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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,156 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,156
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 144
Gots: 328 | 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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

beerbrute, Feb 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

nasa258e, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

bpackertx, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

theempire, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

w00ddy, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

crbooher, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of cocoapuph
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one poured with a quick disappearing head and a brownish-red hue. Smelled of candied cherries and booze. Some scents of sweet red wine comes through as well. Taste is a bit pungent but super sweet. Cherries and sugar, with grapes and red wine. A bit too sweet IMO. Mouth feel is smooth and a bit dry. Liked this but could have been a little more tart/sour to make it awesome.

cocoapuph, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Immortale25
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Label says best before 09/11/2013.

A- Pours a ruby-like brown color with almost two fingers worth of head that retains well before making its way down to an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass. A nice sheet of surface foam and good lacing. Actually looks quite nice.

S- Oh, but it will be sour indeed. Pungent, almost medicinal fumes of wild funk. I can actually smell the tartness which immediately causes my tongue to pucker and salivate slightly.

T- Oh my. That's good! Sweet in the front, very tart in the back and plenty of twists and turns in between. Has the candy-like fruit flavor of a lambic while still brandishing that assertive sourness. Also a noticeable use of malts which keeps that nice, solid beer body amongst the acidity.

M- Very drying and, of course, puckering. Medium-high carbonation.

O- Yes, it's quite tart and does very little to quench my thirst but, after your palate gets acquainted with those tastes, it's very well-balanced. I don't usually get into sours, but I wouldn't mind having this every once in a while. Hat's off to the Duchesse.

Immortale25, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JoRado, Feb 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

gunclubchris, Feb 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

AlaskanYoung, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Souleman
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 1pt 9.4 FL OZ and was really loving it all the way. I think you have to be in the mood for a little more tart/sweet beer that has a more fruity flavor.

A- One of the most beautiful looking beers for that kind. Head was really nice, but the cherry/amber color was quite a treat to look at.
S- very fruity smelling, not too overbearing though.
T- Really well balanced, tasty brew. Hints of tart cherry with a slight bitter taste that was balanced by a bit of fruity sweetness.
M- Really nice mouth feel. The head stuck around long enough for it to mix in with the first couple of sips. A slight effervescence hooked the brew up. Without it, I would have thrown the beer away.

Overall, I am rating this beer high because, in it's class, I haven't had too many that would touch it. That said, you definitely should know what you are getting into and be in the mood for a tart, fruity treat that you can only find with DDB.

Souleman, Feb 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

azorie, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of jrenihan
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before March 30, 2013.

Beer is a dark ruby red/brown, with a small off-white head. Though the head is not large, retention is very good. Lots of lacing.

Smell features a lot of tart cherry, balsamic vinegar and some funky yeast scents.

Taste is very nice. The sour cherry is upfront, but a load of other fruits come along for the ride: raisin, current, green apple and flavours that I cannot quite identify. Generally sour, but there is a distinct sweet side to the beer that balances well, a bit of a candy flavour. A bit of vinegar, and some caramel malt. A bit bready. In the finish, the effects of the oak start to become noticeable. Very complex and really well integrated.

Pretty high carbonation level, and dries the mouth a fair bit. Medium bodied.

Overall, a terrific beer. Pretty remarkable the range of flavours going on here and well they all work together. Very tasty and also a great beer to introduce others to sour beers.

jrenihan, Feb 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

eaphikap, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

EinWeizenbitte, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kjkinsey, Feb 04, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76%

jmtpi, Feb 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

bbadger, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

siddhartha, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

skinnybear, Feb 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

beef13, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber to brown with a finger high light tan head that included several large air bubbles in it. There is pretty good head retention and some moderate lacing present on the glass.

S: Aromas of tart dark fruits, sour cherries, and a slight hint of vinegar. Minor amounts of funk are also present as would be expected from the style. Very pleasant overall in aroma.

T: Very complex flavors are present in this beer including sour cherries, apples, pear, and some candy sweetness. The sour flavor persists even after you have finished in a very pleasant manner.

M: Light to medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. The sourness makes you tongue pucker.

O: Nice and complex with wonderful tart and sour fruit flavors, extremely enjoyable and a beer that I would highly recommend. I might just have to go out and purchase a couple more of these to keep in the fridge.

dbrauneis, Jan 30, 2012
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,156 ratings.