Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From a 750 ml bottle into a wine glass.
A-The beer is dark brown with ruby highlights. A normal pour produced about one finger of dirty, light brown head that faded into a cap pretty quickly. The cap hung around until the end.
S-I love the smell of this stuff; a real highlight. I get bright, tart cherries, acidic vinegar, sour apples, toasty oak, and a bit of earth. The whole thing melds together just right for me.
T-The taste is sweeter and simpler than the smell. Still, the flavors are tart cherries, apples, pears, and a little kick of funky earth. The sweet taste overpowers some of the oak and acid that make the smell so great.
M-The beer has a fine carbonation with a medium body. A touch watery feeling.
O-Disclosure: Years ago, this was one of the first sour beers I ever had, so I'm sure there is some nostalgia coming in here. Anyway, I really enjoy the Duchesse. In particular, I could smell this beer all day long. The taste is a little sweet and the feel was merely good (not great), so perhaps this beer lacks the balance and complexity of the best sour red ales (Rodenbach Grand Cru, for example), but the Duchesse is still a great example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2012 19:05:11 | More by spoony
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,954 ratings.