Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 56
Gots: 42 | 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.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of suspect
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Founders brewing snifter. Thanks to Jon for sharing.

A: Hazy, opaque faded golden color. Neat pour leads to a thin white ring of fizz that fades immediately leaving whisps. No lacing.

S: Yeasty up front with funk. I can almost smell the carbonation. A bit of smarties is picked up in the nose as well.

T: Taste is mild but good. Funky barnyard flavors, touch of mold and grain.

M: A touch overcarbonated but fizzy and crisp.

O: A good beer, definitely a lambic vs. a farmhouse ale but it's good. Glad to have tried it.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Beermongers in Portland, OR. Brought back to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Uncaps with a massive fizz, but fortunately no foaming. Pours a lovely bright yellow-golden colour, very cloudy, but pleasantly light-bodied. Head is a smooth, egg-white sheen across the top of the glass. Some patchy, streaking lace. Looks pretty good.

I immediately get coconut on the nose, but it has an odd greenness to it, perhaps like coconut water, or the coconut that would lace a Thai stir-fry—because under it is layers of biting acid and mild astringency, that suggest citrus pith, plantain and an almost pine or cedar wood character. Wowee. This is expressive and exciting stuff.

Taste is also extremely good. There's not the mouth-ripping acidity of a straight Cantillon lambic, but it plays along with the other characters, suggesting that it could destroy your mouth if it wanted to: it's just that right now, it's feeling generous.Instead, we get a lovely buoyancy of mild citrus along with more oaky coconut, pithy greens, a touch of white grape juice, with a faintly fruity freshness to finish with. Wow. This is exceptionally good.

Feel is clean, but very, very smooth. It creates yet another wonderful balm to the acidity.

This is a truly wonderful beer, but it's unsurprising given the two breweries who gave birth to it. Birra del Borgo are now well on-top when it comes to Italian craft beer for me, this being just another in a great line of good beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Homebrew35
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a billowing 3 fingers worth of head in a medium size wine glass. Hazy pale straw color. Some lacing and good retention.

Smells lightly of lemony funk, some hay, and slight white vinegar. Not too strong or distinctive on the nose.

Tastes like fermented lemon mixed with some funk, very clean and refreshing. A medium sour character. Very clean in the sourness and ends quite clean with no substantial sourness.

Thin bodied and fairly prickly/spritzie on the palate.

Overall this is an entry level beer for sourness. A mildly complex with regards to flavors. This beer shines in its even, yet refined flavors. Concise and somewhat short. I prefer a bit more sourness and complexity in flavors. A bit pricy at $9 a 12% bottle.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of ADZA
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As soon as this brewery started hitting our shores there was three beers from these guys that ive always wanted to try this is the last one on my list and pours a hazed golden yellow hue which leaves a fluffy three finger head and lacing everywhere.

The smell is pineapple,bubble gum,barnhouse funk,sherbet,candy and fresh fruit.

On taste you can taste the two beers blending together with hints of pineapple,guava,lemon sherbet,blood oranges,candy and finished with a sour funky dryness that makes you want another sip straight away.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and tart with moderate carbonation.

Overall its nice and the blend works,would age well and will buy again cheers.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy medium orange color with a tinge of pink I think. There's a finger and a half of a billowy white head.

The aroma is earthy, with some musky hay notes, mild tart fruit notes and some yeasty esters.

Taste is Slightly tart, with some earthy yeast tones, spices, musk, hay and a hint of fruitiness.

The feel is lighter in body, somewhat crisp with a good carbonation level.

It's more of a milder gueuze cuz I don't get much of the farmhouse quality, but it's still an interesting and refreshing brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Photo of zeledonia
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
92 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.