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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
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3,253 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,253
Reviews: 1,362
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 352 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

hardcor33, Sep 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

TGS, Jan 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

killcore, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of levifunk
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into snifter.

a - dark brownish red liquid with a light tan head.

s - sour cherries and vinegar.

t - quite tart, but still has a good malt backbone. a little more sweetness than I was expecting, but its not bad. cherry fruit flavor is big.

m - big carbonation, medium to light body.

overall - very tasty flanders. extremely easy to drink.

levifunk, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of mocktm
4/5  rDev -3.8%

mocktm, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Troublebar
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Troublebar, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of capra12
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this in Hong Kong on 10/19/09 from notes taken.

Appearance: Poured a 2 finger frothy head, maple brown in color with lots of carbonation

Smell: Highly acidic and unripened apples

Taste: Opens with sweet apple and subtle raisin as tagy and slightly acidic flavors come into play with an earthy alcohol finish leaving a tart, subtle sour apple and malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation and slightly coarse.

Drinkability: Surprisingly I would have this again, the nose really hides the sweet undertone in the taste, I would have this again and recommend this to those who want to try a sour but aren't prepared for a full blown sour ale. Opens with fruit and finishes rather tart and sour but not overwhelming.

capra12, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev -3.8%

mantissa, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of RyanPS
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

RyanPS, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

GreatBloomer, Dec 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

AnthemOfTheSun, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

SoPeL, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of techdiver
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red mahogany with a substantial head that dissipates slowly leaving trails of lace behind.

Sweet and sour cherry nose.

Crisp, yet smooth, refreshing and complex. These Flanders Red Ales are such a joy on warm days.

Very drinkable and enjoyable, just a notch behind Rodenbach.

techdiver, Sep 05, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

KevdoggNasty, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ac22rush, Sep 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

HawkIPA, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jeffaroo95, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of shapudding
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark ambered and ruby with tons of carbination rising up to a thick and creamy khaki head. Wonderful aroma. Warm and oaky, molasses. Almost get a BBQ sauce scent, very spicey like a worcester sauce. Make sure to let this one warm up so you get all the flavors and scents to come out and play with ya! Tart and intense flavors! Wow do they reallly hit you in the back of your mouth... Sweet and sour. The blithering one that I drank this with said he tasted pickled beets.... yep... damn if he isn't right... how weird.... but yep. Very interesting tastes in this one, unusual. Not one that I could drink more than one of these 11.2oz'ers because there is such a huge intensity of flavors and there is such strength, but like I said, quite interesting tastes for sure.

shapudding, Sep 04, 2004
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3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deeep burgundy color, ruby highlights when held up to the light. white thin head. great lacing.

smells vinegary.

tastes much better. apple like and just a touch of funk.

very creamy and lightly carbonated, tart and sweet aftertaste.

very drinkable.

um... really wasn't sure what to expect from this beer but outside of the smell being a bit off-putting this is a real great beer.

ryanonline, Sep 23, 2010
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Joey1566, Oct 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Auslander, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of Cozzatoad
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, export version (with sugar added to balance sourness)

A- Very wine like. Deep red (almost brown), more bright and on the red side if seen through light. Little head forms and it disappears almost immediately, leaving near no lacing at all

S- Very delicate, maybe even too much. An acidic red wine aroma that also has some dark fruits hints

T- Very interesting. Sourness is right there but it is extremely delicate and at the same time you can definitely feel the sweetness from the sugar. Overall, the taste is some sort of meeting point between a very sweet and woody wine and a beer (malts are in fact clearly detectable, and they bring some very nice dark fruit tones). If i'm not wrong i also find some chocolate

M- The beer is very light on the body and little carbonated. That means an incredibly soft and smooth feel that fills your mouth despite being so delicate. I don't know wheter that's just me but i kinda feel like this is even too soft and delicate, a stronger character would be welcomed in a beer that feels so much like wine

T- I have nothnig to blame with the sourness in the taste, it is actually very delicate and nicely balanced. I have some issues with the sourness in the aftertaste though. Overall this is still a pleasing beer

Many say this a "love or hate" beer. I do neither, i enjoyed it but i don't think this is such a great one

Cozzatoad, Mar 13, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Stillmakingnoise, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kingslotty, Oct 16, 2014
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,253 ratings.