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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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2,874 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,874
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 124
Gots: 238 | FT: 8
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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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sbanacho

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-05-2013 03:53:06 | More by sbanacho
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a flute

A - Dark red with no head, lots of lacing on the side of the glass as this one disappears

S - reminds me of red wine vinegar with a hint of cherry

T - tart cherry flavor is very balanced with the sweetness, mild oak flavor. Certainly not unpleasant but I was expecting more tartness from this.

M - Medium body with an average amount of carbonation

D - Easy to drink but not all that memorable. While the flavor isn't bad it just isn't all that exciting. I was hoping for more sour notes than this. I would drink this one again sometime but don't plan on seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 14:07:23 | More by jpmclaug
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goschool

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour is burgundy with ruby highlights and a frothy tan head.

Smell: The sweet malts in the nose bring cherries, grapes, and other ambiguous dark fruit, to compliment tart sourness. There is a faint spicy phenolic aroma as well.

Taste: The sourness comes out right away and sticks around as, at least, the co-dominant flavor. Cherries, blackberries, grapes, sweet candy, molasses, and a hint of vanilla round out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with quite a bit of astringency.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I'm sad to see my glass empty.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 07:45:59 | More by goschool
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange to deep amber/near ruby clear body under a fluffy off-white head that initially rises three fingers, and then recedes to a solid finger of head that laces and lasts.

S: Tart granny smith apples, vinegar, salt, sour cherries, aspen wood, and oak.

T: A dashing mixture of tart and sweet cascades through the mouth literally the moment this beer hits the tongue. It is difficult to dissect what exactly is happening in the first few seconds. Significant soft sweetness is present for the first half of the taste, but the incredible blend of sour, tart, and dry keeps everything in balance. Judging from the nose I was expecting a stronger tannins presence, what is here is good however. Near the end everything starts to dry out as some familiar rich malts rise to pair with the "old" wood and toasty aftertaste that lasts and lasts. I can still taste this 5 minutes after a sip (mostly sour cherries).

M: Somehow this beer manages to yield medium sized bubbles and enough carbonation to bite, but still be soft and smooth from the second it hits the tongue to the last swallow.

D: Good drinkability for this style, but note that this is not a hugely drinkable style. I am tempted to slurp down most oatmeal stouts, this however is a sipper (not because of high ABV) and not something to chug.

Overall: Easily one of my favorite beers and at $5.00 a fairly good value for something bottle conditioned and imported. There is so much going on in this beer- take your time and let it warm up (don't drink this any cooler than 50 degrees!). I would recommend pairing it with some homemade blackberry jam on whole grain toast, maybe some sharp cheddar on the side.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 18:13:14 | More by allforbetterbeer
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rayjay

Hawaii

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at City Beer in S.F. and poured into a wit beer glass. Best before 18-10-07.

Nice pour. No sediment, acive carbonation and sudsy head. Deep red like cherry cough syrup.

Smells like cherries and vinegar, very nice and pleasant but bold at the same time. Grainy smell like gueuze ale.

Cherry candy taste dominates. Tart and snappy but also very sweet. Woody and metallic. Others have said Coca-Cola, which I can see but may not have picked it out myself.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick from the sugars, and the carbonation is a bit low which makes it feel even thicker. Chalky finish.

I enjoy this beer and would always be happy to drink one. Refreshing but too sweet. I wish this style was more widely available, I have only had 3 examples of this style and one was from Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 02:03:10 | More by rayjay
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Mikexw

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

04-08-2014 03:21:54 | More by Mikexw
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-08-2013 23:28:29 | More by chasmandocharles
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: garnet in color with a cream head that lasts through the entire experience. The head sticks to the glass in rings, marking your progress.

S: aroma consists of cherries along with the typical funkiness that comes with most sour ales. Overall, the bouquet is quite shy.

T: off-dry with hints of cherries, fruitcake, and sourness blending together for a delightful experience.

M: thin body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: a delightful example of the flanders red style. Good for those looking to get in to sour ales, since this one is somewhat tame.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:13:06 | More by Avagadro
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KornWallace

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-09-2014 04:01:04 | More by KornWallace
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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-07-2014 13:46:44 | More by lgmol
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Nebraska

4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-15-2013 04:10:41 | More by DemoniChris
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Geuzedad

Arizona

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

07-25-2012 00:16:14 | More by Geuzedad
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Xandrose

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-16-2013 03:26:24 | More by Xandrose
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jreitman

