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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Ratings: 3,100
Reviews: 1,352
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 139
Gots: 309 | FT: 9
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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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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Picked up a single at Aggie Liquors in Ft. Collins for around $11.50.

A: Poured a deep dark red with a cream colored head about half an inch thick. Lots of little spots of lacing. Quite a bit darker than I had expected.

S: Sour smells, a little bit like vinegar, strong red wine smells, sour cherries, very heavy on the wine smells. Slight hint of oak woodiness.

T: Sour cherry flavors, slight honey flavors, vanilla, a lot of oak flavors too, nice brown ale nuttiness. Not as overwhelmingly sour as others. Very tasty beer. Nice lingering nuttiness and honey with sour accents. This is very tasty all around. Lots of things going on.

M: Somewhat thick, nice carbonation, and not nearly as dry as I thought it would be. There is a nice dryness though. Well balanced.

D: Excellent beer, easily could drink multiple 750s of this. Great beer all around. Not nearly as intense as other Flanders Red's that I have tried. Excellent beer.

02-14-2009 21:02:54 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Drinkerofales

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours dark brown, with red and purple in the light. Not much lacing from the big tan head, but it sticks til the end.

Smell is plum and grape tartness, almost sour and winey. Also kind of champagne like, some wood is present. Also reminiscent of a lambic.

Taste is quite different from the smell. Where there is plenty of sour and tart, the flavor is more sweet and tart. Grapes and cherries, sweet sparkling wine, with a nice balancing super tart finish.

Textured lively and bubbly. Super light and smooth, reminds me of Stella Rosa. A nice dry finish to go with the tart.

What a strange but awesome beer. One must try this for the experience. Taste is almost in mirroring contrast with the aroma. Almost not beer, but leans towards lambic and fruit beer.

DOA

04-02-2012 18:33:25 | More by Drinkerofales
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Beerzebub

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Best before date: 21-03-08. That's 12 minutes from now, so I better drink fast.

11.2 oz bottle, served in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Deep reddish brown color, small beige head, sticky lace.

Smells unusual and enticing, with sweet, sour, and savory all well represented. Sweet and oxidized like mushy brown apples, with tomato and tomato leaf, yeasty dough, and some mild malt vinegar and cider vinegar.

Tastes sweet and savory, and a little sour. Initial sweet cherries and apples, then pronounced oxidized flavors and some acidity come in. Underlying toasted grain and nuts. Tomato leaf, and a bit of tomato paste. Mild vegetal bitterness, connected to the tomato leaf flavor. Long oxidized finish, with some sweetness hanging on until the very end.

Fine soft carbonation with some oiliness, very nice. Quite drinkable.

I really like oxidization when it's done well, so I like this beer.

The second glass paired well with some Dubliner cheese.

03-21-2008 08:10:22 | More by Beerzebub
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance: Pours an unexpected dark mahogany with the slightest red color in the stream from the bottle to the glass. A inch of minute bubbles form a tight little head.

Smell: Very nice nose with a lot going on. One can sense the sweet richness of the malts and esters and then feel the tart sting, so common to the style.

Taste: Wow. Incredible complexity. A soft malt backbone swirls about the mouth first lending carmel sweetness, brown sugar, ripe fruit and then suddenly subsides allowing tart cherries, apples and pears to brush about the tastebuds. Intersting musky earthen flavor. This is so well put together that you greedily gulp it trying to figure out what else is in there that you can't quite define. Absolutely excellent.

Mouthfeel: Perfect balance, good body, but still light enough to refresh and be easily consumed.

Drinkability: I'd drink a six pack every day if I could afford it. Awesome representation of the style; not as mouth puckeringly sour as others. Quite a treat.

05-10-2004 18:16:15 | More by 99bottles
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putnam

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

We like sour beer. Sour beer is good. This is only slightly sour. The balance just favors a fresh apple, cherry and red plum fruit that would make this suitable for mixed company.
At first the aromas are just steely and clean but as it warms up there is a pronounced apple brandy scent with notes of ginger snap on the side. The texture is fizzy and cleanly sweet with more fresh fruit essences on the way down. medium-bodied and complex, with shifting layers of damp earth, barrel fermented pickles, caramel apples and burned slate in the background. Very drinkable hooch.

08-06-2003 19:55:24 | More by putnam
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Had at Poechenellekelder in Brussels. Dense head that released a cloud of tart fruit with slight tones of honey, but you can tell from the first whiff that this is going to be sour. Dense, dark color and very light carbonation. Taste is lightly vinegary, somewhat sweet and pleasantly tart. Not overly sour, but just enough to make you stop and drink slowly. Gains complexity when it warms up, so sip!

