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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,965 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,965
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 128
Gots: 265 | 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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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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

Illinois

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

I've been in a beer funk but this may have pulled me out of it. