Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
09-12-2010 03:23:22 | More by ILikeGoodCider
4.4/5 rDev +5.8%
This was my first notably sour beer to date. I enjoyed it much more thnan I thought I would. It was almost to the edge of undrinkable with it's dominant vinegar character. It was just edgy enough where it kept me sipping more to revist the cherry, fruit and tart notes whispering out of my snifter.
Appearance was ruby red with brillant clarity. Excellent head, retention and lace.
Smell is a bold balsamic and cider vinegar reduction wafting with some red wine and dark fruits (most notably cherries).
Taste as it smells, fruity red wine character greeted by your childhood easter egg dyes of yesteryear. Repeats mellowed balsamic reduction memories over and over again, in a good way, but almost overdone. Almost overdone, but not quite.
Mouthfeel is sour. Tart. Sharp. Medium body & carbonation. Wow this is a very curious and moving target taste.
On the drinkability...
2 of us slit the small bottle. My wife couldn't finish hers. I was hesitant at first, but gladly finished hers up as I warmed up with this strange concotion. In the future I would gladly split a bottle with someone for the right meal, but would not do it solo or too frequently. I would pursue this with the right food pairing or when I have a sour beer craving (a new concept altogether as of today, thanks to Duchesse!)
Seems like it would god very well with a rich steak, salty meats, subtle balsamic salads or nuts.
07-12-2010 17:29:07 | More by unclejimbay
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
$ 12.99/25.4 oz bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottle expires 03/2016 at 45 degrees into a snifter
Aroma of cherries and a little acetic acid
Head small (2 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing good – wide ring of small bubbles
Body very dark red-amber, clear
Flavor begins sour, with some cherry and vanillin from the barrel coming through – a hint of tannin is also present. No hops, no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation
An excellent sour – very typical of the style. The sourness gives a refreshing tang.
07-20-2014 13:30:24 | More by Ozzylizard
3.3/5 rDev -20.7%
The mouthwatering nose and stable half-inch head make this as appealing as any funky Belgian. Raw fruit and raw wood are backed by controlled bacteriological spice and this is, all in all, elegant.
The palate, however, is entirely undeveloped. Though it originally opens to impressive fruit -- raspberries and grape, mostly -- loaded with vinous, beaujoulais-like qualities, it feels thin and Spritey. Overwhelmed with an obnoxiously light soda element, this is an easy beer to forget about.
The label notes "careful maturation in oak casks," but the oak contributes little more outside of a woody flavor and some vanilla -- no body, no structure, or not enough.
Residually sweet of malt, Duchess doesn't deliver the caramel that I expect (and hoped for). Instead, this is a summery mix almost wine cooler-/mimosa-/balsamic reduction-like in its conception.
The properties of a Flemish red are here, but all the king's horses and all the king's men . . .
05-17-2004 23:30:14 | More by ngandhi
4.13/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours active with what looks like floaties popping up top and they disappear quickly into a little harmless carbonation. No head and no lace to speak of.
Smell--Wow !! Almost like vinegar. Very stinky sour acidic fruit scent. Not even a farm smell, more like musty damp socks. My high score is not because it is a pleasant smell but because it is so unusual. I like cheese to be smelly and thats the analogy I will make.
The taste is completely different from the smell. It is now sweet and slightly syrupy with a dry lemonny or citrus type finish. The mustiness comes across like some real effort has gone into brewing this stuff. Chalkiness too with maybe a tad of malt on it. Syrupy mouthfeel and not too drinkable due to its extreme taste and smell. I love it though and will definitely buy again.
10-11-2004 00:43:06 | More by rousee
4.3/5 rDev +3.4%
Pours clear burgundy with a fluffy pale head that leaves lacing down the sides of my tulip glass. Smell is like a mild raspberry vinegar that kicks my salivary glands into action. The taste is something else; if you don't like sour beers, this won't convert you, but it starts with a sharp fruit kick like dried apricots, giving way to a sweet malt flavor that immediately opens up into a mouthwatering sourness that lasts. It's nice and smooth, and I could drink this all night.
