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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,096 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 1,352
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 139
Gots: 309 | FT: 9
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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Boz12

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-24-2012 10:56:06 | More by Boz12
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parchedjay

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-24-2012 05:19:13 | More by parchedjay
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-23-2012 05:23:33 | More by martyl1000
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phattman073

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-23-2012 00:55:59 | More by phattman073
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djaeon

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

01-22-2012 21:52:03 | More by djaeon
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Arinthos

New York

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle. Best by mar. 2013 poured a redish murky brown excess proteins contributed to a chill haze. Smell of abundant fruit such as apple pear currant and soft bready yeast. Tastaste is overwhelmingly cider like very unlike a lambic or other sour beers this is more of a sweet and kinda sour expierence. Mouthfeel was light yet a bit syrupy and carbonation was minimal and head was not around for more than 10 seconds. Overall it was a good example of the style but not my cup of beer and would probabaly not revisit. I will say though this is a grow on you type of flavor.

01-22-2012 15:23:01 | More by Arinthos
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dprophet

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-22-2012 00:12:03 | More by dprophet
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samEBC

Belgium

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-21-2012 21:29:01 | More by samEBC
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MisterGrizz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-20-2012 23:09:51 | More by MisterGrizz
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-20-2012 05:25:49 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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andersen8185

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-20-2012 02:53:55 | More by andersen8185
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bradjoiner

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-19-2012 13:35:27 | More by bradjoiner
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

4.78/5  rDev +14.9%

After a long search through the lambic field, i found the beer for me.
This is a sour beer!

A: off-white frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Ruby red with a hint of brown.

S: You know it when you smell it. Sweet but surprising and not exactly definable. I get grapefruit, but not in the same way as a citrusy hop, its more the mash at play here.

T: my dad hates this and all guezes, but he states it correctly "soak a bag of sour gummy worms" I LOVE GUMMY WORMS. Though that phrase doesnt capture the complexities of citrus, oak, barley and the souring mash; it does explain it all except the artificial chemical flavor of a gummy worm - not present in this treat.

M: The pockets get tingly but again totally unlike that of a double IPA. Fizzy slightly, but smooth on the palate.

O: Anytime I see this beer, i get it. Ive paid too much for it, but thats the cost of mixing two batches together and aging and importing and the rarity, and on and on and on. Great Stuff.

01-18-2012 17:48:40 | More by BasementBer
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stealth

Minnesota

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%

Beautiful beer. Deep ruby red (in the light) pour, thick pillowy, slightly off-white head that lasts forever. Intense lacing down the entire glass. Sticky. The nose is wonderful. Funky vinous notes with sweet fruit, and the tartness comes out in the aroma.

Nice soft and smooth mouthfeel - like silk in your mouth. Citrusy, with ripe cherry fruits, acidic, very tart and sour. Some funk at the onset. Finishes sweet with a metallic note. Ends dry and leaves the palate without any bitterness or lingering traces. Mouth salivate and puckers, waiting that next drink. So much going on in this one it's hard to describe...

Overall, a near perfect flanders. I can't give it a perfect 5 because that belongs to Consecration.

01-18-2012 08:55:08 | More by stealth
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%

Appearance: This lady pours ruby, almost burgundy. A royal ale brewed in honor of Mary of Burgundy. She almost looks like Cabarnet Sauvignon red wine. Reddish-brown body with a one finger beige head. Bubbly and sparkling with carbonation. Nice and Hazy.

Smell: Very powerful aromas of yeasty wild bacteria. Light bittersweet chocolate. Secondary notes of malty caramel. You can smell the sour notes and the fruitiness but nothing prepares me for the rush of flavor that is about to coat my tongue.

Taste: This is simply one of the most unique and flavorful tasting beers I have ever had. I taste Sweet grapes, slightly oaky almost corky plum wine, tart cherry. Vinegar. Spicy and sour citric fruitiness. I especially detect orange and guava. Some graininess and an oaky chocolate caramel finish. The finish is long and enjoyable. The sour bretts and fruit flavors and roasted malts all play on my tongue. There is a slight vinous alcohol presence. The hops are herbal and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. There is some sugar. Duchesse doesn't dissolve but rather swishes around like a wine. Carbonation isn't too heavy on the mouth. It's all natural oak aging. Very light acidity. Nice overall balance of yeasts, roasted malts and specialty bittering hops.

Overall: The best I've had on the Flanders category. Also a very drinkable sour beer. Her sourness doesn't overpower the complex malts and other elements of the Belgian yeasts as well as the complex multi barrel aging process. This beer is easy to find and isn't too expensive for it's high quality.

Only problem I can find with this burgundy beauty is so noble, dignified and vinous it might destroy the wine industry if it caught on.

01-18-2012 06:53:01 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-17-2012 17:37:16 | More by kspongeworthy
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MeisterSmudge

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-16-2012 03:24:48 | More by MeisterSmudge
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Faina

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-15-2012 20:27:48 | More by Faina
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askyouranalyst

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-15-2012 19:59:11 | More by askyouranalyst
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sarabee

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-15-2012 03:13:47 | More by sarabee
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morganhowell

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-15-2012 03:13:16 | More by morganhowell
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-13-2012 02:23:16 | More by HoistinBrews
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hopburster

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-13-2012 01:59:55 | More by hopburster
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +20.2%

01-12-2012 02:23:05 | More by JimsArcade
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-11-2012 18:25:21 | More by bump8628
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,096 ratings.