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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
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3,075 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,075
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 136
Gots: 299 | 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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craftbrew502

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-17-2013 15:28:33 | More by craftbrew502
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at The Stein & Vine, served into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with hints of red, and one finger's worth of white head on top. Low visible carbonation.

S: Tart, barnyard funky, and a bit fruity - sweet & sour overall.

T: Follows the nose - tart, and more fruity than the smell suggests (cherry, lime, strawberry?). Dry, almost woody finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Medium body, middle-of-the-road carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: I've never had this one tap before. It's quite tasty, and an easy drink...but it doesn't blow me away - doesn't rise to the complexity of other sours. Still, I will enjoy more in the future.

02-17-2013 15:09:57 | More by macrosmatic
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Filthyfloor

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-16-2013 21:47:13 | More by Filthyfloor
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RollTide7

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-16-2013 15:14:12 | More by RollTide7
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-15-2013 05:59:17 | More by TheBishopco
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weonfire

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

S - Cherries, Vanilla, Ripe fruit and sourness.

T - Real sweet at first and then the Sour takes over. cherries and Peach. Great balance. Carbonation hits as it goes down the throat.

M - light and fruity. lots of carbonation.

O - too sweet and sour to have more than maybe 2 of these. But the one is very good. I would certainly drink it. But for $8 - I will not order this again. Unless...Its for a desert beer. This would be perfect. But, this one was certainly a pleasure to have.

02-15-2013 05:04:47 | More by weonfire
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warrenout330

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-13-2013 01:31:32 | More by warrenout330
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%

11.2 oz bottle (best before 14/06/2014) poured into a Tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear deep red-brown with a thick rocky light tan head. Lots of persistent lacing (strands and islands) all over the glass.

Smell: Sour & tart cherry. A hint of mustiness.

Taste: Tart/sour fruit up front (a combination of cherry with maybe a splash of citrus), then a sweet middle that was a clean sugary flavor, then a tart/sour finish, again fruity. This may be one of the most well balanced beers I've ever had - with the flavors complimenting each other just right.

Mouthfeel: Airy, soft, dry. It's there and then it's gone - it's almost like it evaporates away after the swallow.

Overall / Drinkability: A very interesting full flavor beer. Full of contrasts, but balanced and not overpowering despite being sour. Complimented a full-flavor dinner (Chicken + 40 cloves) very nicely and was good to savor after the meal. A very nice beer overall but for me a one and done. It's good, but one glass is enough. Another bottle or another glass would be too much - one per evening is enough. I could easily have this again though, just not in one sitting.

02-11-2013 23:46:06 | More by damndirtyape
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mizx

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-09-2013 19:54:53 | More by mizx
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Prost76

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-09-2013 11:22:28 | More by Prost76
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nickfran

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-09-2013 03:21:11 | More by nickfran
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Cursh14

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.2%

02-08-2013 06:48:21 | More by Cursh14
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seavercm

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

02-06-2013 16:24:57 | More by seavercm
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Fattmatt73

Georgia

4.76/5  rDev +14.4%

An absolutely incredible beer. The balance of fruit, floral and sour is incredible. Usually a beer this sweet would be way out of my zone, but the balance of the sour accentuates the fruit and floral notes. Love it, one of my favorite beers. Anyone who has not ventured into the land of sours should make this one of their first.

02-06-2013 06:23:14 | More by Fattmatt73
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hollywood_15063

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-05-2013 20:31:40 | More by hollywood_15063
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sbanacho

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-05-2013 03:53:06 | More by sbanacho
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bigbeerd

British Columbia (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-03-2013 07:16:51 | More by bigbeerd
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djtomain

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-02-2013 23:34:01 | More by djtomain
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matjack85

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-02-2013 07:40:10 | More by matjack85
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patre_tim

China

4.7/5  rDev +13%

A: Clear filtered dark reddish brown, little carbonation, half finger beige head. Cool lacing.

S: Balsamic vinegar, dark earthy malt, must, a bit of caramel. Very acidic.

T: A balance of sweet and sour, slight metallic end on the first sip, but not after. Malty caramel quality. Dark malts evident. Acidic is vinegar on the end, but is more of a fruit like sour without a fruitiness. Some bitter linger at the end, but minimal.

M: Medium body, medium high carbonation. Acidity clings to the tongue.

O: Love this beer. Certainly up there in my favourites. The best of the sour reds I’ve had. Its balanced for a sour and complex. Keeps me wanting more.

02-02-2013 02:31:48 | More by patre_tim
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

A - Elegant dark-amber color, showing very little light. Not a huge head. I drank this at a wine bar where it was served in a bowl-shaped water glass, so maybe it was not the most ideal.

S - Lots of floral smells, hints of tartness.

T - A very smooth and subtle sour taste, with flavors of berries, and hints of yeast. Well balanced.

M - Again, smooth, medium bodied.

O - Although not as bold as some sours, its flavors are well balanced and satisfying. This beer is pretty unique in its flavor profiles, and its quality is undeniable. Always a joy.

01-31-2013 04:23:10 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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imperiallibations

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-30-2013 22:54:46 | More by imperiallibations
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +6%

Poured into a wine glass, produced a nice tan reddish head that has really solid retention. Colour is a dark ruddy brown, essentially opaque. It has a great lacing and film.

Smell has a pleasant tartness, vinegary fruitiness. A pervasive sourness, red wine cask. A really interesting interplay of flavours, balanced and complex, with a supporting malt body, not much bitterness, and a sour prickle.

Taste has a wonderful, floral and tart opening. Quite a bit of sourness initially but this is countered with more developing slightly sweet malt. Hop character is restrained, but a really nice earthiness comes through. Finish is delicate, and really smooth and dry, subtle red wine tannins and oak. Continues to combine and blend seamlessly, sourness isn't too strong, really complex flavours.

Mouthfeel is moderate bodied, but with a ton of richness, just on the cusp of being syrupy on the palate but without much sweetness. Carbonation is pretty light, but suits nicely. Finishes nicely crisply, definetly pleasant, and highly enjoyable as a sipper but without too much body to be too heavy.

A very excellent beer. Hard to find faults here, and its really tasty. As far as the take on the style, it isnt as in your face sour as others, and seems to have a more balanced approach and flavour, with a slight roast malt sweetness on the palate that brings it all together really well. A great beer with a ton of flavour worth trying.

01-30-2013 21:04:38 | More by mick303
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-30-2013 03:52:54 | More by Sludgeman
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured into a Peculier Pub tulip on 1/29/13

Best Before: 05/01/2014

Dark copper color with ruby highlights. One and a half inch head fills the upper portion of the glass. Billowy, uneven retention and raised patches of lace.

Acidic aromas, dark cherry, damp oak, hints of blackberry jam, herbal hops and notions of spiced bread. With each sip, sourness and dark fruit juice wash o'er the palate. The sourness falls away pretty quickly leaving a robust, jammy fruit middle which, by some stroke of talent or luck, isn't very sweet. Undercurrents of jam-ready bread notions. Musty oak lingers at down times in flavor. The feel is brisk what with the shot of sour and ample carbonation, despite the body being of moderate heft. Clean, slightly oaky finish.

I am not the most eloquent or well versed on such beers; this is just mighty tasty.

01-30-2013 02:51:36 | More by Ryan011235
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,075 ratings.