California

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purplish brown in color with a initally huge head that fades quickly. Aroma of vinegar was not appropriate. Much sweeter than should be the case for the style. Very remniscent of a Liefman's lambic in that respect. Quite enjoyable, but nothing outstanding. May be a good introduction to the style for a lot of people as it doesn't have the harsh acidity that most new sour ale drinkers get shocked by.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 11:21:55 | More by jreitman
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

01-17-2012 17:37:16 | More by kspongeworthy
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Domvan

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been in a beer funk but this may have pulled me out of it. Pours very dark but upon examination turns out to be a dark ruby color with thick, creamy, off-white head. Amazing retention and good lacing. Very nice looking beer. Smell is tart with some sour green apple, vineager, and some yeast as well. Taste has a complex bunch of flavors but the ones that stuck out most to me was a sweet grape. Some apple and pear as well. A sharp tartness to it that is very well balance by a nice sweetness. Very complex beer. Mouthfeel was medium and its very smooth going down as it leaves you a nice aftertaste. Overall a great beer and the lower ABV makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:03:24 | More by bunnyhustle
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Dirty25

Germany

2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

04-02-2014 16:01:57 | More by Dirty25
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Pinche_Oso

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-12-2012 16:56:15 | More by Pinche_Oso
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in the Mug, a pub in Middleburg. I just pointed at a beer that seemed interesting to me.

A - A red looking beer with a off white head. No visible carbonation.

S - It smells like sour wine and cherries. Somewhat similar to Rodenbach grand cru. I just don't like sour smells.

T - A beautiful cherry beer, sweet and a little sour.

M - Its quite sticky to my palate. The carbonation is medium.

O - A nice beer for a sour one. I would even say its worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 17:21:11 | More by Mar02x
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is a completely new experience for me. I kind of know what to expect from the descriptions I've read for Flanders Reds, but I've never had one, so I'm not entirely sure what I'm in for. Ok, here it goes...

A- Deep ruby red with a rather large head and a great deal of cascading bubbles. Beautiful beer!

S- Definitely an interesting aroma. Vinegary sour for sure, but not offputting at all. In fact, it's quite pleasant. Fruity aromas of sour grapes and cherries give it a bit of a wine-like nose. Maltiness is present with a sweet bready aroma that reminds me of my grandmother's homemade bread. Definitely unlike any beer I've had before, but it's appealing.

T- The taste is quite mild actually, not overpowering. Begins rather tart, but the sourness is soon overcome by sweetness. Flavors are complex and hard to pinpoint. Cherries are definitely present, along with a sort of orange cream flavor. Some of the sweet, bready malt is also detectable towards the end. Had that not been there, I might have been skeptical that I was drinking beer at all! The vinegar flavor lingers throughout, but I suppose that is a trademark of the style. I almost thought I caught a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it was gone before I could even attempt to grasp it. Finishes both sweet and tart with a bit of a metallic twinge. Quite the complex and interesting beer.

M- Full, smooth and creamy, very nice.

D- Excellent drinkability! Surprisingly easy to drink given the mouthfeel and all the complexities. I'd almost be bold enough to say that this is a quaffing beer, but it's really not. It could be quaffed if necessary, though.

Quite the interesting beer, and one that I had to try. I'm not sure I should be reviewing it given my inexperience with the style, but I decided, what the hell. It's actually quite good. It may take some getting used to, but this is potentially a style that I could get into. It's very different from classic American beers, though. Recommended, with reservations for newbies.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 02:05:00 | More by vtfan77
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Brinks

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

12-27-2013 20:20:58 | More by Brinks
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cichief

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown, with a nice brown head of foam. The beer is fairly haze free.

S- There is plenty of over ripe fruit and a hint of yeasty
breadiness.

T- Nice and tart at first with some fruity sourness, but finishes with some malty sweetness, the yeast adds tp the malt nicely. There is a hint of ripe figs or raisins.

M- Plenty of very small bubbles without being gassy, coats he tongue nicely.

D- Perhaps a little sweeter than I would hpe for the style, but a nice beer all the same.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:41:13 | More by cichief
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: 33cl bottle to Duchesse glass. Half finger tan head over red/brown body. Ruby hues abound. Head tapers quickly to very nice lacing and halo.

Nose: Bret and bread. Very tart aroma, some grain and yeast as well. Sour cherries, an autumn day, overripe grapes, puckering. Oak and vanilla.

Mouth: Juicy, sour tasting immediately upon entering but sweetens as it moves back, grapes, raisins, plums. Some grain, a resinous aftertaste. Vinous, lingering juiciness. Nice malt body. Caramel, toffee. Mouth feel is sharp tingling carbonation that gets creamier as it moves back, smooth swallow. Is both rich and dry in the finish. Easy drinking. Loooove it!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 18:59:07 | More by clickpush
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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