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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
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3,352 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 1,369
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 155
Gots: 382 | 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 Slap_and_Pickle
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first flanders red, and my first craft brew -- it left me in awe that something could taste like this. I was infatuated with the funk and the sour. I still cannot get enough of the Duchesse.

Pours a dark ruby/garnet with a thick head.
Smells like gym sock and farmhouse funk deliciousness with hints of tart cherries.
Initial taste is funky with a sour aftertaste. Tastes like cherries, and has a dry acidic finish to it. Very refreshing brew.

This is a full bodied slightly complex beer that is easily drinkable. The statements are correct that this indeed is a nice Flanders Red Intro.

Slap_and_Pickle, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of rayman2112
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

rayman2112, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Jennille
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Jennille, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Figured it was about time I got around to this one, oftentimes an introductory "sour" for those trying to ease their way into the style. Deep burgundy body with rose tones near the top where light is allowed to shine through. The beige head crackles away swiftly into a wimpy little skin that doesn't even maintain full coverage of the brew for more than a few seconds.

Either you're gonna love the aroma, or you're gonna hate it, and it pretty much depends on how much you enjoy vinegar. Copious amounts of vinegar in the aroma, which a back panel of lightly sour cherries and some mild cranberry notes. Spicy, woody vanilla pops out when you inhale deep enough, though your nostrils are busy sifting through the heavy, heavy apple cider vinegar.

Now, I'm a fan of vinegar, though I have to admit that had the vinegar been so heavy on the palate as it was on the nose, it might be a difficult beer to finish. Luckily, the first few sips show me that the vinegar notes, while still prominent and forceful, are toned down to acceptable levels. Some simply tart cherries back the vinegar and smooth things out just a bit.

Mild cola, oak, and faint vanilla make up the rest of the profile, but vinegar-soaked cherries are the leaders of the pack at the end of the day. The tail end aftertaste contains some funk, but nothing too crazy or notable. With time, it seems that Duchesse goes from being more sour to more sweet; by the time you finish the glass, it will be mostly sweet.

Medium bodied, a touch heavier than you may expect for a sour ale, with heavier carbonation as well, and a slick, almost oily mouth feel. Duchesse de Bourgogne is a decent way to soothe your apprehensive friends into accepting the world of sour beers. For people who are already deep into that territory, this beer won't be too exciting for you, so hopefully you can see it for what it is: a mild mannered bridge into a whole different type of beer.

tectactoe, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%

abeeronthebeach, Jul 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Kmat10, Jul 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

ErieBeerMan, Jul 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

johnricardo, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

brokentee, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jjf3792, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

bf7, Jul 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

ianpstephens, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of alk3kenny
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just starting to get into/try sour beers and from I understand this is a legend. Pours a dark, dark ruby red. Nice tan head that sticks around for awhile. Smell dark fruit, banana, not really picking up anything sour on the nose but smells amazing. OOOHHH there's the sour lol it's all over the taste and mouthfeel. Tart, sour cherry some of the funky taste I recognize from beers with brett but not nearly as pronounced. This is very nicely balanced. Won't be an every day beer for me because of the price point but I'll be back for more.

alk3kenny, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of TCMike
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a 2 finger beige head. Beer color is a reddish-mahogany.

Smell is of berries, a little farm house funk, red vinegar.

The taste was similar. Got a little soy sauce like taste, and a definite in your face tartness. No noticeable hop bitterness. Has an upper-medium carbonation, and medium mouth-feel.

Not what I was expecting when I bought it, but didn't look into it before buying. It is very good, but not a style I'm a big fan of.

TCMike, Jul 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

riemster, Jul 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

spitshaded, Jul 16, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

darthhamby, Jul 15, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Jayman931, Jul 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Danobold, Jul 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

nzerbe, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

HisBoyElroy, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of BethanyB
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Large, tan, beady bead, and a reddish brown body. Clear with the exception of some intermittent chill haze. Impressively, the head sticks around until the bitter end.

Smell: A tantalizing sweet and and sour smell, reminiscent of soy sauce, mixed with a tangy array of ripe red berries, dates, and plumbs. A bit of mocha can be detected as well.

Taste: Lick-your-lips tartness and savory umami dominate and satisfy. Sweet raspberry vinaigrette, juicy apples, and the dates and prunes promised by the bouquet are included in the complex, yet well-balanced flavor combo. Left me absolutely CRAVING more, and cursing myself for buying just one bottle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderately high carbonation is unusual for the style, but brings a refreshing tanginess that can't not be appreciated. Smooth, yet slightly dry finish.

Overall: Filling, relaxing, fascinating, jubilant...you know when I start using adjectives that personify a beer, that I absolutely love it. Could be my new favorite. Don't tell my husband, but I might be in love.

BethanyB, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

bcm75, Jul 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerTruck, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Farnswurth, Jul 12, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.