Duchessa | Birra Del Borgo

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Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bishopdc0 on 08-22-2011

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Ratings:
84
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
10.93%
 
 
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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.48/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of MaineMike
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of ajm5108
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Color is fine. Aroma has some hay / grass but very heavy on the loam smell. Flavor follows suit with a little lemon and grass but lots of soap / loam, pretty watery too

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Photo of factoide
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of andpit
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml. bottle. Pours an amber peachy colour, with a standard head that doesn't hold for too long and leaves some lace. Smell of fruits, citrus, honey and herbs. Medium body, sticky and creamy palate. Taste of honey, fruits, sweet. Bought in Gourmet Cervezas.

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Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of majcher33
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of simonreadmusic
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brbrocc
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Walnut
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SSS
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Straw yellow with no head to speak of
S-Musky, earthy and grassy
M-Very low carbonation, medium mouthfeel
T-Sweet upfront with the standard farmhouse funk that comes into play and lingers on the palate and around the gums for a while. I didn't get any distinct farro, as advertised...
O-A decent farmhouse Ale, I'm usually not a huge fan...

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Photo of drgarage
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.1 oz (33cl)Bottle from Boise Co-op. Poured into Duvel tulip, lazy carbonation, suspended particulates, thickish body. Deep golden cloudy pour, smallest of heads. Floral herbal aroma, some cheese, some mustiness. Graininess in the taste, close to a witbier, but I think it is the alternate grain (spelt) which is driving this beer's character. I've had this style before in Germany. spelt is an ancient food grain.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.44/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Vanz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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Duchessa from Birra Del Borgo
3.66 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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