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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,874 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,874
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 123
Gots: 238 | 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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FLBeerGuy

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-09-2013 16:52:42 | More by FLBeerGuy
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Bromine

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-15-2013 02:29:47 | More by Bromine
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-26-2013 01:03:51 | More by Hopmarc
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Riik3

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-30-2013 20:42:28 | More by Riik3
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alib262

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-18-2014 23:20:59 | More by alib262
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-01-2014 21:25:36 | More by anticipation23
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently this beer is a classic Flanders Red; to be honest, though, I hadn’t heard of it until I saw a small bottle hiding in the back of a liquor store shelf. Good to know that what I randomly picked out has a general “thumbs-up” from the community.

Good for another year (“Best before: 09/11/2013” is printed on the label).

A: A deep red color pours from the bottle, striking in its darkness, though it exudes a ruby shimmer when held up to the light. Head is creamy, but not very lofty – it’s settling at about a half-inch, showing a couple small hills of beige cream (especially over the nucleation site). Stringy lacing here and there.

S: The sours run as deep as the color, sinking the nose into a cheesy, syrupy, lactic warmth. It’s rich, not bright, and it’s absolutely engaging. Some lighter notes of raspberry and blackcurrant do play out, yes, but they merely drizzle over the layered toffee and nutty sweets beneath (thick malts, no doubt, acting as the bedrock of this brew). An olive oil note hovers over it all, too, likely extracted from the clean smoothness of the sour character.

T: A soft sweet-and-sour palate, nothing like what I was expecting; this may be the most interesting beer I’ve had in a while. Swells first with sweet fruit, reminiscent of overripe cherries, strawberry preserves, and baked apple, all with a lightly sour balsamic vinegar note accompanying – and all this ends up in a convergence of crisp spiciness (like a bell pepper) with metallic tinges. Wonderfully complex. Soon after, it shows a moment of grains – earthy tannins and mild almond – with flashes of barnyard flavors – smooth, savory funk, like you’d find in a creamy goat cheese. In all, it really is just beautiful balance between sweets and sours, and a nose-dive into complexity, at that. Light cherry syrup on the aftertaste and that’s it – a mild, mild finish.

M: There’s a very sophisticated smoothness to this one, making it all the more like a wine. It doesn’t have that fire on the way down, but it does lie full on the palate without much weight in the aftertaste.

O: Never had a beer like this – I’m blown away. Though staggering on the first sip (and not necessarily in a good way), Duchesse De Bourgogne has confirmed something to me that I seem to have experienced a few times already: beer is art. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 22:16:29 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Skidud313

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first try of this style. Been looking forward to it and it didn't disappoint.

Poured a deep burgundy/mahogany. A little over a finger of head, retention and lacing are incredible. Smells a bit tart and sweet. Tastes very unique, sort of sweet, almost cidery. I got more apples than the berries and cherries others were getting.

Very carbonated, dances on the tongue.

Looking forward to more like this.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 05:52:22 | More by Skidud313
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ilikebeer03

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-17-2013 06:07:35 | More by ilikebeer03
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-26-2013 02:39:28 | More by Cramerican
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Srkolodn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-27-2014 00:09:56 | More by Srkolodn
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-23-2014 17:31:49 | More by SebD
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-14-2013 18:53:15 | More by cnbrown313
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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-12-2014 03:56:10 | More by jakea
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safaricook

Netherlands

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-24-2013 17:11:55 | More by safaricook
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-05-2013 13:42:37 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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ocmpoma

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a wonderful red brown, dark and rich coloring, into a Duvel tulip. Sported a good head maybe 2cm thick, although that dissipated relatively quickly.

The nose is very nice: Sour cherries and licorice, woody and with a musty hint of sweat -- very complex and quite different from just about every other beer I've had. Impressive.

The taste is also very nice: quite smooth, no real bitterness. There's an initial warmth and spicyness that lasts momentarily and gives way to a wonderful sour fruit taste that spreads to the edges of my tongue, sliding on top of a faint, underlying layer of mustiness. The finish is very crisp and clean, though; not hanging around.

The crisp finish and understated mouthfeel make this beer an easy drinker: three tasting swigs and I had made a serious dent in the tulip's contents. Overall a very nice, very different beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 02:53:25 | More by ocmpoma
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Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-02-2014 15:42:31 | More by patrick802
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stoney1031

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-20-2013 01:47:14 | More by stoney1031
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-10-2013 21:35:37 | More by BeerBucks
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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Eric908

South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-11-2013 14:35:20 | More by Eric908
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HabiMendes

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-06-2013 19:53:18 | More by HabiMendes
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KeyWestGator

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-30-2013 23:23:13 | More by KeyWestGator
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sarahfrancesca

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-25-2014 02:02:29 | More by sarahfrancesca
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,874 ratings.