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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
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2,874 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,874
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 124
Gots: 238 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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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mjtiernan

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 04:30:55 | More by mjtiernan
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-15-2011 03:22:06 | More by Lawnboy33
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seth72104

Missouri

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-15-2011 02:11:39 | More by seth72104
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birchstick

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish brown with a really nice looking head sitting atop it

N - nose has vinegar and cherries - good for the style

T - starts off with some tart cherry, but this is quickly overwhelmed by some vinegar flavors. Finishes with cherries and vinegar flavors. Really tasty.

M - full and creamy, goes down smoothly

D - really solid Flanders. I have passed over this beer too many times in the past and will not make that mistake as much as I have. I don't know how to beat this in this style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2011 02:11:12 | More by birchstick
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-15-2011 01:04:36 | More by Exiled
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-15-2011 00:02:12 | More by Elfastball7
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

11-14-2011 18:30:54 | More by Jspriest
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JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-14-2011 18:23:16 | More by JRod1969
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throwback

Ohio

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-14-2011 17:42:57 | More by throwback
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shuajw

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-14-2011 14:48:16 | More by shuajw
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delightful Flanders Red Ale was served on tap on 11/11/11 at Beer Geeks in Highland, IN. It was my third beverage on the evening, but by far the best.

Radiating a deep brown-amber hue, the ale was served in flute glass with an inch head. A fruity-sour aroma tickled the nose without much effort. The aroma was quite potent. As with most good sour ales, the taste was potent. A sour fruitness was the immediate impression; this included hints of tart cranberry and raspberry. The sensations continued into the tart and fruity aftertaste. The carbonation was a little more aggressive than I would have expected, but this did not subtract from the experience. Duchesse is a delicious and refreshing experience.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 17:13:06 | More by JohnnyHopps
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rarbring

Sweden

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear red ruby beer, a small off-white head, some lacing and good curtains.

The smell is cask y oak, red vinegar, some cured meat and stable.

The taste is sweet, but fresh, fruity, dark bread, red vinegar, some acetic acid notes.

A light carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and refreshing, a light sour dry finish.

A very invigorating and well balanced Flemish red ale. This was beer 1000 here at beeradvocate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 22:48:17 | More by rarbring
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a dark purplish-black with a huge creamy tan head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of dark cherries, earth and an aroma I can only describe as plastic raincoat.

Tart taste of dark cherries, red wine vinegar, fig and candy sugar.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer but found that with the tartness, one was enough.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2011 20:03:49 | More by Monkeyknife
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33mL bottle with best-before date printed on back label, poured into tulip.

Pours a deep cherry amber. Head is initially off-white and a finger high, settling to a small foamy layer on top. Bits of lacing cling to the glass here and there.

What a smell! This is my first time trying a flanders red, and I'm incredibly intrigued. Oaky, but not the vanilla bomb of so many BA stouts. Vinous, sweet fruit, and vinegar. This is a beer? Amazing!

This beer really takes your palate on a journey. Oak, slight metallic flavour, then syrupy sweet grapes and cherry, fading to tart vinegar, which gracefully lets the oak and fruit take me to the finish.

Light-bodied, bubbly carbonation, and slight stickiness in the mouth.

Quite the beer. Belgium keeps impressing me.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 22:54:08 | More by nighthawk
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fluid oz. bottle with best before "12/05/2013" stamped on the back label.

Poured into a snifter. This reddish brown ale produced a white head that stood about one finger tall following a medium pour. Pretty good clarity. Ruby red hues noted as I hold this up to the light. Moderate head retention.

A tart aroma of sour cherries, vinegar, and grape juice. I'm also getting an earthy/woody character. Reminds me of a red wine, but more sour smelling.

Well, you guessed it...It taste sour too! Just enough to make you pucker up a bit. I'm getting some fruit juice flavors towards the middle, followed up by just a touch of oak. Sour flavor lingers all of the way through, yet this actually finishes rather smooth. Very little in the way of hops here.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that blends well with the tartness of this beer.

This is my first Flanders Red, but I have to believe that this is a pretty good one. Not just because of the ratings, this one has grown on me with every sip.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is a fun beer to sip on. If you have friends that are into red semi sweet or dry wines, they might really enjoy this. Glad that I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 19:27:57 | More by Morey
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with an inch head. Decent carbonation.

The duchesse has always smelled sweet, like a good wine.

The taste is much more tart than the smell might lead you to believe. The latent sweetness is still there, but a slightly acidic vinegar taste accents the sweetness very well. Body is light as expected. Exhaling produces a metallic grape feeling.

One damn good bier.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 16:55:38 | More by VncentLIFE
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Radome

California

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is a mahogany brown color with red highlights when held up to the light. It is perfectly clear. The head is thick, off-white and fluffy and it leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - The aroma is incredibly complex. No hops, some malt, but dominated by yeast character and the results of the aging process. I perceive this as earthy, musty, sweet, wet-wood and leather that smells exactly like an oloroso sherry. The beer has an additional twang that I can only describe as vinegar. As it warms I get some alcohol vapors as well. Incredible!

T - The flavors follow the aromas, but I also initially get a sense of dried tobacco leaves that reminds me of DFH Palo Santo Maron. I don't taste any barrel or oak character, despite the smell of it. There is some spicy hop flavor in mid-palate and some alcohol flavor before a moderately dry finish. Early in the tasting I detected a metallic note that I didn't like, but it disappeared as the beer breathed and warmed.

M - Body is moderate. The carbonation is sharp and prickly, but it helps keep the beer from feeling cloying. There is a bit of alcohol burn that matches the flavor and aroma.

