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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:
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 -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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ferrari29

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to stakem for hooking me up with this extra!

Opened with a 'pop' and a slow rush of foam in the bottle, but fortunately it was no gusher. Even a slow, steady pour filled the glass with foam, so I dumped some into a Del Borgo teku, and some into a vintage Cantillon lambic mug (#doubleproper), and let it settle for a few minutes, eventually combining the two. Fortunately, not a drop was lost.

Settling down revealed a slightly-hazy golden liquid with a head that eventually simmered to a thin layer of lasting bubbles. Aroma was pleasant and lemony, promises of light tartness, and earthy, grainy malts, with a bit of barnyard funk. This beer was much better than I expected. Moderate lacto-tartness right up front, lemon meringue, crisp saison grassiness, with an earthy finish, the tartness lingering on the tongue. Very nicely balanced in just about every aspect. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body, drinkable to the point that I sad-faced once it was gone. I'd love to get more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 23:56:15 | More by Rifugium
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Georgia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Florida

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Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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New York

4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Vermont

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
93 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.