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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

265 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%
Wants: 53
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

jnardone235, Jan 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

ferrari29, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ncstateplaya, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Rifugium, Jan 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

DerrickW, Dec 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

KVNBGRY, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Lovely85, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

nickfl, Dec 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

ali1987, Dec 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

oglmcdgl, Dec 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BeerTrader57, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

bcp5296d, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

iatethecloudsfor, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

PalatePilot, Nov 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

FUwolfpacker, Nov 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

WanderingFool, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ubufan2112, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

strongaf, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

tbryan5, Oct 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

olfolxholme, Oct 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

firesrage, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of kbrown
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A 101 Beer Kitchen September beer club selection.

Appearance- Gold color, mostly clear with plenty of carbonation. 2 Finger high white foam head holding steady a few minutes in.

Smell- Invitingly sour citrus fruit aroma.

Taste- Textbook tart flavor. A nice blend of fruits. Tough to distinguish fruit separately.

Moutfeel- Sharp at the front and very bubbly. Too effervescent? Refreshing though.

Overall- A textbook sour taste although listed as a saison. Good, but not as distinct or outstanding as a Duchesse De Bourgogne any of the Cascade sours that I've had.

kbrown, Oct 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

HeadyTheElder, Oct 09, 2013
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
92 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.