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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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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
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +11.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

lacqueredmouse, Aug 13, 2012
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 afsdan
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Latarnik, May 31, 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 tbeckett
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

tbeckett, May 15, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

laituegonflable, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Best Italian saison/farmhouse I've had. Poured at a good temperature with a decent size, cream colored, foamy, head that slowly settles to a nice cover and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a clear amber with lots of bubble trails. Aroma is malt, yeast, hop, dust, caramel. Flavor's like nose and has very nice balance between bitter, sweet, and carbonic tang, plus has a bit of butter. Body is great and carbonation is outstanding. Finish is like flavor, of good length, and is very drinkable.

drpimento, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

AngusOg, May 24, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of elNopalero
4.51/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

elNopalero, May 21, 2013
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 HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +11.7%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.4/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

SpeedwayJim, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

ystazi, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of Kirk
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Kirk, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
2/5  rDev -44.1%

ThatsThatDude, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Diamond bar in Greenpoint. Pours hazy gold with TONS of sticky white head. Seriously, more head than almost any beer I've ever poured. Sticky lace remains as the active carbonation fizzes away.

Funky yeast, sweet malts, earthy, plenty of Belgian spice. Really pungent and inviting. My tongue was bombarded by crazy spices upon first sip! Very active carbonation pelts the tongue as the spices join in the fray. Mild sweetness in the middle; funky yeast enters before finishing bone dry.

Body is thin and weak with a level of carbonation rivaling most champagne. Easy drinking here; not too funky or crazy, but still spicy enough to be interesting. A solid beer from one of Italy's top craft brewers.

brystmar, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of pixieskid
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not real sure about it being a Saison...but hey, I guess that works.

Pours a dark orange with a nice white head.
Aroma: Floral and a hint of spice.
Taste: Herbal and floral notes with a hint of citrus; lemon peel. There's a lingering yeasty overtone throughout that creates an overall rustic vibe...guess that Saison styling is coming into play.
Finishes with a zesty herbal note and a suggestion of elderberries?!?!

Overall; unique and interesting, exactly what I was hoping for.

pixieskid, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of mick303
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

mick303, Jul 01, 2013
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Duchessa from Birra Del Borgo
82 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.