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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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93
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2,941 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,941
Reviews: 1,337
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 127
Gots: 255 | 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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FitnessForBeer

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

03-19-2014 06:20:14 | More by FitnessForBeer
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 75cL bottle into two tulip glasses. One for me and one for my wife. The cork is labeled exp. 05/11.

It pours a brilliant deep red color with a two finger foamy dense head

Smells of acidity, sour fruit and vinegar notes. The nose is very inviting and promising for a tasty sour beer inside.

The taste is an explosion of colliding flavors. Starts a little tart with a lot of red fruit flavors. the middle is medium bard-yard brett and it finishes with the acidic vinegar and a surprising sweetness.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, a little tart but smooth and perfect carbonation level. Four a sour the drinkability is amazing. I'm drinking this faster than I wold have thought and it really goes down smoothly.

I haven't had many example of this style but I really am enjoying the trip. It wasn't as tart and sour as I had expected and the sweet finish was unexpected. I am unsure of the bottling date but i think I might pick up another bottle and let it age until closer to the expiration date to see how the tartness develops.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 00:59:02 | More by weatherdog
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bastu

Tennessee

1/5  rDev -76%

07-08-2014 07:01:05 | More by bastu
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Florya

Norway

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2012 22:44:11 | More by Florya
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kmwilson76

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-27-2011 15:24:33 | More by kmwilson76
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jda007

Florida

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely stunning!

Had on tap at Proof in Tallahassee, FL. They consistently keep it on tap and the popularity has grown quite a bit.

On tap is far superior to bottled.

Head is just right, aroma is sweet with a hint of sour cherry. Color is a nice crimson to amber. Mouthfeel is light and fragrant with a tart, crisp flavor. Finishes smooth and the lightly sour aftertaste remains right on the tongue beckoning for more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 01:22:36 | More by jda007
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phantomwyse

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany colored body, slightly opaque in clarity, with soft brown highlights. Effervescent head builds quickly producing a rich tan one finger head that readily disintegrates leaving a lathery film -- still manages to create a decent lacing pattern.

S: Red table wine aroma at first glance moving to soured fruits like plums, apples, and white grapes. A sugary sweetness moves in shortly after, reminiscent of the charred sugary crust of a creme brulee.

T: Half sour light fruits as witnessed in the aroma, pears, plums, apples, and white grapes. Again, after the initial whiff of fruit, sugary malts come into play with toasted caramel and artificial sugar, saccharin, sweetness trailing off into a tart finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, decent carbonation, vaguely syrupy, and leaving off tart and dry.

D: Sour ales just really appeal to me, I found that this beer is incredibly palletable, and just kept me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 01:37:04 | More by phantomwyse
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alwaysplayin

California

2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

05-22-2014 05:13:39 | More by alwaysplayin
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crosenkrantz

Switzerland

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-12-2013 21:30:49 | More by crosenkrantz
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cabsandking

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany red color and a fair sized tan head with good retention. The nose is pungent with notes of acidic tannin, alcoholic esters, sweet and tart plum, and oaky. Flavors are much more mellow than the nose leads to believe...mild dark cherries, oaky vanilla, maple syrup, apple, plum, white grapes, and bigger caramel notes as it warms. Mouthfeel is delicately smooth creaminess with some slight crisp fizz at the end. Now this is a flanders that I could drink more of, perfectly blended and all the flavors meld together so well.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 07:06:19 | More by cabsandking
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trebbates

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-27-2013 23:35:40 | More by trebbates
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quakeroatmealstout

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-04-2013 02:51:50 | More by quakeroatmealstout
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HisBoyElroy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

07-14-2013 18:49:49 | More by HisBoyElroy
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jamvt

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-12-2014 20:25:05 | More by jamvt
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft in a wide-mouth Duchesse De Bourgogne wine glass.

Shiny copper color that turns the lights behind it red. Very impressive in a bar with lots of lights.

Thin, consistent head that leaves random gops of lacing.

Tart aroma. Flavor is consistently as stong as aroma - interesting dynamic that in profile similarity.

Great mouthfeel. Sweet, flavorful finish but not too much.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2009 23:29:48 | More by Yetiman420
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 8/14/09.

This is my introduction to sours, let's see how it goes.

