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Duchessa - Birra Del Borgo

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82
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
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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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 20:55:34 | More by drpimento
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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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majcher33


3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-12-2012 23:48:24 | More by Archemedies
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seand

California

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange amber with a large amount of dense white head. It dissipates to a thin layer fairly quickly, which is enough to leave solid streaks of lacing.

S: Floral sweetness with a strong malt background. Nice complexity with a touch of citrus on the top end.

T: Grain-forward syrupy sweetness, with grassy hops. Finish is dry and crisp.

M: Medium body, medium prickly carbonation.

Overall, quite nice. A good food beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:50:49 | More by seand
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drgarage

California

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours clear, pale orange with nearly an inch of fluffy, brilliant white head, very little retention and spotty lacing.

S- Light, spritzy aromas of peach, cane sugar, zested meyer lemon and a touch of spicy coriander.

T/M- The addition of spelt to the malt bill makes for a soft, mouth coating sweetness tinged with delicate citric acidity, not unlike a good hefe-weizen. Grassy hop bitterness fades in mid-palate and carries through to the dry finish, accentuated by spicy coriander. Medium bodied with zippy carbonation and a lingering dry finish.

O- A pleasant, food friendly saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 21:46:49 | More by DaveHS
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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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pixieskid

Germany

3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 20:01:05 | More by pixieskid
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-16-2011 04:10:42 | More by HopStoopid120
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.5%

11-14-2011 23:18:51 | More by JAHMUR
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 00:28:27 | More by brystmar
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 21:28:43 | More by bishopdc0
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Duchessa from Birra Del Borgo
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