Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
11.2 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip.
A: Pours a murky dark reddish brown with a very short lightish brown head and bubbly carbonation on the pour, nice splotchy lacing clings to the glass.
S: Definitely a vinegar scent to it but balanced by some fruitiness as well, some apple, cherry and sweet tones, a bit of peppery spice as well.
T: Green apple, berry a bit of vinegar and a distinct sour tartness to finish. There is a nice balance with sweetness that makes this very drinkable and begs for another sip. I get a bit of the oak in the finish. The amount of berry flavor I get surprises me, very well rounded.
M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation and a tart finish that sticks around a bit. A well balanced sour.
O: First time with this classic sour and I'm glad I finally picked one up. Sours are growing on me and I can't say I mind that!
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 22:39:09 | More by Mikecap
4.36/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
750 mL green bottle into my Rodenbach Grand Cru glass. This is the first time I have had a full glass of this beer, so I'm interested to see how it compares to other great Flanders Reds, like the Bruery's Oude Tart and, of course, Rodenbach Grand Cru.
Appearance (4/5): The Duchesse pours a dark red-brown with a rocky, slightly choppy tan/light brown head. Lots of soapy lacing on the sides of the glass when I tilt it. Beautiful color; wish there was more head to top it off, but that's nitpicking a little too much.
Smell (4.5/5): VERY DISTINCT: The Duchesse has a pronounced balsamic vinegar smell to it that is unlike other sours I've smelled. Black pepper, blackberry, black cherries, pomegranate are prominent notes, too. Very interesting and unusual.
Taste (4.5/5): Very fruity: blackberry and pomegranate in the front, the beer resolves into a slightly vinegary, mildly sour finish. Sweet to start, but the beer dries out nicely and regains some of its tartness in the finish. Not noticing much of the balsamic character that I picked up in the nose in the taste. That’s fine with me, though!
Mouthfeel (3.75/5): Duchesse de Bourgogne is slicker and smoother than most sours (this due to a medium carbonation level). While it doesn't necessarily make the beer LESS drinkable, a higher carbonation level would really give this beer a boost. Could this be due to a bottle that's been sitting around a while? Maybe. But I'm reviewing the beer I have in my hand. Next time I pick this beer up maybe it'll be different.
Overall (4.25/5): Duchesse is a very good Belgian sour that gets a lot right: it has a great balance of tart and sweet, an excellent nose, and looks very nice in the glass. I do wish it featured better carbonation for sure, but that doesn't detract too much from the beer's overall quality. Very good, and I concur with others on BA that this is a good introductory sour.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2014 16:13:13 | More by hagbergl
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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