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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,141 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,141
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 142
Gots: 323 | 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 biboergosum
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. So like a gueuze, but not a Gueuze, eh? Screwy old-world denominations.

This beer pours a clear, rather dark reddish cola amber hue, with two pudgy fingers of foamy, soapy beige head, which take a fair while to melt away, leaving some chunky, splotchy stillborn honeycombed lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of sour fruit esters - cherry, lemon, and apple, with more than a bit of sharp acetic acid, some timid boozy oak barrel notes, and a faint pale malt sweetness. The taste is big sweet and sour fruitiness - black currants, cherry, apple - further sweet caramel malt, and a burgeoning oaken vanilla woodiness. Some leafy, earthy bitterness loiters after the fact.

The carbonation is quite low-key, the body a solid, and fairly smooth medium weight, the echoes of abstracted fruit strangely doing no harm. It finishes off-dry, with the overarching fruitiness fully opening up to the yin and yang of tartness and sweetness.

A rather complex and sexy offering, the sourness alluring enough to draw one in, but not too pungent to outstay its welcome. In the end, one has to describe this as a more sweet than sour, tasty tipple, a testament to the mutability of things.

biboergosum, May 14, 2009
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4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In the honor of the Duchess of Burgundy, a unique sweet and sour taste emerges in ale form- an unfailing choice for the curious palate to venture into the sour family, but with the malty-sweet support and a rich fruit flavor to balance its acidity. Its utmost complexity and refreshment is reserved for those who refine their palate but are tentative about sourness.

This Flanders red ale's tawny pour of browns, reds, and haze carry an inherent wine-like, cognac appearance that's shyly adorned with the daintiest of foam stance which It's similar to delicate coffee-like creme.

The nose is met with complex and succulent character that remind that strikes the olfactory senses with balsamic, chocolate, black cherry, weathered wood, soy sauce, red wine, and sherry wine. The sweet and sour interplay seems something much more of French reductions or Chinese cuisine than it does of beer.

Flavors are a dynamic sweet and sour interplay of to tart berries, mild toast but more so of vinous wine, savory umami character, lemon-like acidity,- its sour and savory combination can go on and on. Every point of flavor has a counterpart to balance, which carry the beer across the palate with a multitude of intrigue and wonderment.

Medium bodied, but the beer's tepid but acidic sourness makes the beer seem somberly tart while the succulent cherry and cocoa allow for a soft weight to be felt. Its moderate carbonation allows the beer to seep into the softer mouth tissues for fuller flavor but also ushers in a dry woodsy finish of crab apples with mild vinegary astringency.

Well balanced throughout, but the beer's sweeter and fruitier side buffers against any abrupt sourness which gives it a restrained property that not only challenges the palate, but soothes it with ample wine sweetness and toasty malts.

BEERchitect, Aug 25, 2005
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4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. best by date of 08/26/15.

A- dark brown with hints of maroon in the light. Pretty dark, nice clarity. Small grey-tan head that lingers thin on the surface.

S- Huge vinegar, some serious acetic acid in this beer. Solvent-y, lightly burnt gingersnap cookie, wine-y. Very interesting nose.

T- Prickly acetic acid, oak, vanilla, cranberry cocktail, pinot noir, lactic acid, a little oxidation.

M- Medium-thin, prickly, acidity, medium carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O- Definitely a classic, great flavor profiles and complexity. Very enjoyable Flanders beer.

nquigley16, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DaftPatrick, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of BlueHammer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer! It is very similar to Nostradamus, which is one of my favorites. As soon as you pop the cap off the bottle the sweer, malty, fruity aroma emanates from within. The beer pours a dark reddish brown, only slightly translucent when held to the light. There was a light tan head that held for a while and left lacing on the glass.

The flavor was very sweet and malty with a clear prune/plum flavor. Delicious. This is a heavy feeling beer, very filling, and better sipped. The beer is smooth and balanced as you drink.

BlueHammer, May 31, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jcru33, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Marius, Jul 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Janeinma, Aug 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

xdefeatsy, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

RyanPS, May 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Mantooth, Aug 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

williamjbauer, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of mechtech
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balsamic vinegar, cherry, fairly sweet and tart, slightly soy sauce. Finish of tartness and rich fruit lasts longer than expected, and a musty taste is eventually left behind. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Quite nice if you like vinegar, fairly complex.

mechtech, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

johnyb, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TheLevi4000, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

RichardMNixon, Nov 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Triklino, Jul 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ixnay21, Apr 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

pumptrick, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

adam_stokes, Aug 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Riverared, Nov 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

whatname, Mar 09, 2014
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,141 ratings.