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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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3,096 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,096
Reviews: 1,352
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 139
Gots: 309 | FT: 9
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-03-2013 17:10:13 | More by Ak555667
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North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%

750ml corked bottled poured into a snifter glass. Cork says expires on 9/2014.

Pours a medium reddish-brown color with a light, bubbly head. Smell is mild for a sour, with sweet grapes being the pronounced scent along with vinegar. the taste is...wow. Quite different. Not at all how it smells. First off, it's not very sour tasting at all. VERY easy to drink. Sweet fruits dominate the palate with a very slight sour aftertaste. I taste cherry and grape mostly, but there are so many flavors here. I really enjoy it. Carbonation is high, as it should be for the style.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. It's more candy than beer. It's not something you'd drink fast, as the flavors are so complex you want to savor every sip. It is honestly the most "different" beer I've ever tasted. I really enjoyed this one.

05-03-2013 00:00:57 | More by Axnjxn
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

05-02-2013 19:47:23 | More by FliryVorru
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4.2/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: A deep brownish red in color with a 1/4 finger off white head. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell: Honestly, pretty strange. I think it is because I am not quite used to the style. Some dark fruits, some sour cherry and prune.

Taste: this is unbelievable. It follows the nose, but in the most perfect way. The tart, dark fruits come to the front and the flavor remains long after you swallow. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with light carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: This is absolutely fantastic. I am just getting into the "sours" realm, and this is just delicious.

05-02-2013 04:38:27 | More by alex_hart
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

05-01-2013 21:36:53 | More by themilkman87
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-30-2013 13:16:48 | More by alamode
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-29-2013 03:11:53 | More by jroberts8811
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-29-2013 02:00:03 | More by ber12
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-28-2013 21:15:43 | More by SethKessler
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-28-2013 20:23:01 | More by wonothesane42
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-28-2013 20:04:36 | More by JSchock7
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-28-2013 13:16:39 | More by BigBarley
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United Kingdom (England)

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2013, so it's a little out of date. Picked up ages ago from Trembling Madness in York. I hope it hasn't aged too badly. Why does the image of the duchess show her with a bird on her hand?

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep ruby hue with good clarity and intense carbonation. It doesn't appear to be bottle conditioned. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a thick surface layer. Aroma of fruity sweet 'n sour. Notes of balsamic vinegar, raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, must/wine, earthiness, a hint of malt and faint yeast. Possesses a rather tart intensity.

Tastes of fruity malt with an acidic quality and a dry finish. Notes of balsamic, wine, raisins, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel, malt vinegar, faint oak/wood, earthiness and dry yeast. Decidedly sour yet surprisingly sweet - a truly strange combination. There is a background twinge of oxidation; hard to tell if this is intentional or due to the age of the bottle. Astringent and mildly puckering upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, sour and tingly - the acidity stimulates the tastebuds. Good carbonation and decent body. An aftertaste of tart, fruity vinegar and mild oxidation.

Good stuff; a unique and fascinating flavour blend that no other style can match (though I suppose lambics come close). Simultaneously sweet and sour, the aroma and flavour exhibit fruity notes most reminiscent of balsamic vinegar. It looks nice, and the body is pretty good. While I don't mind Flemish reds, I do find them rather cloying - this is not a brew I would have twice in a row. Having said that, it is a exemplary take on the style. One to add to your must-try list.

04-27-2013 23:51:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Newfoundland (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%

330ml bottle, BB Nov 23/2013, served in a tulip

A - Dark brown, with 1" head that sticks around. Nice lacing.

S - Some malt, more sour than anything else. A fruity vinegar.

T - Jackfruit and kiwi off the top, then the sour comes in. Pretty complex for such a seemingly light brew.

M - Beautiful. Kind of chewy, dense. Good medium-high carbonation.

O - Great sour.

04-27-2013 22:54:01 | More by Beelzebeer
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-27-2013 11:44:19 | More by Mervjahn
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-27-2013 04:03:15 | More by amejia79
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

04-26-2013 21:38:12 | More by Beerswag
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-26-2013 06:23:53 | More by LambicPentameter
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Dark brown with a hint of red. Light tan sticky foam.

S: Sweet raspberry and blackberry candy notes. Carmelized sugar notes. Tart apple.

T: Again sweet raspberry followed by a sweet tart apple flavor. Rich hazelnut flavor is very mild, probably from the barrel aging.

M: Light and crisp. Very smooth. Tons of rich flavor that is balanced out nicely with the tartness.

O: Yum. Such a rich delicious sweet beer. Excellent. Think I liked roedenbach better though; doesn't feel like there were as deep of a flavor.

04-26-2013 03:30:53 | More by constantine_272
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North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-26-2013 02:39:28 | More by Cramerican
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-26-2013 01:34:24 | More by BushwyckCraft
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-25-2013 17:35:26 | More by Jason1337
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4.51/5  rDev +8.4%

On tap. Poured into tulip.

A Dark ruby, near black. Thick tan head that remains

S Pungent! Rhubarb. Fine tones like a rainy day. Aged Cheese even.

T Tart... and tart! Much like the smell. Sour candy. Lime. Grape. Sweetness that lingers.

M Medium and effervescent.

O Awesome. Great rep of the style. The mix of tartyness/sweetness is perfect. I could drink this all day.

04-22-2013 02:49:22 | More by PieOhMy
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-22-2013 01:58:06 | More by TheLevi4000
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-22-2013 01:46:10 | More by bmurray10
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