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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,046 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,046
Reviews: 1,345
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 132
Gots: 286 | FT: 9
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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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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. best by date of 08/26/15.

A- dark brown with hints of maroon in the light. Pretty dark, nice clarity. Small grey-tan head that lingers thin on the surface.

S- Huge vinegar, some serious acetic acid in this beer. Solvent-y, lightly burnt gingersnap cookie, wine-y. Very interesting nose.

T- Prickly acetic acid, oak, vanilla, cranberry cocktail, pinot noir, lactic acid, a little oxidation.

M- Medium-thin, prickly, acidity, medium carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O- Definitely a classic, great flavor profiles and complexity. Very enjoyable Flanders beer.

12-03-2013 23:30:47 | More by nquigley16
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IntriqKen

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Dark reddish amber...very rich...with a half finger head that melted quickly to a sticky lacing all across the top.
Aroma is immediately vinegar...red wine...sweet fruits. Very complex.
Taste is slightly sour...cherries....raisins....no alcohol...a little apple peel.
Aftertaste is smooth...tiny sweetness...a little bigger tiny sourness.
Ok..this is the first of this style I've had but it is so complex, so very different from anything I've had before I don't know the right adjectives to describe it.
I'm sort of stuck with....interesting....totally different and unexpected....I like it....this should be the end of the day, not mid-day...how do I ever follow it?
I find it difficult to drink this beer slowly as I keep discovering new things in the taste with every sip.
I think this may be as complex as any beer has a right to be...yet somehow everything seems balanced...with each sip I keep thinking...'yeah...nice'...'this works'.

09-09-2006 21:47:03 | More by IntriqKen
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Carefully poured from a long-standing bottle it's a surprisingly clear, reddish-brown with orange-ish highlights. The light tan head rises up full at first, but thins shortly. The thin cap, however, holds to the end of the serving - no doubt buoyed by effervescent carbonation - and leaves some noteable lace. The aroma is soft with sugary sweet dark fruit (cherry, raspberry, plum) and an array of gentle lactic notes including vinegar, leather, and barnyard. It's also a touch of vegetal character, and the combination of sugar sweet and vinegar leaves it with a note that's oddly similar to ketchup. It's not bad, but it's sweeter, more chalky, and much less sour than many of the examples from the historic town of Oudenaarde. The body is light but with some dextrins, and offers a crisp and zesty mouthfeel from a very fine, effervescent carbonation. The flavor starts with a combination of tart, sharp fruit (raisin, raspberry, prune, currant, sour cherry) and sweetish caramelized sugar at the front of the mouth, leading into a more winey character with a big woody note and sweet maltiness at mid swallow. It finishes a bit chalky and dry, with a light stickiness throughout the mouth and a sweet & tart note on the tip of the tongue - sometimes followed by an earthy, musty and acidic burp. A very good beer in the Oud Bruin style, posessing a solid oak character and good fruitiness, but possibly a touch sweet. Overall, quite enjoyable.

08-15-2002 13:45:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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Maction

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A: Mahogany with rosy amber edges and a thin straw-colored head that quickly fades to a mist.

S: A very complex nose, with sherry, leather, malt vinegar, aromas and some funky, swampy, earthy notes.

T: Complements the nose, with sweeter raspberry hard candy, balsamic vinegar, and mushroom-y finish

M: Wine like feel, with some sparkle at the end, and a sweet-and-sour finish.

D: This isn't a ballgame chugger, but a nightcap sipper, to be enjoyed by the fireside. Does that make it less drinkable than an ESB? I think not.

05-29-2009 23:48:33 | More by Maction
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mscudder

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Served in a chalice. Best by 2014-09-06

A - Light brown hue with a two-finger ivory head. Good head retention with fair lacing.

S - Smells like a lively sour! Cherry, wild yeast and vinegar.

T - Tart, sweet and a little sour. Cherry holds he spotlight and curves out nicely as it warms.

M - Smooth medium body on the tongue with noticeable carbonation.

O - An enjoyable beer that exceeded my expectations.

05-07-2013 01:41:25 | More by mscudder
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musicforairports

New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

11.2oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours brown, lots of ruby hues in the light. Two-finger head leaves a bunch of lacing.

Smells of black cherries, other berry flavors, sour oak funk, some vinegar.

