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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,076 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,076
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 136
Gots: 301 | 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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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-02-2012 00:54:28 | More by Stockfan42
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mweso2000

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-30-2014 23:40:28 | More by mweso2000
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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

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

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%

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

05-31-2010 03:49:17 | More by djbreezy
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allstar255

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-18-2014 07:39:27 | More by allstar255
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

My first beer of this style. Pours a beautifuly dark red with a nice sized head. Recedes quickly to leave some good lacing on the sides and surface. Smell is tart with some mild fruit notes. Kind of like a fruit lambic. Taste is tart to begin. Spicy throughout. Rich earthy yeastiness in the finish. Red wine. There is a great background sweetness that makes this very nicely balanced. Really tasty. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. Overall I really like this- much more than I thought I would actually. Will have to seek out some more examples of this style.

12-24-2011 20:49:01 | More by burnstar
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thekanna

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-14-2012 23:46:06 | More by kayrex
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brauseboof

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-21-2012 21:31:12 | More by brauseboof
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jemarent

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-15-2014 17:18:27 | More by jemarent
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

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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Act25

New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +10.3%

My first Flemish sour, and a favorite.

A: The look is a 5. Deep, dense, thick, lasting tan head that lasts forever, starting as a pillowed crown and becoming a weathered sand castle.

Ruby Brown body, loads of lacing. A perfect pour.

S: puts you into the wine cellar with all the smells, wine, wine spills, oak, char, sawdust, concrete floor, mold, humidity, age.

T: This is three beers in one and so even at $7 a bottle is reasonable value. Smooth, soft, and tannic like wine. Chewy like wine, with body, in concert sweet and sour, fruit and malt, twin forces arise to treat your mouth to an utterly new sensation totally gratifying. 10s of flavors (as evidenced by the review) but dominant are burgundy pinot noir, cherry, balsamic, and jam. It rides on sweet bread and despite all this meditation complexity, it finishes clean. This is a must try, much try! One of my favorite firsts ever.

F: Leaves your mouth in a lovely kissing place like a great chewy wine or beer. You must let it warm. Also I drank my first one at the same pace as I'd drink 2 glasses of wine. Very slowly. And getting closer and closer to 55 degrees.

A-bro wrote " I must pause for a moment and thank the beer gods …Top of my list, an art performance… " I agree!

11-19-2013 21:44:28 | More by Act25
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allenson21

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-26-2013 02:25:16 | More by allenson21
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CDCNAM

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-12-2013 13:52:27 | More by CDCNAM
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azorie

Florida

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-06-2012 20:11:50 | More by azorie
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JBogan

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured a dark brown with ruby tint, a slightly off white small head which left somewhat quickly and left moderate lacing.

Smelled mostly of sour cherries, with a bit of raisin and alcohol present as well.

Tasted of sour cherries with a hint of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel was very good. Smooth and medium bodied yet with a perfect amount of carbonation sting.

This was a very drinkable beer, yet it doesn't come cheap. It also seem to have a much higher ABV than advertised. Overall I will most certainly revisit this one again, yet save it for special occasions as it's priced a bit too dear for daily consumption.

05-09-2008 00:42:41 | More by JBogan
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-12-2012 19:42:01 | More by Skye1024
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metalgdog

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-13-2013 23:52:34 | More by metalgdog
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rogerdandy

Alberta (Canada)

5/5  rDev +20.2%

07-08-2014 20:02:17 | More by rogerdandy
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-20-2014 16:30:36 | More by ChicagoNick
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KG710

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-17-2014 18:16:18 | More by KG710
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csiewert

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

This beer poured a dark ruby color with a trace of off white fizzy head that retain and laces pretty well. The aroma has notes of sour cherries, dark fruit and some vinegar. The taste starts with the sour cherries and then has a strong note of vinegar... Not very good. The mouthfeel is on par for what a sour ale should be like, but I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but this was way too vinegary for me.

08-17-2011 01:11:50 | More by csiewert
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-20-2014 20:52:19 | More by BEERschlitz
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Luk13

Quebec (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%

It took me so much time to truly appreciate this beer, so I understand the haters here. Appearance is magnificient. Brown pour with red highlights and a lasting thick creamy offwhite head. One of the most beautiful lacing there is. Once it's over, my glass is completely coated with lacing.

Aroma: This is certainly not unanimous as there is a lot of balsamic vinegar which can be offputting but I like it now. There is a decent amount of musty wood, red wine, some burnt brown sugar. I also get some subtle notes of nuts and chocolate.

Taste: Probably the perfect balance between tart and sweet. To be more specific, some cherries and plums, lots of wood, maple syrup. Very close to a 5.

Mouthfeel: Light yet holds everything together. It is certainly not sticky considering the sweetness, nor as dry as a sour which gives this beer the opportunity to express its sweet and sour profile.
Low carbonation but not much is needed here.

Overall: A very unique, harmonious and elegant beer that has no evident flaws. I think it just surpassed Orval as my favourite go to beer.

08-18-2011 21:59:48 | More by Luk13
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,076 ratings.