O - This is an excellent beer. I've had it many times but never really tried to break down the flavors and aromas before. It is unbelievable how much flavor they pack into a 6.2% ABV beer. World-class!

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 21:22:03 | More by Radome
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dorianmarley

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark crimson. Thick foamy head with nice lacing. Truly gorgeous when held up to a light.

Nose is bready, earthy, sour, and slightly sweet.

Taste is exceptional. Nice blend of sweet malt and sour contrast. Whole-grain breadiness gives it a full flavor. French vanilla finish smoothens the whole sensation. A beer that a novice or an expert could love--the flavor is so well-balanced; chuggable, even.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with mild carbonation.

Overall, excellent. One of the best Belgians I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 01:50:25 | More by dorianmarley
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cherry chestnut hue with a solid head and lots of lacing.

The aroma is sour and full of tart. There's also hints of light and dark fruitiness.

The tastes starts up with both banana and raspberry. There's some tart to it as well and a bit of sourness. Mildly spicy and a bit peppery. Slight amounts of oak are detectable as well. All in all it tastes very fresh and bright.

The body is medium full. The carbonation is done nicely. It finishes dry and moderately sticky.

Overall, it's a solid drink with exceptional drinkability. Incredibly smooth as well. I'd definitely pick it up at least once. Considering it's from Belgium, the prices isn't too high either.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:24:42 | More by BBP
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MadeInOregon

California

4.85/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, here goes another review that will have absolutely no impact whatsoever on the overall score of a beer! Oh well!...

THE APPEARANCE of the Duchesse De Bourgogne was great. The off-white, oily suds of foam atop the body instantly reveal its cask-aged nature. The head diminishes a little, but never dissipates and leaves massive lacing for the duration of drinking, as any barrel-aged brew should. The body is good but not great. It is a medium-deep brown with red hues, similar to Dr. Pepper or root beer. I was disappointed to see that this beer is highly filtered leaving no sediment anywhere. Strikes me as odd for something that is aged and so complex.

THE SMELL of this beer is of vinegary, fermented fruit--oranges and strawberries to be exact. There is also ripe banana and caramel. It's quite unusual but not offensive. It's very pungent and strong, and, honestly, pretty incredible...just a little weird.

THE TASTE literally blew me away. Never have I had a beer like this. Upon reflection it actually tastes very similar to kombucha. There is banana and bubble gum at the tip of the tongue and the same fermented oranges and strawberries (a little mango too) in the smell are at the back of the tongue. This is a very bright, sharp, and crisp beer and tastes something like a fruit soda mixed with bourbon barrel ale. The incredibly sour fruit qualities are very similar to a good lambic beer. Overall, the flavors could also be compared to a tart, hard apple cider. This really is amazing stuff. If this is a blend, as the label says, I would think this flavor would be tough to duplicate from batch to batch(?).

THE FEEL, for all the reasons described above, is amazing. It's very carbonated and has a lot of alcohol burn for a 6.0%'er. Your tongue will tingle like it's going numb with this one. Very entertaining to drink!

CONCLUSION: This is my first Flanders Red Ale but will definitely not be my last. Hopefully others can stand up to this one. Incredible stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 06:00:57 | More by MadeInOregon
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tony223366

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on October 16, 2011.

A: Much deeper brown/red than I expected. Nice 2 finger head that is light tan/white. It dissipated to around one finger and stuck around. Good looking beer!

S: Mostly red wine. I'm also getting a nutty backbround that I wasn't expecting.

T: There's a great interplay between the tartness you'd expect from the flanders red and a deep malt backbone that's at times sweet and smooth. Delicious.

M: Medium body, nice carbonation.

O: I think this beer surprised me at every step. Great balance in this little bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 07:00:12 | More by tony223366
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Very nice art work.

Pours a cloudy brownish-red. A thick, sticky, deep-tan head. Smell is tart, yet with some malt heaviness. Taste is puckering, but more sweet than sour. Lots of cidery apple and tart cherries. Sourdough malts. Feel is very nice, with some body, yet sparkling and effervescent. A tasty, complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 21:29:33 | More by sixerofelixir
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the brews I picked up in Alberta before leaving.

A - Pours a golden ruby red colour, finger of big bubbled head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Dark fruits, raising and plums, touch of oaky notes with some apricots on the finish.

T - Surprisingly sweet and sugary, reminiscent of a cider with a touch of metallic notes that linger. Some bready malts also linger on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet on the finish.

O - A tasty ale, and the first of the style I have tried. Unique would be an understatement. This is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 15:54:02 | More by andrenaline
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zrab11

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a reddish black color with a small 1 finger head. Good lacing throughout

S- Has a yeasty aroma with some sour fruit smells as well.

T- Wow this is tasty It starts out with a nice sweet raspberry flavor and then moves on to a tiny bit of bitterness/sourness and then finish's with a nice pear flavor

M-Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation

D-Overall i was not expecting this brew to taste this good. It had just the right amount of sour and sweet fruit flavors and a nice bitter funk to it. I love this brew and will get it again. I see why this is 5$ a bottle. Alittle steep but for a brew this good ill pay it. Def. pick this up if u can or trade for it!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:43:32 | More by zrab11
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is red with a small off-white head that slowly sets into decent lacings.

S: Sour and yeasty, there is at least some brett in it. Kind of fruity and dry. Some nice bitterness. Some sweetness to the malt. Cherries.

T: Cherries again, and sweetness. Sour and yeasty just like in the smell. Some tart at the end.

M: Light body and rich carbonation. Aftertaste is rather long and mostly sour, but also bitter.

O: A Flanders Red is always an interesting beer. This is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 19:58:21 | More by Evil_Pidde
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,874 ratings.