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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
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3,048 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,048
Reviews: 1,346
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 131
Gots: 286 | 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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archero

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

10-22-2012 03:14:00 | More by archero
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RaulMondesi

California

3.81/5  rDev -8.4%

Raulsky was pumped. Sat down at da joint - Hopscotch, in Downtown Fullerton, and all the fly honey's were at his table. One, two, three, and to the four; 5 honey's vs 3 dudes? Yep! Here goes Raul!

Pumped up like Kobe during a visit to Colorado pre thang thang. Ordered the Duchess and was ready to go. Hints of vinegar, but at the same time something good was going on. Sipped it, n yeah: just straight solid.

I wouldn't pop it for my lil soldierettes quinceañera, but just to get freaky, yep!

01-16-2013 10:23:24 | More by RaulMondesi
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tlazaroff

Virginia

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

A: This pours a very deep deep and ultra clear burgundy red. It's head is a slight off-white color. This beer is breathtaking to look at.

S: As I opened and poured the beer a huge almost cherry-like aroma almost over-took me. Upon closer inspection I was able to confirm this. There are many different dark fruits on the nose, but cherry takes the cake here. There is a noticeable sourness to the smell.

T: Huge sour cherry notes here in a background of light plum. The sourness is there, but not extreme and not subtle either. This beer tastes perfect and it is quite a religious experience.

M: This is so smooth, with low carbonation and a nice medium body. The sourness doesn't detract from the mouthfeel either.

D: To me, this has such low drinkability because I want to enjoy it. That said, it's extremely drinkable.

07-18-2011 00:33:56 | More by tlazaroff
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dherling

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured out a dark reddish brown with a minimal head that drops quickly. The nose is sour, even vinegary. There are also some nice notes of fruit and mustiness. I pick up some faint spice and sweetness lingering as well. The taste uncovers the sweet and extremely fruity notes from the nose. The body is amazingly sour grape juice, with a subdued bitterness that really works. Totally different than the nose, a nice surprise. Medium bodied, with good carbonation. The finish is pretty dry, like white wine.

11-17-2006 01:48:34 | More by dherling
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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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blabaer

California

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +1%

25 cl. bottle, with classical picture on the label.

Looks chestnutt brown, clear with decent carbonation. Modest head, modest lacing.

Nice smell of oak and wine. A bit of roasted coffee as well.

Taste is interesting indeed: slightly tart, with wine and fruits notes. Also roasted malts that develope into nutty and coffee, with modest hops and yeast.

Smooth and refreshing. Very drinkable too.
An interesting experience.

04-28-2010 13:00:12 | More by RuudJH
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CCutch

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-20-2013 02:30:10 | More by CCutch
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -13.9%

11.2 oz bottle poured chilled into a tulip glass

Pours a dark mahogony color with ruby tint. Head is thin, but a bit "lofty" (it is like a cloud in the sky) Off-white to tan color head. Decent light getting through. Decent.

Aroma is mainly of fruits (strawberries and cherries) with a strong oak wood dry aroma. Some vanilla also hits my nose as does a bit of alcohol. Maybe a bit of vinegar.

Definitely suits the style. A cherry-to-rasberry flavor up front along with a bit of oak barrel flavor. Alcohol is also on the menu as is a bit of a slight metallic taste that doesn't go well with me. Reminds me of champagne. I expected something a bit different I guess.

Thin body with a champagne quality feel. Bubbly on my tongue with a bit of alcohol biting me quick! Decent aftertaste though of souring cherries.

Overall drinkability? Not bad. I've had better in the style, but solid. The metallic flavor has me thrown a bit...maybe a "bad" batch. I'd have another just to see.

06-22-2006 03:17:29 | More by Fish113d
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tubeyes

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

A Very dark reddish, min head, great lacing.
S some pretty wild fruity, mushroom, oaky smokey goodness
T very sweet tropical citrus fruit upfront but mellows to a more carmelly grapefruit end
M very delicious and easily drinkable, great even carbonation and a fruity caramel aftertaste
O very enjoyable and complex. Flavors swirl and emerge and play around on tongue and cheeks. Had on tap in a squat tulip glass at OSDH in a presidents day special for FDR.

02-19-2013 01:24:34 | More by tubeyes
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oldedog

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2013 02:55:42 | More by oldedog
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-15-2014 17:02:06 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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heytomcat

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-27-2013 02:51:54 | More by heytomcat
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tjd25

France

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Beautiful head, very dense and lasting. Dark brown, purple color body with some orange reflects. The smell is very sour, like vinegar, with maybe a surprizing chocolate aspect and some cheesecake aromas. The taste is not as sour as one would expect; bread like, very citric, oranges. A sangria like aspect that also appears in the smell becomes more and more noticeable: red wine and fruits. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, thanks to the long lasting head, almost melting in the mouth. I had this beer before but it was a bit too cold. Today I served it at a higher temperature and it revealed a more interesting variety of aromas and flavors than just the basic sourness one would expect.

07-01-2004 23:02:52 | More by tjd25
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

09-12-2013 23:35:06 | More by bbeane
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EigenBeer

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-30-2013 13:56:55 | More by EigenBeer
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bconsidine

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-22-2012 19:22:52 | More by bconsidine
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-04-2012 04:46:25 | More by YamagamiTravis
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msondel

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

11-03-2012 01:46:31 | More by msondel
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

11-13-2011 17:13:06 | More by JohnnyHopps
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-16-2013 20:36:47 | More by wizo
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ThaCreep

Belgium

4.45/5  rDev +7%

A nose that directly think of red grapes and more particularly to wine (particularly in 75cl bottles where it is much more emphasized) but also harmonious tannins, probably due to a shift in casks. It also collects other flavors of red fruits, including cherries how. The palate is sweet tasting at first but it soon becomes sour. The finish leaves an impression of Red Flanders but more complex than his sisters and that's what makes it so valuable. Bubbly, light and far from being disgusting, it can boast of offering both unique flavors and easy to drink.

03-04-2010 11:37:44 | More by ThaCreep
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mickeymac

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Charging out of the bottle with champagne-like carbonation, it's a very eye-pleasing brown with garnet highlights. A fine tan head full of little bubbles lays on top of the beer to the end. The smell is somewhat musty, with hints of ripe fruit and an overriding sourness. One sip immediately causes the mouth to pucker, but that's not the end of the story. Raisiny sweetness balances the sour aspect of the beer, making for a very nice drinking experience. For a fairly sour beer, this one is surprisingly drinkable, and I found myself having to resist the urge to throw down big gulps of it. Nice.

09-08-2003 01:21:03 | More by mickeymac
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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