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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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2,943 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,943
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 127
Gots: 255 | FT: 8
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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.

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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bottled poured into a snifter glass. Cork says expires on 9/2014.

Pours a medium reddish-brown color with a light, bubbly head. Smell is mild for a sour, with sweet grapes being the pronounced scent along with vinegar. the taste is...wow. Quite different. Not at all how it smells. First off, it's not very sour tasting at all. VERY easy to drink. Sweet fruits dominate the palate with a very slight sour aftertaste. I taste cherry and grape mostly, but there are so many flavors here. I really enjoy it. Carbonation is high, as it should be for the style.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. It's more candy than beer. It's not something you'd drink fast, as the flavors are so complex you want to savor every sip. It is honestly the most "different" beer I've ever tasted. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 00:00:57 | More by Axnjxn
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a nearly clear medium brown with a smallish half finger tan head. Ok head retention with pretty good lacing.

Aroma has quite a bit of tartness and cherries along with some vinegar. Barnyard in the background along with yeast. Of all these aromas, however, tart dark fruit really dominates.

The flavor really has a lot going on. Lots of tartness and dark fruit up front but there is a solid powdered cocoa flavor underneath that surprised me a little bit. Barnyard rises quickly next but it remains restrained. Quite acidic all the way through but has a slightly sticky finish. Carbonation is soft and high.

Overall, a tasty but not over the top complex brew. It would make a good introduction into the expansive world of wild Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:46:16 | More by rangerred
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t0rin0

California

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a dark hazy red. Medium lacing, low retention, white head.

Aroma is of sweet and sour cherries, a touch of vinegar, and crystal malts.

Flavor is of sour cherries, a little vinegar, red ale, and possibly some lactic acid. Tart and sweet. Not real complex but very nice. Medium bitternes.

Medium body, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2009 22:04:57 | More by t0rin0
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brendan13

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a tulip glass a dark red copper colour with a couple of centimetres of slightly off white head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lacing.
S - Tart cherries quickly followed by some oak character with a touch of malt vinegar.
T - Initially dominated by cherry flavour with some sour tartness but then balanced by some dark fruit & caramel sweetness.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Slightly sticky feel with a long lingering cherry after taste.
D - A very intereting beer I'd indeed drink again. A great beer for wine nerds who say beer isn't complex...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 11:19:17 | More by brendan13
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pittvkyle7

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark with a good white head. The color becomes much more red when the light hits it, but looks black in the shade.

Smells sweet and berry like, alcohol present too.

wow big sweet cherry taste with some vinegar like grape to it. very tart with no bitterness. Has a great white wine taste to it. I wish I had some food to pair it with.

good drinkability, left you wanting more, the low carbonation really made it feel like you were drinking wine.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2007 20:51:58 | More by pittvkyle7
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is a completely new experience for me. I kind of know what to expect from the descriptions I've read for Flanders Reds, but I've never had one, so I'm not entirely sure what I'm in for. Ok, here it goes...

A- Deep ruby red with a rather large head and a great deal of cascading bubbles. Beautiful beer!

S- Definitely an interesting aroma. Vinegary sour for sure, but not offputting at all. In fact, it's quite pleasant. Fruity aromas of sour grapes and cherries give it a bit of a wine-like nose. Maltiness is present with a sweet bready aroma that reminds me of my grandmother's homemade bread. Definitely unlike any beer I've had before, but it's appealing.

T- The taste is quite mild actually, not overpowering. Begins rather tart, but the sourness is soon overcome by sweetness. Flavors are complex and hard to pinpoint. Cherries are definitely present, along with a sort of orange cream flavor. Some of the sweet, bready malt is also detectable towards the end. Had that not been there, I might have been skeptical that I was drinking beer at all! The vinegar flavor lingers throughout, but I suppose that is a trademark of the style. I almost thought I caught a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it was gone before I could even attempt to grasp it. Finishes both sweet and tart with a bit of a metallic twinge. Quite the complex and interesting beer.

M- Full, smooth and creamy, very nice.

D- Excellent drinkability! Surprisingly easy to drink given the mouthfeel and all the complexities. I'd almost be bold enough to say that this is a quaffing beer, but it's really not. It could be quaffed if necessary, though.

