Duchessa | Birra Del Borgo

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BA SCORE
47.6%
Liked This Beer
3.63 w/ 84 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Birra Del Borgo
Italy
birradelborgo.it

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bishopdc0 on 08-22-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,746
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
84
Liked:
40
Avg:
3.63/5
pDev:
11.02%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
20
Trade:
0
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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cant get enough of the italian stuff right now, even if it is stupidly expensive. this stuff is cool, a slightly funky spelt based beer that has a lot of body for how low the abv is, finishes a little sweet, and has a very unique old world sort of yeast profile. cloudy and viscous for a lighter beer, honey colored, rich looking, although the white lace head cant stand up for more than a minute or two. the nose has a lot of funk, almost wine yeast or something tangy and mildly acidic in this, but its no where near sour, or even approaching the level of duchessic in that regard. the spelt adds a sweet and spicy complexion to the finish, like a rounder bolder rye flavor, really nice in such a well carbonated and yeast driven beer. i have not had nearly enough beers from these guys, but every single one i try is unique and impressive. i think i like the duchessic better, just a little more going on there, but this one is subtle genius.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy and fruity yeast as well as nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste seems to follow the smell, but is a little more complex and has more yeasty flavors along with initial bits of sweetness and hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No dryness is perceptible.
O: This beer is interesting in its own regard, but seems to be a little maltier and heavier bodied compared to some other beers in the style. I would much prefer drinking this beer in the winter compared to the summer months.

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3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/2013. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, grape, apple, clove, pepper, bread, light honey, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, grape, pepper, bread, light honey, clove, grass, floral, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, bread, pepper, clove, light honey, grass, herbal, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester flavors; with good flavor robustness and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice saison style. All around good balance and compexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of DrBier
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Birra Del Borgo "Duchessa"
on tap @ Open Baladin, Roma, Italia on 29 November 2015
€5 / glass

Notes: Mostly clear (it's unfiltered) golden-amber beneath a short head of creamy white. Good retention with better than average lacing. Aroma is yeasty, fruity (lemon, apricot, orange), and gently floral and spicy. The flavor displays sweetish malt with brighter citrus and a stronger spiciness that includes black pepper and some herbal character. This is a spelt beer but I don't really find that. It's bready, and sweetish, and perhaps a bit honeyish and then subtly tart and slightly woody but it's hard to tell what's coming from where. It's firmly bitter and the malt over-rides it at first, but the spice and subtle acidity help to balance it and bring it to a dry, peppery, and herbal finish. Medium to medium-light in body with a very fine-bubbled, delicately effervescent carbonation. Pleasant and enjoyable, it's actually more basic than it sounds here.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drewone
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of stevoj
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another new beer at Liquor Shed.

A big foamer, once it settles down, I see a slightly hazy golden brew.

The smell has all sorts of things going on. Tropical fruit, banana, almost a barnyard aroma. Can I say sweet and sour?

It tastes like it smells. Tropical fruit both sweet and sour, earthy, and now peppery. So different but I like.

Medium body and carbonation.

As Sargeant Schultz would say, very interesting.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of samEBC
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of braican
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of leitmotif
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of laituegonflable
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw-gold colour, massive haze through the body, almost opaque. Head is white, foamy, retaining really nice and thick. Looks like a great saison.

Smells very Belgian. Lots of spicy phenols, with a touch of barnyard funk. Heavy on the yeast but still smells a bit more on the side of Belgian Pale than Saison, could use more of that organic funk character and a bit more freshness.

Taste is a little sweet. Quite malty with a touch of banana as well. A little bit of funk towards the back and some light spice esters. Little bit phenolic on the finish but not really enough to tame the sweetness. Ironically after the nose the palate needs more of those Belgian phenols to ground it. Or more funk.

A little bit of bite from the carbonation; good enough body.

Not a bad beer but nothing spesh and a bit lacking in the saison stakes. More organic funk and possible tang would amp it up big time.

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Duchessa from Birra Del Borgo
Beer rating: 47.6% out of 100 with 84 ratings
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