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Duchessa - Birra Del Borgo

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cant get enough of the italian stuff right now, even if it is stupidly expensive. this stuff is cool, a slightly funky spelt based beer that has a lot of body for how low the abv is, finishes a little sweet, and has a very unique old world sort of yeast profile. cloudy and viscous for a lighter beer, honey colored, rich looking, although the white lace head cant stand up for more than a minute or two. the nose has a lot of funk, almost wine yeast or something tangy and mildly acidic in this, but its no where near sour, or even approaching the level of duchessic in that regard. the spelt adds a sweet and spicy complexion to the finish, like a rounder bolder rye flavor, really nice in such a well carbonated and yeast driven beer. i have not had nearly enough beers from these guys, but every single one i try is unique and impressive. i think i like the duchessic better, just a little more going on there, but this one is subtle genius.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Duchessa from Birra Del Borgo
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