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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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3,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,253
Reviews: 1,362
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 352 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

DrunkenMonk, Aug 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My very first sour ale. I was not sure what to expect going in, but definatly knew what it was about when it was done!

Poured a deep dark brown, with lots of reddish hints to it, making it almost seem a dull burnt orange in bright light. A huge billowing white head faded quickly, but left a nice film of lace about the top for most of the glass. The smell was probably the strongest I have ever smelled in a beer. Almost knocked me over. Huge flavors of sour grapes and apples, lots of fruity hints in there, and very very strong, really like nothing I have ever smelled. The taste was unbelievably sour. Like sour candy sour, huge flavors, too much for me. Actually made my eyes water with every sip. Very light mouth feel, and great carbonation were nice, and helped it go down smoothly, but was not really my cup of tea. Flavors were big, grapes, apples, peaches, raisins, plums, very very complex and fruity. Overall I did not enjoy it, but I am not sure if this was due t o the style or this particular brew. I will have to try a couple more to get a better feel, but this one was rough on me. I could see how someone would like its deep complex character, just not me.

mikesgroove, Mar 16, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Irish57, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of lurpy1
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Republic. Not a style I know terribly well, but I likes me some sours, and the one FRA I had knocked my socks off.

Beautiful, deep red pour. A word to the wise though. Typically this is poured into a goblet, and the ruby red liquid in the goblet makes one look like a wine snob. Be careful where you order this, it might get you on the bidness end of an ass whupping.

Smell is vinegary, citrus, sour cherry, plenty of funk. Nice.

Taste is good, vinegar, apple, cherry. Good stu....wait a minute, what is that? That's a strange taste. Where have I had it before? With steak. Yes. It tastes like A-1! Really! Don't get me wrong, I like A-1, I just don't want to drink a goblet full of it.

Mouthfeel makes for smooth sipping.

Despite the steak sauce sensation I was able to enjoy this beer. But the off putting taste keeps it well short of being great.

lurpy1, Mar 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Bramsigman, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of dvb
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Reddish-brown, leaning more toward the reddish end. Large, off-white head that fades quickly but leaves a lot of lacing. Great clarity, no sediment. Filtered?

S - Smells of sparkling cider, apple cider vinegar, candi sugar and maturity.

T - This is a sweet, fruity, cider-like, tangy ale. Like a sparkling cider, but with more character.

M - Sticky, but not overly so. On the thin side, but not overly so. Overall, this does not drink like a beer at all. More like sparkling cider.

D - The sparkling cider qualities of this beer make it impossible for me to want any more than the one I tried today, but it is obvious that some great care went into making this product and that this is no doubt a fine example of the style

It is interesting to note that this beer is actually not just one beer, but two, as the product actually consists of the blending of two vintages of the same beer: 8 months old and 18 months old. It is also aged in oak barrels, some of which are decades old.

Did I mention that this beer is like sparkling cider?

dvb, Oct 31, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Rand_ale_Thor, Dec 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

tvghost, Sep 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

thatoneguymike, Apr 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Greg_Nall, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of csiewert
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark ruby color with a trace of off white fizzy head that retain and laces pretty well. The aroma has notes of sour cherries, dark fruit and some vinegar. The taste starts with the sour cherries and then has a strong note of vinegar... Not very good. The mouthfeel is on par for what a sour ale should be like, but I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but this was way too vinegary for me.

csiewert, Aug 17, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

McNazz, Jun 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Krakpoff, Oct 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Zbeetleman, Jul 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

brez8791, Jul 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

shook81, Feb 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

appetiteforparis, Dec 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Stillyman11, Jul 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Jeckel, Nov 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

dubmax, Oct 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

vonnegut21, Apr 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

BJSmit, May 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

oglmcdgl, Jul 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

etnamirr, May 10, 2014
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,253 ratings.