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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
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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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jman005, Nov 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

jemarent, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

athomasPSU, Oct 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

seplo, Jan 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

falconxman, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

gshak, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

dt_gbpackersfan, Sep 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

McNazz, Jun 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Petey_the_Quiet, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Part of my three-part series of intimidatingly sour/funky beers along with New Glarus' Sour Brown Ale, and Oude Gueuze.

Pours a striking dark ruby/garnet with a short, fading tan head. Nose is similar to the Sour Brown with the strong balsamic vinegar astringency along with tart lambic fruits. Taste starts with a quick vinegar/lambic sour bite and then gets sickly sweet with overripe granny smith apple peel and rancid citrus then finishes with a hint of dry tart. Mouthfeel is clean and bubbly. Would be a lot more drinkable if the sickly-sweetness was kept in check, but still certainly one of the most unique beer experiences I've had to date.

Golden2wenty1, Feb 21, 2006
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Envelopes, Jan 09, 2013
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Mack, May 04, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. best before 2-11-04

Sharp vinegar (balsamic) and a slight sweetness of ripe dark fruit (plum) in the nose. Deep purple opeque look in the goblet. 1/2 inch pale beige head that is persistant. Inital tangy/sweet/puckering fruit taste of bing cherries and ripe plum is then followed by a sweeter woody finish. Medium mouth. Good but due to many factors not very drinkable.. a case of these would last you a very long time.

frank4sail, Feb 16, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

IanSpindler, Jun 22, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby in color with a thin, light tan head. The aroma is, first of all, sour. Not as sour as I expected, but with a sharp vinegar zing to it. Hints of vanilla lie underneath.

The taste, OTOH, is every bit as sour as I expected, and then some. It can take quite a while to work through this to discover any other flavors, especially for a neophyte to the style like me. A hint of oak seems to poke through, and the middle develops a nice sweetness as the beer warms. The finish, however, is reassertively acidic with something of an apple flavor to it.

It's hard for me to call this beer very drinkable -- it's certainly not meant to be quaffed in a few gulps, and quite frankly, I have a hard time seeing myself return to it very often. I imagine it would pair rather nicely with food, given its wine-like qualities. Either way, though, it's an experience worth having.

mzwolinski, Apr 10, 2004
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

halo913, Jun 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

brauseboof, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the Monk's Cafe Michael Jackson dinner. This was beer # 3. This beer poured a dark burgundy color with a nice tan head and nice lacing. The aroma is at times an overwhelming sourness of cherries but pretty pleasant. The taste is tart cherries, a bit earthy. This one is a bit acidic but overall a crisp beer and with a medium body, pretty drinkable.

ggaughan, Mar 24, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml -> Flute Glass

A- Pours a nice thick 1 finger head with great retention and lacing. The body is a dark red/brown with bits of yeasty haze.

S- Very wine like in the aroma but with a nice tart/funk. Notes of apples, oak, funk, and maybe a rum-soaked raisin.

T- Very complex notes of cherry, green apple, rum soaked raisin, buttery oak, and a nice tartness. The finish is buttery with notes of apple and bits of rum.

M- Quite full mouthfeel, low carbonation but higher acidity.

D- This is a great Flanders Red and pretty drinkable. Definitely will have again.

Greggy, Jan 14, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

mythaeus, Aug 21, 2013
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patrick802, Jun 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

NumberNone, Aug 10, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,343 ratings.