Duchessic Ale
Birra Del Borgo

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From:
Birra Del Borgo
 
Italy
Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #212
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,496
Avg:
4.15 | pDev: 8.92%
Ratings:
350
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 29, 2020
Added:
Nov 01, 2009
Wants:
  60
Gots:
  49
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Duchessic AleDuchessic Ale
Notes: A sort of "collaboration beer" with the famous Belgian brewery Brasserie Cantillon: an interesting experiment on the world of spontaneous fermentation. Our classic Duchess - Spelt beer - is was cut with a 20% of Cantillon lambic aged one year. The result is a unique beer that blends in an extraordinary way the characteristic acidity and roughness of lambic with delicate and gentle notes of the Duchess.
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4.28 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Nov 29, 2020
 
3.96 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Aug 13, 2018
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4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours slightly hazy with a honey color and a massive head; great retention and lacing action

Smell: Earthy, woody and funky with Saison yeast tones and a hint of melon

Taste: Funky and sour, from the outset, as the Lambic makes a statement; as the beer warms, the Saison element emerge, bringing an herbal yeast, grassy bitterness and the melon tones; the finish is nicely balanced, with a lingering tart character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation; took a while to settle down

Overall: A fascinating brew with the Lambic and Saison elements creating a lot of complexity

Aug 02, 2018
 
4 by Zonian1 from Ohio on Apr 29, 2018
 
4.45 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin on Jan 28, 2018
 
3.91 by Beersnake1 from California on Dec 14, 2017
 
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Dec 08, 2017
 
4.04 by jaydoc from Kansas on Oct 13, 2017
 
4.33 by mltobin from Connecticut on Aug 10, 2017
 
3.99 by Inglewood from Illinois on Jan 22, 2017
 
4.59 by BubbleBobble from New York on Nov 08, 2016
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4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by patre_tim from Thailand

Pours thick like oil into the glass, golden like refined oil. A huge, endless cascade of inverse waterfall bubbles rising slowly though the oily looking brew. Half a finger of whitish head. Thick and cloudy, but slightly transparent when held to the light.

Smells right away of lambic sour funk and barnyard, mixed with peach and melon fruitiness.

Sour, funky, cob web brewery of Cantillon in the fingerprint. Light sweetness and hints of orchard fruits. A hint of Saaz or some German or Czech hop.

Thick, juicy and foamy body, like a nitro Guinness. Tart finish.

Amazing brew. Got at Mikkeller Bar in Bangkok Sept 12th, 2016 drinking in Ekkamai 10, Bangkok this evening. So love Cantillon, and the brewer let them shine through, but added a maltiness, light sweetness and hint of hops.

Sep 12, 2016
 
4.31 by Kurmaraja from California on Jul 16, 2016
 
4.25 by bcm75 from Illinois on Jul 01, 2016
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4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 330ml bottle with a nice unique bottle shape and a best before date of April 2017, poured into a Cantillon ballon glass.

Appearance: It poured a nice clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly but leaves nice lacing.

Aroma: Tart, lemon peel and oak with a hint of apple and funkiness.

Taste: Tart and funky with fruity lemon and apple. Not overly sour, and in fact I got a lightly sweet apple cider finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light bodied with high spritzy carbonation.

Overall: This was nice and refreshing. I am lucky to have one more bottle, which is a good thing considering Birra del Borgo is now under AB InBev and seeing the lengths that Cantillon have gone to, it appear that, even if this beer is produced again, that it will NOT be with lambic from Cantillon. Therefore if you can still find this, it’s definitely worth a try, even possibly a last try!

Jun 23, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gus_13 from Mississippi

Hazy pale hay in color with a white head that gives way pretty quickly. Nose is grassy and light hay with a bit of earthy funk and a touch of tart. Flavor is similar with some spice and earthy notes from the Lambic. Touch of fruit and really great dry finish. Could drink this by the gallon. Bière de Coupage at it's finest.

Jun 20, 2016
 
3.84 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Jun 14, 2016
 
4 by GarthT from Hong Kong on Jun 10, 2016
 
4.16 by groleau from Canada (QC) on Jun 10, 2016
 
4.08 by Bugs318 from Canada (QC) on Jun 09, 2016
 
4.42 by N1Nkasi from Connecticut on May 30, 2016
 
4 by BAsbill from California on Apr 05, 2016
 
4.18 by BeerOps from Illinois on Feb 12, 2016
 
4.71 by ChrisMyhre from Massachusetts on Jan 27, 2016
 
4.25 by Beerbom from California on Dec 08, 2015
 
3.26 by stompilator from Texas on Nov 09, 2015
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beejay from Virginia

My 1000th beer review!!!!!!! Hit the big four digits! Had a wonderful day spending time with my family, enjoying a little rainy autumn weather, and snuggling with the kiddo with a movie and the fireplace crackling, seems like a great day for great beer.

A: A very hazy grapefruit yellow in color, with a very small white head on top that rapidly turns from frog eyes to a ring around the glass.

S: Sour tartness right away, but definitely an interesting grain thing going in there, almost a touch spicy. There is a touch of funk in the finish..

T: Tart and lively. Crisp acidity, light fruit, and some good citrus notes, finishes slightly herbal.

M: Light, with moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

O: Overall light, crisp, refreshing, with a wonderful tartness to keep you sipping.

Nov 08, 2015
 
3.73 by BRO-baron from Massachusetts on Nov 02, 2015
 
4 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2015
 
4.24 by Magery from Kentucky on Sep 17, 2015
 
4.55 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Aug 16, 2015
 
4.21 by BranfordBound from Connecticut on Jul 02, 2015
 
3.5 by Enochase04 from Ohio on Jun 27, 2015
 
4.27 by Bp123 from California on Jun 07, 2015
 
3.77 by TonyLema1 from South Carolina on Jun 06, 2015
 
4.36 by beersdmf17 from Illinois on May 29, 2015
 
4.75 by MisterKilderkin from California on May 11, 2015
 
4.25 by mush from Illinois on May 01, 2015
 
4.46 by JoelClark from Idaho on Apr 24, 2015
 
4.4 by Jtrigonis from California on Apr 24, 2015
Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 350 ratings