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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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3,339 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,339
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 379 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mixed_master7, Sep 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

heddar33, Sep 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

TStout, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of Spilly09
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter and left to settle for a few minutes.
Pours a dark cola color--a reddish brown. Highly carbonated, with a head that settles into a thin layer soon after pouring but maintains a nice lacing.
Nose is a pungent vinegar and a bit of cola. You know what you're about to taste when you smell this one.
Mouthfeel is big and smooth. So much going on here. Terrific.
Initially there is a huge hit of carbonation and sourness on the front of the tongue. It then moves into a big hit of balsamic vinegar, finishing with an awesome "Dr. Pepper-esque" cherry sweetness and a long, residual aftertaste. Just lovely.
This one is not for everyone, but if you would buy a balsamic flavored cola, this one’s for you. Excellent beer.

Spilly09, Sep 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

slowdaddy, Sep 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

cosmo4u, Sep 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

sparkplug, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into a champagne flute. pours a nice reddish brown with a three finger light tan head with decent retention
S: smells of sour cherries, acetic acid and some nice woody oak and vanilla
T: tart cherry, a bit of oak and vanilla, residual sugary sweetness, vinegar sourness. swallow brings more oak and vanilla with a bit of tartness toward the end
M: medium with soft carbonation, very nice in the mouth but slightly chalky and a little drying on the swallow
O: a very nice and tasty beer. good complexity, true to style and very well made. well worth the money and quite enjoyable

SHODriver, Sep 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Softestdog, Sep 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Pillowburn, Aug 31, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

lmundane, Aug 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JasonSiedman, Aug 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of srandycarter
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was happy to find this one at the Main Tap Tavern in El Cajon.

A - Clear ruby, nice liw white head, some lace.

S - Sour, tart fruit. Bright sour cherry.

T - Wonderful cooked and sour cherry. Nice malt aspect.

M - Medium body, good balance. Clean finish.

D - Would drink this one all night.

srandycarter, Aug 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JamFuel, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a wine glass at Burp Castle.

Duchesse de Bourgogne pours a deep chestnut brown, with a few scant ruby highlights apparent when the beer is backlit. There's a smattering of khaki colored foam atop the beer. Not enough for any real lacing or head retention though. The nose is very nice, with aromas of sweet cherry acidic tartness, and a bit of woody oak all intermingling and taking turns standing out. The flavor profile manages to be even more complex. Cherries and a definite vinous sour note are what immediately make an impression. The farther I get down the glass, the more some of background notes begin to come through. In addition to the oak, some biscuit and light caramel maltiness add another layer to the beer. The mouthfeel isn't quite to the same level as the aroma and flavor. Tje.body is alright, but the carbonation dies off at the front of the palate, leaving the rest of the sip to coat my palate a little too much. Still, Duchesse is a great beer, and I'm almost embarrassed it took me this long to try it.

axeman9182, Aug 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

wtfdic, Aug 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

SquidVicious, Aug 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

abrodsky, Aug 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

4ster, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Julio's a long time ago, poured into my Dogfish Head chalice.

A - Pours a cherry amber hue with a large, off-white, 2 finger head with a good retention and a light lacing.

S - Light sourness with some faint vinegar notes along with some slight earthyness qualities.

T - Lots of nice oak barrel with this, quite prominant and mingles nicely with the good sour vinegar notes and faint cherries. Nicely complex as well.

M - Nice carbonation for this style, keeps it up off the tongue.

O - Super refreshing and delicious. Quite enjoyable and a solid brew for the style.

rudzud, Aug 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

rderedin, Aug 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Dully, Aug 16, 2012
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,339 ratings.