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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,967 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,967
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 128
Gots: 266 | FT: 8
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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metalmel


5/5  rDev +20.2%

06-30-2014 03:09:18 | More by metalmel
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SouthAtholSuds

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I tried this beer I think I fell in love with it. Pours a dark copper/ruby color with minimal head. Strong smell of tart fruit on the nose. Complex tastes of sour figs, raisins and plums with low carbonation. Everything about this beer is balanced perfectly. Minimal carbonation makes this a beer you could drink all night. Instead have one every once and a while. You don't want to kill the appeal of The Duchesse.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2008 00:57:28 | More by SouthAtholSuds
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Meeg

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't believe that only a few days after reading about this brew here on BA, I found it on tap at La Cav du Vin here in Cleveland. Having moved here a month ago, I was worried about finding good sour flemish ale. Apparently there is no need to worry, as the Cleveland beer scene, whether it's good bars or good brewpubs, is alive and VERY well. I used to live in Providence (Union Station, Trinity), so I've got something decent to compare to if you include Boston (Sunset, Beer Works) and New England (Moat Mountain, Vermont Pub & Brewery, The Alchemist) in general.
OK, so I at least think I know what I'm talking about...

I definitely smelled balsamic vinegar, but not overpowering at all. Just a hint of that dark, sweet acid.
Very little foam, unsurprisingly for a sour.
Smooth mouth feel, with a nice subtle tingle of carbonation.
Taste of balsamic, caramel, cherries.
Lightly sweet, perfectly balancing the sourness.

Wow.

I would say this is a great intro to sours, but the imbiber may be spoiled. Truly sour reds might shock them after this.

Fortunately, I also discovered this in a four-pack at Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield Road. Sixteen bucks will make me wait until my next (first!!) paycheck.

Peace.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2008 21:12:02 | More by Meeg
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ksheehan1511

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-13-2011 02:11:55 | More by ksheehan1511
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JokineAugustus

Manitoba (Canada)

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. It has a pleasant sour fruit smell of Cherries, Cranberry, and Raspberry. Taste is quite similar. Has a slight bready and sour fruit aftertaste that blends well. Look is beautiful bright ruby red in a glass which I absolutely adore. One of my favourites atm.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:27:16 | More by JokineAugustus
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ng85

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%

10-11-2012 01:59:35 | More by ng85
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rolive

Georgia

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-02-2012 20:42:30 | More by rolive
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billzav

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Duchesse may very well be the best sour ale I have ever had and it pours a deep chestnut brown color with notes of tart fruit, notably cherries, and dark malt. Since this ale is aged in oak conditioned casks, Duchesse has a red wine like feeling to it. The array of sweet and sour flavors are perfectly balanced throughout this Flanders red ale, and it’s velvety smooth from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 12:40:49 | More by billzav
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01121987

Quebec (Canada)

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i am no expert on this style of beer, but i would have to say that it kicks some serious ass!
i tried this beer a couple of years ago and was disgusted by it, now i dont know how i ever could have thought that. this is my favorite sour beer. im surprised the bros didnt rate it as world class.
awsome beer!
not for the faint hearted!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:04:34 | More by 01121987
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delgotit99

Indiana

5/5  rDev +20.2%

04-06-2014 20:12:48 | More by delgotit99
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

5/5  rDev +20.2%

02-26-2014 01:23:26 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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bob727

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-21-2011 07:18:42 | More by bob727
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brahyt

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%

07-24-2014 00:21:52 | More by brahyt
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JonBarley

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-20-2013 04:38:50 | More by JonBarley
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SquidVicious

Texas

5/5  rDev +20.2%

08-21-2012 00:33:06 | More by SquidVicious
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anthrocks

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had several other sour ales, and I've always been disappointed with most of the others. This one stands tall among the rest.

L: Pours a very dark reddish-brown, with white head that turns into light lacing
S: Smells like Balsamic vinegar and sour cherries
T: Sweet and sour with a wonderful tang
F: Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation
O: This could very well be the best beer I've ever tasted, or ever will taste.

It's expensive, but worth it. Give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:46:57 | More by anthrocks
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MattSharpless

Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.2%

07-17-2014 18:28:24 | More by MattSharpless
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ACarp

New York

5/5  rDev +20.2%

10-22-2013 04:23:50 | More by ACarp
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Alanabanna24


5/5  rDev +20.2%

07-30-2014 23:50:54 | More by Alanabanna24
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Bjeerfalls

Arizona

5/5  rDev +20.2%

02-02-2012 06:09:34 | More by Bjeerfalls
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +20.2%

07-08-2014 20:02:17 | More by rogerdandy
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oelergud

Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep clear ruby and mahogany body. Very low carbonation. Big tan butte head. Good retention and great lace.
Strong scents of both sweet and sour notes, very well balanced. Interesting and complex with cherries and dark malts.
Taste is amazing, perfect balance of sweet and sour, very strong. Cherries, prunes and sour characters all very powerful and delicious. Great aftertaste.
Hydrating mouthfeel that is slightly puckering and mouthwatering.
Great drinkability.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 16:21:30 | More by oelergud
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chew76

Yukon (Canada)

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-19-2011 05:11:07 | More by chew76
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bbanner

Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.2%

05-24-2012 07:32:01 | More by bbanner
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Mtnbeerman

Colorado

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-06-2011 03:18:51 | More by Mtnbeerman
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,967 ratings.