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Duchessa - Birra Del Borgo

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.13%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bishopdc0 on 08-22-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

cuy50, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of BKotch
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

BKotch, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another new beer at Liquor Shed.

A big foamer, once it settles down, I see a slightly hazy golden brew.

The smell has all sorts of things going on. Tropical fruit, banana, almost a barnyard aroma. Can I say sweet and sour?

It tastes like it smells. Tropical fruit both sweet and sour, earthy, and now peppery. So different but I like.

Medium body and carbonation.

As Sargeant Schultz would say, very interesting.

Bitterbill, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of factoide
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

factoide, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of JaimeLondon
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%

Italian saison made with farro (something similar to wheat).
It has a dim, hazy and a bit dark ocher color and a nice whitey foam that makes big bubbles.
Smell and taste are extremely malty with some sourness, combined with bitterness, in the end. Some fruit tones are present, specially peach. I also could feel some plum.
Earthy and spicy tones (some cloves, for example - and the easiest to distinguish) are present and gives a saison tone to the beer. Some wheat tones, combined to the spicy ones also gives a witbier sensation, I think that's really nice.
About the mouthfeel.. body and carbonation are at high level, there's a really small efervescence.
Yeah, this beer is nice. But I expected more...

JaimeLondon, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of chogm54
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

700ml bottle, poured into flute glass.

A- golden, pours a foamy white head about 1cm thick. Clear, but with many fine particles that remain suspended.

S- sweet malts with a hint of lemon.

T- earthy, grassy flavours and sweet malts with a sour tinge apparent the whole way through. There are strong sour citrus flavours coming in halfway through. More lime than lemon.


M- feels more heavy than it looks, lively carbonation, acidic finish.

O- zesty lively beer that would be great with food. It does feel a bit heavy though.

chogm54, Sep 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.1%

ThatsThatDude, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Johnct
4.08/5  rDev +14%

Johnct, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

BrazilianAussie, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ianjsullivan, Jul 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dcguitar, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Aaron_Kerkvliet, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

braican, Jun 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ystazi, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a golden-orange color with two fingers of thick white head. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon, herbal notes, fruit, yeast, and fresh earth.

Tasted of lemon, banana, black pepper, herbal notes, earth, and Belgian yeast.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

A very nice Saison from an unexpected place. Italy.

Monkeyknife, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml. bottle. Pours an amber peachy colour, with a standard head that doesn't hold for too long and leaves some lace. Smell of fruits, citrus, honey and herbs. Medium body, sticky and creamy palate. Taste of honey, fruits, sweet. Bought in Gourmet Cervezas.

janubio, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught in Open Baladin, Rome on 10th Dec 2013.

Almost clear pour, golden hue to it, on top a smooth white covering.

This was a little maltier and richer in texture than most Saison beers I've had, not that it's a big total of beers. This had those 'farmyard' esters and earthy features that summarize this style so well, so it wasn't a long way off the Belgian ones that I've had.

Different and after a Gose style beer in the same bar I was beginning to warm towards the Italian craft beer scene. This is a very pleasant brew and I'm really pleased I had a large glass full of it.

BlackHaddock, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%

ferrari29, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's not often you find a craft beer from Italy, a country renowned for it's red wine and, when it comes to beer, it's Lager. So it was even more of a surprise to find a Saison, one of the craftiest of craft ales in the local liquor emporium (also this is made from spelt - which is fairly unique). Birra del Borgo itself is based in Borgorose - a small village in the Rieti province nestled in the Apennine mountains, sounds like a pristine location for a brewery.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: The body presents an appealing cloudy sunburst with a very light chalky lace for a head.

S: Notes of pineapple, honey, grapefruit and a hint of guava give this brew quite a fruity/hoppy aroma for a Saison, which are generally more yeast heavy. There is a faint wisp of bread yeast in the background and the spelt (malt) base is in there somewhere. Expecting some Saison sour flavours.

T: Intriguing taste, sweet upfront and fruity as expected. The interesting part is that the sweetness is not as you would normally expect from a grain, and spelt is a different flavour to barley (which is the common brewers grain); it has a honey-rye sweetness. This is followed by the above mentioned tropical grapefruit hops and a slight sour yeast finish. This has a different after taste as well - a kind of cloying vinous note.

M: Body is medium and lightly carbonated, with an oily slickness to the mouthfeel.

D: Overall more interesting than expected, and easy to drink with enough different flavours to keep you going. That being said this does not taste like any other Saison I've had and to label it a Saison is misleading, it tastes more like an attempt at a Medieval ale with it's honeyed Mead flavour and use of an ancient grain, maybe it could be labelled a Braggot? Aside from that it's a pleasant excursion to Italy which I will be fond of taking again one day.

Food match: This brew conjured up an image of honey-roasted suckling pig, roasted fennel, potatoes and sweet potato. Of course a vegetarian version could be made with tofu turkey roasted with a honey glaze as well.

doktorhops, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Poupae, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, grape, apple, clove, pepper, bread, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, pepper, bread, light honey, clove, grass, floral, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, pepper, clove, light honey, grass, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with good flavor robustness and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice saison style. All around good balance and compexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy and fruity yeast as well as nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste seems to follow the smell, but is a little more complex and has more yeasty flavors along with initial bits of sweetness and hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer is interesting in its own regard, but seems to be a little maltier and heavier bodied compared to some other beers in the style. I would much prefer drinking this beer in the winter compared to the summer months.

metter98, Jul 04, 2013
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