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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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2,970 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,970
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 128
Gots: 268 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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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rhinos00

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a burgundy, brown color with a nice three fingers width of off-white head. Some lacing as the beer is consumed.

S- Not very pleasant. Gives off a strong vinegar scent with some oak and sourness in between.

T- Not as overwhelming as the aroma. Toned down sourness that is more tart and a nice sweetness that balances the taste. Still this one is just off in some way.

M- Some carbonation. Had a thin to medium bodied mouthfeel.

D- This one was pretty hard to put down. The taste and aroma weren't doing it for me.

Overall, I love sours but this one was just not my cup of tea. Sour, yet sweet with a vinegar scent was all too much for me. I'll pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 01:22:26 | More by rhinos00
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carmike813

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-27-2014 18:28:05 | More by carmike813
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CCutch

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-20-2013 02:30:10 | More by CCutch
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been over a year since I last tried this brew. Wow! I love this style.

750ml bottle purchased at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank - cork stamped "good until Nov. 2007." I am drinking it young and loving it!

Unlike the last bottle I tried which was a 11.3. ounce crown capped bottle, this one is cork and cage finished.

Poured a deep ruby garnet with a generous off-white head that lasts and lasts and leaves clumps of thick lacing.

Aroma is funky earth, some wine vinegar and a malt like sweetness that I cannot say I have smelled before.

Taste is refreshing and complex. a tartness up front morphs into candy sugar and finishes in a bready slightly dry finish. Sour cherry candies?

Mouthfeel is creamy and light, which makes this quenching beer a real refresher.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 23:32:45 | More by Citadel82
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Anthony1

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice/snifter. It was a dark brown with flecks of red. It had a tan, two-finger head that left nice rings of lace. It smelled of sour cherries and malt. It tasted very sour with a little sweet kick. There was a good dosage of malt, too. It was crisp and sharp. It was medium-bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 23:15:44 | More by Anthony1
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EROCK75

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-17-2013 17:05:14 | More by EROCK75
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-08-2012 17:34:45 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-17-2013 15:03:42 | More by Whatup14
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Domvan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-01-2014 01:39:26 | More by Domvan
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Hoppy_McMalt

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-16-2013 03:24:24 | More by Hoppy_McMalt
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blabaer

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

07-10-2014 23:56:38 | More by blabaer
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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-27-2011 07:08:13 | More by CypherEnigma
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

3/5  rDev -27.9%

07-16-2014 21:46:19 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-02-2012 00:54:28 | More by Stockfan42
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delightful Flanders Red Ale was served on tap on 11/11/11 at Beer Geeks in Highland, IN. It was my third beverage on the evening, but by far the best.

Radiating a deep brown-amber hue, the ale was served in flute glass with an inch head. A fruity-sour aroma tickled the nose without much effort. The aroma was quite potent. As with most good sour ales, the taste was potent. A sour fruitness was the immediate impression; this included hints of tart cranberry and raspberry. The sensations continued into the tart and fruity aftertaste. The carbonation was a little more aggressive than I would have expected, but this did not subtract from the experience. Duchesse is a delicious and refreshing experience.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 17:13:06 | More by JohnnyHopps
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chimay goblet.

A: pours dark red, with a thin white head with small amount of lacing
S: sour, kind of musty, with fruit hidden in the background.
T: sour on first sip. a honey like sweetness, with mild bitterness. a malty and nutty aftertaste.
M: kind of like watered down fizzy syrup, medium carbonation
D: very drinkable, find myself wanting another even though i have yet to finish the one in front of me

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 07:26:24 | More by rootbeerman
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djbreezy

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

appearance - dark and clear reddish brown, carbonation crawling up the side of the glass, big retention on the edge of the glass with yeast spotting on top, lacing crawls down the glass

smell - wine-like nose, vinegar, dark fruit, blended, sour, rich oak

taste - sour and tart cherries, sweet grape, yeast, rich oak barrel complexity

mouthfeel - heavily carbonated, full bodied, smooth, tingle from the carbonation

drinkability - remarkably complex, very rich and flavorful, the excessive carbonation and the initial vinegar in the nose are this beer's biggest flaws but the rest of the ale is very well crafted, amazing flavor and great value

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 03:49:17 | More by djbreezy
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TubaDan

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-20-2013 04:09:53 | More by TubaDan
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willjschmidt

California

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into my Duchesse De Bourgogne glass. Bottle marked "best before 19-09-07".

A: A dark reddish brown color with a thin and quickly receding light tan head. Lots of lacing.

S: Some wine-like aromas: sour & acidic berries with some malt as well.

T: Slightly sweet and rather tart cherries come across in the flavor. It is smooth at first with the sour tartness dominating the aftertaste. A bit mouth puckering in the end. There are also some malt flavors evident that seem to come and go. There's really a lot going on with the flavors in this beer.

M: Light and fine carbonation, medium mouthfeel and slightly syrupy.

D: It's and easy drinking beer, one that would pair well with food. Definitely one of the more unique beers that I've ever had. A testament to the range and complexity that beers can achieve.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 02:45:06 | More by willjschmidt
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep redish brown color.

S: I get a lot of molasses and some vinegar like others.

T: Tart fruit, and carbonation, not a ton of vinegar acid

M: Carbonation, thin, actually the best part of this beer to me.

D: It's good to try, but not sure if I'd do a ton ton of them. Once a year beer. Too tart for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:57:12 | More by madtowndmb1
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-13-2013 21:07:27 | More by cbnz
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thekanna

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance: Amber, crystalline beer with active carbonation and effervescence. Appears somewhat like sparkling cider.

Smell: Freshly squeezed apple juice, citrus fruits, cherry tree grove, and a slight sweetness that intermingles with the sourness. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it smelled like fruity children's candy (e.g. Fruit Roll-Ups).

Taste: Slightly vinegary as it hits the palate; granny smith apples, blood oranges, passion fruit/starfruit? Maybe not the last one. There seems to be a sudden transition in flavor midway: from carbonated to a smooth, ice wine or port-like quality. Hard cider or mulled mead sweetness rounds out the finish, with the mouthfeel almost like Sunny Delight (interestingly enough).

Drinkability: Sipper, but oh my this is a wonderful sipper. Definitely pairs well with anything resembling a 13th century meal or something more elegant. This is the one beer that all the wine drinkers I know who hate beer will drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 07:37:04 | More by thekanna
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wine-like garnet color with a medium sized white head, foamy around the edge. Aroma is like a vinegar dressing, not entirely sour, sort of like overripe fruit mixed with a merlot. The wine comparisons carry over to the taste, which starts out sweet like grapes before going sour, giving the beer a balance regarding those two characteristics. It's an odd sour, wine-like taste not present in other Belgian brew like classic lambics or gueuze. Easily the most wine-like beers I have ever had and one of the most unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 06:19:34 | More by saintwarrick
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-12-2013 14:43:33 | More by NickyDee21
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allstar255

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-18-2014 07:39:27 | More by allstar255
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,970 ratings.