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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
93
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246 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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timc13

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-30-2013 20:02:57 | More by timc13
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-29-2013 18:02:32 | More by Bizoneill
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-24-2013 23:27:47 | More by warnerry
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BartMcStout

Belgium

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-20-2013 20:13:57 | More by BartMcStout
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

08-18-2013 05:20:45 | More by eawolff99
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev -4.3%

08-14-2013 21:27:59 | More by samEBC
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml into a 3F taster.

A: Pours a hazy orange-gold with a spongy white head and thick sheets of lacing.

S: Characteristic musty Cantillon funk and sparkling minerality, dried peach, vanilla, sourdough, honeysuckle.

T: The lambic pushes forward in the blend, with a moderate dry tartness up front. Oaky, pressed grapes, slightly phenolic edge, stone fruit and lightly sweet grain, very dry and a bit floral in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with zingy carbonation.

O: This is very nice. I was expecting more sweetness given the saison in the blend, but this is very dry. Certainly not a bad thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:39:25 | More by Etan
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JustinMatthew

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +19.6%

08-11-2013 04:30:44 | More by JustinMatthew
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ib21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

07-20-2013 18:22:34 | More by ib21
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bird22

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-17-2013 06:10:15 | More by bird22
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drz955

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-16-2013 01:32:35 | More by drz955
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

06-09-2013 01:07:16 | More by rolltide8425
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

06-01-2013 13:48:02 | More by thegerm87
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yankeepride

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very cloudy/hazy golden color, with a thick pillowy head and clingy rows of bubbles that hang off the inside of the glass. Has a musty, dusty smell initially, but as the bubbles fade away and it sits in the glass a bit, the lambic becomes the dominant smell. It's really an interesting beer with a lot of depth. Every mouthful has a transition from a light, bubbly saison-standard wet-wheat taste into a clean, very-slightly sour and then leaving a mouth-coating gritty and and musty trailer that has the -very- faint note of wild cherry skins. Overall for its style, it would appear to be world-class in hitting its mark, just not a flavor profile that would have me coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 02:45:38 | More by yankeepride
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stiv

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

05-29-2013 01:06:56 | More by stiv
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-21-2013 20:20:54 | More by drummermattie02
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color with a large, frothy white head. Lots of lacing and sediment.
S: The lambic funk takes over here. A bit of saison yeast spiciness and fruity/citrusy sweetness but a large part is funk. A bit of apricot/pear in there as well.
T: Not as funky as I expected. The balance is perfect between the lambic and the saison. Lots of lactic sourness, some yeasty breadiness, some sweet malts and finishes with lemons and dry tartness. Excellent.
M: Light/medium bodied but a bit overcarbonated. Extremely drinkable though, very refreshing.
O: Very impressive beer from these Italians! World-class, I would drink this every day if I could.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 05:59:27 | More by standardcherry
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-12-2013 06:36:42 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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MrVonzipper

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

05-09-2013 09:23:38 | More by MrVonzipper
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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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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-30-2013 23:59:08 | More by largadeer
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before shimmying down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy, resilient lacing. Tiny specs of sediment in the body stick to the glass.

S- Funky saison yeast aroma upfront with some fruit sweetness in the back that has a hint of vinegar. A great blend of two distinct aromas. A bit effervescent.

T- More tart than expected at first but then the yeast funk swings in to round things out and finishes sweet. Slightly Bretty with some green olive notes that linger. I like the way the lemony citrus flavors bounce off the funk and then back to the sweet fruit. Very complex and enticing of more sips. Hint of soap flavor.

M- Moderate amount of tartness with a relatively moist feel for the style. Medium carbonation and a body that's on the lighter side.

O- Wonderful blend of two styles. Absolutely worth the ten bucks spent.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 01:36:54 | More by Immortale25
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.51/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my duvel tulip

A _ pours a very inviting cloudy copper colour with a huge white foamy head that stays the course and laces.

S - Big yeasty aromas with cirtus ,spice, apple. Authentice Belgian with a twist

T - Up front plenty of spicy malt, followed by citrus, yeast and a nice aniseed finish. This is a very silky saison

M - Medium to full body with low carbonation the overall mouthfell id very smooth indeed.

O - Probably the best saison that i have had to date other than the Fantome Ghost

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 13:04:05 | More by eric5bellies
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to merc for sharing, duchessa + 1yr lambic

The beer pours a cloudy golden yellow/orange with 1/2 an inch of white head that fades quickly. There is some lurking sediment as well. The nose is reminiscent of a mild gueuze with a funky/skunky sweet citrusy aroma. It drinks more tamely with a delicious citrusy saison base enhanced by a reserved funk. It's a relatively medium bodied, funky, tart, with a semi-dry finish. It's definitely a beer worth drinking, but for the slap in the face price tag (which I thankfully didn't pay), I don't think I will repeat anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 21:52:36 | More by ThePorterSorter
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davey101

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oddly shaped 11.1 oz bottle into a HF wine glass. This is the newer 2013 batch that was just released. Opens up with little drama but even with a slow pour this beer foams out of control. The beer violently bubbles as the foam rises up and over the glass. Takes a solid five minutes for it to even become drinkable. Loads of sticky lacing and everlasting retention. The body of the beer is a hazy orange/amber body.

S - Mostly saison notes of pear, apple, lemons, grass, and some Belgian yeast esters. A very faint musk lingers on the end of the nose that almost resembles white wine and leather.

T - Fruity and vibrant; pear and apple juice with some grass and doughy yeast. A sharp acidity cuts through and provides some much needed balance. Some lactic smoothness on the finish with little funk or musk. Mouth feel is full and creamy yet spritzy and refreshing.

O - A really fantastic saison with just enough lambic notes to make it unique. I could drink gallons of this, its very refreshing and delicious. The only draw back is the lack of availability and the high price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 05:51:37 | More by davey101
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
93 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.