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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,962 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 2,962
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 127
Gots: 264 | 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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muletrane

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-26-2011 14:54:46 | More by muletrane
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cps98

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-26-2011 14:09:54 | More by cps98
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CowsCanBark

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 25.4 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice mahogany hue with a one-finger off-white head, not really any lacing.

Smell: It smells like wine, to put it simply; tart and fruity, and I despise wine.

Taste: It's much better than the smell. It's tart, sour, VERY sweet and fruity, mildly boozy, and mildly metallic. Too much sweetness, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Fits the flavor profile extremely well; high carbonation and medium bodied, slight dryness to the finish.

Overall: My first real dive into a beer that is tart and sour, and while it certainly isn't unpleasant, it's not something I'd actively seek out again. However, it has not turned me off from trying different sours, as it isn't disgusting by any means.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:08:53 | More by CowsCanBark
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beerhorn12

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-25-2011 14:48:44 | More by beerhorn12
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of this style. Pours a beautifuly dark red with a nice sized head. Recedes quickly to leave some good lacing on the sides and surface. Smell is tart with some mild fruit notes. Kind of like a fruit lambic. Taste is tart to begin. Spicy throughout. Rich earthy yeastiness in the finish. Red wine. There is a great background sweetness that makes this very nicely balanced. Really tasty. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. Overall I really like this- much more than I thought I would actually. Will have to seek out some more examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 20:49:01 | More by burnstar
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-24-2011 08:24:59 | More by jophish17
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jepflast

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-24-2011 06:51:33 | More by jepflast
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Fermenticusrex

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-24-2011 03:36:25 | More by Fermenticusrex
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bolgiano

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-23-2011 23:34:16 | More by bolgiano
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mantissa

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-23-2011 06:11:56 | More by mantissa
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to reviewing this one. An easy introductory brew to the world of Flanders reds. Muddy brown color with a smallish head, spotty lace.

Aroma on the sweet side, with lots of cherries and raspberry, decent tartness and funk, nothing too overpowering, trace vinegar note.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely; kind of straightforward and uncomplicated for the style, maybe a bit too sweet for my taste. Lots of sour cherry, very lightly funky, some woody notes, and again, a muted undertone of vinegar.

Medium thin bodied, spritely carbonation, interestingly drying finish without overly lingering sweet or sour flavors.

A decent beer for the style, ubiquitous, but I prefer the Rodenbachs.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 05:35:03 | More by tobelerone
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CelticAleMan

California

2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

12-23-2011 00:19:13 | More by CelticAleMan
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Flanders Red ever, I'm excited to try this.

A - Pours a deep, dark red with a magnificent, billowy beige head and great lacing.

S - Cherry, cranberry, apples, candied sugar, oak, and yeast. Slight acidity in the nose as well. A very nice mixture of smells. Almost like a wine in its complexity.

T - Sour, nice blend of fruits with apple being the most dominant. Cherry is present as well. A bit tart, but still sweet.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Tart finish, but very smooth and easy to drink.

O - I was very impressed with the Duchesse De Bourgogne. It's a world class brew and a unique sour that I'm glad to have tried. I would love to have this again!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 23:54:51 | More by WMEugene
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PhineasGage

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-22-2011 00:24:08 | More by PhineasGage
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carbonhaze74

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-21-2011 18:42:43 | More by carbonhaze74
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JimmyTango

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-21-2011 16:39:59 | More by JimmyTango
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derricksmalls

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-21-2011 03:02:40 | More by derricksmalls
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Jparkanzky

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-20-2011 00:54:52 | More by Jparkanzky
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BigJK

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-19-2011 18:46:07 | More by BigJK
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Agent1

British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fermented in previously used oak wine barrels, this impressive red ale is somewhat of an anomaly. Originally, I was not a big fan of this, but over time it became a beer of interest to me. This is only my third or fourth bottle, so we'll see how this goes...

Appearance - A dark ruby red with orange/ copper hues. Great head retention. The head is a thick, creamy beige with light frothy bubbles near the rim of the glass. This Flemish red ale is very bubbly and alive. Like champagne, a steady stream of carbonation racing upward. Very nice.

Smell - Yeast, oak (woody aromas), light floral accents, cranberry, sourdough and jammy fruits. Obviously, quite acidic, too.

Taste - Hints of red wine, apple cider, light fruits (cranberry, raspberry, grape, apple, etc.), vanilla, oak wood and rose wood. A great use of sugars. It seems this red ale is slightly hopped, creating subtle floral notes and spices. Not too acidic. The aftertaste is a bit underwhelming, to be honest. Doesn't finish strong. Reasonably intricate in composition. Fits the style well.

Mouthfeel - A full-bodied beer. This moves all over the tongue. Quite wonderful! This can definitely be sensed throughout the mouth as it strikes an impressive balance between sour and sweet.

Overall - Not typically a beer I purchase (more of a Belgian Tripel, Quad and Dubbel kind of guy), but this is an impressive beer. No wonder it is distributed by the same importers as St. Bernardus. I classy Flemish beer that harnesses a lot of impactful qualities. Sour much like a Lambic ale, this beer is acidic, but balanced. Combining barrels aged in oak from 8 months as well as 18 months, really helps to create balance here. A nice fruity, sour ale. Stretch yourself and give this a try...

The Duchesse must be courted!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:05:08 | More by Agent1
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip is a very dark mahogany brown with red hues around the edges. As a crown there is a solidly thick beige head.

Aroma: In the front is a little bit of a red wine aroma with a touch of woodiness. Apple, sour cherries, way in the back is a nuttiness.

Taste: Soft carbonation, woodiness with notes of apple skin and sour cherries. There is quite the solid sour bite. The finish is nicely dry with twinge of pecan in the end.

Notes: What dam tasty beer I am glad I bought this one and will buy it again. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 22:08:51 | More by horshack7
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Sinewave

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-18-2011 20:41:21 | More by Sinewave
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Jaacob

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-18-2011 06:57:51 | More by Jaacob
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slasich

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-18-2011 06:02:49 | More by slasich
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - dark pour, looks a little reddish when held up to the light
S - all i can really smell is the vinegar
T - fucking amazing, green apple, lemon, little viniagrette taste, with a delicious green apple finish
M - a little puckery, nothing too extreme
O - very good beer, my first sour, highly enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 22:09:56 | More by vicsju1991
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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