11-17-2009 20:01:32 | More by gfreed
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Bcaulin

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Recently had on tap at the Ginger Man. Served in a 12 oz. snifter. Deep reddish brown in color. Very little head on the pour, and little lacing.

Not as strong a nose as I had expected -- Was expecting more fruit, but smelled mostly just sour and not particularly strong. The taste more than made up for that. Big slap of sour on the tongue right from the first sip.

Incredibly easy to drink considering how sour it is. Loads of fruit flavor and that great sour bite. Highly recommend.

04-17-2009 02:23:01 | More by Bcaulin
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CuttDeez

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Deep brown, and ruby reds. Covered by a cream color head that is sticky.

S - Aromas of oak, some deep fruits. Soft nose

T - Lots of cherry throughout this taste. Somewhat tart in the begining but very smooth. There was caramel and chocolate in there as well. a tartness and dryness fineshes off the palate. Strong malt flavors as well.

M - Interesting mouthfeel that is dynamic, Tart, sweet, dry. It is a little bit of a wonderful trip through the flavors and it was enjoyable throughout.

D - Incredibly drinkable. I split this with a friend and wanted more.

I felt like every taste brought a new flavor to the table. It was incredibly dynamic and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer and I am glad I picked up a second bottle to age in my celar for future enjoyment.

02-21-2011 18:53:40 | More by CuttDeez
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A: pours a clear, deep red colour with a nice, tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer of film and leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: rich aromas of ripe fruit and spice (cherry and plum dominate), lots of caramely sweetness as well - nice and pronounced

T: sweet and sour cherries throughout with hints of apple and spice on the finish (possibly a tad of red wine on the finish as well) - quite complex, very strong, and nicely balanced.

M: medium bodied and very crisp, good carbonation and a throat tingling spicy finish.

D: A great beer. Very strong aromas and flavours, well crafted and quite easy to drink despite it's relatively high ABV. I could put a couple of these in a night, but I would rather sip it slowly to discover the many flavours hidden in this very fruit-forward ale. I highly recommend that everyone try this beer and I will definitely be buying this one again.

01-25-2008 10:20:52 | More by Graham5161986
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

I'm drinking the remaining 10 ounces or so after substituting this beer for Rodenbach Grand Cru in the Cherry Pie recipe in the most recent BeerAdvocate Magazine. The pie seems to be turning out great!

A: Clear red to brown pour with a small light brown head. The very bubbly head really does not last long.

S: Hints of vinegar, and a lot of tart cherries. Having just combined the beer in the dough recipe and soaking some tart cherries in it, the cherry smell really comes out well for me.

T: It has been a long time since I had this beer last (on tap at Zeno's Pub), and wow my palate has certainly evolved. The vinegar/sour flavor adds a nice accent to the very tart cherries. The lip smuckering taste really keeps you coming back for more.

MF: Light and carbonated well. The dryness of the beer coats your mouth with flavor as you drink.

O: Great beer. Can't wait to see how the pie turns out. Flavorful, tart, delicious.

09-01-2011 01:26:33 | More by russwbeck
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armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Poured a dark brown with ruby hints with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is off sour dark fruits

T - Follows the nose dark fruit plums and apples finishes slightly sour

M - This beer has a medium to full body with medium carbonation to it

D - Its been awhile since the last time I had it and forgot how good this beer was its a great gateway to sour beer a must try

08-07-2009 20:12:39 | More by armock
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damienblack

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a rustic amber, thin lingering head, decent lacing. Average looking beer (not knowing much of how style is supposed to look). Nice bubbles whenever its swirled, though. Huge dry vinegaric sour smell - there's definitely some fruit there, but i'm not sure what exactly. Smell is oddly alluring.

Taste is a gentle, dry blast of sour. Tastes like a sweet and sour champagne - tons of carbonation, with a sugary aspect to it. I thought it would be much drier from the smell. Sourness is well balanced, leads to a very refreshing experience. More of a vinegaric sourness than a tart sourness, but it's smoothed against the beer. Only quibble is that it seems a little thin, doesn't have a lot of oomph or gravitas to it, just the flavor. Not sure if that's how the style is supposed to be. Drinkability is top notch, great sipper (although could go more if I wanted to). My first Flanders Red, and I'm looking forward to trying some more!

04-17-2009 06:01:49 | More by damienblack
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bigone4

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

I had this beer on tap at the Belgium beer tasting at Pitchers Pub in Cumberland, RI. They served this brew in a nice goblet making for a great presentation. It poured a deep dark brown ruby color. Nice dense white head with decent lacing left in the glass. The smell is very much of fruit and caramel malt. Especially plum or figs mixed in the back ground. Some tones of malt and grape sourness in the nose as well. Very complex taste, that creates a rolling mosaic of flavor through out the mouth.

