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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,966 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,966
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 128
Gots: 266 | 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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JIMTRK16

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.2%

02-26-2014 22:17:48 | More by JIMTRK16
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od_sf

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

06-23-2012 02:44:57 | More by od_sf
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TR0219

Florida

5/5  rDev +20.2%

10-08-2013 15:05:03 | More by TR0219
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kenito799

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass. "Exp date Jun 2008" printed on the cork.

Moderate off-white head is raised on the pour over a clear dark brown brew with ruby undertones. The head fades slowly leaving wisps of white lacing, not sticky, just lazy. Looks a lot like root beer, actually.

Aroma is a promising funky lambic-style sourness, apple cider vinegar, unmistakeable cherry aroma, hints of woody oaky vanilla.

On the palate this is much sweeter than I expected. Fruity sweetness of cherries, apple hits first, really counterbalancing a nice tangy sourness...the finish is bitter like cherry pits rather than hops. Tobacco and oak notes in there...quite complex. Light body on the tongue, fizzy soda-like carbonation fills the mouth with foam, an unusual mouthfeel...no creaminess to the brew itself whatsoever. Again, sort of soda-like.

The fizziness, the nicely balanced sour tanginess and bitterness, all are just barely enough to keep the heavy fruity sweetness in check, but for me there is a cloying aspect that knocks the drinkability down a notch. Still it is an interesting, unusual and delicious beer. Would work really well with frites and mayo, welsh rarebit, or a nice braised pork or lamb shank.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 02:24:57 | More by kenito799
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beerhan

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass with a lovely thick foamy head. A dark brown color with a red hue to it. Smells like fig and roasted goodness. Tastes very sweet with a strong note of candied cherries. Feels like a geuze and a faro combined almost. Very sticky on the tongue. Goes down smooth and is pretty drinkable but almost a little too rich. This is my second time drinking this, first on tap and I much say that I do prefer it from the bottle but it really is not great but quite good.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 04:09:17 | More by beerhan
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nkeckhar

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-01-2013 17:38:02 | More by nkeckhar
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BBP

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cherry chestnut hue with a solid head and lots of lacing.

The aroma is sour and full of tart. There's also hints of light and dark fruitiness.

The tastes starts up with both banana and raspberry. There's some tart to it as well and a bit of sourness. Mildly spicy and a bit peppery. Slight amounts of oak are detectable as well. All in all it tastes very fresh and bright.

The body is medium full. The carbonation is done nicely. It finishes dry and moderately sticky.

Overall, it's a solid drink with exceptional drinkability. Incredibly smooth as well. I'd definitely pick it up at least once. Considering it's from Belgium, the prices isn't too high either.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 01:24:42 | More by BBP
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a dark reddish brown that is slightly opaque. head sticks around for quite a long time.

S - sour apple, sour dough and a bit of maltiness in the background.

T - once again sour is very apparent but its not overbearing. sour apple is the taste that comes to mind with this.

M - feels good there is a lot of carbonation but it seems to fit for me with a sour beer.

O - ah the new overall rating (im a fan). overall this is a very good beer. i've only had a couple of sour beers in my life but i enjoy them and this is definitely the best i've had to date. I'm putting a 4 here as I feel the taste rating should be somewhere between 4 and 4.5 (which is also where i feel the overall score should sit).

definitely see myself getting this again (when i have the money to drop one a $20 four pack which probably wont be soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:23:39 | More by celticfutblclub
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wilfonzo

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-17-2012 02:29:33 | More by wilfonzo
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abeeronthebeach

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-23-2013 05:18:26 | More by abeeronthebeach
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Axic10

New Jersey

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

Poured from a 750ml into a Leffe chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red with no head whatsoever. Almost looks like a port wine.

Smell: Vinegar, sour cherry juice, tart apple and caramel malt.

Taste: Tart cherries and apple, slight hints of vinegar, sugar and oak are also there.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with little to no carbonation.

