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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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Ratings: 2646
Reviews: 1319
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.98%


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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ToddHolder

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Global Brew. Smells of sour fruit, vinegar, earth. Deep ruby color with an inch thick head. Flavors of red wine, wood, sour cherry, subtle funk. Finishes clean. A very approachable sour and a good place to start if you're just getting in to them.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 17:17:29 | More by ToddHolder
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A friend brought this one over for a job I did for him and he wanted me to not gloss over by the style but to know what I'm having. He paid $19.99 for a bottle of this here in Juneau. I'm pretty sure he got it at Breeze In, Juneau.

I ended up being fairly nervous on my date with her.

I poured her into a stange and a tulip.

A: deep dark amber/red close to a brown colored body with a one finger white foamy head in both glasses, light lacing clings slightly here and there but slides into the body for the most part

S: extremely well balanced between sweet sugary cherries and light apples to light sour notes. The tartness is there as well. There is a light vinegar aspect that adds into the aroma but doesn't appear to be off at all as it just seems to assist in the balancing of it all

T: very balanced once again between the sweetness to the sourness to the tartness blending beautifully all the way through, light sticky sweet cherry-like aftertaste; a somewhat sweet dry finish

M: she sits about a light to medium on the body for me with a decent effort to want to be sessionable, I think this one could be fairly sessionable, carbonation is extremely smooth - there isn't any harshness to take my tongue for granted

O: this one's definitely a lady that I would love to have for a date again and would definitely would like to have again with its respected food. She's just an all around incredibly awesome Flanders Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 22:33:17 | More by BeerKangaroo
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Lures 8oz pour in a wide mouth short glass 2/21/14

A-Appearance: dark ruby color, nice beige head.

S-Red wine, barrel, barn, sour notes.

T-Destintive and remember able taste of red wine, sour, sweetness coming form malty backbone, slightly astringent, quite dry.

M-mouthfeel is full body and high carbonation, nice wine aftertaste.

O-Overall great first sour ale and Flanders must try more

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 21:22:13 | More by reebtaerG
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Doshkin

Maine

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - good looking beer. deep amber with reddish hues. crystal clear. poured with a couple inch head that came down but stays as a nice frothy layer. wet, sticky lacing is a nice visual reminder of what you're missing in between each sip

S - so perfect. this is everything I want to smell in a sour-ish beer. vinegar is the dominating aroma, blending beautifully with deep sugary sweetness and tartness, akin to a cinnamon/sugar/apple combination, but much more malty and rich.

T - the vinegary tart tang encapsulates every aspect of the taste. everything in between is a smooth mix of brown sugary maltiness. oh man... it's almost gone and i'm only 60% done with the review

M - this is a tough one for me to classify. the fine effervescence and extreme vinegary sour try and trick me to think the beer is lighter in body than it really is. the rich complexity of the flavors, bold sweetness, and full, smooth swallow assert themselves in this beer to remind you of how robust it really is. tl;dr - medium mouthfeel.

O - truly incredible. if you want to try an amazing (sour) red ale, and you are willing to dish out some cash, look no further. i, for one, can say i will be taking the wallet hit again in the near future to experience what this beer has to offer

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 22:06:12 | More by Doshkin
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WyethBednar

Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

While this is one of the most idiosyncratic beers I've ever had, it's also definitely one of my absolute favorites. I got it in one of the big wine-type bottles (not sure what the exact measurement was) over the summer, and I've gone through at least 3 more since.

Appearance: Really nice deep reddish brown. Carbonation is apparent just by looking at it. Very foamy reddish head that sticks around pretty well with good lacing throughout.

Smell: Very strong fruity aroma with a kick of hopped, spicy beer. Really interesting and prepares you for the taste very well.

Taste: Absolutely delicious. It honestly doesn't taste a whole lot like a beer (at least not what is traditionally thought of as a beer taste), but it's really great so it's never bothered me. It tastes more like a combination of champagne and wine with very fruity notes. Very full-bodied and complex and finishes strong too.