Taste is lots of cherries and decent sour tartness start to finish. Sweet, full and fruity at first, turning to sour oak and finishing long and somewhat dry, with a lingering tartness. There's a lot of flavor here in the finish, perhaps a bit too much actually. The flavor it leaves on the palate is odd. The sour bite becomes very smooth after a bit. Some sweetness throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium and welcome. This one goes down easily without having a watery quality at all.

I like this. The sourness doesn't grate on you through the glass, and it's not a beer that make you pucker. I could drink a few of these, and I don't say that about many good sour beers.

03-24-2011 02:34:38 | More by musicforairports
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a very dark amber with a wispy head, not much lacing.

Smell has a light sour/tart presence with a decent dark fruit backing.

Taste is fairly light along with some prickly carbonation, the sour/tart/funkiness isn't overwhelming and is pretty much just the right amount, a nice dark fruit taste lends some sweetness.

This also just happens to be one of the few beers I can get my girlfriend to drink and makes for a good way to introduce good beer to those who don't like that "beer" taste.

05-23-2009 23:09:39 | More by deltatauhobbit
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jmaharaj

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A- a burning deep red. white foam lingers around the edge of the glass. this beer looks beautiful.

S- Sour. not an overpowering tart, but it feels deep. slight cherry, maybe un-ripe apple.

T- amazing. you feel the tartness right away. its a wonderfully complicated tartness that tastes of cherries and apple skin. theres a little malt that carries the tartness until a puckering dry finnish that fades into a light woodsy spiciness. this beer is complicated, long, and all those elements dance together beautifully.

M- thin, an almost passive-aggressive carbonation. carries the flavors well and then leaves you wanting more

O- love it. nothing about this beer tastes forced or artificial. its cohesive while being incredibly dynamic. one of the best flemish style beers ive had.

07-28-2012 03:30:53 | More by jmaharaj
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stumac

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

pours a mahogany color with a big, frothy, ivory head. great lacing. the nose is sourness, oak, alcohol spice. Wow! the taste! great sour tartness! oak characteristics, alcohol, sour raspberries. medium bodied, high frizzy carbo, sour candy finish. A great sour ale!

09-27-2008 22:14:42 | More by stumac
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juju7

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Wow, a pretty special beer. Cherry, sherry, sweet vermouth kind of nose which was a bit of a surprise but pleasant all the same. Follows through with the sweet vermouth kind of flavours on the palate; low carbonation gives it quite a wine like feel. A beautifully complex beer worth trying and worth coming back to. This kind of beer just can`t be easily copied. Nor should anyone try to.

03-24-2010 14:43:26 | More by juju7
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

330mL bottle into a tulip glass. 6.2% ABV

A - Pours a cherry color with amber hues. Large, off-white, 4-finger head with a good retention and a limited lacing.

S - Sour, spicy, fruity, white wine like. The yeast is present with some earthy character.

T - I pick out wood, cherry, dark fruits. Very interesting and complex blend of sour and sweet notes. Some spiciness is noticeable at the end.

M - Active carbonation with a medium body. Slightly acidic, this beer is very smooth and lingers pretty well.

O - Very refreshing drink featuring a good complexity and a perfect balance. Definitely a must try!

07-23-2012 12:22:44 | More by duracell
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womencantsail

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

A: The pour is a dark, rich, red color without too much carbonation or head formation.

S: Loads of dark fruit, specifically sour cherries and currants. There is a nice lactic sourness along with a mild vinegar aroma.

T: Almost identical to the nose. A wonderful tart/sourness, but not overpowering. The cherries really come through here as well as a touch of sweet malt.

M: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish.

D: I'm still getting used to these sour ales and this is a great one to start on. Nothing overly intense about it, but a nice beer nonetheless.

07-12-2009 03:29:49 | More by womencantsail
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SethB2

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Beer pours a very deep amber color, nearly non transparent, with a decent sized whispy head that fizzles down to a nice ring around the edge.

S - Huge vinegar up front covering tart apples and a bit of woodyness. One of the more interesting beers I have smelled.

T - Sweet berries start this thing off before it quickly moves into a sour apple, tart flavor then yeilds the the vinegar that was on the nose originally. Very unique, and very good.

M - A tad on the thin side, but still not bad.

D - Very good. This is an excellent beer. The yeast in this thing do some really funky stuff.

08-26-2006 02:28:47 | More by SethB2
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cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

250ml bottle

Pours with a deep red body, burgandy hints of brown. Small light tan head with some retention, a fair bit of lacing

Smell, strong esters, super gluey esters too, tart acidic cherries.

