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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,077 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,077
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 137
Gots: 302 | FT: 9
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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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-02-2014 02:24:47 | More by MarvinSnyder
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-21-2013 03:35:23 | More by Ncpogs
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Taycro

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-02-2014 23:54:11 | More by Taycro
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MaxPowers

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-01-2014 19:30:28 | More by MaxPowers
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ThirstyHrothgar

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-02-2013 02:08:28 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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brauseboof

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-21-2012 21:31:12 | More by brauseboof
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-25-2013 01:56:08 | More by Sparky44
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Ivegotmule

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-27-2013 23:06:47 | More by Ivegotmule
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Smarty_Pints

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-10-2014 03:37:51 | More by Smarty_Pints
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SkinniePost

Wisconsin

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03-28-2014 20:05:51 | More by SkinniePost
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paulgarrison

Alabama

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08-17-2013 17:47:12 | More by paulgarrison
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rchristensen

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-15-2014 01:43:43 | More by rchristensen
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derricksmalls

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-21-2011 03:02:40 | More by derricksmalls
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halo3one

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-23-2014 18:23:36 | More by halo3one
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jshusc

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-15-2014 18:22:17 | More by jshusc
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szmnnl99

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-02-2012 01:37:47 | More by szmnnl99
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Lucnifter

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-10-2014 16:13:45 | More by Lucnifter
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KimenTshom

California

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12-12-2012 06:56:24 | More by KimenTshom
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-14-2014 16:51:50 | More by tdmccarthy
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

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kornkid8600

California

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mpayne5

Indiana

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laxer8811

New York

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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%

750ml bottle. So like a gueuze, but not a Gueuze, eh? Screwy old-world denominations.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark reddish cola amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of foamy, soapy beige head, which take a fair while to melt away, leaving some chunky, splotchy stillborn honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of sour fruit esters - cherry, lemon, and apple, with more than a bit of sharp acetic acid, some timid boozy oak barrel notes, and a faint pale malt sweetness. The taste is big sweet and sour fruitiness - black currants, cherry, apple - further sweet caramel malt, and a burgeoning oaken vanilla woodiness. Some leafy, earthy bitterness loiters after the fact.

The carbonation is quite low-key, the body a solid, and fairly smooth medium weight, the echoes of abstracted fruit strangely doing no harm. It finishes off-dry, with the overarching fruitiness fully opening up to the yin and yang of tartness and sweetness.

A rather complex and sexy offering, the sourness alluring enough to draw one in, but not too pungent to outstay its welcome. In the end, one has to describe this as a more sweet than sour, tasty tipple, a testament to the mutability of things.

05-14-2009 20:53:17 | More by biboergosum
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%

In the honor of the Duchess of Burgundy, a unique sweet and sour taste emerges in ale form- an unfailing choice for the curious palate to venture into the sour family, but with the malty-sweet support and a rich fruit flavor to balance its acidity. Its utmost complexity and refreshment is reserved for those who refine their palate but are tentative about sourness.

This Flanders red ale's tawny pour of browns, reds, and haze carry an inherent wine-like, cognac appearance that's shyly adorned with the daintiest of foam stance which It's similar to delicate coffee-like creme.

The nose is met with complex and succulent character that remind that strikes the olfactory senses with balsamic, chocolate, black cherry, weathered wood, soy sauce, red wine, and sherry wine. The sweet and sour interplay seems something much more of French reductions or Chinese cuisine than it does of beer.

Flavors are a dynamic sweet and sour interplay of to tart berries, mild toast but more so of vinous wine, savory umami character, lemon-like acidity,- its sour and savory combination can go on and on. Every point of flavor has a counterpart to balance, which carry the beer across the palate with a multitude of intrigue and wonderment.

Medium bodied, but the beer's tepid but acidic sourness makes the beer seem somberly tart while the succulent cherry and cocoa allow for a soft weight to be felt. Its moderate carbonation allows the beer to seep into the softer mouth tissues for fuller flavor but also ushers in a dry woodsy finish of crab apples with mild vinegary astringency.

Well balanced throughout, but the beer's sweeter and fruitier side buffers against any abrupt sourness which gives it a restrained property that not only challenges the palate, but soothes it with ample wine sweetness and toasty malts.

08-25-2005 15:36:21 | More by BEERchitect
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,077 ratings.