Mouthfeel: Very heavily carbonated, which is why I drew the champagne comparison.

Overall: Even though this beer is honestly like nothing else I've ever had, it still remains one of my favorites. It's complex yet very easy to drink; full-bodied and fun. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to try something truly new.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:21:23 | More by WyethBednar
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful light brown from the bottle, resulting in a deep mahogany brew in the glass. Thick, three fingers of light tan head. Nice retention, and scattered lacing. Beer is actually fairly clear when held up to the light, with a dark garnet highlight.

Sour aroma from the pour, implying a vinegary taste. There's a light, floral note, along with wood, and some fruity and yeasty appearances. Mostly drowned out by the sourness.

As is typical with this style, the flavor is far more balanced and nuanced than the powerful aroma. Sweet and sour are present in equal amounts: a light touch of vinegar, wood, flowers, honey, dark fruit, pecans, wheat, and yeast.

Very lively, with a nice sting, and a solid puckering effect. Medium feel, but full in flavor.

Flanders red-brown ales never fail to impress and satisfy me, and this is no exception. Exceptionally delicate and nuanced, this is a fantastic brew, and should be accessible and drinkable even to sour novices.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 22:16:24 | More by Roguer
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Verhaeghe - Duchesse De Bourgogne, poured into a Lawson's Tulip.

Look - Super carbonated blowover! Pours and settles deep ruby with a fizzy head that skirts away quickly. Sticky chunky lace.

Smell - Belgian sour with fruity cherry tartness. Brett. Lots of complexity.

Taste - Tart and fruity with a touch of sour. Quite rich and sweet cherry.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with high carbonation. Dry and drinkable.

Overall - This is a good beer, will have to try more of this style. I recommend this though something tells me others in the style are less sweet and more sour. I still dug it.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 19:48:13 | More by JMScowcroft
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3sheets2wind

Texas

2.1/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Nice looking beer. Pours auburn with pillowy off-white head. Cherry red lifesaver with vinegar after taste. Mouthfeel is nice. Aroma is melted sour apple slurpee and red vines. Not sure why this beer gets so much love. Get some cuvee de jacobins fellas.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 03:27:52 | More by 3sheets2wind
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benfons

Belgium

2.95/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: cola colour, small dark beige head

S: sweet vinegar, hints of cherry

T: sweet cherries, slightly murky, too sweet for my taste

M: medium body, sticky, good carbonation

O: by far my least favourite Flemish red, way too sweet, nothing refreshing, very little balancer, just sweet cherries

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 16:10:32 | More by benfons
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BeerDocT

Georgia

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've never had a Flanders Red Ale before and do not know what to expect. Really looking forward to this.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a deep, translucent brown with -you guessed it-- red highlights. Nice 1" head that finally dropped to about 1/8". Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.75: Wow! Amazing bouquet on this beer. Sharp vinegary pungency is tempered by a bleu cheese smell that is -upon further reflection-- really a smell of some type of brewing agent (i.e. a wild a vociferous yeast strain like Lambic). There are also a many, many layers of smells in this beer: cherries, honeycomb, mustiness, oak tannins, cabernet wine...on and on and on. Amazing and I cannot imagine a beer having a more complex and nuanced nose.

Taste 4.25: Front overwhelms the palate with a huge hit of vinger-level sour and slight hints of sweetness with a lovely ripe plum taste. Middle is sweet with big waves of vinegar, interesting tastes of almond and a general smoothness. Finish is also smooth, with hints of sweetness and a very refreshing hit of sourness. This is the level where other tastes come out: tanins, plums, raisins, oak rosin, barley malt...excellent. Aftertaste is short and refreshing.

Mouthfeel 4.0: This beer's conditioning does an excellent job of accentuating the taste of the beer.