Taste, crisp biting tart cherry, thick malty backbone. Lasting tart, vinegar on the palette. Esters again, red wine, other port notes

Another amazingly complex red ale, I could see myelf taking rodenbach over this mainly due to its amazing drinkability and session qualities but this is perhaps a tad more complex

07-30-2005 15:49:44 | More by cypressbob
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utopiajane

New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours a beautiful brownish red color with a fat head of tan foam from a vigorous pour. Leaves beautiful and bubbly lace. Nose is at first a vinegar scent with fruit behind that. Fresh. The vinegar fades and you get woody earthy yeast. A soft slightly sour smell. And so much fruit! Cherries. Raspberries. Jam. Beautiful tart citrus and a woody depth. A hint of vanilla is fragrant and smooth. The taste is out of this world. The malt is like a soft whisper, a breath, a kiss. Bready notes.The fruit is bold and sweet. it's crisp and the carbonation is fizzy but doesn't bite. Puckering sour but a sweetness to rival that. It has tannins from the oak cask and a wine like acidity. it has tension like a good fruity wine that has a bold acidity. I can't decide if I taste cola or maybe cocoa. A woody dryness clears the palate.

This beer has a mouthfeel that is intricate and complex and delightfully light. It enlivens the palate and the senses.It drinks so easily and with so much character. The taste and the mouthfeel are intertwined and cannot be separated. The textures and the delightful and playful complexity brings forward fruit in both it's extremes. Sweet and tart. Lush, headdy, intoxicating.

01-04-2014 04:48:06 | More by utopiajane
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Wench

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Interesting aged ruby appearance with an off white head.
Vinous, with earthy sour cherries and soy sauce on the nose.
Delicious tang with more wine inspired notes of cherries, balsamic vinegar and soy. Malty, delicious and creamy in the mouth.
Interesting to bring to a tasting of Belgians, and a good example of this style.

10-28-2008 02:22:57 | More by Wench
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walshclimb

Nevada

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours dark reddish brown with thick off-white to tan head that thins quickly and leaves a nice lace. The aroma is lightly sour with definite sweet cherry influence and a hint of fermented grapes, like port. The taste is complex with sweet cherry, port-like initial flavor with a tart aftertaste that is at once pleasant and strong flavored. Medium to full bodied with active carbonation. This is a very interesting dessert beer that goes very well with chocolate and cherries.

11-07-2007 21:14:34 | More by walshclimb
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amatuerbeerguy

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

poured out ruby red color, off white head with lasting and lacing head retention. soured fruit, raison, floral, mulled wine aroma. some cherry, tangy, tart, sour, red wine flavors. moderate bodied with high carbonation. overall a nicely sour, tangy drink for the palate to dissect

10-02-2005 22:33:24 | More by amatuerbeerguy
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jeranbrews

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Purchased 12-'09. Consumed 2-'10 in a pint glass.

A - One finger of cloudy, speckled, yeasty beige head. The beer is a clear amber with tones of crimson. Nice mud slides of lacing down the side.

S - Hints of strawberry, sherry, and oak. The dominate smell is cherry but bread and yeast can be found too if you dig far enough.

T - This is an interesting mixture. Instead of the cherry flavors with beer as an afterthought this is more of a beer with cherry tones. There are hoppy caramel flavors that ride breast to breast with the cherry. The aftertaste is an acidic sour experience.

M - Positive emotions. Frothy mouth coating with medium body but without the syrupy feel of some lambics.

D - A great sweet desert beer. Complex and interesting. Sweet but unmistakably beer.

02-07-2010 11:18:39 | More by jeranbrews
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Poured into my Dogfish Goblet.

Appearance: Dark red/burgundy with a quickly dissipating white head. Little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells like a great sour: balsamic and vinegar up front. Also tart red fruit and musty grape.

Taste: A really great, well balanced sour: oak, vinegar, tart red fruit, balsamic, and wine-like grape. A nice sour, mouth-puckering taste overall. Very well balanced, with a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: very crisp, dry, sour, and refreshing. Medium body and medium carbonation. Long finish.

Overall: A really great Belgian style sour ale. Nice balance of sour, tart, and fruity. Would definitely buy again.

08-03-2013 03:39:23 | More by weltywm
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Reddish brown body with a tan head and many strands of carbonation bubbles. About a finger of tan head that doesn't boast a lot of retention, but does leave a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grapes. Sour bordering on vinegar aromas.

