Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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4.95/5 rDev +19%
On tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver, CO, March 16, 2007, served in a lovely brandy-snifter sized tulip glass.
Appearance: Minimal head over a dark burgundy body. Pretty. Crimson highlights around the edge. Even though the head is smallish, it lasts and lasts and lasts. A bit of lacing.
Lovely sour-cherry and cardamom smell, with a candy-sugar background. Some sweet maltiness is there as well. Smells great. Hope it tastes this good!
Taste does not disappoint, although it's bit sweeter than the smell. Like a light red sparkling wine, with a malty backbone. Wow. What a delight. Sour, but not mouth-puckering. Delightful cherry notes, with some clove and cardamom. Very complex, and the sweetness advances as the beer warms a bit. Wonderful taste! Not quite a 5.0, but more like a 4.9!
Mouthfeel is surprisingly chewy for a 6.2% beer. Nice tingly carbonation -- makes you want to swirl and chew before swallowing.
Really very drinkable. I was surprised. This is only the second Flanders Red I've had (the first being LaFolie, which was so exceedingly sour it was like vinegar -- way too sour for me!), and I was very pleased. Now that I've had this on tap, I'll be looking for it in the bottle to compare.
Oddly enough, I found the sometimes rotten service at FRTH to be exceptionally cordial and efficient. I was sitting at the bar, and was just finishing a Hercules DIPA (ON CASK!), and asked the guy to recommend something at the opposite end of the spectrum from the Hercules, and he gave me a 3-ounce sample of this, which motivated purchasing a 12 ounce glass. What a great beer!
03-17-2007 19:52:52 | More by ColoradoBobs
3.78/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
05-16-2007 02:45:06 | More by willjschmidt
3.33/5 rDev -20%
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A- Pours a burgundy, brown color with a nice three fingers width of off-white head. Some lacing as the beer is consumed.
S- Not very pleasant. Gives off a strong vinegar scent with some oak and sourness in between.
T- Not as overwhelming as the aroma. Toned down sourness that is more tart and a nice sweetness that balances the taste. Still this one is just off in some way.
M- Some carbonation. Had a thin to medium bodied mouthfeel.
D- This one was pretty hard to put down. The taste and aroma weren't doing it for me.
Overall, I love sours but this one was just not my cup of tea. Sour, yet sweet with a vinegar scent was all too much for me. I'll pass.
05-05-2009 01:22:26 | More by rhinos00
4.72/5 rDev +13.5%
Been over a year since I last tried this brew. Wow! I love this style.
750ml bottle purchased at Spirits Unlimited in Red Bank - cork stamped "good until Nov. 2007." I am drinking it young and loving it!
Unlike the last bottle I tried which was a 11.3. ounce crown capped bottle, this one is cork and cage finished.
Poured a deep ruby garnet with a generous off-white head that lasts and lasts and leaves clumps of thick lacing.
Aroma is funky earth, some wine vinegar and a malt like sweetness that I cannot say I have smelled before.
Taste is refreshing and complex. a tartness up front morphs into candy sugar and finishes in a bready slightly dry finish. Sour cherry candies?
Mouthfeel is creamy and light, which makes this quenching beer a real refresher.
01-21-2006 23:32:45 | More by Citadel82
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Poured into a chalice/snifter. It was a dark brown with flecks of red. It had a tan, two-finger head that left nice rings of lace. It smelled of sour cherries and malt. It tasted very sour with a little sweet kick. There was a good dosage of malt, too. It was crisp and sharp. It was medium-bodied beer.
03-10-2011 23:15:44 | More by Anthony1
3.83/5 rDev -7.9%
750ml cork and cage bottle served in a DFH signature glass. Cork shows an expiration date of 7/2015.
Appearance: Pours a dark red brown color with 1+ finger of a tan head that yields good retention and lacing. When held to light, body is clear with a dark amber color. Lots of visible carbonation.
Smell: Balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, damp oak, some light caramel and red grape.
Taste: Starts with a surprising amount of sweetness on the tongue before some mild sourness starts to creep in and balance it out some. Flavors are sweet and sour cherry, vinegar, red apple, hints of brown bread and Belgian candi sugar.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel with medium carbonation. No real alcohol presence.
Overall: Great in all other aspects, but a bit of a letdown in the taste. There's some nice complexity there, but the sweetness is a bit distracting. If the sweetness were turned down and the sourness/acidity turned up a bit, this would be excellent. It's worth a try if you haven't had it, but if you're looking for a regular Flanders Red fix, just stick to Rodenbach Grand Cru
05-09-2014 05:17:05 | More by Jonada
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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
11-22-2009 07:26:24 | More by rootbeerman
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
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
05-31-2010 03:49:17 | More by djbreezy
4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-24-2011 20:49:01 | More by burnstar
3.9/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
01-12-2009 07:37:04 | More by thekanna
3.6/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
05-07-2010 06:19:34 | More by saintwarrick
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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