Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Poured into a chalice/snifter. It was a dark brown with flecks of red. It had a tan, two-finger head that left nice rings of lace.
S - It smelled of sour cherries and malt.
T - It tasted very sour with a little sweet kick. There was a good dosage of malt, too.
M - It was crisp and sharp. It was medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a very good beer. It's the first Flanders Red Ale that I've tried and I really liked it.
06-13-2007 17:11:57 | More by zeff80
3.43/5 rDev -17.5%
Appearance: Dark reddish amber, not far from a dubbel in appearance. The cloudy tan head never lets up.
Smell: An intensely sweet aroma escaped from the bottle as soon as I uncapped it, which was initially a bit off-putting. A bit of swirling reveals sour cherries, molasses and vanilla.
Taste: Cherries again, red apple, grape, vanilla, oak and brown sugar. The taste has a sweet/sour dynamic, leaning a bit toward the sweet.
Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium-bodied, this goes down pretty easily, but it becomes a bit syrupy. Gentle but abundant carbonation tingles the tongue.
Not bad for a sweeter Flanders red, but I greatly prefer this style more dry and sour.
06-18-2007 20:46:48 | More by largadeer
4.26/5 rDev +2.4%
750ml bottle. So like a gueuze, but not a Gueuze, eh? Screwy old-world denominations.
This beer pours a clear, rather dark reddish cola amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of foamy, soapy beige head, which take a fair while to melt away, leaving some chunky, splotchy stillborn honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.
It smells of sour fruit esters - cherry, lemon, and apple, with more than a bit of sharp acetic acid, some timid boozy oak barrel notes, and a faint pale malt sweetness. The taste is big sweet and sour fruitiness - black currants, cherry, apple - further sweet caramel malt, and a burgeoning oaken vanilla woodiness. Some leafy, earthy bitterness loiters after the fact.
The carbonation is quite low-key, the body a solid, and fairly smooth medium weight, the echoes of abstracted fruit strangely doing no harm. It finishes off-dry, with the overarching fruitiness fully opening up to the yin and yang of tartness and sweetness.
A rather complex and sexy offering, the sourness alluring enough to draw one in, but not too pungent to outstay its welcome. In the end, one has to describe this as a more sweet than sour, tasty tipple, a testament to the mutability of things.
05-14-2009 20:53:17 | More by biboergosum
4.28/5 rDev +2.9%
Carefully poured from a long-standing bottle it's a surprisingly clear, reddish-brown with orange-ish highlights. The light tan head rises up full at first, but thins shortly. The thin cap, however, holds to the end of the serving - no doubt buoyed by effervescent carbonation - and leaves some noteable lace. The aroma is soft with sugary sweet dark fruit (cherry, raspberry, plum) and an array of gentle lactic notes including vinegar, leather, and barnyard. It's also a touch of vegetal character, and the combination of sugar sweet and vinegar leaves it with a note that's oddly similar to ketchup. It's not bad, but it's sweeter, more chalky, and much less sour than many of the examples from the historic town of Oudenaarde. The body is light but with some dextrins, and offers a crisp and zesty mouthfeel from a very fine, effervescent carbonation. The flavor starts with a combination of tart, sharp fruit (raisin, raspberry, prune, currant, sour cherry) and sweetish caramelized sugar at the front of the mouth, leading into a more winey character with a big woody note and sweet maltiness at mid swallow. It finishes a bit chalky and dry, with a light stickiness throughout the mouth and a sweet & tart note on the tip of the tongue - sometimes followed by an earthy, musty and acidic burp. A very good beer in the Oud Bruin style, posessing a solid oak character and good fruitiness, but possibly a touch sweet. Overall, quite enjoyable.
08-15-2002 13:45:32 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours a clear brown with a reddish hue. Flavor is sour. Hoooie! I love it. Kind of an antiseptic edge to it. But it's nice and smooth. Feel has a fairly biting carbonation that hits quickly and leaves. Liquid is kind of sticky yet smooth. This is a pretty good example of this style. If you aren't ready for the sour, don't bother coming at all for this one.
04-14-2008 09:39:38 | More by RblWthACoz
3.43/5 rDev -17.5%
Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into flute glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is mostly sour with apples, dark fruit, some chocolate and elements of creaminess and smokiness.
T: The taste is very fruity with a heavy burst of sourness. The initial taste had a nasty metallic bite, but it disappears. The malt character is thin and theres a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and very tart.
M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, dry and sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, its not the type a beer that I could drink consistently, but its a good to drink casually if you like the sourness.
08-07-2007 04:05:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.98/5 rDev -4.3%
A - Two fingers of light brown head tops the clear, amber-brown body.
S - Sour and malty with a bit of caramel and pepper.
T - Sweet and sour. Fruity notes of black currants and lemon. Lots of malt and a bit of caramel.
M - Medium to light body and medium carbonation.
D - Very drinkable with a nice interplay between the sweet and sour flavors. Not too complex, but very satisfying.
06-05-2008 02:40:23 | More by nickfl
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
Deep brownish red colour with some haze from both the chill and yeast, tight off white lace with a half decent lace. Soft and slightly sour aroma, dry woody almost nutty back ground. Biting crispness within the light yet effervescent and smooth carbonation. Puckering twang of sourness hits the palate, fruity flavours ride along with this and give suggestions of ripe currant and apple peel. A woody dryness sneaks up and dries the mouth is a split second and clear all residual sweetness. Quite the enjoyable Flemish Red …
02-21-2002 22:58:25 | More by Jason
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: Ruby red brown with a nice caramel tan head leaves appitent amount of head leaves lacing that's beyond my belief. Aroma: Clear caramel malt with massive amounts of amber tones that left me in a frenzy solid looking flemish ale. Taste: Sharp cherry taste with an incredible amount of sourness that is somehow still enjoyable sets your spirit free excellent taste that can'e be let go. Tart fruit flavor that brings any oud bruin competition. Mouthfeel: Heavy carbonation medium bodied ale nice. Drinkability: Excellent solid array of flavors that proves this is a classic staple of the oud bruin or flemish style ale tradition good stuff.
01-19-2004 08:49:28 | More by WVbeergeek
3.95/5 rDev -5%
Pours garnet with 4 fingers of off white/sand colored head. Insane lacing &healthy head retention
S: Sour, vinergary notes up front that dissipates to not much of anything & then comes back
T: Sweetness & sourness do battle up front, along with serious dryness. Currant/raspberry taste surface along with hints of vinegar and oaky dryness (squared) as this warms. Finishes tart, uber dry, with a tinge of vinegar & a touch of berry sweetness
MF: Sticky with low carbonation.
Drinks all-right would pair well with many meats & fish & even salads. Just not a session ale, but one to ponder & savor by a fire or in a dimly Belgian pub. I prefer rodnebach's grand cru to this, this is a beer universe expander & well worth a try
02-11-2007 04:44:00 | More by russpowell
4.18/5 rDev +0.5%
750 ml bottle.
Sits in the snifter a a clear, deep ruby hue, nearing on brown, with a toasty, fizzy head holding down the fort.
Spicy aroma, and plenty sour, replete with associations of dark fruit, grapes, dates, blackberries, and a twisted hint of licorice. Wicked mix in this nose. I like it.
Oooo, puckeration! Mega-hit of sour on first sip! Backwash of sweetness, cherries and plums, but the tart stays on top. Next sip: Ooooweee, it's at it again! Molasses-like, and treacly in the taste, thinning out by the time the flavor leaves the palate and I'm ready for another swallow...ooo, quit doing that!
Around this time, the intense tartness mellows a bit, and the brew plays a little lighter in the mouth. Sweetness glides arm in arm with sour, and they play a tight ping pong match.
body is medium, lightly fruity, long-lived finish. Tasty thing, despite the challenges that must be met in approaching the brew. I'm going to relax with the remainder.
04-23-2005 04:49:06 | More by feloniousmonk
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
Beer served on draft at a beer bar in FL. Beer served in a Duchess De Bourgogne wine glass. Beer is hazy brown and has a broken brown head with very little carbonation. The tiny head manages to leave some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is citric and lactic sour in nature. Not too much complexity but for this style its dead on. Time to drink.