This was my first beer from West-Flanders region of Belgium. This Flemish style of brew is quite unique and different. It really had me thinking and focusing on the different flavors I could identify. Nice hints of malt and a dry hop taste very strong hints of fruit. There were many different sour notes throughout the mouth. From the first taste the sour fruit tone is mellow and quite unique. Smooth sour start with a fruity malted taste. The finish was dry and had a slight taste of alcohol. There was an almost spicy flavor hidden in the aftertaste. The sour notes get you right in the back of the mouth.

Learning about the aging process was quite interesting. Some of the oak tannins made there appearance as the beer warmed. I found it to be enjoyable and quite drinkable. Some of its qualities reminded me of a homemade wine. This is a very unique and different beer that is not for everyone. But if you are looking to expand your beer tasting pallet make sure you include this one for a taste.

01-21-2007 23:37:38 | More by bigone4
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jpro

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Picked this up at the Charleston Beer Exchange a while back. Poured into a big ol' wine glass...

A: Deep mahogany / red, with a two-finger almond head that leaves some great strands and specks of lace and manages the slightest bit of retention throughout consumption (which took well over an hour, as I just kind of sipped on this one throughout the night).

S: Mmmm... Rich, sour aroma, dark berry-ish / cherry-ish, with a fair amount of wood/oak character, too; wine-like; as it warms, the sour shifts more toward vinegar / cider.

T: As this one warms, the taste profile seems to lose some of its "oakiness," as it transitions its focus to a nice puckering sour, that leaves a touch of sweetness on the finish; there's a faint bit of nuttiness in the background, too; alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a zingy carbonation that lends well to this beer's drinkability.

D: The sour pucker followed by the refreshing finish practically begs for another sip; that being said, I prefer to just take my time with beers like this one.

12-15-2010 03:26:19 | More by jpro
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A- The beer is dark red, the color of a garnet stone and very clear, but dark. The head is somewhat yellowish and fizzy with many small bubbles that don't quite "foam together"

S- My first Flanders red ale and I am happily surprised. Reminds me of a lambic with the fruity yeast smells and fusel alcohol scents. Sweet with a dry, bitter twang

T- Very smooth and wine-like. If beer and wine were to mate I believe the product would be something like this. Flavor is somewhat leathery and fruity. Fruit leather, anyone?

M- Very light and refreshing with a fine, fizzy carbonation that reminds me of champagne.

D- Very drinkable. Looking at the bottle, I wasn't sure if I would want to finish it all at once, but I can't help myself

12-11-2010 23:37:11 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Had this at iTap in Soulard. From February notes.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A very dark ruby color with a thin 0.5 inch head that is off white and quite dense. It recedes very quickly to a nice ring but leaves some sticky lacing as the beer goes down.

Aroma is delicious. Sweet cherry notes mixed in with some slight vinegar notes. Red wine vinegar notes with some delicious vinous tartness. Slight Chardonnay and white wine note sweetness is also perceived. There is some slight leathery notes with some funk and slight wood character.

The flavor is a winner. THis brew is a delicious Flanders. Sweet cherry notes with nice fruit juice tartness as well. Very balanced. Slight red wine vinegar notes with some apple juice and nice vinous character. The brew is delicious at warmer temps and this was served at the perfect temperature. Very delicious. Not too sour and palette killing but sour enough to be interesting and yummy with some nice sweet undertones to keep it in check. Mouthfeel is fluffy and clean.

Very good sour. One of my favorites in fact.

02-28-2012 01:26:16 | More by JoEBoBpr
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Beer served on draft at a beer bar in FL. Beer served in a Duchess De Bourgogne wine glass. Beer is hazy brown and has a broken brown head with very little carbonation. The tiny head manages to leave some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citric and lactic sour in nature. Not too much complexity but for this style its dead on. Time to drink.

Beer is sweet and sour, the sweetness comes first but its quickly overtaken by the sour nature of the beer. Beer is smooth and has a thin body. The drinkability is high and the midpalate is where the majority of the flavor is noticed. Its a good example of a sour beer.

12-28-2009 16:54:43 | More by drabmuh
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. "Best before 30/06/2013" stamped on the back of the label.

A- Pours a translucent reddish brown. ~1/2 finger of fizzy tan, which fades quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Tart cherries and vinegar provide a nice kick up front, followed by some oaken/red wine.

T- Sweet and sour cherry/fruit notes...a bit acidic. Oaken /wood notes balance things out. Everything comes together beautifully. Fantastic.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Medium/light feel.

O- Quite good. Complex and tasty, yet doesn't smash my palette in any unpleasant ways...winner!

Future outlook: I should be drinking "Flanders" beers more often, with this one certainly included.

