Duchessa - Birra Del Borgo
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4/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
03-12-2014 19:39:57 | More by Monkeyknife
3/5 rDev -17.1%
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.
02-15-2014 19:10:44 | More by janubio
United Kingdom (England)
3.49/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
01-08-2014 14:54:02 | More by BlackHaddock
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-19-2013 02:21:48 | More by doktorhops
3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
09-07-2013 05:12:08 | More by superspak
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
07-04-2013 02:05:56 | More by metter98
3.96/5 rDev +9.4%
A - an amber gold brown, sort of brown colour, quite hazy with a fair bit of suspended yeast. Lacing is quite slight on this.
S - lots of lemon and rich herbal yeasty character, caramel malt, slight nutiness, really aromatic and rich.
T - smooth dry yeast with some hay and lemony citrus, some honey and good complexity, end is dry and full, has a pretty decent malty body but also a complex floral and yeasty notes with some herbal esters.
M - moderate bodied and and tasty, with good soft carbonation, refreshing with a long aftertaste.
A quite tasty and full saison that drinks nicely with decent complexity, unique beer with an interesting array of herbal, grassy, and floral character, finish is a bit cloying and long but otherwise a tasty beer.
07-01-2013 16:31:20 | More by mick303
4.51/5 rDev +24.6%
Imported from Italy… in my suitcase. Zing!
Bottle says its best before 3/2015—I’m assuming this means it was brewed March 2013? At two months out it pours a light straw-golden color with a good cap of creamy foam. There a spicy aroma to this beauty, with some faint Brett-notes. It’s peppery with floral characteristics and a pleasing floral note that comes through. I found it to taste similar, with a pepper-spice zing upfront and a dry yet floral finish. A tasty, tasty Italian take on the saison.
05-21-2013 07:14:48 | More by elNopalero
3.55/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a pale straw-gold colour, massive haze through the body, almost opaque. Head is white, foamy, retaining really nice and thick. Looks like a great saison.
Smells very Belgian. Lots of spicy phenols, with a touch of barnyard funk. Heavy on the yeast but still smells a bit more on the side of Belgian Pale than Saison, could use more of that organic funk character and a bit more freshness.
Taste is a little sweet. Quite malty with a touch of banana as well. A little bit of funk towards the back and some light spice esters. Little bit phenolic on the finish but not really enough to tame the sweetness. Ironically after the nose the palate needs more of those Belgian phenols to ground it. Or more funk.
A little bit of bite from the carbonation; good enough body.
Not a bad beer but nothing spesh and a bit lacking in the saison stakes. More organic funk and possible tang would amp it up big time.
02-08-2013 05:24:29 | More by laituegonflable
Duchessa from Birra Del Borgo
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