Beer is sweet and sour, the sweetness comes first but its quickly overtaken by the sour nature of the beer. Beer is smooth and has a thin body. The drinkability is high and the midpalate is where the majority of the flavor is noticed. Its a good example of a sour beer.
12-28-2009 16:54:43 | More by drabmuh
4.55/5 rDev +9.4%
I had this at Crush in Lancaster. Served chilled in a wine glass.
A - Dark burgundy w/ small beaded pale tan head. The color has some ruby accents
S - Smells like a mix of sweet and sour w/ worcestershire some wood and spice w/ a sweet cherry and light currant. There is a subtle raspberry note w/ mild dark sugar aroma
M - The feel is slightly candy-like at first w/ a subtle sour and mild fruit texture, slight berry w/ vinous elements and moderate carbonation. The beer finishes on the dry side.
T - The taste of dark and sweet cherry w/ hints of sour berry notes and light brown sugar like a dessert beer quality. The taste has mild lemon rind acidic flavor w/ mild vinous dark grapeskin notes and wild berry w/ mild spice and earthy hints. The taste is complex to say the least with even a tinge of leather and oak.
D - This is a fantastic flanders w/ subtle smooth sour blended with the fruit and sweet notes. The Duchesse stands alone as I have not had a beer quite like her, very drinkable sweet/sour blend and I find this an easy ale to drink but prefer to save it for occasions.
11-02-2009 12:26:00 | More by Slatetank
4.1/5 rDev -1.4%
not your typical sour, overly infused with sour cherry and rotten harvest fermentation. surprisingly mellow with its dark pour. piquant and satisfying. pairs well with smoked cheeses amd pickled beets. quick in the mouth and somehow ancient. 4-pack night is worthy. cheers!
09-23-2011 06:52:38 | More by StonedTrippin
4.65/5 rDev +11.8%
The beer pours a dark amber color with an offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is very malty. It has a fruity feel as well which enhances the pale and crystal malts. There are hints of chocolate here as well. The taste is perfect. It has a malty base, but is dominated with a tart fruitiness. This goes down very easy and finishes a bit dry and acidic. The mouthfeel is perfect as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good drinking beer. I love the fruitiness along with it's complex malt makeup.
09-22-2004 13:12:38 | More by WesWes
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured from a bottle into a goblet.
Appearance: Pours a dark reddish amber to brown. Two fingers of white head go away but leave some lacing.
Smell: Sweet and sour with hints of fruit and caramel.
Taste: Tastes like a sour caramel apple. Fruity notes with a mild sourness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a dry finish.
Drinkability: I like this beer, but it is a bit too sweet for a sour ale in my opinion.
02-10-2011 01:17:24 | More by oline73
4.43/5 rDev +6.5%
Pours dark red with an off-white head. The aroma is tart fruit with a little bit of vinegar. The flavor is a great combination of sweet and sour. The flavors include oak and lots of dark fruit such as plums, cherries and possibly apples and grapes. You get some tart cherries as well as a lot of sweeter fruit to balance out the tartness. Thin mouthfeel and low carbonation. A great beer.
01-17-2010 22:25:18 | More by Mora2000
3.08/5 rDev -26%
11.2 oz. bottle:
Pours deep mahogany (nice color) with very little head.
The smell is vinuous - dark grape.
The taste is of grape and pomigranite. Slight oak. Wine-like (Manishevitz comes to mind). Sour with a fruity sweetness (subtle hints towards a chocolate, but more in that you would find in some wines). Aftertaste of grape soda lingers. Sweettart. Sweet and sour dominates, but more towards the sweetness. Dry finish.
It has certain unique characters, however, it doesn't stand out as anything above average for the style, IMO. Too much like grape soda for me.
07-08-2007 15:06:14 | More by jwc215
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
A nice burgundy color, quite clear and pours with almost no head. Tastes lightly sour, with a hint of sweetness. Smells lightly woody and a bit sour as well. This beer tastes tart with a hint of cherry. A much more everyday, easy drinking version of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Maybe some hints of vanilla in the taste, followed by a bit of tannic background. No bitterness just a wonderful marriage of tart and sweet flavors. A hint of alcohol in the finish.
09-22-2003 16:37:45 | More by Gueuzedude
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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