04-05-2008 04:22:32 | More by gory4d
4.19/5 rDev +0.7%
Reviewed on 6/7/13
750 ML in snifter
A - Brown with reddish hues, two finger light tan head
S - Interesting mix of sweet bubble gum/candy like aroma with tartness. Notes of sour cherries, sweet malt, dark fruits, and vinegar
T - Sour upfront but moderate not harsh, then sweet candy and fruit flavors in the middle. Finishes dry with some sourness lingering on the palate. Notes of sour apple.
M - Light body and very high carbonation that works well with the flavors in the beer. It actually finishes relatively smooth which I was surprised with because of how highly carbonated it is.
O - Tasty flanders red, that has an interesting sweet sour mix going on.
01-12-2014 20:19:09 | More by Profchaos20
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Chinotto! Fermented, of course, with a raw fruit kind of sour pear gig going on. Nose of sweat and licorice and pungent weeds amongst sill laden four berry pies and cotton under garments hung in the soft Autumn air. Tart and sweet like the most quality of Chinese dipping sauce. Flow is frothy and bold. Me like, Todd like. More.
11-22-2003 07:40:28 | More by inebrius
4.47/5 rDev +7.5%
11.2oz bottle, Bruery tulip, best by 10/6/12.
Gorgeous very clear red, cherry red. The head is a fairly thin, frothy tan that does seem to stick well to the glass.
Delicately acidic, like very fruity red wine vinegar. Cherry, raspberry, and cranberry all make an appearance, as does some good, honest sweet biscuit malt.
The flavors are a fuller realization of the aromas. Strawberry joins the mix and it seems like the better characteristics of rose champagne and sparkling cranberry juice are combined with beer. It has a lovely level of tannins that work to balance the sweetness in the absence of any obvious hopping. The sourness is pleasantly drying and tart.
Prickly carbonation is reminiscent of champagne, as is the tannic roughing of the tongue and drying of the mouth. One is left with little aftertaste, save a little acidity in the throat.
I love my first sour beer and Flanders Red Ale. Will power has kept me from having finished the glass already. While this sours might not be a go to, they are a new favorite. Duchesse is nothing extreme but very tasty.
01-03-2011 01:18:07 | More by brewerburgundy
4.85/5 rDev +16.6%
Not sure when I first got into sours, but this beer doesn't dissapoint.
The Overall look of the beer is a satisfying deep red brown with a great tan head and lacing to match.
The smell is that of sour apples mixed slightly with wood.
The taste is fantastic, the sour notes hit first, the apple flavors come alive and bounce around the taste buds. It's a very tart beer.
The mouthfeel is great, the carbonation helps the beer feel light on the tongue and lets the sour notes float around the mouth. After the first sip, I can't wait to take another.
Overall, I've had this beer many times, I plan on having it again. It's currently my favorite sour.
03-19-2012 02:05:03 | More by lsummers
3.63/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
07-01-2005 04:10:00 | More by ILiveOffHops
3.65/5 rDev -12.3%
Poured a darker scarlet amber/mahogany, with light head. Aroma was of cherry, raspberry, spice, and vinegar. Palate was a mix of cherry, apple, and spice, like an applesauce with a cherry twist and some cinnamon. A little on the sweet side, but decent, and a pleasant drink.
03-13-2008 08:16:25 | More by BoitSansSoif
3.5/5 rDev -15.9%
A brownish beer with hints of red. Aromas of cranberry, cherry, and sour raspberry. An interesting interplay of sweet and sour flavors, but it lacked some of the complexity, especially the vinegar notes, that are found in the Rodenbach Grand Cru. It lost its way a little on the finish too. Still good, just not fantastic.
10-18-2005 21:21:03 | More by fisherman34
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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