Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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Reviews by drperm:
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Dont try this at a beer festival in the midst of sweet stouts, hoppy IPAs, or complex Abbeys. You wont like it and youll give it a bad grade, simply because its so different from everything else. Sort of like drinking a strong Cabernet-Zinfandel blend with palak paneer and chicken jal frazie -- youll end up thinking that the wine is bad. Rather, this beer, a remarkable example of Flemish Red Ale, should be experienced on its own, or better yet, with dinner.
It is matured in oak casks, giving it a rich depth. It has a sourness reminiscent of Gueuze or unfruited Lambic, but has much more to offer than the Gueuze that Ive tasted. There is a mild fruity (applish) acidity to the finish giving it a wine-like quality: not for nothing is it called the Burgundy of Beers. It is this acidity coupled with the pleasant sourness and wine-like dryness that makes it go so well with a variety of foods, from artisan cheese to seafood (I expect Im dying to try it with mussels and frites) to venison (I had it with a savory meat pie loaded with cardamom and other spices), and Im sure there are other wonderful pairings lurking out there to be found.
Definitely a keeper. Its also not nearly as high in alcohol (about 6.2% ABV) as other Belgians, so it wont knock you out for the rest of the evening.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2007 17:23:21 | More by drperm
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3.99/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: dark brown on the table, but when held to the light this beer has gorgeous amber hues accented by tiny effervescent bubbles fizzing their way to the top. The head, when poured, was milky white and full of giant foany bubbles which dissolved smoothly into the glass leaving little no no lacing.
Smell: from the moment I poured this into the glass, tart cheery scent wafted in my direction across the table. My mouth started to salivate just smelling this beer! Intense bing cherry with a slightly woody aroma. Strawberry and sandlewood also come to mind as secondary descriptors.
Taste&Mouthfeel: even before this beer hints the tongue your tastebuds salivate from the smell alone. The preparation your mouth does is well worth it, for once the brew enters, millions of tastebuds scream in happiness. It's like Sweet Tarts candy made a cherry themed adult beverage! The tart, sour, red cherries play off of the dry foresty, woodsy charm that balances the sweet to dry beautifully. I think the best part of this beer is the body. I have had many sours not worth a reveiw, but this is so lovely in body... Medium weight, great medium carbonation, but the lingering depth and layers in this beer are what leave its body something other sour beers should strive for.
Overall: I think I am in love. Highly recomended! Delicious!
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 19:21:48 | More by ToriBug13
4.29/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy beige head. Tart cherry and acetic acid open the aroma, with toasted oak and vinous qualities adding complexity. Flavor is very acetic, with toasted barrel drying out the finish. Tart cherries and balsamic vinegar are evident. Puckeringly sour, with cherry lingering in the finish. Slightly spicy, phenolic aftertaste.
Serving type: on-tap
07-26-2014 02:20:08 | More by barczar
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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