Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
I had this from the botttle at Het Elfde Gebod in Amsterdam. Poured from the bottle into the proper glassware.
A - This pours a beautiful ruby brown. Small head, htat hung around ok.
Smell - I believe this is the first 5 I have given out. This is amazing. Bursting with aroma. A big sour aroma, followed by this huge sweetness. Amazing balance, amazing smell.
T - Just like the smell, it starts off with this great sour tartness, that is followed by this very nice, big sweetness, and then back to a sourness that lingers on your tounge. This is like a roller coaster for your tastebuds. Absolutely amazing. The taste of this beer doesnt reveal it self all at once, it slowly unfolds bit by bit.
A light mildly carbonated mouthfeel. This may possibly be my favorite beer. Not the most drinkable though. With such an intese flavor it may be hard to drink two of these back to back. But no matter, this is an amzing beer.
05-21-2007 14:21:58 | More by IPAcraig
4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
From notes on 03/02/12:
Best before 09/11/2013; Poured in a snifter.
A - Just under one inch of very light tan, finely carbonated head that doesn't stick around for too long; Deep dark maroon in color and seems to be clear when held to the light; Some patches of lacing here and there
S - I doubt I would have liked this a year or two ago, before what I know and appreciate now; I get a strong dose of sour aromas, vinegar, grapes, dark fruits, and acidity - reminiscent of any sour candy like Sour Patch Kids; I searched hard for some wood-like aromas and seem to get just a faint whiff of it; Just a touch of alcohol as well
T - I'm certainly not use to this - the taste is pretty sour and vinegary to be sure, especially up front with a good amount of puckering; Very brief but noticeable alcohol up front before the true tart/sour taste begins, and it does linger for quite a bit, though accompanied by some sweetness over time that does provide some balance; In addition to the sourness, are wine-like grapes, apples, cherries, mixed berries, dark fruits, and a good amount of acidity that add a bit of complexity
M - Quite a bit of zesty carbonation with a bit of vinegar burn; Medium bodied; A very drying and puckering beer that, as stated before, reminds me of the sensation associated with eating sour candy
O - This beer was my first ever sour, and while it was certainly an eye-opening experience, I still enjoyed getting to try a new beer within an unfamilar style. Even with the knowledge of what I was about to drink, I was still startled by the amount of sour/vinegar taste in this beer. That said, with each sip, my mouth started to adjust to the tartness, and the beer surprisingly became pretty addicitve. I don't think I could drink a beer like this too often, but am now looking forward to giving a few more sours a try in the future.
03-15-2012 19:14:50 | More by TechTriumph
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
330mL bottle into a tulip glass. 6.2% ABV
A - Pours a cherry color with amber hues. Large, off-white, 4-finger head with a good retention and a limited lacing.
S - Sour, spicy, fruity, white wine like. The yeast is present with some earthy character.
T - I pick out wood, cherry, dark fruits. Very interesting and complex blend of sour and sweet notes. Some spiciness is noticeable at the end.
M - Active carbonation with a medium body. Slightly acidic, this beer is very smooth and lingers pretty well.
O - Very refreshing drink featuring a good complexity and a perfect balance. Definitely a must try!
07-23-2012 12:22:44 | More by duracell
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
33 cl bottle. Best before 09-08-06. By the way, I know that often Europeans write their dates as Date-Month-Year, whereas we're more used to Month-Date-Year. Based on some of the dates I've seen, it seems the Belgians are of the Date-Month persuasion. Is this a nation- or continent-wide standard?
Ruby-brown in color with good clarity. the initially generous off-white head subsides a little but leaves plenty of lacing and doesn't go away altogether.
The nose is sweet and tart, *almost* a hint of vinegar. Wait... yeah, that's a hint of vinegar. But you know, that's not a bad thing. Fruity and sour.
Ditto the flavor (minus the vinegar), plus candy notes and that good tartness that takes up residence on the rear sides of the tongue and back of the cheeks. It's not nearly as mouth-puckering as some examples, but yeah baby, it's sour nonetheless. The flavor transitions from tart to sweet to a rather dry finish. Some cherry, and a mildly chalky element (think flavored chewable medicine tablets).
This one is smooth and pretty easy-drinking, even for a sour beer. For those just getting into the style, this may be a better jumping-off point than, say, Rodenbach Grand Cru.
Man I'm starting to like sour beers more and more...
07-04-2006 07:29:22 | More by VoodooBrew
3.21/5 rDev -22.8%
Medium brown, beige head, sparse lacing.
Raisin, nuts, light funk, vanilla.
Taste is very sweet, nuts, lots of oak and sweet unripe grapes are at the front, the lightest pinch of sour going on. The sweetness overpowers.
Light spritzy mouthfeel.
A good starter belgian. A bit too sweet for my taste.
05-27-2014 05:09:16 | More by ptykozoon
5/5 rDev +20.2%
was sent this in a bif, i cant thank coldmeat23 enough for my chance to try this one, poured into my duvel tulip, poured a rich wine like shade of brownish red with dense tanish white head on it that sticks around for awhile, the sourness of this beer was aperant when i uncorked her as a tart cherry sent filled my nose, as far as taste i taste, apple cider, red wine viniger, tart cheries, strong oak notes, some lemon, figs a hint of malt all of witch have taken my tastebuds hostage and thay never want to be let go. this is my favorite beer so far of all time! this is a stile i will have to find more of
11-27-2008 13:06:11 | More by orcasteve
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
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.
01-09-2007 07:06:19 | More by cabsandking
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a reddish color with a bit of a brown tinge to it. Nice big fluffy white head. Lots of lacing and great head retention.
The first thing that strikes me about this beer's smell is the immediate dessert wine smell. There is a recongnizable alcohol smell wrapped up in a nutty aroma and a wood type aroma mostly oak.
Again the first thing I noticed is a sour taste, probably because it was least expected. There is certainly wine like characteristics in this beers taste and smell. Very sweet, with notes of cherry and grape. I think that this would go very nice with cheese cake or a sweet dish of some sort. I'm definatley interested to try more of this style.
01-27-2006 20:55:50 | More by Matthew
4.5/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from bottle to tulip.
A: Pours a black cherry color with a very small head that dissipates quickly.
S: Strong vinegar smell up front, followed by a sour cherry finish.
T: Starts with huge sour cherry, much more than the smell leads on. Not really any vinegar in the taste and finishes fairly sweet.
M: light bodied with huge carbonation that fizzes in the mouth, and finishes slightly dry.
O: My first sour and I like it a lot, little bit different but very good.
10-01-2013 02:19:44 | More by xShoWTeKx
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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