11-17-2011 04:33:04 | More by DoctorDog
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mickeymac

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Charging out of the bottle with champagne-like carbonation, it's a very eye-pleasing brown with garnet highlights. A fine tan head full of little bubbles lays on top of the beer to the end. The smell is somewhat musty, with hints of ripe fruit and an overriding sourness. One sip immediately causes the mouth to pucker, but that's not the end of the story. Raisiny sweetness balances the sour aspect of the beer, making for a very nice drinking experience. For a fairly sour beer, this one is surprisingly drinkable, and I found myself having to resist the urge to throw down big gulps of it. Nice.

09-08-2003 01:21:03 | More by mickeymac
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endovelico

Portugal

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

It's been awhile since I've reviewed a beer and couldn't be happier to review this historic and exotic specimen.

I poured the beer into a dimpled stein, reviewed the beer under low artificial light and drank it cold.

Appearance: This beer displays a clear mahogany color, without any sort of floaties or sediment. The white head that forms is fizzy, holding reasonably well throughout the session. Could have used a more luscious head, although i'm aware this is dificult given the limit on hop character on these types of beer.

Aroma: Medium high intensity and flavorful, albeit a bit muddy. Cherry, cinammon, Cedar wood, green apple, vinagar and port. No hop aroma to speak of.

Taste: High intensity, flavorful and layered complexity. Cherry, green apples on the frontend. The wood, warm alcohol and candy build the backend.
As it warms up i start picking a faint nuttiness and chocolate like complexity. No hop taste.

Palate: Medium full bodied. Soda sweetness with lactic twang. Medium to medium high acidity. Medium high sourness. Medium low to low carbonation. Low bitterness. Long finish. The sweetness and sourness battle out as the taste lingers. Was actually expecting more sourness. Alcohol barely noticeable.

Drinkability: This seems to me like a fine archtype of what a Flanders Red Ale should be: It has nice complexity, it is intriguing, it is challenging on the palate plus there is no noticeable flaws. I do think however that it could benefit from less sweetness. The alcohol isn't too evident, so there would be decent leeway to do it. Would have again and it makes for a good gimmick beer to shock your friends.

04-05-2010 23:35:11 | More by endovelico
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ggroller

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

I just drank my first Duchesse on Christmas Day 2004 and was completely excited about what I saw and smelled in my glass without even taking the first sip.

The color was a dark, velvety, burgundy brown with a large fluffy head similiar to one seen on a Beligian White.The aroma was like nothing I have ever smelled before. Sour cherries was the first thing I noticed followed by sweet cherry and orange mingled with woody earthiness. Upon taking the first sip I first tasted sour then sweet; just like the aroma.

This beer is very drinkable and in my opinion a session beer. It was sweet but not too sweet. Sour but not too sour. And the finish left my palate clean and wanting more.

12-28-2004 13:48:37 | More by ggroller
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ryantupy

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours a dark ruby red color with a ncie small but consistent head.

S - Smells of oak and cherries.

T - At first you notice the oak and cherries but then slowly it develops a dark fruity spice flavor.

M - Silky smooth mouthfeel.

D - You can drink this one for hours.

10-28-2008 16:00:24 | More by ryantupy
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aerozeppl

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Super deep brownish red color. Eggshell white head with a nice amount of lacing.

S: Funky musthouse. Beyond this powerful smell you do get hints of cherries. Malt. Tons of sour and tart hints.

T: Damn. Really really complex. Starts off tart. Not mouth collapsing into itself tart but enough to remind you what this is. Then it goes into a cool sweetness. Hints of honey and cherries. Malt is in there as well. Hints of nuts and the barrel abound.

M: Medium body with a slightly thick tone to it. Good light carbonation.

D: The most drinkable example of this style I have had so far. At 6% why not?

05-24-2008 00:58:09 | More by aerozeppl
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homersimpson

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Clear tawny red/brown with a sedate tan head.
Sourish malty nose, somewhat like a confectioner's shop.
Medium smooth body.
Hits your tonue with a quick sweet / sour flavor. Very candylike. Citrusy up front like a demented lemonade. Smoothly transitions and leaves your mouth with a fruity syrupy flavor that hangs around for the next sip.

09-07-2004 22:48:13 | More by homersimpson
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

On tap at Zeno’s in State College. Ruddy amber with a very small, off-white, foamy head. Vinous, medicinal, sweet smell with alcohol and tawny port-like aromas. Tastes is of sour fruit (most notably cherry) over a light malt backbone. It has a medium body and a slick texture. Flanders aren’t my thing, but going by style this one was pretty damn good! Definitely worth a try.

05-20-2007 17:17:25 | More by ski271
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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