Overall 4.25: This beer is amazing. Complex, balanced and utterly enjoyable. If you have never had a Flanders Red, I would recommend you try this one. It reminded me of a Lambic, but perhaps how a Lambic would taste without the delicious fruit additives. What you get is an equally excellent beer, maybe even better in some respects, notably the bouquet. Sour and just all around excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 06:43:57 | More by BeerDocT
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/7/13
750 ML in snifter

A - Brown with reddish hues, two finger light tan head

S - Interesting mix of sweet bubble gum/candy like aroma with tartness. Notes of sour cherries, sweet malt, dark fruits, and vinegar

T - Sour upfront but moderate not harsh, then sweet candy and fruit flavors in the middle. Finishes dry with some sourness lingering on the palate. Notes of sour apple.

M - Light body and very high carbonation that works well with the flavors in the beer. It actually finishes relatively smooth which I was surprised with because of how highly carbonated it is.

O - Tasty flanders red, that has an interesting sweet sour mix going on.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:19:09 | More by Profchaos20
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Clints1991

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled, poured in a tulip glass. It pours a brownish red, with a light tan head. The head lingers around for quite some time. It has a strong aroma of fruits, tarts and some wine characteristics. It has a strong taste of fruits such as cherry and some melon. It is very palatable. It is an amazing beer overall!!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 05:24:49 | More by Clints1991
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have even better retention. The head is a light tan/almost beige while the body is a mix of dull chestnut brown and dull maroon which appears as a mix of crimson and maroon in the light. Considerable lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Starts off with a bunch of acetic acid from the bottle which quickly turns to a light vinous smell. The aroma from the glass, however, is in no way light- this is full on red wine. It's been a while since I drank wine but it seems in the vein of a Zinfandel or Syrah. Cherries and plums- softer red fruit. Not as tart as I would have expected from a Flanders Red. Swirling reveals a sharper red wine profile that almost suggests tannins. If I were blindfolded, I would assume from the nose that this was red wine and not beer.

Taste- Starts with a slight continuance of the vinous nose but then turns decidedly sweeter with a low key cherry (somewhat cherry pie) note. Definitely not as tart as I would have guessed initially but after seeing the pH readings, it makes sense. Some wheat, some grain- something that most tart beers' flavor profiles never give a chance to show. Vinous nature (all red wine) starts to appear and in wine parlance seems a little flabby. More delicate than loud- this is a much more accessible Flanders Red. It won't wow anyone into sours but it's sitting just fine by me. Definitely a wine drinker's kind of beer. Some hint of peaches or other stone fruits. Slight sherry notes. Good to really good beer, pretty much in the middle. Not as clean and crisp as many Flemish Reds but also not as tart. It's a trade-off I'm okay but places this beer a level lower than some of those great beers. Touch of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Good amount of carbonation that has some zip. The zing gives this somewhat flabby beer a little more character.

Drinkability- Surprisingly easygoing. This is easily the most drinkable Flanders Red I've ever had. And at 5 to 6 bucks, it's also very reasonable. Could be very nice as a dessert beer.

Overall- Good to really good. Doesn't hit you over the head like most of the beers in its style but is still quite enjoyable. A must try as it adds breadth to the style. I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 08:27:43 | More by artoolemomo
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utopiajane

New York

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful brownish red color with a fat head of tan foam from a vigorous pour. Leaves beautiful and bubbly lace. Nose is at first a vinegar scent with fruit behind that. Fresh. The vinegar fades and you get woody earthy yeast. A soft slightly sour smell. And so much fruit! Cherries. Raspberries. Jam. Beautiful tart citrus and a woody depth. A hint of vanilla is fragrant and smooth. The taste is out of this world. The malt is like a soft whisper, a breath, a kiss. Bready notes.The fruit is bold and sweet. it's crisp and the carbonation is fizzy but doesn't bite. Puckering sour but a sweetness to rival that. It has tannins from the oak cask and a wine like acidity. it has tension like a good fruity wine that has a bold acidity. I can't decide if I taste cola or maybe cocoa. A woody dryness clears the palate.

