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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
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2,946 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,946
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 127
Gots: 256 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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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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CypherEnigma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-27-2011 07:08:13 | More by CypherEnigma
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Stockfan42

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-02-2012 00:54:28 | More by Stockfan42
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chimay goblet.

A: pours dark red, with a thin white head with small amount of lacing
S: sour, kind of musty, with fruit hidden in the background.
T: sour on first sip. a honey like sweetness, with mild bitterness. a malty and nutty aftertaste.
M: kind of like watered down fizzy syrup, medium carbonation
D: very drinkable, find myself wanting another even though i have yet to finish the one in front of me

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 07:26:24 | More by rootbeerman
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leroybrown10

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-04-2013 00:32:28 | More by leroybrown10
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djbreezy

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a snifter.

appearance - dark and clear reddish brown, carbonation crawling up the side of the glass, big retention on the edge of the glass with yeast spotting on top, lacing crawls down the glass

smell - wine-like nose, vinegar, dark fruit, blended, sour, rich oak

taste - sour and tart cherries, sweet grape, yeast, rich oak barrel complexity

mouthfeel - heavily carbonated, full bodied, smooth, tingle from the carbonation

drinkability - remarkably complex, very rich and flavorful, the excessive carbonation and the initial vinegar in the nose are this beer's biggest flaws but the rest of the ale is very well crafted, amazing flavor and great value

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 03:49:17 | More by djbreezy
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-08-2012 17:34:45 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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TubaDan

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-20-2013 04:09:53 | More by TubaDan
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cbnz

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-13-2013 21:07:27 | More by cbnz
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

3/5  rDev -27.9%

07-16-2014 21:46:19 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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thekanna

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle.

Appearance: Amber, crystalline beer with active carbonation and effervescence. Appears somewhat like sparkling cider.

Smell: Freshly squeezed apple juice, citrus fruits, cherry tree grove, and a slight sweetness that intermingles with the sourness. If I didn't know any better, I'd say it smelled like fruity children's candy (e.g. Fruit Roll-Ups).

Taste: Slightly vinegary as it hits the palate; granny smith apples, blood oranges, passion fruit/starfruit? Maybe not the last one. There seems to be a sudden transition in flavor midway: from carbonated to a smooth, ice wine or port-like quality. Hard cider or mulled mead sweetness rounds out the finish, with the mouthfeel almost like Sunny Delight (interestingly enough).

Drinkability: Sipper, but oh my this is a wonderful sipper. Definitely pairs well with anything resembling a 13th century meal or something more elegant. This is the one beer that all the wine drinkers I know who hate beer will drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 07:37:04 | More by thekanna
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CCutch

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-20-2013 02:30:10 | More by CCutch
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madtowndmb1

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep redish brown color.

S: I get a lot of molasses and some vinegar like others.

T: Tart fruit, and carbonation, not a ton of vinegar acid

M: Carbonation, thin, actually the best part of this beer to me.

D: It's good to try, but not sure if I'd do a ton ton of them. Once a year beer. Too tart for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 01:57:12 | More by madtowndmb1
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wine-like garnet color with a medium sized white head, foamy around the edge. Aroma is like a vinegar dressing, not entirely sour, sort of like overripe fruit mixed with a merlot. The wine comparisons carry over to the taste, which starts out sweet like grapes before going sour, giving the beer a balance regarding those two characteristics. It's an odd sour, wine-like taste not present in other Belgian brew like classic lambics or gueuze. Easily the most wine-like beers I have ever had and one of the most unique.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 06:19:34 | More by saintwarrick
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delightful Flanders Red Ale was served on tap on 11/11/11 at Beer Geeks in Highland, IN. It was my third beverage on the evening, but by far the best.

Radiating a deep brown-amber hue, the ale was served in flute glass with an inch head. A fruity-sour aroma tickled the nose without much effort. The aroma was quite potent. As with most good sour ales, the taste was potent. A sour fruitness was the immediate impression; this included hints of tart cranberry and raspberry. The sensations continued into the tart and fruity aftertaste. The carbonation was a little more aggressive than I would have expected, but this did not subtract from the experience. Duchesse is a delicious and refreshing experience.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2011 17:13:06 | More by JohnnyHopps
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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-12-2013 14:43:33 | More by NickyDee21
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heytomcat

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

12-27-2013 02:51:54 | More by heytomcat
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rcjennings

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-13-2013 15:13:17 | More by rcjennings
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JBogan

Nevada

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with ruby tint, a slightly off white small head which left somewhat quickly and left moderate lacing.

Smelled mostly of sour cherries, with a bit of raisin and alcohol present as well.

Tasted of sour cherries with a hint of alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel was very good. Smooth and medium bodied yet with a perfect amount of carbonation sting.

This was a very drinkable beer, yet it doesn't come cheap. It also seem to have a much higher ABV than advertised. Overall I will most certainly revisit this one again, yet save it for special occasions as it's priced a bit too dear for daily consumption.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 00:42:41 | More by JBogan
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-12-2012 19:42:01 | More by Skye1024
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mweso2000

Georgia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-30-2014 23:40:28 | More by mweso2000
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

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

My first beer of this style. Pours a beautifuly dark red with a nice sized head. Recedes quickly to leave some good lacing on the sides and surface. Smell is tart with some mild fruit notes. Kind of like a fruit lambic. Taste is tart to begin. Spicy throughout. Rich earthy yeastiness in the finish. Red wine. There is a great background sweetness that makes this very nicely balanced. Really tasty. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. Overall I really like this- much more than I thought I would actually. Will have to seek out some more examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 20:49:01 | More by burnstar
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funkyaudio

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

04-16-2014 03:17:38 | More by funkyaudio
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csiewert

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark ruby color with a trace of off white fizzy head that retain and laces pretty well. The aroma has notes of sour cherries, dark fruit and some vinegar. The taste starts with the sour cherries and then has a strong note of vinegar... Not very good. The mouthfeel is on par for what a sour ale should be like, but I don't know if I got a bad bottle or what, but this was way too vinegary for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 01:11:50 | More by csiewert
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metalgdog

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-13-2013 23:52:34 | More by metalgdog
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willjschmidt

California

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into my Duchesse De Bourgogne glass. Bottle marked "best before 19-09-07".

A: A dark reddish brown color with a thin and quickly receding light tan head. Lots of lacing.

S: Some wine-like aromas: sour & acidic berries with some malt as well.

T: Slightly sweet and rather tart cherries come across in the flavor. It is smooth at first with the sour tartness dominating the aftertaste. A bit mouth puckering in the end. There are also some malt flavors evident that seem to come and go. There's really a lot going on with the flavors in this beer.

M: Light and fine carbonation, medium mouthfeel and slightly syrupy.

D: It's and easy drinking beer, one that would pair well with food. Definitely one of the more unique beers that I've ever had. A testament to the range and complexity that beers can achieve.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 02:45:06 | More by willjschmidt
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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