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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

3,342 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 3,342
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 378 | 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  rDev -3.8%

aztraz, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this way too many times already, but I finally took the chance to review it. Poured into a snifter at the Albany Taproom. Review is from my notes.

Pours a reddish brownish color that is slightly hazy, with a bone white 2 fingers worth of head at the top. The head eventually settles down to a less than exciting ring, revealing the ruby tinges that linger at the side of the glass. Lacing is excellent, although I've found that this varies from the bottle, age, as well as on tap. Bubbles are not as present as you'd think, and while it does look slightly murky here, it's a pretty traditional take on the style and remains memorable.

I remember the first time I took a whiff from this thing, I swear I was only getting balsamic vinegar. Well, even if that be the case, I've learned over time to find all kinds of great aromas in this thing. At first there's the barnyard, slightly funky, vinegar flavor, which soon melds into soured cherries, raisins, plums, and a bright grainy nuttiness. Wood is not as present as one would expect. However, it makes up for it. As soon as the funk carries on, this is replaced by a refined malt profile that mixes well with the grassy hoppy texture, often resembling a yeasty bready flavor of sorts. Absolutely refreshing to whiff on this thing - it makes an ideal compromise between the funk and grainy, earthy texture at the finish.

The aroma is actually not puckery at all, although it does continue the aforementioned compromise in an excellent way. At first there's the blast of vinegar, as well as soured, tannic characteristics from the oak. They eventually meld into the classic sour cherry flavor, combined with tart raspberries, raisins, walnuts, leafy dry phenols, and bright earthy notes that linger in the finish. The initial fruity flavors fall back on (once again) the malt brownish profile, which is very refined from the blending made in the wood, as well as from the spontaneous fermenting process. It adds texture to the beer rather than allow it assault the palate with excessive sourness. The aftertaste is definitely astringent, in a very unpasteurized, lactic acidic manner, but the malts and slight citrus from the hops hold together the fort quite well. Delicious.

Really a classic in the realm of Flanders reds, and perhaps sour beers in general. This was the very first sour I had years ago in my initial craft findings, and I remember not minding the astringency as the fruitiness and bready, yeasty texture were both so predominant in the flavor overall. It's not as complex as other beers in its realm, but it terms of widespread availability and accessibility, it's definitely made its mark. This is a great one to use to introduce people to soured beers - tart, fruity, slightly nutty, and very refreshing.

magictacosinus, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Odri, Jun 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

rale, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ant4711, Jun 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Zachtheporter, Jun 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jtrigonis, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

jriggins6, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

JSBILK, Jun 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

JAHMUR, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

JMurphy41, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of ckollias
4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Beligan Tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber almost brown hue with an off-white, 2-finger, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and solid lace.

S: Sour fruity aroma.

T: Extremely sour brew with a dark fruits and vinegar background that finishes on the dry side.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Yummy – sour brew – love it!

ckollias, Jun 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

freduardo, Jun 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Jeremy_H, Jun 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

maq89, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

craftbeerasian, May 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Riik3, May 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

cannunzi, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

GRUUMSH, May 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DarthGuitarHero, May 28, 2013
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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep bronze color and ruby when held to light. A few floating yeast flakes. Weakish head on the pour recedes quickly to a foamy corona aroma the rim of the glass. Leaves a few lace spots.

Soft, sweet and juicy dark fruit aroma.

Sweetish fruits: dates, prunes and raisins. No hop bitterness detected. Sharp vinegar tartness in the middle. Brown sugar sweetness lingers in the aftertaste. Mild spices and hint of toasty character. Well balanced. Finishes with a juicy overripe fruit character.

Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Finish is dry and texture is slick then sticky.

Pretty good. I'm growing accustomed to the style. I appreciate the complexity and wealth of flavors.

bnes09, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Jas45678, May 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

anhigdon, May 27, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

leftoverburrito, May 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Chefaprilrose, May 27, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,342 ratings.