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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,245 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,245
Reviews: 1,362
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 150
Gots: 348 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

IanSpindler, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of ChrisKayler
4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Port City Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Dark Reddish-Brown Mahogany. Aggressive pour produced 1 finger of head which dissipated in two minutes. No lacing. Loving the color!

Smell: Tart, slightly metallic, cherries are most prominent. A bit of alcohol smell.

Taste: Tart cherries mostly, slightly metallic aftertaste. Tiny bit of lemon sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation. No stickiness. Refreshing.

Overall: Probably a good beginners sour ... drinks like a tart cherry juice with just a bit of that funky sourness. Nice underlying sweetness.

ChrisKayler, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip 18/6/13

A nearly clear ruby red with lots of carbonation, a light brown two finger foams a little darker then expected and quickly looses half its height but then sticks around a pinky deep leaving several partial rings deep down the glass

S earthy wood notes, some sour fruit, brown sugar, just a very faint hint of funk and vinegar, smells solid but could use just a little more intensity

T flavors stronger then the nose, has a sweet and sour thing going on and it works very well, cherry, strawberries and raspberries both sweet and tart, those fizzy candies that come in the two foot long strips, wood and vinegars quite faint, soft caramels add to the mix, wonderful stuff

M silky through the lips and creams up nicely, sweet and sour, a little slick inside your mouth and sticky on the lips, mild fruity aftertaste is rather clean much to my surprise

O great beer that's already gone at this point, very easy to drink and everything meshes together to create a lovely sweet and sour, fruity mix

I've had this several times before and I'm not really sure how I've never sat down and reviewed it, a classic brew that I doubt will ever go out of style

wordemupg, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of Sirwootalot
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the bulldog downtown in minneapolis, mn.

Pours a rich, dark ebony-brown with a nearly nonexistent pure white head. The smell is borderline unpleasant, like dirty underwear or rotting flowers. Each sip is elegantly, richly layered with notes of berries, balsamic vinegar, and dry malt. It's utterly delicious, and the taste evolves to an earthier, maltier molasses as it lingers on the tongue. If there are hops, they are utterly undetectable. The mouthfeel is sweet, silky, and slightly astringent.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer that makes me feel like i should be dressing up and pairing it with a cigar; it's easily the tastiest sour i've had to date and a new favorite. I'd score it even higher if it didn't smell so odd.

Sirwootalot, Jun 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Kegatron, Jun 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

brutalist, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of dwren89
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: reddish mahogany, sticky, foamy off white head, good clarity

Aroma: funky barnyard smell, musty, fruit sweetness, slight sour notes and acetic nature

Taste: barnyard Brett character, mustiness, slight fruit character, yeast does the hard driving of flavor here, malt provides a canvas for the yeast to paint the picture

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, smooth character, medium body,

Overall Impression: A truly different sort of Flanders Red primary driven by its Brett yeast character and subsequent musty, barnyard flavors. Berry fruitiness plays in the background as well as malt sweetness. Hops round out but are not noticed in flavor or aroma.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kaodoo, Jun 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CDCNAM, Jun 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

rather, Jun 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Ajlvt, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Burkbom23, Jun 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of silverking
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a deep red with a tall tan head. Lattice like lacing and excellent head retention.

S- acidic, vinegar, tart red fruit.

T- acidic, but with a nice cherry note to balance it out. The finish shows notes of Sour cherry and raspberry.

M- light and refreshing with moderate/light carbonation. Fresh.

O- better than i had expected. Crisp and refreshing.

silverking, Jun 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FlussigkeitMut, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

pinnser, Jun 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FLBeerGuy, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

jbaker67, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of denver10
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amberish-brown with a nice big beige head. Aroma is smoothly sweet and tart; some brown sugar, ssome fruits such as dark cherries, plum, raisins, some vinegar. Flavor was pretty much the same. A lighter mouthfeel to this, worked well for the style. Overall, a wonderful beer.

denver10, Jun 09, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

BrockLanders, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

jamiecoppin, Jun 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

praxis16, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

dimitrov, Jun 08, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,245 ratings.