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Duchessic Ale - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

264 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 264
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%

one heck of a great beer here, sour and funky, really intensely carbonated, drinkable, and fancy. hazy yeast heavy straw color with a massive champagne style white head, comprised of massive bubbles, looks more like the play place at mcdonalds than a brew, serious huge bubbles. the nose is prickly, ticklish I should say, tart yeast and wheat malt, than cantillon in this is evident from the outset. light though, not a big heavy beer, this is a drinker. notes of cut hay, fresh chopped wood, white wheat malt, and summery sour yeast all assault the palate. its an onslaught mostly because of the feel, which is maybe the most carbonated beer ever, and it works perfectly with the sour flavors, its a total rush. not overly sour, not at all acidic, this is like a table sour or something, a beer to be consumed frequently in decent volume. I wish I had more of this, I was very very impressed. Italy has some great stuff, its just really hard to find.

StonedTrippin, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Tittles
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Tittles, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of drgonzo2k2
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

drgonzo2k2, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Jaru1026
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Jaru1026, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Great looking honey dark orange body with hints of lemon yellow color. Opaque. Head forms very foamy with bubble bath retention and large size. Great even pinhead bubbles throughout while forming an easy four fingers, with meringue and shampoo like whipped top. Always gets repopulated with thin white carbonation on the sides and matching middle carbonation in the middle. Great looking brew.

Nice mild brett and herbal and floral sensations. Warm earth and moderate funk, with not much acid hinting but just a touch. Very garden smelling with hints of brett and spicy yeast qualities. Real nice bouquet.

First sip has a real nice tart flavor in the mid palate, bringing a mix of lots of hot brett. Giant funk and lots of numbing and pepper sensations on the finish, almost novocaine numbing. Light bread malts seem to give a honey mild backbone to this, with some floral qualities. Sharp and stinging but very lingering finish. Carbonation is quite good with very noticeably almost prickly character, but not too large.

This reminds me a bit of Orval, but with a finish that's a little bit more jarring. Quite a nice beer very much enjoyed it.

smakawhat, Sep 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

scotv, Sep 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

allenson21, Sep 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

MaseFace, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of james582
4/5  rDev -3.6%

james582, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of ASUBeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

ASUBeer, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of IndyDad
4/5  rDev -3.6%

IndyDad, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

shigg85, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of smutty33
4/5  rDev -3.6%

smutty33, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Hallertau
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Hallertau, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured into a Tulip wine glass.

Color: Hazy pale amber with hints of yeast/sediment floating around in the glass.
Smell: Funk, sour, grapefruit, quince, fresh baked bread, and more citrus notes lift in again
Taste: This really is like a great blend of Saison and Lambic styles with notes of citrus, yellow apple, and quince on the palate.
Overall: An outstanding beer, and unlike anything I've had todate. It reminds me more of Lambic than anything else. Great acidity, nice lithe body, with a big head in the pour. However, at $10 for 11.1 oz. I can't see myself buying this again.

Kirk_Grant, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -3.6%

reinheitsgematt hooked this up tonight at an impromptu Labor Day BBQ... Thanks Matt!! This was never on my radar.

Pours a crystal clear light golden with a sudsy white head... small drapes of lacing.

Nose is light spiciness punctuated by a good earthy funk.. the lambic is definitely present.

Flavor has a bit of fruitiness that reminds me of fermented out apricot or possibly green apple... dry grassy lawn clippings.. but the funk comes in swinging and doesn't die back.. well done.

Light body with a good carbonation.

Matt gave this to me blind... I guessed it was a very old Saison Brett... Good guess I think. Thanks again buddy!!

4's across the board.

JohnGalt1, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of CTJman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

CTJman, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of MRsojourner
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%

hazy and dark gold in appearance with a super lively head as the bottle overflowed when i opened it- beware!
aroma is of hay and straw and a little bit musty and leathery as well.
taste is rather juicy like tangerines mixed with a touch of tartness and a lil bit of acidity. very little hop bitterness and whatever is there is just used to balance out the malts. i would dare to say that there might be some sort of citrus hops used in the flavor dept.
dry mouth feel that leaves the palate wanting more.
to bad i dont have more this, it was gone to soon
it taste like a tank7 mixed with a lambic

MRsojourner, Sep 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

timc13, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Bizoneill, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

warnerry, Aug 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BartMcStout, Aug 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

eawolff99, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

samEBC, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

Etan, Aug 13, 2013
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
92 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.