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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.61%
Wants: 49
Gots: 36 | 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.

(Beer added by: ATPete on 11-01-2009)
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furthurgone

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-07-2012 21:01:46 | More by TheoV
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-20-2012 07:20:05 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-15-2012 00:39:22 | More by PeteRiz
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.9/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer! Poured at a good temperature with an enormous, fluffy, frothy, foamy, off-white, billowy head that very slowly settled and loads of sticky lace. Color is a very slightly hazy amber with many bubble trails. Aroma is yeast, citrus and pears, malt, crackers. Flavors very close to nose, ever so slightly sweet, great bitter and carbonic tang balance. Body and carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor with a neat slight sweetness up front and astringency in back, fairly long, and drinkable for a tart brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 23:05:09 | More by drpimento
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

06-04-2012 01:40:02 | More by Elfastball7
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DenverLogan

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden with some particulates...small lingering head. Funky fruit and wine flavor...sweet malts in arom and taste. Dry, grapefruit, sweet malt...fun and tasty with who knows what Cantillon influence...ayieee! Big carbonation and sweet tasty goodness....overall nice brew!!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 01:55:49 | More by DenverLogan
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dojii54


4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-26-2012 17:08:08 | More by dojii54
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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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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-11-2012 03:38:26 | More by thewimperoo
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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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whartontallboy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

04-06-2012 20:08:47 | More by whartontallboy
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emerge077

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served at 55º into a tulip glass. Back label stamped 07 2013.
Sharp hiss and an erupting violent gush... should've chilled it overnight, lost 1/3 of the bottle >_>

Murky and opaque pastel orange, with a dense, charged head of soapy white foam. In the meniscus of the glass was a miniature galaxy of suspended sediment. Arcs of sticky lace adhere to the glass as the beer is sipped. Swirling the glass quickly regenerates an inch of dense white foam.

Initial smell was of acidic bile, and a bit rank to be honest. Later it became less harsh, more sweet and tempered with notes of wet hay.

Sweet and tart citrus flavors, dry oak tannins in the finish. Peach or lemon-lime SweeTarts candy wafers. Lots of acidity and very effervescent, almost overly so. Some wet hay and gauze from the Brett yeast. There's a fine line of balance to walk here, and it seems slightly out of harmony here. Lacks complexity also, and comes across like middle of the road wild ales from the US.

Maybe if it was chilled overnight and settled, it would make a slight difference, but for the price, give me Cantillon anyday. Doesn't really seem to be much of an innovation, was hoping for more, especially with Cantillon involved.

Review #2400

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 03:03:51 | More by emerge077
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

375ml bottle into a Cantillon tumbler. Slow gusher here when chilled, borderline explosive when warmer.  The brew is a hazy golden with rich bubby froth nearly 4 fingers strong despite a careful pour. Patches of lace stick all over the glass.

The smell of this brew is strongly reminescent of Cantillon sourness. Some mild oak scent of funk. Lemony lacto is quite bold. Some earthy quality of saison yeast notes almost with a yogurt aspect run all through the back with an increased focus on grain as it gets warmer.

The taste is yogurt like creamy yeast. Some saison like spice of clove sits overtop barnyard straw grain and must. Very fruity with tart lemon, pear, apple hints. Mild alcohol warmth and spice from the saison yeast. That Cantillon inclusion is quite pronounced in thus offering,

This is a medium to light bodied brew an effervescent level of carbonation. It is light, refreshing and super easy drinking. Amazing offering here that is a hybrid of saison and lambic with more of a focus on the later. I'm sure this brew will be met with mixed opinions but overall this was fantastic. Can't believe I haven't heard anything about this brew prior to trying it. Get some of this ASAP, its awesome and sure to develop into something even more enjoyable down the road.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 13:49:38 | More by stakem
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.3%

04-01-2012 14:46:11 | More by orangesol
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Archemedies

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-26-2012 01:22:59 | More by Archemedies
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pohldogg356

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

03-13-2012 12:10:25 | More by pohldogg356
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-12-2012 21:49:03 | More by DSlim71
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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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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

We got a gusher a little here. Lots of white head. Color is a hazed bright golden orange.

Aroma: Lots of funk and citrus flavor. The cantillon flavors are there. Green apples and lemon citrus. Old cobweb. Fruity and funky. Very nice.

Taste: A nice amount of saison funk and spice. Green apples, lemon citrus and some other juicy fruits. Basement must and cobweb. A great saison flavor mixed with some nice lambic. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Tart and smooth. A little bubbly. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a great saison, and I am not just saying that because it is made with Loon Lambic. It is a great saison with an additional layer. Very drinkable. I highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:17:04 | More by mothman
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

03-04-2012 01:12:02 | More by denimdemon
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a hill Farmstead Tulip/wine glass. Review#1300.

Duchessic has a hiss when popped. The liquid looks esquisite, a nice hue of orange with some darker amber spots on the edge. A nice bright white bubbled foam that clang to the glass. A lot of active carb seen. Small sediment floating.

Smell is pretty bold and very earthy with a floral and mineral scent. Some scents of lemon with some of that acidic gueuze thrown in. Some apple skin and coriander. Very floral forward. A very nice smeller, that builds over time.

This is very exciting stuff, the lambic addition does not overpower the saison at all. A big farmhouse character, floral notes, mineral flavors, some apple and earthy appeal. Some weird spice flavor and coriander. The lambic gives off a slight pucker without being acidic.

Feel is pretty much perfect. A light saison with a slight twang to it. Packs a punch up front than whimpers off in a good way, with a small aftertaste. Carb is perky and not bitey. Not acidic, not sour, lightly tart. A nice mix.

Pretty good stuff here, it is interesting. I would give it a go again. A floral saison with a twist of small citrus and twang.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:48:59 | More by BARFLYB
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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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alalvarez75

New York

5/5  rDev +19.6%

02-10-2012 15:56:41 | More by alalvarez75
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
93 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.