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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,343 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,343
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 154
Gots: 379 | FT: 8
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

drummermattie02, Jul 03, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

BlackBeerDown, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of mechtech
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balsamic vinegar, cherry, fairly sweet and tart, slightly soy sauce. Finish of tartness and rich fruit lasts longer than expected, and a musty taste is eventually left behind. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Quite nice if you like vinegar, fairly complex.

mechtech, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Mendicant
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Mendicant, Jul 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of mikeg67
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours brown with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of vinegar, caramel, brown sugar, plums and alcohol. Body is full and tangy. Taste is of barnyard yeast, cherries, plums, caramel, vinegar and brown sugar. Finish is long, sweet and sour. Amazingly delicious brew.

mikeg67, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of kristougher
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kristougher, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

desint, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Haybeerman, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

hellhammermario, Jun 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

BuzzLitebier, Jun 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

dertyd, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color. The off-white shaded head, in typical sour ale fashion, is quick to fade, but starts at three fingers high due to an aggressive pour. Nice specks of lacing left on the glass, though.

S: It starts off with a load of wine grapes and lesser notes of cherries. As it opens up in the glass, it develops more and more acetic vinegar notes. Still, it's very well balanced within the (restrained) sugary sweetness.

T: The opening is moderately tart, nothing to rape the palate, but something that's definitely palpable. It develops into a leathery finish that I find quite offensive at first - after a few sips, though, the palate adjusts to its presence. The more I sip, the more its fruity cherry notes come forward on the back end. After a while, I start to enjoy its sweet/tart balance. As much as I enjoy it, the musty strangeness (especially on exhales/burps) brings it down a touch.

M: The palate is never fully beat down by tartness...the sweet finish does a great job of keeping it in check. I would complain that it's too sweet, but I won't. This is too drinkable and refreshing for me to care.

O: If anything, this is something of a middle ground between Lindeman's sugar bombs and a proper sour ale. The sugary sweetness is quite prevalent, yet it doesn't overpower the tart qualities. I can see this being very approachable to sour ale beginners.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

IndyDad, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

tbryan5, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

trebbates, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ivegotmule, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mrfrancis, Jun 26, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back, never having anything from Brouwerij Verhaeghe before or even a Flanders Red Ale, for that matter. Even though this reminded me of a Lambic, this completely caught me off-guard and was one of the more pleasant surprises that I've had in a long time. It's a bit syrupy for me but besides the slightly heavy mouthfeel, there was a lot to like about this beer and for a style that's not terribly common, it got my attention rather quickly!

Nice pour to this, with a mahogany hue, somewhat thick head, and lacing that slowly fell down the sides of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this either but there was lots of cherry, booze, syrup, and malt. The carbonation was good as well and the funkiness of this had me thinking that this was a Lambic, on the scale of a Lindemann's. This had a good amount of sour apple in the back and combined with a smooth and somewhat silky mouthfeel, made this beer quite easy to down for a Flanders Red Ale neophyte like me.

The alcohol wasn't that strong in this either and even though I only bought one bottle, I could have downed quite a few in a sitting. Very beers are this smooth and accessible while not being overly strong, tart, or sour, but this straddled the edge of those quite well. I couldn't taste the balsamic vinegar here and there wasn't any spice either so if you're new to this, get it and give a go - I can't imagine anyone not liking this beer!

JerzDevl2000, Jun 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Mattco, Jun 24, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cognac brown in a sniffer there was a nice bed of foam on top that drifted away slowly.

Very sweet to the nose there was tons of sherry, port or vinous notes. Grape must, earthy sour aromas this was very interesting.

It's hard to relate the taste to a beer. So much port flavor, sherry sweetness and just the right amount of tart this is like drinking a fermented grape based liquor, with low alcohol. Very smooth, lots of crisp carbonation to help it down, this is very different from expectation.

KYGunner, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

aflies, Jun 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

MtOrion, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

McBastard, Jun 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

IanSpindler, Jun 22, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,343 ratings.