but the rest of the beer doesn't hit the same level. In the smell, the sides of the lambic and saison that I really like pop out. In the taste, it's the other way around, with the parts I don't like coming through most clearly. The contrast is quite striking.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 02:49:05 | More by zeledonia
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rtepiak

Poland

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a saison with a low abv and a complex flavor that is a rather good study of grain. The better of the two i had that day. Said to be brewed on buckwheat... or was it spelt? Pour is cloudy golden with a nice white head that doesn't have as much stick as a bipa. Nose is saison funk wheat with sweet hints. Wheaty and mineral notes but not husky. Light clay marzipan... Light grass citrus. Interesting ester undertones that wouldn't be likely in something so low abv. Great summer sipper or gulper.

had it again about 2 weeks later at the birch bar in norfolk VA and it was even better. the best saison i've had this year. head on looked like dough and caulk. well sustained and creamy but not yeast and overwhelming.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2011 20:54:36 | More by rtepiak
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bauermj

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

01-17-2014 19:13:13 | More by bauermj
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CTJman

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-02-2013 23:28:39 | More by CTJman
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DovaliHops

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally opening this bottle. Pours a murky, golden color with some dark red floaties. This one is a bit of a gusher, but not too bad.Large white head that disappears quickly. Scent is definitely influenced by Cantillon. It is VERY funky with some queuze-like qualities. Pears and spices with some Belgian yeast. Hints of green apple. Amazing aroma on this. Taste is not as sour as the aroma was hinting. It is still as funky though. A ton of barnyard funk, which I love! Belgian yeast with pears and green apples. Some melon flavors too. Finishes slightly tart with some lemon and grass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, dry, and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very tasty beer. If this beer would have been thrown in a Fantome bottle, I wouldn't question the quality of Fantome. That is saying a lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 06:28:47 | More by DovaliHops
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-03-2013 03:40:21 | More by pmarlowe
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
93 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.