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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,279 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,279
Reviews: 1,363
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 354 | 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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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before: 05/10/2013

A - Dark garnet-ruby, one finger off white head, great lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, cherries, molasses, dark spices, mixed berries, brown sugar.

T - Sour cherries, black cherries, strawberries, raspberries, candi sugar, caramel, sherry oak, belgian yeast, slightly tart.

M - Smooth, medium body, moderate-low carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O - Better than expected! Very drinable, first Flanders red ale and it was a pleasant experience.

Rickythejeweler, May 15, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Texasfan549, May 15, 2012
Photo of CommonRider
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CommonRider, May 15, 2012
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 12, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Skye1024, May 12, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -3.8%

theminutemen, May 11, 2012
Photo of Piason
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Piason, May 11, 2012
Photo of joecast
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

specs out of the way first. best before 22/3/2013 250ml 6.2%abv

this is one hell of a pretty beer. quite clear, dark amber in color. low carbonation. one cm fine firm tanned head. genuinely nice to look at. like something i have seen in books about beer. only its in my lounge room. hooray for me.

dreamy aroma. and i dont use dreamy lightly. puckering vinegar (acetic for you sciencey types) acidity balanced by a prominent fruity sweetness. light touch of alcohol without the heat. woody (dried, not green). has a concentrated characteristic to it like molasses, incredible.

and i can finally take a sip. just been too preoccupied smelling this one. soooo smooth. just brilliant. the expected tartness is there but very mildly. finish is so light for such a complex beer. i can only imagine the complexity is brought on by the blending and oak influences and the impact they have blow me away.

cannot believe i only have the one bottle. makes me sad. ive always been intrigued by this style and feel i have now found its standard. and it is good!!

joecast, May 10, 2012
Photo of MarkVegas
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MarkVegas, May 08, 2012
Photo of AleGal79
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

AleGal79, May 06, 2012
Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

JeffreyJDavis, May 06, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

rogerthegill, May 05, 2012
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beer pours with a nice white head that is constantly being replenished by tiny little bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The beer is red brown and fairly brilliant for the color.

Aroma: Mostly that winey funk that often accompanies sour ales. No hope aroma, no distinguishable malt aromas.

Taste: Very wine like, subtle sourness, mostly lactic acid and not vinegar. Starts off nice and sweet but with a dry finish. No sour twang in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, medium carbonation, very smooth and coats the inside of the mouth very nicely.

Overall: Wow, very solid flanders red. It is nice that the sour is not lip puckering but instead smooth.

LeeryLeprechaun, May 05, 2012
Photo of cradke
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brownish red. A thin fine head.

Smell: A tart nose that has some good sweetness. Cherrys and other esters.

Taste: Delicious. Not as tart as the nose would lead you to believe. Certainly some dark fruit. Nicely complex and well put together.

Mouthfeel: Very nice. Nicely substantial with good carbonation.

Overall: I'm really impressed with this beer. The nose is quite tart but the taste is well balanced. Very good amount of fruit. I really enjoyed this.

cradke, May 02, 2012
Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -3.8%

2beerdogs, May 01, 2012
Photo of SiflandOlly
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

SiflandOlly, May 01, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

pirmannt1, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of 1p5v
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

1p5v, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of ixnay21
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ixnay21, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of raynmoon
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its such a beautiful ruby red. Most beers are like a brown red but this one is truly red. Amazing.

It smells nice and tart. You get some cherries in there. Maybe a little acidic, but still pleasant. Reminds me of fruity sparkling wine.

Right on the front it is tart and sweet and then goes down very sweet and smooth. Very champagne like on the mouth feel. It is kind of hard to describe what i'm tasting. It just reminds me of a darker, fruit champagne. I can see why people like this style and I can see why other shy away.

Overall I definitely enjoy this beer. It is my first Flanders style sour or a Red Sour so I can't really say it's not the best in it's style, but I wish I'd be getting a little more depth. It seems to go down sweet/ vinegary the whole way without really changing too much. But as it warms up it seems to be getting a little better.

Still something i'd love to have anytime. But for 6$ a bottle? I dunno. I'm hoping to enjoy the Lost Abbey's Red Poppy a little more at 15$ a bottle.

raynmoon, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

beaulabauve, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of kyager2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%

kyager2000, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a small bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. The pour is a beautiful clear ruby-red color with a gorgeous fluffy white head. The nose is tart, fruity, flowery, sour, and slightly musty.

As for the taste, woah baby! This lady has class. There's a slight candy-sweetness up front that is balanced by a refreshing sour apple acidity. The mouthfeel is medium-firm and silky smooth. The carbonation seems just right. I'm no expert of Flanders Red Ales, but this one is a freaking work of art. It's not a mouth-puckeringly acidic as Rodenbach Grand Cru. The pleasant sweetness that accompanies the flavor makes this much, much more drinkable. I think I might actually prefer it.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of sennin
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sennin, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TheMadStork, Apr 28, 2012
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,279 ratings.