Quite the interesting beer, and one that I had to try. I'm not sure I should be reviewing it given my inexperience with the style, but I decided, what the hell. It's actually quite good. It may take some getting used to, but this is potentially a style that I could get into. It's very different from classic American beers, though. Recommended, with reservations for newbies.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 02:05:00 | More by vtfan77
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A deep brownish red in color with a 1/4 finger off white head. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell: Honestly, pretty strange. I think it is because I am not quite used to the style. Some dark fruits, some sour cherry and prune.

Taste: this is unbelievable. It follows the nose, but in the most perfect way. The tart, dark fruits come to the front and the flavor remains long after you swallow. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with light carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: This is absolutely fantastic. I am just getting into the "sours" realm, and this is just delicious.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2013 04:38:27 | More by alex_hart
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark reddish-brown with a two finger beige head.

S - Tart cherries, plums, and balsamic vinegar.

T - Flavor follows the aroma with balsamic vinegar fading into tart cherries and green apples. Finsih has a nice malt backbone with some oak.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp and palate cleansing.

O - This is a great Flanders. Sweet, sour, and very well balanced. The perfect beginner sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 02:24:01 | More by TreyIsWilson
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ckearns919

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
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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bobhits

Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

As expected a rather clear reddish orange body with a nice thick creamy dark cream head. Pretty nice presentation all and all.

Sour cherries, sugar, and hints of vinegar.

This is a great beer. The cherries give balance to a very nice puckering sour beer. A good amount of vinegar and tartness.

The carbonation seem a touch off to me. It's perhaps just a bit to explosive on the tongue. Still a minor complaint that doesn't hurt this beer much.

This isn't Rodenbock but this is a must try and the beer is priced extremely well.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 03:59:08 | More by bobhits
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magictrokini

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very enjoyable beer. Was my first foray into the Flemish sours. Pours a clear brown with no head. Aroma is sour malt and apples. The taste is very light and smooth. Sour up front that turns sweet, almost like a brewer's take on champagne. It got better as it warmed. Will definitely seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 19:19:34 | More by magictrokini
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice

A - poured a healthy finger of tight and frothy off white foam, slowly falling to a thin layer. the beer is a rich dark amber color, and quite clear.

S - mostly vinegar mixed with overly ripe dark fruits, some belgian yeast, funky socks, and sour lemon rind. spicy finish.

T - immediate funky vinegar turns to a surprise candy like sweetness. just a tad sour, but mostly fruity sweet, white grapes, pears, plums, and cherries. last third, the cherries really take over as some yeast, funk, and vinegar joins in. quite unique.

M - medium bodied and creamy. carbonation is subtle but there. nothing fancy.

D - unique, even for the style. just sour enough for some character, but the sweet fruits mostly dominate. wine lovers might like this, and also a good intro to the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 04:04:17 | More by Stigs
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daftafne

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears as a cola with a tinge of orange. Lacing around rim and surface with little head around the rim supported by good carbonation. Smells of vinegar, apple, dark fruit, and spice. This is my fourth time having this and the taste is more musty than I remember it. Tastes mostly of apple, oak, and light vinegar. It is deliciously well-balanced between sweet and tart. Goes down easy and very smooth. Finishes with a nice bite. Medium body and good drinkability. Really fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 01:41:26 | More by daftafne
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle marked "Best before 7-09-05." Purchased at the World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Chestnut red-brown in color with a pitted, off-white head that leaves heavy lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is faint, slightly sour.

Taste is soft, subtle, with an almost candied sugar sweetness and a touch of typically Flemish red sourness, and a hint of vinegar. Very rounded flavor, but lacking in intensity--which might be as much due to trying to follow Tripel K as anything else.

Good, very drinkable and enjoyable, but lacking something that would make it exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 01:26:12 | More by RockyTopHeel
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Mavajo

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly brown body with perhaps a hint of garnett. Good white head that fades rapidly - eventually sticks as a thin ring. Light spotty lacing.

