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Duchessa - Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
82
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%
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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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.4/5  rDev -33.7%

375ml foiled and capped bottle shared by schen9303. Poured into a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a nice 1.5 finger frothy white head with good retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick. Attractive.

Nose is surprisingly citrusy. Lemon tartness, straw, and juicy fruit gum. Not what I normally expect from a saison, but tempting nonetheless.

Opens sweet corn sugar, citrus, wet straw, and cobwebs. Very odd and very sweet. Some herbal notes towards the middle. End is sweet and more corn sugar. Finishes sweet with a weird adjunct-y aftertaste. Very odd and not to style... no in a good way either.

Light bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and oily in the mouth and somewhat watery going down. Finishes oily with a quiet aftertaste. Not to style. No life and not enough carbonation.

Perhaps I don't understand this beer but from a style standpoint, it completely fails. Feel is not lively and there's a complete lack of saison-funk character in the taste, replaced instead by an adjunct-like sweetness. I won't revisit this one.

09-17-2011 02:00:56 | More by SpeedwayJim
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MaineMike

Maine

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

12-18-2011 01:06:36 | More by MaineMike
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janubio

Spain

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
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-13-2012 06:14:44 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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majcher33


3/5  rDev -17.1%

05-09-2012 07:10:17 | More by majcher33
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

Smart champagne shaped bottle. Delirium Tremens Snifter glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. -funny no-planned tasting session in good company at the Freiburg-. Golden amber color. Chill haze appearance. White froth. Brief crown. Floral fragrances, intense cinnamon, nutmeg & spiced hues, hay & cereal notes to the nose. Flavors shown sweet malty backbone, subtle sourness, raw grains, yeast & slightly lemony. Spicy touch. Low bitterness. Light to medium body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Slightly sweet finish & subtle resins on the aftertaste.

08-01-2012 01:12:04 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

01-11-2013 18:02:28 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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drgarage

California

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

375ml bottle

A: Cloudy, yellow-orange. Comes out hypercarbonated (yep, a gusher). Giant, egg-shaped head, with huge elliptical bubbles like you see on freshly fermenting beer. Once it settles down, virtually no head. But the color is nice.

S: Fairly typical farmhouse funk with a hint of spice on the nose. Smells cloudy, if that makes sense.

T: Complex farmhouse with a lot of layers. Coriander on the finish and a little bit of sourdough. Easily the strength of the beer.

M: Nearly flat, given the gushing earlier. Basically a good saison body gone a little bad.

O: I assume I got a below-par bottle here. Given how much I loved the My Antonia from Borgo, I would still recommend trying anything they make. This one I would approach with caution, particularly if you're not a saison-lover.

02-03-2012 05:14:33 | More by drgarage
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

On-tap at the Italian SpecTapular festival held at the Local Taphouse in Sydney.

Pours an opaque yellow colour, with huge hazing to the body. Weight is very light, not unexpected for the style. Head is a pocked, but firm white, that leaves some patchy sheets of lacing. Looks pretty good.

Nose is bright and slightly piquant with coconut, brusque funk and a vegetative aroma like frozen peas. This melds with some other sweeter characters like vanilla. It's weird, even for such a lively style as a saison.

Palate is light and smooth on the entry, but a little bit flat, before the suggestion of proper saison-ness comes through on the mid-palate. Here we get some grassiness, a little bit more veggie character, and an earthy, grounded funk. However, this funk sits initially above an oddly sweet body that feels a little wrong, and then drops out entirely, leaving the finish dry, with floury pastry notes.

Feel is light with a hint of astringency that's not present in the flavour itself.

Overall, this is a fractured and fractious beer. The weirdnesses to it just go a little far, and make you feel as though this beer is erratic and uncontrolled. The novelty of this almost saves it, but I can't help feel that overall it's just wack.