Taste is great. Very balanced, very mild. Some like, tart fruitiness up front that reminds me of sweet cherries and grapes. Some sourness follows up but doesn't overpower. Hints of oak are noticeable throughout, especially in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light and thin. Not too mouth-puckering, but just a little sour.

I could drink this beer all night. I'd even consider shelling out a lot of cash for a case of this stuff.

08-26-2008 23:04:12 | More by Hojaminbag
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearance- Pours a wonderful reddish color, lots of carbonation and no head at all.

Smell- Lots of wine notes here, very astringent. Perhaps a bit piney?

Taste- Very wine-like, some bitterness here, champagne like. Unlike any beer Ive have ever had before.

Drinkability- This beer is delicious very unique, a definite must try.

10-25-2008 00:15:57 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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CargoCulte

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

11.2 oz bottle via a tulip glass

A: Reddish brown, with a nice copper head

S: Cherries, plums, oak

T: A fantastic mix of fruity, sour, and tart flavors. As other have stated, the taste has the same characteristics as the smell. Nice cherry/plum like flavors upfront, with a tart sour finish.

M: Somewhat thin, with the right amount of fizz.

D: An 11.2 oz is the perfect serving size for this style beer. More than one might be overkill. But I'll definitely buying a few more to stash and drink at a later time.

01-16-2011 21:30:12 | More by CargoCulte
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czfreeman

California

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

The duchesse pours out a deep brown with a reddish tone showing in the light. Small 1 finger head, short retention. Head leaves lacing around top of glass. Smells like a bubbly Lambrusco wine, some sour cherry,slight alcoholic-red grape tones, again like a tart red wine. Mouthfeel is very lively and carbonated, trat finish yet slight more chewy and creamy than other Ive had. Cherries,sour yeasts,woody flavors. Leaves a tart lasting finish on the tongue. This beer is everything that is good in a Flanders red. Thank you Duchesse, will buy again definatley.

02-24-2008 00:58:09 | More by czfreeman
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GarrettB

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Elegance, as inherited through primogeniture and blue blood, has long passed. In its place is something we prefer to call class, which is related to archaic elegance but only remotely. Anybody can have class; the magnate in his vogue mansion or the cad in on the street. It isn’t easy to learn it, and its impossible to purchase it, but class can be trained. Elegance, as the wealthy were expected to have in years past, is altogether unattainable, even for some of the rich. The first and most obvious requirement is to be ejected from the womb of a bourgeoisie, and preferably to have been fathered by one. After that, it was merely a game of chance against in-breeding and developed tyranny that sculpted the, quite literally, nouveuax rich into adulthood. History is replete with cases of royal albinos, trisomy 21, incompetence or just plain idiocy. Also, there are the benevolently raised children of the upper classes that accrue an unnatural concept of class warfare, who then exercise their power with excessive enthusiasm. Let us take the few remaining cases of the beautiful, the wise and the kind regal individuals. The ones coursing with blue blood and compassion, and the ones imprinted in fairy tales and a few justly optimistic histories are those we speak of with an elegance no longer found today, save for a few obscure descendants living on vestigial fortunes. But I’ve found one, remarkably gentle but rich, formal but enjoyable, sweet but mature. The Duchess de Bourgogne, though fictional, is a blurry depiction of some royal lady whose personality doubtlessly charmed her family and subjects alike. She is the altruist from above, showering the ground with coins and flowers from her ivory tower. All I’ve done is told a story, one that I think is nicely summarized in the Duchess de Bourgogne beer. The crepuscular and mellowed tone of the beer nuzzles against the glass below the margaritaceous crown of foam, baring nothing to the unobservant eye. It’s a chaste and modest drink, hinting at its alluring flavor by breathing a slow but diligent waft of green apples, confectioner’s sugar, orange zest, shining red cherries and oak. Below this divine vapor sits the chaliced drink, reverently waiting for imbibing. There the eager drinker finds a similarly rich batch of flavors. Faint vinegar coarseness guides the column of tastes, featuring a light and sweet honey, red and white grapes, orange zest (amongst other citrus) and a very heavy and bombastic conclusion of oak. Poignant and garrulous as the Duchesse may be, it still fits “elegant” nicely. The blend of friendly and charismatic flavors allows anyone, be they friend or foe to beer, to pick up a glass and enjoy. If the rich and bold, sweet and sour flavors do not suffice the claim to elegance, then at least the extrovert, humble and generous nature of the Duchesse does. These are, after all, higher qualities that we aspire to. That is, if we want to be classy.

05-25-2006 00:05:08 | More by GarrettB
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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