Duchessic Ale | Birra Del Borgo

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Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ATPete on 11-01-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
341
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
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58
Gots:
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1.92/5  rDev -53.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

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2.82/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11/15/11- Had a bottle of this one marked 072013.
A: Light clear gold, constant bubbles, big white head.
S: Crisp, metallic, mild apple, lemon citrus, cotton candy.
T: Dry, almost like sparkling water, copper, mild apple/lemon acid.
M: Very frothy, silky and then... soapy.
O: Eh. Very metallic with a strange mouthfeel. Not very acidic.

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2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is dull gold with a big-bubbled white head that leaves almost no lace.

Smell is odd. It's funky, but with a notably sweet caramel note.

Taste is also flirting with the brilliance of cantillion lambic, but laden with what seems like a lot of malt sugars. This has potential to develop if the lambic chews down the attenuation, but I'm left wanting now.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, but not as good as I hoped. When I heard about this, Cantillion and saison - yes please! I had a high bias going into this, which is probably why I'm fairly disappointed. I think it can develop, but I'm not loving it now.

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruity malt with solid malt backbone. Taste is also dominated by light fruity notes with solid malt backbone and a dry finish. No yeast signature or dominating ester or floral notes which I usually associate with the style. Body is a bit light with great carbonation. Interesting though below average for style.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We have a little saying around here that "anything Cantillon is good" and since this is part one-year old Cantillon lambic this has to be good as well. Duchessic pours a cloudy dark gold color with a sparse white head. Microbubbles cling along the perimeter of the glass and a few larger bubbles coat the surface initially. Soon after the pour all that remains is a few patches of lace and a ring of fine bubbles.

The aroma hits me at first with some definitive funk, then I pick up some catty muscat grapes followed by a wave of lilac. Not sure if I would call the bouquet exceptionally appealing, but I am finding the contrast between funk and flora interesting. The flavor profile starts with a trickle of tart flora and proceeds to the midpalate with some muscat grapes, funk and white pepper. Finishes with even heavier spicy, herbal, dry funk. Feel is light with easy, low carbonation.

Interesting beer, though honestly not entirely my cup of tea. This actually reminds me of Cuvee de Castleton, albeit with more of a funk to it than a sourness. Unique flavor would make a nice palate cleanser in a tasting.

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3.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Beachwood,

A: Pours a dark gold with a firm white head, good lace.

S: Rustic earthy Brett and pepper, but light.

T: Bitter coriander, white pepper, yeast and Brett flavours. The saison dominates with the lambic only offering a mild sour finish.

M: Dry, medium-bodied, robust, a nice feel in the mouth.

D: I was hoping the Cantillon would come out a little more, but this is nice saison, a good hybrid.

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3.67/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
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