Nose is vinegar with cherries. Taste brings the same, along with a nice mix of sweet and sour. The sourness gives you a nice punch with a pleasant overlay of sweetness. Very pleasant taste overall.

Mouthfeel is good. Generous dose of carbonation that tingles across the tongue. Light to medium bodied.

All in all, a very good Flanders Red.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:24:59 | More by Mavajo
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UncleFlip

Alabama

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's definitely not an everyday beer- yet right now, I think this beer is my favourite. A friend commented that the flavour of this beer is going in 1000 different directions at once- and that's a fair assessment.

It arrived in a glass that bore its name...As I put my nose close to the short fat goblet, I picked up a vinegary smell- it made me think just a bit of a beer that was infected....however, not in an unpleasant way. The deep ruby colour was hard to pick up on, as the upstairs bar at the Brick Store was somewhat dimly lit (as was I, at the moment). First taste was not quite what I expected- though it matched the smell very well. The vinegar overtones and infection-taste were there, but again, not unpleasantly. There was a bit of citrus-acid tang to it as well, the type that in large doses can give you a pang of slight pain just where your jaw meets your neck. Yet there was also a dark, malty sweetness that was carried on a thinner body than I expected.

Take this one slowly, and let it caress you. You don't want to take things to fast with this formidable woman.

(edit: since this review I have found better beers in this style, and this one is not as appealing as it once was- though it will always have a special place for me, being my first of the style...)

-UF

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2005 01:31:41 | More by UncleFlip
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bashiba

Iowa

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper/red color with a thick creamy head and good retention.

Smell was dominated by the odor of sour cherries.

Taste starts out sour then quickly mellows into a smooth woody charachter. Has a nice fruityness to it with a very deep overall flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin and light with a nice amount of carbonation.

A very good and enjoyable beer, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 01:34:14 | More by bashiba
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WOTO97

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really great beer. Poured into a NB goblet with some vigor. Great head retention with nice off-white lacing around the glass. The nose definitely gives off some decent tartness along with melon and grape notes common with the style; some faint wood in the background complemented by subtle coriander. The taste is really spectacular: great tartness throughout with a slight lingering acidic note on the immediate finish, soft fruit (grape, melon), great herbal character with very nominal medicinal quality on the mid-palate, wood noticeable but less so than on the nose. Clean mouthfeel with a bit of chewiness/stickiness on the immediate tasting. Some points off the drinkability for the simple fact this is a sipper; not likely to throw down a grip of these back-to-back.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:16:53 | More by WOTO97
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rdrummer

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap twice at two different locations, and it is consistently good. It pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a small tan head. The smell is one that is predominantly sour malt. I love that smell but have brother BAs that hate it. The flavor has an initial hit of sweetness but is quickly drowned by the sour malt taste. My wife calls it vinegar but I love it. It has a medium-bodied feel on the palate and is very acidic. I really like the beer but one is my limit. The ascerbic taste is too much for prolonged drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2004 22:28:57 | More by rdrummer
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afrokaze

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A - Deep ruby brown with 2 fingers of pillowy head that sticks around with nice lacing.

S - Lots of stone fruit, especially ripe cherries & tart peaches, lemon citrus. Soft bready malt, mix of vinegar acidity & slight sweetness.

T - Tart edge of lime citrus mixed with some vinegar tartness. Malt is subdued but balances acid with soft bready notes. Finish is long but sweeter than expected, with more stone fruit, similar to plums & nectarines. Some woodiness comes out as it warms & mixes nicely with wine-like character.

M - Great mix of tart edge that attacks the tastebuds & creamy softness in the aftertaste. Crisp & very refreshing.

O - My favorite Flanders Red thus far. Reminds me of Rodenbach Grand Cru but even smoother; sourness is nicely sharp but kept in check well by oak aging. Sublime.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 05:49:46 | More by afrokaze
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metter98

New York

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured very dark red into a snifter glass with a white head that died down quickly. Judging from the bubbles, the level of carbonation appears to be light to moderate.
S: There's a distinct aroma of sour fruit with subtle notes of sweetness.
T: Like the smell, there's sourness in the taste but there's also an equal amount of fruity sweetness; the mix between sweet and sour flavors is rather refreshing on the palate.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate.
D: The sweetness balancing some of the sourness makes this very drinkable and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 02:28:44 | More by metter98
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a reddish dark brown color with a 1” thick creamy light tan head that recedes slowly. The speckles and patches of lacing stick nicely to the sides of the glass and sipping produces lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aromas include tart cherries, a bit of dark orchard fruits like plum and a nice background overlay of vinegar.

