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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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3,240 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,240
Reviews: 1,361
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 348 | 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%

jroberts8811, Apr 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ber12, Apr 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

SethKessler, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

wonothesane42, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JSchock7, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BigBarley, Apr 28, 2013
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3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2013, so it's a little out of date.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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 28, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Beelzebeer, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Mervjahn, Apr 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

amejia79, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Beerswag, Apr 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

LambicPentameter, Apr 26, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

constantine_272, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Cramerican, Apr 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

BushwyckCraft, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jason1337, Apr 25, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

PieOhMy, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

TheLevi4000, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

zenithberwyn, Apr 21, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ncpogs, Apr 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

stoney1031, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

dapatte2, Apr 19, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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