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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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3,138 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,138
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 141
Gots: 322 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website

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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WOW, definately the most unique beer i've ever tried (this is the first flanders red i've tried) but its definately a kick in the pants. Pours with a thick white head and a deep amber almost ruby red color with excellent lacing down the glass. The smell is definately unlike any beer i've ever tried, very vinegary and also red wine like with a hint of oak and a fruity belgian yeast smell. The taste is incredible, worlds away from any beer i've ever tried...i never knew beer could taste like the this. The taste begins with a sour cherry tart flavor, followed by a biscuit-like malt taste and finishes with a winey, oaky dryness that lingers on the tongue as well as a warming alcohol sensation. The mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp carbonation that settles as it warms. The drinkablilty is ok but this is very complex and unique so more than a couple wouldnt be so good. Overall a fantastically unique and unbelievably complex brew that my palate cant really grasp fully. A great beer.

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(Poured into a goblet.)
It poured a deep translucent dark cherry. I Poured a 1" head that slowly fizzled away leaving a nice lace that stuck to the walls of the glass.

Aroma: sweet balsamic vinegar and tart fruit mixed with oak.

Taste: there seemed to be a few flavors at work. There was a tartness similar to granny smith apples, as well as, sweet oak balsamic characteristics mixed with sour cherries. There was also a champagne quality in the background, along with a slight caramel malt. A pleasant sour finish and aftertaste. The taste changed as it got warmer; the tartness mellowed and it became sweeter. Overall it was like a symphony of flavors with each one having its moment followed by all of them working in concert. It is not to often that you get a beer where each drink is unique.

While I don't think I could drink this everyday, the Duchesse is one of my favorite Belgians, and it is definitely worth a try. I would probably drink this on special occasions, or just because it's Tuesday. I would recommend it while having some form of bleu cheese.

LacquerHead, Jul 13, 2010
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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,138 ratings.