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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,355 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,355
Reviews: 1,369
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 155
Gots: 384 | 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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Photo of angrybabboon
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 9/12/13

Appearance: Dark red with equal parts deep amber and brown - mostly hazy, but some clarity around the edges - pours with a large, decidedly Belgian, beige head - dense and creamy - fades to a smaller but still solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Holy Balsamic vinegar, Batman - high quality Balsamic vinegar, with some interesting lactic sourness - damp, wet, funk - some very nice woody oak notes - very fruity and sweet, with some serious cherry juice and tart cherry - some nice, pale and caramel malts at its base - some earthiness, and something that reminds me of chocolate

Taste: Sweet and fruity, with some nice tart, sour, and funky notes - sweet cherry flesh and some tart cherries, with some other berry fruit flavors - definitely sweet, almost candy-like, but it works thanks to the other flavors - some serious Balsamic vinegar - woody, damp and wet funkiness, with some tart, and some lactic sour - some light, pale malts and straight-up caramel - lightly earthy - light bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, nice to sip

Overall: This is where Archer's code name really comes from

I've been meaning to try this for years. This was a small bottle, probably split up from a Duchesse gift pack (insert sound effect here). But now I suppose I need to get some of these to age, as this greatly exceeded my expectations. I have had a handful of harder to get, more expensive Flanders Reds. And this is really among the best I have ever had. Seriously.

angrybabboon, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of detrockcitey
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

detrockcitey, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Raziel313
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Raziel313, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Higy
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Higy, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

mendvicdog, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of anthrocks
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had several other sour ales, and I've always been disappointed with most of the others. This one stands tall among the rest.

L: Pours a very dark reddish-brown, with white head that turns into light lacing
S: Smells like Balsamic vinegar and sour cherries
T: Sweet and sour with a wonderful tang
F: Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation
O: This could very well be the best beer I've ever tasted, or ever will taste.

It's expensive, but worth it. Give it a shot!

anthrocks, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Chris00710
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Chris00710, Sep 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

goldenM13, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Hanglow
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Hanglow, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Kaisermatt
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Kaisermatt, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Rollzroyce21, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of ShannonRedCow
5/5  rDev +20.2%

My absolute favorite sour. I explain it to guests in layman's terms. It's like red wine, cider, and beer got together and created a new beer. It changes as you drink it too. Delicious!

ShannonRedCow, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Cylinsier
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

tap

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of sweet and sour cherries with a hint of lactic acidity.

Tastes of sweet cherries, citrus tartness, lactic sourness, and a light pomegranate seed bitterness.

Medium body with a fizzy carbonation.

A really good sour ale that mixes some fruity sweetness in for great effect. Delicious and enjoyable to drink, definitely going to look for this again.

Cylinsier, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Hoptron_3000
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky medium brown with hints of red. Good sized fluffy head that fades to a small island.
S: Balsamic vinegar. Musty. Brown sugar.
T: Sweet and sour but leaning more to the sweet side. Maybe it needs more time to sour? Brown sugar and vanilla. Sweet finish.
M: Good carb. Quite a round full body for a sour.
O: Nice beer but not to sour (maybe I was just expecting much more).

Hoptron_3000, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Soto
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Soto, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

AdamElb, Sep 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

DLucky, Sep 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

SupremePie, Sep 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

kodt, Sep 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

MaxOhle, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ac22rush, Sep 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ThirstyHrothgar, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

nkeckhar, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of TruePerception
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Duchesse de Bourgogne: (Verhaeghe), 6%; Head flavor: nutty, apple/raisin; Appearance: cola/thin coffee, red warmth; Smell: dates/jam/fig; Mouthfeel: effervescent; Taste: cola, date/prun, green apple-y sourness, molasses; good/really good; slightly sweet from the bottle, more bitter (sides of tongue) from glass, mellows as it sits.

Poured into a pint glass.

TruePerception, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Greigh
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Greigh, Sep 01, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,355 ratings.