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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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Ratings: 2,961
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 127
Gots: 262 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website

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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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-05-2012 18:35:10 | More by rogerthegill
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

12-09-2012 04:59:42 | More by MightiestBeard
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

04-02-2014 16:01:57 | More by Dirty25
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-10-2013 04:53:08 | More by Alex5
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-05-2013 03:53:06 | More by sbanacho
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-15-2013 04:10:41 | More by DemoniChris
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3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this beer many times. Finally decided to give it a shot. Served with a steak and scallops dinner. Smells like red wine,
tastes a lot like a lambic (but not quite as carbonated or overtly fruity). Tart and sweet, certainly a complex "beer". Ultimately, this was too sweet and distracting to have with dinner, would be better with dessert. Not quite my style. Lambic fans should grab this up!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 17:03:39 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-25-2014 18:56:15 | More by heysuz
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

09-04-2013 04:01:45 | More by SupremePie
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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Exp. date: Jul 2011"

A. Pours a brownish-amber with a creamy tan head.
S. Sweet malt with sour cherries on oak with some musty farmhouse smells.
T. Tastes like a lambic with malt as the fruity focus (rather than cherries or raspberries). A nice level of tartness with an ample sweet malt profile that balances nicely. Some subtle cherry and oak flavors also come through.
M. Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation - just enough to pick the tartness up off of the tongue.
D. Wonderful. This is a wonderful sour that I could definitely see myself picking up again - especially since it's now available at the grocery store I regularly shop at.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 02:04:49 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-09-2014 04:01:04 | More by KornWallace
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a flute

A - Dark red with no head, lots of lacing on the side of the glass as this one disappears

S - reminds me of red wine vinegar with a hint of cherry

T - tart cherry flavor is very balanced with the sweetness, mild oak flavor. Certainly not unpleasant but I was expecting more tartness from this.

M - Medium body with an average amount of carbonation

D - Easy to drink but not all that memorable. While the flavor isn't bad it just isn't all that exciting. I was hoping for more sour notes than this. I would drink this one again sometime but don't plan on seeking it out.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 14:07:23 | More by jpmclaug
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4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour is burgundy with ruby highlights and a frothy tan head.

Smell: The sweet malts in the nose bring cherries, grapes, and other ambiguous dark fruit, to compliment tart sourness. There is a faint spicy phenolic aroma as well.

Taste: The sourness comes out right away and sticks around as, at least, the co-dominant flavor. Cherries, blackberries, grapes, sweet candy, molasses, and a hint of vanilla round out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with quite a bit of astringency.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I'm sad to see my glass empty.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 07:45:59 | More by goschool
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange to deep amber/near ruby clear body under a fluffy off-white head that initially rises three fingers, and then recedes to a solid finger of head that laces and lasts.

S: Tart granny smith apples, vinegar, salt, sour cherries, aspen wood, and oak.

T: A dashing mixture of tart and sweet cascades through the mouth literally the moment this beer hits the tongue. It is difficult to dissect what exactly is happening in the first few seconds. Significant soft sweetness is present for the first half of the taste, but the incredible blend of sour, tart, and dry keeps everything in balance. Judging from the nose I was expecting a stronger tannins presence, what is here is good however. Near the end everything starts to dry out as some familiar rich malts rise to pair with the "old" wood and toasty aftertaste that lasts and lasts. I can still taste this 5 minutes after a sip (mostly sour cherries).

M: Somehow this beer manages to yield medium sized bubbles and enough carbonation to bite, but still be soft and smooth from the second it hits the tongue to the last swallow.

D: Good drinkability for this style, but note that this is not a hugely drinkable style. I am tempted to slurp down most oatmeal stouts, this however is a sipper (not because of high ABV) and not something to chug.

Overall: Easily one of my favorite beers and at $5.00 a fairly good value for something bottle conditioned and imported. There is so much going on in this beer- take your time and let it warm up (don't drink this any cooler than 50 degrees!). I would recommend pairing it with some homemade blackberry jam on whole grain toast, maybe some sharp cheddar on the side.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 18:13:14 | More by allforbetterbeer
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-20-2014 23:48:06 | More by heerboth
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-23-2014 06:16:06 | More by jwswigs
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4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at City Beer in S.F. and poured into a wit beer glass. Best before 18-10-07.

Nice pour. No sediment, acive carbonation and sudsy head. Deep red like cherry cough syrup.

Smells like cherries and vinegar, very nice and pleasant but bold at the same time. Grainy smell like gueuze ale.

Cherry candy taste dominates. Tart and snappy but also very sweet. Woody and metallic. Others have said Coca-Cola, which I can see but may not have picked it out myself.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick from the sugars, and the carbonation is a bit low which makes it feel even thicker. Chalky finish.

I enjoy this beer and would always be happy to drink one. Refreshing but too sweet. I wish this style was more widely available, I have only had 3 examples of this style and one was from Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 02:03:10 | More by rayjay
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-08-2013 23:28:29 | More by chasmandocharles
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New York

2/5  rDev -51.9%

08-24-2013 01:33:20 | More by VaporDome
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: garnet in color with a cream head that lasts through the entire experience. The head sticks to the glass in rings, marking your progress.

S: aroma consists of cherries along with the typical funkiness that comes with most sour ales. Overall, the bouquet is quite shy.

T: off-dry with hints of cherries, fruitcake, and sourness blending together for a delightful experience.

M: thin body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: a delightful example of the flanders red style. Good for those looking to get in to sour ales, since this one is somewhat tame.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 02:13:06 | More by Avagadro
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-25-2012 00:16:14 | More by Geuzedad
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-07-2014 13:46:44 | More by lgmol
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-16-2013 03:26:24 | More by Xandrose
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3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purplish brown in color with a initally huge head that fades quickly. Aroma of vinegar was not appropriate. Much sweeter than should be the case for the style. Very remniscent of a Liefman's lambic in that respect. Quite enjoyable, but nothing outstanding. May be a good introduction to the style for a lot of people as it doesn't have the harsh acidity that most new sour ale drinkers get shocked by.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 11:21:55 | More by jreitman
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

01-17-2012 17:37:16 | More by kspongeworthy
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