This beer has a mouthfeel that is intricate and complex and delightfully light. It enlivens the palate and the senses.It drinks so easily and with so much character. The taste and the mouthfeel are intertwined and cannot be separated. The textures and the delightful and playful complexity brings forward fruit in both it's extremes. Sweet and tart. Lush, headdy, intoxicating.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:48:06 | More by utopiajane
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a lot of head/fizz. Head remains for a while. Color is dark brown, almost reddish.
Odor is sweet and sour at once. Fruity as well.
Taste is very fruity and sweet. A little vinegar.
mouth feel is very carbonated. Has the feel of cider. Does not linger long on the tongue.
Overall a very good sour beer. Nice and enjoyable from beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 01:25:13 | More by dexterk1
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Brandegee

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from big bottle into goblet

A: Dark caramel brown, lacy head
S: One of the all-time great beer aromas, with intense wood, banana and sour esters
T: Dark fruits, lots of plum and raisin. Obvious sour but a surprising serving of sweet berry fruits accompanies the sour. Pretty amazing.
M: I'm not a fan of huge carbonation and this has a lot of it. That's part of what gives it a "cider" vibe, I guess. It's not objectionable at all, however, and the smell/taste really defines this beer.
O: I've had a number of Flemish sours prior to this bottle and I have to say the DDB really has the formula. Definitely the best of the style that I've had, and a stunning helping of flavor in this beer makes it memorable. I'd love to have this with some intense French cheeses.

Note: Buy this in the big bottle, for the corkage experience. I don't know if this contributes to the experience, but the bottle art is far better than the small bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 00:51:15 | More by Brandegee
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 23:30:47 | More by nquigley16
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BrandonBahula

California

4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, really had what I look for in a sour. Dark fruit tartness and strong sour acidity. After the first few sips I could really get all the tropical fruit tang although every few sips I do catch a whiff of a solvent like alcohol flavor especially on the back on my palate. But overall a amazing beer great for satisfying a sour crave.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:01:21 | More by BrandonBahula
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
best before:2014-07-04

1st Flanders Red or Sour, so ....

A- Deep amber with a white head

S- Like overripe fruit, some vinager, musty, you can almost smell like....sour mash

T- Lol sour, tart fruit that makes you pucker, after the initial shock, its rather clean tasting

M- Medium body with lots of fizziness, tart, juicy with a mildly dry finish

O- Well, like I stated above this was my first of this style, so not quite sure what to think of it, I would probably try it again. Im normally a Stout/Porter type, but this is defiantly a interesting style with lots of flavor and mouth zing lol. I probably rated it lower than it should be, but that more to my mouth being in shock !

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 05:29:23 | More by Gryphon69
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from green 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No clear date, but cork reads a cryptic 96 L136 16:05. Big fan of the style and have not had this before, so here we go...

A: Deep burgundy-brown with a slight haziness. 1/2 finger light tan head that quickly reduces to a film. Nice lacing.

S: Tart cherry. Mostly citric acid with lighter acetic acid notes. Cranberry. Lemon juice. Maybe a touch of grape and oak.

T: Round tartness with elements of oak, lighter bourbon/port notes. Not as sour as some other Flanders reds, but there's certainly no mistaking the style. A noticeable sweetness hits the tongue midway and transitions to a fairly sweet finish. Some acidity lingers into the aftertaste. No alcohol presence, but there is an occassional vinegar astringency in the nostrils. Fruit-forward w/ mostly cherry, berry and some lesser lemon juice/sour grape.

M: Fairly prominent carbonation. Bursts with a prickliness that suits the beer well. Moderate body. Definitely mellows out by the end of the bottle.

