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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,358 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,358
Reviews: 1,369
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 156
Gots: 385 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

BuzzLitebier, Jun 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

dertyd, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet.

A: Pours a dark burgundy color. The off-white shaded head, in typical sour ale fashion, is quick to fade, but starts at three fingers high due to an aggressive pour. Nice specks of lacing left on the glass, though.

S: It starts off with a load of wine grapes and lesser notes of cherries. As it opens up in the glass, it develops more and more acetic vinegar notes. Still, it's very well balanced within the (restrained) sugary sweetness.

T: The opening is moderately tart, nothing to rape the palate, but something that's definitely palpable. It develops into a leathery finish that I find quite offensive at first - after a few sips, though, the palate adjusts to its presence. The more I sip, the more its fruity cherry notes come forward on the back end. After a while, I start to enjoy its sweet/tart balance. As much as I enjoy it, the musty strangeness (especially on exhales/burps) brings it down a touch.

M: The palate is never fully beat down by tartness...the sweet finish does a great job of keeping it in check. I would complain that it's too sweet, but I won't. This is too drinkable and refreshing for me to care.

O: If anything, this is something of a middle ground between Lindeman's sugar bombs and a proper sour ale. The sugary sweetness is quite prevalent, yet it doesn't overpower the tart qualities. I can see this being very approachable to sour ale beginners.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

IndyDad, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

tbryan5, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

trebbates, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Ivegotmule, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

mrfrancis, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back, never having anything from Brouwerij Verhaeghe before or even a Flanders Red Ale, for that matter. Even though this reminded me of a Lambic, this completely caught me off-guard and was one of the more pleasant surprises that I've had in a long time. It's a bit syrupy for me but besides the slightly heavy mouthfeel, there was a lot to like about this beer and for a style that's not terribly common, it got my attention rather quickly!

Nice pour to this, with a mahogany hue, somewhat thick head, and lacing that slowly fell down the sides of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this either but there was lots of cherry, booze, syrup, and malt. The carbonation was good as well and the funkiness of this had me thinking that this was a Lambic, on the scale of a Lindemann's. This had a good amount of sour apple in the back and combined with a smooth and somewhat silky mouthfeel, made this beer quite easy to down for a Flanders Red Ale neophyte like me.

The alcohol wasn't that strong in this either and even though I only bought one bottle, I could have downed quite a few in a sitting. Very beers are this smooth and accessible while not being overly strong, tart, or sour, but this straddled the edge of those quite well. I couldn't taste the balsamic vinegar here and there wasn't any spice either so if you're new to this, get it and give a go - I can't imagine anyone not liking this beer!

JerzDevl2000, Jun 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Mattco, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cognac brown in a sniffer there was a nice bed of foam on top that drifted away slowly.

Very sweet to the nose there was tons of sherry, port or vinous notes. Grape must, earthy sour aromas this was very interesting.

It's hard to relate the taste to a beer. So much port flavor, sherry sweetness and just the right amount of tart this is like drinking a fermented grape based liquor, with low alcohol. Very smooth, lots of crisp carbonation to help it down, this is very different from expectation.

KYGunner, Jun 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

aflies, Jun 23, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

MtOrion, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

McBastard, Jun 22, 2013
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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
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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
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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
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,358 ratings.