Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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Reviews by biboergosum:
4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750ml bottle. So like a gueuze, but not a Gueuze, eh? Screwy old-world denominations.
This beer pours a clear, rather dark reddish cola amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of foamy, soapy beige head, which take a fair while to melt away, leaving some chunky, splotchy stillborn honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.
It smells of sour fruit esters - cherry, lemon, and apple, with more than a bit of sharp acetic acid, some timid boozy oak barrel notes, and a faint pale malt sweetness. The taste is big sweet and sour fruitiness - black currants, cherry, apple - further sweet caramel malt, and a burgeoning oaken vanilla woodiness. Some leafy, earthy bitterness loiters after the fact.
The carbonation is quite low-key, the body a solid, and fairly smooth medium weight, the echoes of abstracted fruit strangely doing no harm. It finishes off-dry, with the overarching fruitiness fully opening up to the yin and yang of tartness and sweetness.
A rather complex and sexy offering, the sourness alluring enough to draw one in, but not too pungent to outstay its welcome. In the end, one has to describe this as a more sweet than sour, tasty tipple, a testament to the mutability of things.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2009 20:53:17 | More by biboergosum
More User Reviews:
4.49/5 rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A- Beautifully red in color under a persistent ring of foam. Early effervescence quickly comes to a halt.
S- Scents of delicious fruit on the sweet but not cloying side.
T- Perfect level of fruit and sour components. Sweetness is perfectly restrained.
M- Pleasant puckering effect causes a desire to quickly revisit the next sip. Smooth drinking.
O- Glad that I broadened my horizons with this one, it's a really well rounded drinking experience.
Serving type: bottle
08-01-2014 21:16:51 | More by EdwardK77
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,972 ratings.