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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,601 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,601
Reviews: 1,425
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 175
Gots: 522 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.
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Photo of Clints1991
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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!!

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4.06/5  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.

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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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