O: Tasty brew. Not my favorite Flanders red, but very good. I prefer a bit more sour. The fruity/oaky sweetness of this beer gets a bit cloying. The barrel-aged elements are more prominent than the average Flemish, which might ring your bell. Different strokes and all...

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:01:03 | More by fourstringer
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Boneheadmx

California

4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out to what appears to be a dark, slightly hazy magenta-purple amber with a 1 inch cream-colored head that subsides slowly and leaves thick lacing around the glass. The purple color makes this extremely beautiful and it's the best looking beer I've ever seen.

Smell is faintly of fruit with not much in the way of the hops. Smells nice but it's ultimately a little bland.

Oh boy. The flavor. Nice tangy, citrusy sourness with hints of fresh berries, fairly sweet. Slow sour finish nicely complemented by just the right touch of carbonation (which is more than it looks to have when poured out). There's a slight bit of hops in the back of the tongue which gives it a lot of dimension instead of just "sweet and sour."

The mouthfeel is light, watery, and carbonated but matches the flavor perfectly.

This is surprisingly one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had (surprising since I don't particularly like light, watery, carbonated, sweet beers). Highly recommended for seasoned beer drinkers and newbies alike.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:52:53 | More by Boneheadmx
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Act25

New Jersey

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first Flemish sour, and a favorite.

A: The look is a 5. Deep, dense, thick, lasting tan head that lasts forever, starting as a pillowed crown and becoming a weathered sand castle.

Ruby Brown body, loads of lacing. A perfect pour.

S: puts you into the wine cellar with all the smells, wine, wine spills, oak, char, sawdust, concrete floor, mold, humidity, age.

T: This is three beers in one and so even at $7 a bottle is reasonable value. Smooth, soft, and tannic like wine. Chewy like wine, with body, in concert sweet and sour, fruit and malt, twin forces arise to treat your mouth to an utterly new sensation totally gratifying. 10s of flavors (as evidenced by the review) but dominant are burgundy pinot noir, cherry, balsamic, and jam. It rides on sweet bread and despite all this meditation complexity, it finishes clean. This is a must try, much try! One of my favorite firsts ever.

F: Leaves your mouth in a lovely kissing place like a great chewy wine or beer. You must let it warm. Also I drank my first one at the same pace as I'd drink 2 glasses of wine. Very slowly. And getting closer and closer to 55 degrees.

A-bro wrote " I must pause for a moment and thank the beer gods …Top of my list, an art performance… " I agree!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 21:44:28 | More by Act25
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark red with medium head that disappears quickly with no lacing left on the glass. Smells like tart cherries, beautiful. Bit of vinegar, heavy sour here. Taste is tart cherries., uckering on the palate. Bit of a dry woody oak finish. Crisp mouthfeel with good carbonation. Really enjoyable though a bit pricy.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:40:19 | More by BMMillsy
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draheim

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep ruby brown w/ a 1-finger head that subsides quickly to a thin film.

Aroma is tart, oaky, fruity. A little on the sweet side.

Taste is likewise equal parts lactic/acidic and sugary sweet. Bing, Rainier, and black cherries plus raspberries. As it warms, the sour and sweet elements converge nicely.

Mouthfeel is a tad prickly from the carbonation, but has an oaky dry quality too.

Overall, this one's a little on the fruity/sugary sweet side; I prefer Rodenbach or Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge. But, it's been about 3 years since I've had this one so I'm glad I decided to give it another go. Clearly a well crafted beer, just not my personal favorite representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 04:39:35 | More by draheim
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xShoWTeKx

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to tulip.

A: Pours a black cherry color with a very small head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong vinegar smell up front, followed by a sour cherry finish.

T: Starts with huge sour cherry, much more than the smell leads on. Not really any vinegar in the taste and finishes fairly sweet.

M: light bodied with huge carbonation that fizzes in the mouth, and finishes slightly dry.

O: My first sour and I like it a lot, little bit different but very good.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 02:19:44 | More by xShoWTeKx
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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