Taste: The flavors, as expected from the nose, include tart cherry, a bit of plum, and the vinegar, but along with that there is some sweetness that balances off against the sourness of the vinegar. Inside the sweetness there are traces of chocolate and some nice vanilla and oak notes from the barrel aging.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a smooth light creamy carbonation. The finish is long and dry with a lasting sourness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Throughout this beer I found initially that it was mostly curiosity that motivated taking another sip, but as I adjusted myself to the flavors I was experiencing and as the beer warmed some I began to enjoy it more. Indeed, by the end of the beer I was ready to open another given the complex interplay of flavors. As I was ready to decide there was too much sweetness the sour would come in to play and as I was ready to decide there was too much vinegar sourness the sweetness would assert itself. Overall I’d say this is a beer that is well worth trying. I’m guessing that it is not for everyone, but I’d recommend that everyone give it a try but pay close attention to serving temperature and have 2-3 before reviewing or deciding they liked or disliked it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 01:56:24 | More by drtth
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arguemaniac

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy with a creamy, red-tinged head that leaves behind a thick, well-sustained lace. The nose features a distinctive vinegary aroma, and even a faint touch of sulfur, with some definite fruitiness in the background (strange as it might seem, this is actually a good thing, considering the style). The sour palate also has some pleasant fruity sweetness to it (with a distinct cherry character to it). I can’t really make out any hop bitterness as the sourness eclipses most everything else. The finish is not as sour but is certainly fairly tart with a little more of that sweetness coming through. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light with a sharp carbonation tang.

One thing I like about this style of beer (or at least good examples of it, such as this one) is that even though they are very sour, they are also rich and quite drinkable, something to which the unexpectedly light mouthfeel contributes. The other thing I like about these is how unique they are: while I certainly can’t see myself drinking them all the time, they are a refreshing change of pace. And this particular example is one of the better. So, while this might not be the most approachable style for someone who is new to the craft beer scene, it is definitely something a more adventurous and more experienced beer drinker should try. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 07:36:03 | More by arguemaniac
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a deep and rich amber with scarlett red highlights. Strong levels of carbonation can be seen despite its slightly hazed body. Two fingers of creamy egg shell white head sit on top and is in no hurry to recede.

The first thing that hits me is vinegar in the nose. It's dry but not at all overpowering. Notes of white grapes and apple cider add to its tartness. It's quite vinous. Musty yeast and touches of cranberries add a lot more complexity to its tartness. Very interesting and complex in the nose.

Not as tart as I thought it would be. The sweetness of the apple cider is heightened. Subdued vinegar notes reside at the back of the palate and make themselves prevalent throughout. Tart and sweet cranberries pair with subtle yeast notes in the finish. There's still a slight tartness there as well but by the end it has regressed into the background.

Light to medium bodied with a good creamy feel. Dry in the finish with a tingly carbonated kick. Very well rounded and extremely well balanced.

A great intro to this very interesting style. The tartness is present but tamed. Flavourful throughout and highly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 21:20:41 | More by ludachris
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clarkm04

Nebraska

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- A deep amber, red hue.

Smell- lots of cherries along with funky yeast smell

Taste- Outstanding. Very sweet with less sourness of the traditional Flemish Red or sour. Lots of cherries with a nice finish.

Mouthful- A very light, crisp mouthful.

Drinkability- Very high for a Flemish Red. I enjoy this style but can usually only drink one at the most.

Overall- A very strong strong Flemish Red. In the same realm as Kastel Rouge or Belgian Red but more sour and closer to the style of the Flemish Red. I will definitely drink this beer again. Definitely would pare well with a variety of desserts.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 03:12:47 | More by clarkm04
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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