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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
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3,240 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,240
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 348 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jessenimmo, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Duchesse De Bourgogne pours a very dark reddish color with very little head. There is a wine like aroma, with sour fruit notes. The taste is much the same sour grape flavors, sweeter, similar to a wine. Full flavors and nice body, still a nice beer to sip. Overall a very nice sour ale.

vette2006c5r, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of Mellonius
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now, this is a real different one!

Poured from a longneck bottle into a chalice. Dark, deep mahogany colored, with medium head formation. The aroma can be smelled right away (no need to sniff the glass). A complex blend of acidic notes that brings out shoyu, balsamic vinegar and grapes. The taste is incredibly different, and at first I did not like it. It is the kind of beer that grows with each sip. After you get used to it, the flavor gets really interesting and very complex. It is kind of in between a beer and a red wine, with that vinegar thing always in the background. Amazing, classy drink!

Mellonius, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Lurkerson, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ristaccia, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Hopmarc, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Roman5150
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into snifter

appearance: dark brown/copper, bubbly 1 finger slightly off white head

smell: smells more like champagne/wine then beer, lots of grape, pear

taste: Very tart and sour, getting a lot of grape and pear, follows the nose and has a lot of champagne-like flavors. The finish is dry and sweet, very sweet, with some apple and other spices coming through towards the end. As it warms the fruitiness and tartness come through even more, the lingering sourness is very smooth and refreshing, not overwhelming by any means.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied

overall: Haven't had too many sours, to me this tastes more like champagne than a beer, but I really enjoyed this. I mean really enjoyed this, even thought it's insanely expensive I will be purchasing this many times again, and curious to try other flemish sours. I've yet to have a less than mediocre beer from Belgium, any style, they know what they're doing.

Roman5150, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Slap_and_Pickle
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first flanders red, and my first craft brew -- it left me in awe that something could taste like this. I was infatuated with the funk and the sour. I still cannot get enough of the Duchesse.

Pours a dark ruby/garnet with a thick head.
Smells like gym sock and farmhouse funk deliciousness with hints of tart cherries.
Initial taste is funky with a sour aftertaste. Tastes like cherries, and has a dry acidic finish to it. Very refreshing brew.

This is a full bodied slightly complex beer that is easily drinkable. The statements are correct that this indeed is a nice Flanders Red Intro.

Slap_and_Pickle, Jul 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

rayman2112, Jul 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Jennille, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Figured it was about time I got around to this one, oftentimes an introductory "sour" for those trying to ease their way into the style. Deep burgundy body with rose tones near the top where light is allowed to shine through. The beige head crackles away swiftly into a wimpy little skin that doesn't even maintain full coverage of the brew for more than a few seconds.

Either you're gonna love the aroma, or you're gonna hate it, and it pretty much depends on how much you enjoy vinegar. Copious amounts of vinegar in the aroma, which a back panel of lightly sour cherries and some mild cranberry notes. Spicy, woody vanilla pops out when you inhale deep enough, though your nostrils are busy sifting through the heavy, heavy apple cider vinegar.

Now, I'm a fan of vinegar, though I have to admit that had the vinegar been so heavy on the palate as it was on the nose, it might be a difficult beer to finish. Luckily, the first few sips show me that the vinegar notes, while still prominent and forceful, are toned down to acceptable levels. Some simply tart cherries back the vinegar and smooth things out just a bit.

Mild cola, oak, and faint vanilla make up the rest of the profile, but vinegar-soaked cherries are the leaders of the pack at the end of the day. The tail end aftertaste contains some funk, but nothing too crazy or notable. With time, it seems that Duchesse goes from being more sour to more sweet; by the time you finish the glass, it will be mostly sweet.

Medium bodied, a touch heavier than you may expect for a sour ale, with heavier carbonation as well, and a slick, almost oily mouth feel. Duchesse de Bourgogne is a decent way to soothe your apprehensive friends into accepting the world of sour beers. For people who are already deep into that territory, this beer won't be too exciting for you, so hopefully you can see it for what it is: a mild mannered bridge into a whole different type of beer.

tectactoe, Jul 23, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +4.8%

abeeronthebeach, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Kmat10, Jul 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

ErieBeerMan, Jul 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

johnricardo, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

brokentee, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jjf3792, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

bf7, Jul 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

ianpstephens, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of alk3kenny
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just starting to get into/try sour beers and from I understand this is a legend. Pours a dark, dark ruby red. Nice tan head that sticks around for awhile. Smell dark fruit, banana, not really picking up anything sour on the nose but smells amazing. OOOHHH there's the sour lol it's all over the taste and mouthfeel. Tart, sour cherry some of the funky taste I recognize from beers with brett but not nearly as pronounced. This is very nicely balanced. Won't be an every day beer for me because of the price point but I'll be back for more.

alk3kenny, Jul 17, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a 2 finger beige head. Beer color is a reddish-mahogany.

Smell is of berries, a little farm house funk, red vinegar.

The taste was similar. Got a little soy sauce like taste, and a definite in your face tartness. No noticeable hop bitterness. Has an upper-medium carbonation, and medium mouth-feel.

Not what I was expecting when I bought it, but didn't look into it before buying. It is very good, but not a style I'm a big fan of.

TCMike, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

riemster, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

spitshaded, Jul 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

darthhamby, Jul 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Jayman931, Jul 15, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,240 ratings.