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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,070 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,070
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 135
Gots: 296 | 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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slowdaddy

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-04-2012 16:35:25 | More by slowdaddy
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brutalist

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-16-2013 04:07:57 | More by brutalist
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leodarko

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-01-2012 06:30:16 | More by leodarko
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StubFaceJoe

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-26-2014 06:32:08 | More by StubFaceJoe
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.66/5  rDev +12%

07-23-2013 05:18:26 | More by abeeronthebeach
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%

$ 12.99/25.4 oz bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottle expires 03/2016 at 45 degrees into a snifter
Aroma of cherries and a little acetic acid
Head small (2 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good – wide ring of small bubbles
Body very dark red-amber, clear
Flavor begins sour, with some cherry and vanillin from the barrel coming through – a hint of tannin is also present. No hops, no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

An excellent sour – very typical of the style. The sourness gives a refreshing tang.

07-20-2014 13:30:24 | More by Ozzylizard
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MMAJYK

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

A. Bright mahogony color. Nice and clear with a nice little head that dissipates rather quickly.

S. Cherries, apples, muscadines, and a touch of wood.

T. Grape skins, lemons, strawberries, and bubblegum.

M. Light in the mouth and high carbonation. Zingy and refreshing.

D. This beer is quite drinkable as it is one of the most refreshing drinks I've had in a while. Paired with Chicken Alfredo was excellent!

02-24-2009 18:36:55 | More by MMAJYK
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured the 33 cL glass into an oversized red wine glass to capture the aroma. Best by date: March 18, 2011.
A: Mahogany with ruby hues and a clear body. Poured with a thick tan film, which died to a good lace.
S: Tart raisin, cranberry granny smith apples with earthy, musty notes.
T: Very sweet and tart cranberry/cherry sparkling grape juice. It is extremely fruity with toffee, walnut and pecan flavors.
M: Very syrupy with a soda-like carbonation.
D: This is too sweet to have many in a row, but it is quite mild and refreshing like sparkling juice.

03-17-2010 03:40:09 | More by ne0m00re
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heerboth

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-20-2014 23:48:06 | More by heerboth
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YeastEnthusiast

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-20-2014 04:36:07 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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Beefytits4

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-20-2013 00:58:39 | More by Beefytits4
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desint

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-30-2013 11:36:37 | More by desint
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yeaprolly

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-12-2014 23:39:26 | More by yeaprolly
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-14-2014 00:27:01 | More by capnamerica
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blitz134

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

I had the pleasure of first having this on tap at the Brickstore in Atlanta. I'd never had a "flemish sour" as it was labeled and gave it a shot. I'm certainly glad I did as this has quickly became a favorite style to me and opened my eyes up to the world of sour beers.

This beer pours a lovely crimson, garnet red clear body with an initial tall 2 finger head which reduced down to a fairly thick half inch. The smell to me is amazing and one I have never found in any other beer. Its all about the balsamic vinegar, which I personally really like. Additionally there is a good dose of grape and other fruit aromas which remind me of a dark red wine.

The taste is of slight vinegar with a body of sour grape juice along with tart cherries. Its quite juicy and sweet on the tongue and finishes a bit sour, but not overpowering. When I had this on tap everyone who tasted it all agreed it was very interesting. This one sits a bit warm on my stomach although it isn't a high ABV brew.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin but coats the mouth well. Drinkability is good as well but it plays with my stomach a bit. I find this so tasty though that I can deal with that.

Overall, this beer (and the style in general) has an amazing flavor that everyone must try at least once. This is just one more example of the breadth of the capability of the beer world.

05-23-2005 02:43:26 | More by blitz134
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heysuz

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-25-2014 18:56:15 | More by heysuz
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-18-2011 00:22:01 | More by LSUPT
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kybeerdrinker

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-02-2014 18:55:40 | More by kybeerdrinker
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hpthebull

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-22-2013 14:54:07 | More by hpthebull
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switzer

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-12-2013 01:15:29 | More by switzer
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Luiz0930

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%

09-14-2013 08:21:49 | More by Luiz0930
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IronTom

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

08-18-2013 21:19:30 | More by IronTom
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -11.1%

Damn this is an interesting beer. Granted this was my first time I've tried a flanders red, I didn't know what to expect. Poured out like thick cough syrup. Dark ruby with lots of carbonation. Smell..at first it was like soy sauce. But once you keep whiffing it, it smells like wine somewhat. Cheeries and plums comes to mind when smelling. Taste was unique. Beginning is tart, sweet and sour. Very complexed. Once the sourness goes away, fruits hit the palate with some woody finish to it. Finishes very dry to my surprise. Worth trying out.

05-12-2004 23:53:53 | More by necoadam
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bob727

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-21-2011 07:18:42 | More by bob727
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

09-19-2012 02:05:11 | More by Thomas_Picton
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,070 ratings.