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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,959 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,959
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 127
Gots: 262 | 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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Morpheus

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-25-2012 07:44:11 | More by Morpheus
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devlishdamsel

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Single 11.2 ounce bottle from shelve of local beer section in natural market. It was the last bottle. I thought about picking it up last week during a haul, but hesitated due to the price tag. Luckily she was still there when I returned and a friend of mine who is a local distributor sang her praises.

Appearance: Darkish red ( sadly the tulip style glasses i used were a very dark glass, its possible my perception of the color could be off due to this.) Very frothy voluminous white head.

Smell: As this was aged in oak casks for a bit i could definitely smell notes of that.

Taste: Exceptionally complex, with a very mild bitterness and slight sour acidity. I sipped on this with dinner and finished off with pairing it with fruit later. This beer pairs amazing with fruit, especially pineapple.

Mouthfeel: slightly carbonated in texture, but almost smooth like a cider. the froth on the head is composed of very fine bubbles.

Overall: Definitely a win! I will definitely add this beer to my rotation of Belgians as it deserves no less.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:35:50 | More by devlishdamsel
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mattyb85

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-23-2012 20:03:36 | More by mattyb85
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Iztok

Slovenia

1/5  rDev -76%

12-23-2012 17:56:08 | More by Iztok
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MarioM

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-23-2012 01:10:47 | More by MarioM
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Lukass

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-22-2012 17:53:57 | More by Lukass
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brbrocc

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-21-2012 03:02:01 | More by brbrocc
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Pecan

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

12-20-2012 17:05:49 | More by Pecan
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -76%

12-19-2012 00:40:13 | More by HeyJim
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Philly82785

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-18-2012 18:49:22 | More by Philly82785
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wesbray

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-17-2012 10:34:10 | More by wesbray
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HundredWeight

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-17-2012 02:57:28 | More by HundredWeight
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IPA35

Netherlands

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle form a sampler box of Belgian beers.

Appearance:
Dark ruby red in the glass with a white(ish) head.

Smell:
Vinious, dark fruits, green apple, a hint of (balsamic) vinegar and oak.

Taste:
Very fruity. Red fruits. It is a rather sweet beer but with a good tartness to it, as per the style. It then finishes with a surprisingly bready maltiness. Very different this style is indeed. Not much vinegar in the taste fortunatly. Not unlike red wine actually, but without the awefullness.

Mouthfeel:
It is rather full bodied and has plenty of carbonation.

The verdict:
Overall a very interesting beer. And a good one at that but very different from you average beer. This is much more vinious and tart that nearly all beer styles out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 18:58:15 | More by IPA35
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KatieKaBoom


4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-16-2012 07:40:01 | More by KatieKaBoom
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teddyarrowhead

Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-16-2012 04:11:28 | More by teddyarrowhead
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EdelweissDad

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-15-2012 21:31:08 | More by EdelweissDad
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6demonbag

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-14-2012 04:37:42 | More by 6demonbag
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william_longshaft

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-12-2012 23:04:12 | More by william_longshaft
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KimenTshom

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-12-2012 06:56:24 | More by KimenTshom
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Andrew4321

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-11-2012 02:54:04 | More by Andrew4321
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mttdls

New York

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-10-2012 02:27:18 | More by mttdls
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MightiestBeard

Florida

2/5  rDev -51.9%

12-09-2012 04:59:42 | More by MightiestBeard
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pcarney8

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-06-2012 22:13:02 | More by pcarney8
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Twig2848

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +20.2%

12-04-2012 01:52:06 | More by Twig2848
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We pour a glowing ruby red brew. It holds a three finger head of fat, creamy tan bubbles. This shows excellent retention, leaving thick and chunky lacing down the glass as it slowly dissipates. There is a slight haze, with little flecks of sediment noted, while carbonation appears moderate. The aroma is bright with caramel and pale malts, warming oak, and huge puckering tartness of yeast and fermented cherries. Warmth brings out bitterness of plastic phenols, a heavy blanket of basement musk and dust, and light ethanolic fire. Our first impression is that there is surprising sweetness to balance out the immense tartness. As we sip, metallic musky yeast, honey sweetness, grape and strawberry sugars, pale toasty malts, and peppery spice of booze mix for a complex start. The middle peaks with enhanced sweetness of grape and “sweet tart” candies. The latter affords pucker amongst the sugar, giving an aged, fermented quality to the fruitiness therein. The finish comes with pale malts, grit, souring funky yeast, that tartness of aged cherries (much like a kriek), and brown apple sweetness all washed through with a significant coiny cleanse. The aftertaste breathes of plastic phenols, solidly pale malts, light and dry oak, bittered metallic coininess, sweet cherries and apples, and general tartness of yeast and that same fruit. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. There is excellent slurp, cream, froth, and smack to each sip. The mouth is coated in this bubbly glory, but soon dries with gritty astringency along the tongue and tooth line. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks very nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the complexity of flavor, and the unique balance of sweetness to even out the classic puckering tartness. From the moment of the pour we knew things would go well with this one. The coloring glowed, and the head stood tall and strong. The aroma gave us a lighter hint of the excellent mash of flavors within which, alone, would have you coming back for more. The feel only builds this desire, as there is nice frothy slurp to each sip. This is an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 00:26:38 | More by TheBrewo
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,959 ratings.