08-13-2012 05:04:04 | More by lacqueredmouse
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up ages ago from an Italian deli in York, and cellared in my garage. The ingredient list on the label mentions the addition of spelt to the brew.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A very hazy, almost tranlucent golden hue with tons of chunky yeast fragments and low carbonation. The yeast sediment remains suspended as if trapped in aspic. Yields a large head of white foam that remains for a few minutes before collapsing and disappearing. Aroma of light, grainy malt with subtle fruity yeast esters and a touch of sweetness. A faint whiff of alcohol in the background.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a hint of spice and a dry finish. Notes of grain, mild banana, faint bubble-gum, a suggestion of clove, sugar and a whiff of solvent. A slightly harsh cardboard flavour in the background, along with stewed leaves. Dry, earthy yeast upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with a spicy quality and good body. Rather astringent. Aftertaste of fruity yeast and a strangely artificial harshness.

Interesting and certainly not bad, though I don't know how close this really is to a Belgian saison. The appearance is deeply unappetising - tons of chunky sediment despite a careful pour. Carbonation also seems to have gone AWOL. The rest is better; a pleasant yeasty aroma and a flavour that is dominated by a Belgian yeast character. A solid effort that goes down nicely - worth trying if you come across it.

08-30-2012 22:59:56 | More by jazzyjeff13
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BlackHaddock

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
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

"Beer is brewed with farro, traditionally grown in the territory of the Regional Park of Monti della Duchessa. It is golden, with orange hues, barely-concealed; the foam is abundant, and creamy. The nose is very broad, fruity (banana, pineapple, tropical fruit and floral, with a light and pleasant peppery. In the mouth the carbonation and end, there is a slight acidity and the body and adequate. The hopping and moderate, very pleasant, fresh." From the brewers website.

Served in a chalice at the Lions Pride.
The beer is orange with wispy white lace.

The aroma is a sweet malty, with notes of orange and other floral notes.
It begins with a slight tingle of carbonation in the mouth, taste of orange and citrus, more acidic then the nose would indicate. The hops are grassy and come in but are not overwhelming.

08-22-2011 21:28:43 | More by bishopdc0
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-30-2014 13:03:40 | More by ianjsullivan
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Vanz

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

01-27-2014 12:51:21 | More by Vanz
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Aaron_Kerkvliet

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-19-2014 01:29:13 | More by Aaron_Kerkvliet
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ystazi

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

03-15-2014 18:43:21 | More by ystazi
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dcguitar

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-20-2014 14:53:01 | More by dcguitar
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braican

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-02-2014 14:59:00 | More by braican
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-31-2014 20:59:08 | More by Latarnik
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

05-15-2012 22:36:51 | More by tbeckett
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

06-27-2013 21:14:56 | More by Kirk
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laituegonflable

Australia

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
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allouez86

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle poured into my New Belgian globe.

A dark golden straw color in appearance with a good sized off-white head that disappeared relatively quick. Lots of bubbles, looks like a saison.

Smells a bit "barnyardy" at first, assuming that's the spelt. There's a little bit of banana and a hint of bubblegum. I know the saison category is quite broad but there isn't as much of a citrusy nose to it that I love in my saisons.

Wheat, or spelt in this case, is the first thing I get out of the taste. It says on the label that it's brewed with spelt so it's not a surprise that I get wheat. Sadly I'm not getting much else. The banana and bubblegum are there on the end of the sip but it's not quite as exciting as I'd hoped.

The mouthfeel is thicker than I'd thought. It's not a bad thing but it sort of takes away from the dryness that I like in my saison. There is a good carbonation bite to it.

Overall this beer is ok but that's about it. I really like every thing else I've had from Birra del Borgo, especially Duchessic. That being said, I'm glad I tried it but there are better saisons and farmhouse ales that are available.

01-04-2013 00:08:04 | More by allouez86
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metter98

New York

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
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BrazilianAussie

Brazil

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-15-2014 01:15:04 | More by BrazilianAussie
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Duchessa from Birra Del Borgo
82 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.