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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,640 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2640
Reviews: 1319
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.98%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brownish red colour with some haze from both the chill and yeast, tight off white lace with a half decent lace. Soft and slightly sour aroma, dry woody almost nutty back ground. Biting crispness within the light yet effervescent and smooth carbonation. Puckering twang of sourness hits the palate, fruity flavours ride along with this and give suggestions of ripe currant and apple peel. A woody dryness sneaks up and dries the mouth is a split second and clear all residual sweetness. Quite the enjoyable Flemish Red …

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2002 22:58:25 | More by Jason
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Todd

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 250ml brown bottle. Freshness date on the back. Gorgeous artwork on the label.

Appearance: Deep brown/ruby red beer with an active carbonation level and a bitty, pillowy, off-white sticky head with incredible staying power.

Smell: Soft, acidic, wine-like and oak aromas.

Taste: Smooth and soft up-front. Medium-bodied, at times even chewy. A tart flavour begins to build, and in parallel does a malt one. Tart flavours are like sweet ripe cherries with an underlying wine acidic quality that eventually goes metallic on the palate. Citric lime-like flavours mingle in with the fruity cherry. Malt flavours range from sweet caramel to chocolate and seem to flux in and out, with mild bready notes. The finish is clean despite everything going on, with trace malt and fruit flavours.

Notes: I must pause for a moment and thank the beer gods ...

At the top of my list for incredibly complex and unique beers. There's so much going on, and the combination of sweet and tart is like a damn art performance in the mouth. Definitely one of those "wow!" beers that proves how intricate a beer can actually be.

This particular sample was brought over from Belgium in 03/2000. Like other Flanders reds, this beer was also aged in oaken casks.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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cwreay90

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-16-2014 21:13:14 | More by cwreay90
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dank203

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a very intense sour beer compared to the handful I've tried. big earthy almost grassy aroma, hints of alcohol, some cherry. just a hint of sour mold. flavor has lot of green apple and cherry, reminds me of a jolly rancher. drinks really smooth and clean and coats the mouth well

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 17:39:40 | More by dank203
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vonnegut21

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

04-16-2014 15:40:05 | More by vonnegut21
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mjmu812

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

04-16-2014 12:57:07 | More by mjmu812
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Burt

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-16-2014 08:20:20 | More by Burt
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

04-16-2014 03:17:38 | More by funkyaudio
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DubCo21

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-16-2014 02:13:33 | More by DubCo21
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DKRowden

Washington

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a 10 oz tulip glass. A very deep red with almost no light transparency and a creamy off white inch head. It has a very red wine like nose with the bitter sweetness. This is my first sour so I can't judge too much but it has a good sour sweet wine taste like a dessert wine or something. It has a crisp mouth feel with a moist finish. Overall quite nice for my first sour. It was aged and cellared by my local Beer Shoppe and I was lucky to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 00:30:24 | More by DKRowden
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craftbeersweden

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-13-2014 21:49:34 | More by craftbeersweden
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vmdominguez

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

04-13-2014 20:38:49 | More by vmdominguez
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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-12-2014 03:56:10 | More by jakea
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sdm9465

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-11-2014 00:16:53 | More by sdm9465
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quine

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-10-2014 18:06:51 | More by quine
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leoinsd

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-10-2014 06:18:26 | More by leoinsd
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JohnSnowNW

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

04-10-2014 03:14:58 | More by JohnSnowNW
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JimmyAloysius

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

04-09-2014 21:49:14 | More by JimmyAloysius
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-09-2014 05:34:24 | More by Jonada
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Greg_Nall

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

04-08-2014 17:55:08 | More by Greg_Nall
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Brisket

Idaho

4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Total Wine in Federal Way, WA

A- Amber colored with a three+ finger head of large beige bubble. They dissipated quickly leaving heavy lacing.

S- All Lactic and acetic sour in the nose. Some sweetness at the end.

T- This is a beer that needs to warm up. It starts out fairly sour and metallic but at the right temperature the metal fades to sour/sweet cherry with a solid malt backbone. The sour is always there, but without the metallic component it is much softer.

M- Acid and carbonation, quite light for the amount of flavor in the beer.

O- Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 05:32:05 | More by Brisket
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Mikexw

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-08-2014 03:21:54 | More by Mikexw
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ckearns919

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a sampling glass.

Appearance: poured dark amber with a thick beige head that disappeared quickly down to a quarter inch leaving some solid lacing around the glass

Smell: aged balsamic vinegar, dried cherries most apparent. Those are the twos hat dominate

Taste: vinegar upfront, but that quickly passes and gives way to a sweetness that quickly yields to tartness. Lots of flavor quickly. Taste similar to nose. Vinegar and cherries dominate. No hops to speak of, typical of the style.

Mouthfeel: very light. High carbonation cleanses the palate and leaves it refreshed. Hard to believe that this is 6%.

Overall: it doesn't get too much better than this. Balanced, complex, and refreshing. Clean finish. You get a lot of flavor and a lot of drink ability.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:20:58 | More by ckearns919
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rickcrip76

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-07-2014 12:25:57 | More by rickcrip76
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bleeps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-07-2014 02:19:20 | More by bleeps
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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,640 ratings.