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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,255 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,255
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Bromine, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

DanE, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark copper, not particularly red. Nice though. Can almost see through it. Small but sustained off-white head comprising bubbles of various sizes.

S: The typical components of a Belgian dark ale with vinegar added.

T: Oh, my. Very complex. It's fairly sweet but balanced with sourness but not as sour as I was expecting. There's strong balsamic vinegar at the forefront then chocolate, cola and some coriander seed. In the aftertaste there's plum tea and a delicate green grape flavour that lingers for a long time afterwards, quite reminiscent of Remy Martin VSOP. Alcohol is completely imperceptible. From the dregs I get a touch of ginger beer.

M: A soft effervescence. Sort of foamy but not saturated with air. Ever so slightly sticky.

O: A quality beer but not something I'd drink often.

Hoppsbabo, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

chippo33, Apr 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Buster, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Steamer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip. Deep, dark plum color with a beige head. The aroma is unique, sour fruit but a bit medicinal. Fruity, sweet and tart, cherries, ripe grapes, with a mild sour sting on the end. Medium carbonation and overall mouthfeel, An excellent and well blended sour ale that doesn't overpower.

Steamer, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kingmaker, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

lunarbrew, Apr 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

valkyre65, Apr 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

kmk1503, Apr 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

bizzy54, Apr 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

bhawk1, Apr 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

hopkrid, Apr 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

buckyp, Apr 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

jwps214, Apr 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerGuyEsquire, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/2014. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored with with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of green apple, cherry, raspberry, pear, apple skin, floral, hay, grass, oak, light vinegar, light red wine, funk, and grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity notes; with moderate malt sweetness and good strength. Taste of lightly tart cherry, raspberry, apple, pear, hay, grass, pepper, light vinegar, oak, light red wine, light funk, and grassy earthiness. Slight fruity and earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark and light fruits, hay, grass, floral, light vinegar, light red wine, oak, and grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy notes; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Flanders red ale. Very nice complexity and balance of flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 03, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a nice ruby red in my Belgian glass at an awesome beer bar...head was pretty nice, about a finger thick. Decent staying power and lacing.

Smell has the typical lactic, typical vinegar smell of a sour there, but it isn't overpowering and it is also met with a sweet berry fruit aroma as well in tandem. Very inviting. Soft on the nose.

The taste....ah, really a thing of beauty. In fact, if I were to introduce somebody to sours, this is likely what I'd give them. That is not necessarily because it's a beginner beer persay, but because it has such a wonderful balance to it that some other sours really just don't have. While some sours are like drinking straight vinegar, this has more complexity and balance to it, which makes it an incredibly easy drink. I get a nice sweet fruitiness, perhaps of cherries predominately and maybe a hint of cranberry in there, upfront....along with a lactic tartness that I'd describe as perhaps half as sour as many of the new sours I've had that I think are going out of their way to be as sour as possible. Again, easy going. Never makes me grimace, always whets my palate for the next drink. That mix between the sweet berries/cherries and the lactic tartness is so well done, I really can't say enough.

NODAK, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JMS1512, Apr 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Noyt, Apr 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

stampfler07, Apr 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ThatCracker, Apr 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

jahbulon, Mar 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

RochefortChris, Mar 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,255 ratings.