Duchessic Ale | Birra Del Borgo

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BEER INFO

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:
342
Reviews:
107
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
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60
Gots:
50
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5
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4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle marked L83713 (I think):
Nice off yellow (tan to orange side), cloudy. A LOT of champagne-like head in pour, reduces to foamy, lace-producing white head that covers surface. Nose is very funky to me. Wood, definitely aged and perhaps rotting, a touch of sour milk tartness, Belgian yeast notes, bit if farmhouse scents as well.

Taste starts tart, with a decent amount if carbonation right up front. The tartness is pretty subdued, but lemon/lime perhaps, but really combined with a cheesy funky aspect. He carbonation plays a part in the feel throughout the taste. I can't quite decide what the tart/funk combo produces, but it seems light-tart in nature, Granny Smith apple-like. I feel a bit rambling, but it's an interesting beer.

Overall, this beer seems a bit overpriced. It's not bad, but add that it's an import, apparently (given BA rating), has Cantillon related to it, etc, and the price is jacked up, perhaps. If it weren't a special occasion, probably wouldn't have tried it. Actually glad I did, so if you have a chance, think you might enjoy it based On your preferences, and have some $$ in your pocket, give it a whirl.

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

5.3% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with malt, grain, funk, earth, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain, funk, apple skin, earth, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a nice balance between the base beer and the lambic addition blended in.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%

Duchessic Ale from Birra Del Borgo
4.14 out of 5 based on 342 ratings.
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