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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,138 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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
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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4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: pours a rusty brown color with red accents. Two fingers of head continued to regenerate while drinking. Active carbonation is right on for the style.

Smell: Oak and sour grape must on the front. Cabernet type wood characteristics and dry grapes. Dark fruits and some soapy notes on the back end. Mossy hops also play a role on the back half.

Taste: Rounded, easy oak sweetness warms the lips immediately. Slight dry grapes open up on the body and leave a medium dryness on the palate. Cherries, grape must, blackberries, and mulberries all shine on the back half of the body. Oak chips, cedar, and lingering dry fruits blast onto the finish. Lingering cherry and fruit sweetness sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Dry woody notes on the front yield to a puckering tartness on the body and finish. Carbonation fits very well.

Overall: A really excellent brew. Impressive layers shine throughout and venture into deep depths of complexity. The finish is surprisingly crisp yet refreshing which keeps the drinker coming back for more.

KFBR392, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

KG710, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

BC65, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of zhivago373
4/5  rDev -3.8%

first sour for me. not sure what the expect.

pours a deep red, maybe brownish purple with a thin pale-brown head. i honestly expected more carbonation, being it’s a Belgian style.

smells of dark fruits a la plums and black cherries with an almost musty oak smell. not getting any distinct malt aromas. very red-wine like, more acidic and sour notes though. the sourness is well balanced with the fruits.

tastes of black cherries, plums, maybe a slight chocolate flavor, too. the oak barrel comes out in the tannic, acidic red-wine flavor especially on the back of the tongue. the malts balance things out without offering any distinct notes. finish is long and dry, the wine barrel notes lingering in the back. medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

overall, this is quite good. the red wine similarities are evident, but i prefer this to a wine (duh, it’s beer, it’s not a soulless drink!). the sour notes are in great balance with the dark fruits, and the medium carbonation makes this all the more palatable. at 6%, it’s quite easy drinking. will seek out again.

zhivago373, Aug 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Schimms, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

BuchananStude, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

petewheeler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of ribpy
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Smooth and soft up front, but a mildly sour overall taste with an oak aroma.
My experience among friends with this ale is either they love it or hate it.
I personally love the taste and this is currently my favorite beer.

ribpy, Aug 16, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -13.5%

Danilod, Aug 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jwenzel019, Aug 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bird_soul, Aug 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

scottbrew4u, Aug 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

jemarent, Aug 15, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Cloudy ruby red pour with a beige one-finger head. Aroma is of dark fruit, vinegar and oak wine barrels. Very tart dark fruit flavor upfront. Can taste maraschino cherries, blackberry and light plum. Finishes slightly sweet with a slight tartness that fades fairly quickly.

Karibourgeois, Aug 14, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -9.6%

IPA1978, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

fthegiants, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

ja09, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

benlhoest, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Comparison_Ford, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

HideYaBeer, Aug 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

skinny_mcginley, Aug 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

hansavijaticar, Aug 13, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev -1%

da_beers, Aug 13, 2014
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,138 ratings.