Pours a clear, dazzling dark garnet. A fizzy tan head falls fairly quickly to a few mounding islands. Some frilly lace along the glass. The color is mesmerizing...

Aroma is woody sour. Strong wine-like astringency with a hint of wine vinegar. I expected the vinegar but not so much the wine.

Flavor is sweetly tart, if that makes sense. Very fruity almost candy like sweetness paired with a wine-like astringency and vinegar tartness. Finish is sweet up front, sour in the back and puckering all over. A lot of stuff is going on that I can't pin down.

Body is light during the sip, but coating on the finish. More carbonation than expected, a little prickly.

Lots of conflicting sensations that end up magically working together. Very complex but approachable. Sort of like going to the aquarium... I get to dip my hand in to touch some friendly critters while looking at all the dangers and extremes of sour-land. Though it's very inviting, it's just doesn't compare to my favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 02:59:19 | More by goatgoat
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Heavenisbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-19-2014 01:28:47 | More by Heavenisbeer
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CommonRider

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-15-2012 03:00:13 | More by CommonRider
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ber12

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-29-2013 02:00:03 | More by ber12
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Saind

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-21-2014 22:31:26 | More by Saind
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RoyFokker

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

02-22-2014 22:39:06 | More by RoyFokker
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kernalklink

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first experience in the flemish art of brewing- new and exciting. Brew poured a deep dark mahogany, with a slighlty effervescent head. Aromas were strong on malts- sweet molasses, somewhat yeasty finish with an almost vine-like quality. Taste was big- my mouth puckered as the big sweetness was replaced by dry sourness. A combination of dried raisens, cherries and aged balsamic. Tingling carbonation allowed the earthy woodiness to come through and beat down the sourness somewhat. Heavy bodied in my opinion, it had the qualities of a good port with a sour kick. I had to sip this one, as my palate was overwhelmed. A must-try, but i expect it would take a more refined palate to make this one a go to brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2007 18:13:39 | More by kernalklink
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Cavery

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle into the official Duchesse De Bourgogne glass, straight proper. Shared with SundaySour on this Friday night.

Bottle indicates best before the end of the world, check.

A: Deep dark black opal, this is how I'd imagine a dragon's eyeball to look. Dark reds, earthy browns, and prismatic oils shimmer underneath a half finger head. The brew is at about ~45F, so I can't blame the Duchesse for rocking a pixie cut. Solid speckled lacing gets her a nice set of side-burns, the andro-look.

S: Grenadine covered cherry skins dominate the front, while a smell of old rules the middle. When I sniff this beer I get a visual: cobwebs in a rusty pipe, covered with a mixture of sherry and lingenberry jam. An unusual transition of the tartness leans toward gojji berries. A complex but very clean nose.

T: Cherry skins, lime, and a bittering carob. A dash of balsamic vinegar makes this an ultimate beet salad pairing. So sweet and so light, a crisp pink lady apple bite keeps me praising the Duchesse. How is all that flavor in there? Vinegar acidity increases with the temperature. This is just like fine salad dressings, you want to try and get just the right amount in your mouth. Too big of a gulp and you'd hate it, too little and you'd be left wanting. The challenge is taking that perfect rip.

M: Just so buttery smooth, the carbonation is so strong yet restrained. A master class in mouthfeel, the liquid levitates in your mouth above so many layers of bursting bubbles that you swear it never makes contact with your mouth. The Duchesse is a witch, burn her. But you can't, because you love her.

O: This really is just a classic. Definitely one of those beers you introduce to a new drinking buddy as an introduction to sour styles. The execution of this flanders is so clean and crisp, that to dislike it is as unholy as disliking your grandmother's apple-pie. Avoid such blasphemies, and take your time with this one. Explore the different flavor experiences to be had with different sized mouthfuls. Notice how she can be as sweet as you want her to be, and as tart as you want her to be. Revisit this one a few times before you come to any conclusions about it, each bottle is a variation on a theme. It's ever so sensitive to temperature and glassware, give her the care she needs. After many dates, hopefully you'll come to see her as the beautiful siren that she is.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 03:25:09 | More by Cavery
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Piason

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-11-2012 06:48:20 | More by Piason
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bhawk1

Georgia

5/5  rDev +20.2%

04-08-2013 13:47:31 | More by bhawk1
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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