Drinkability: A real bargain for the $8.49 I paid for the 750ml bottle. Will be drinking it reguarly.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 23:29:53 | More by Axic10
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hpthebull

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-22-2013 14:54:07 | More by hpthebull
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capnamerica

Arkansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-14-2014 00:27:01 | More by capnamerica
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suspect

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-14-2013 02:40:15 | More by suspect
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ssgunbond

Belgium

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-18-2014 11:22:58 | More by ssgunbond
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ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried the Duchess at the Dove. I couldn't believe how much it tasted more like a tart wine than a beer. That was my first try of a Flanders, and this is my tasting of it at home. Still the one and only Flanders I've tried.

I got this bottle from a friend who bought it at Harrington's in Chelmsford...a great beer store if you live in northern MA. The Duchess is an unbelievable red color...almost opaque. I've never seen a red glow like the one this beer gives off in front of light.

Smells incredible...like cherries and other fruits. Some tartness too

Tastes more tart and much more sour than the aroma suggests. Still sweet at the same time and the sweetness grows over time.

I'm not sure how drinkable this style of beer is in general...at least for me. I'm not going to blame the Duchess for this..in fact I feel like if I had an appropriate meal I could have 2 of these with dinner. Overall, the Duchess is a brew I would only have once in a while. Too much flavor and sourness for an "everyday" beer. Even so, I give this my approval.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 04:10:00 | More by ILiveOffHops
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baggio

Sweden

3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rubyred color with a beautiful, thin lace.

S: Homemade applewine, wild-apples.

T: Apples, cola, aceton(!)

Mouthfeel: Smooth with low carbonation and a fresh/sour aftertaste.

I had this beer in my pantry 6 months before trying it after my initial taste and this time around it was much smoother and more pleasant to drink. A refreshing beer perfect for a late summer-night.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 20:33:21 | More by baggio
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Supergenious

Michigan

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-28-2012 02:05:27 | More by Supergenious
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Joshgonzales79

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-05-2012 01:10:52 | More by Joshgonzales79
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ILikeGoodCider

California

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

Enjoyed on 09.11.2010 in a Chimay glass, poured from a brown bomber.

A: Fantastic, burgundy hue under a perfect creamy beige head.

S: Wonderful smell of cherries and malt. I can tell just by the smell that there's more going on here.

T&M: Excellent. The tart cherry is much more subtle than, say, a Kriek Lambic, and is so well balanced with delicious roasted malt. A smooth feel and the tartness danced all over. The malt definitely rounded things back out, and the result is a great complexity.

Drinkability: I wished I bought another. At 6% ABV, it's sessionable - especially for a Flanders Red.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 03:23:22 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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anhigdon

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

05-27-2013 22:31:02 | More by anhigdon
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cnally

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first foray into the world of sours--I must say I am going in to this with an open mind...

A deep mahogany brown color in the body, mostly opaque. A tannish brown frothy head goes down quick and sticks just a bit.

The aroma is a very vinegary sour one, aspects of currants and an aroma full of tannins.

The flavor is highly acidic, full of raspberry and fig in the flavor, but maintains the sourness and uniqueness that it displays in its aroma.

The mouthfeel is creamy and even, not overly carbonated but just enough.

This style may not be for me. I find the aroma to be a bit too much, but the flavor is well accomplished, different and complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 00:59:40 | More by cnally
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tviz33

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-21-2014 01:12:21 | More by tviz33
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claytri

Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a beautiful rich brown that let just enough light through to provide read highlights. It generated a thin tan head. The aroma is sharp and winey with an alcohol burn. The tastes starts with a wonderful tanin taste, then moves to a sweet dark berry flavor, and finally progresses into a dark tart fruit finish. The feel is smooth and creamy with a nice rounding of flavors on the tounge. An absolutely enjoyable drink and something I will have to consider everytime I go to the shelf to make a purchase.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 05:59:02 | More by claytri
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-03-2012 03:33:00 | More by lilnicky068
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,966 ratings.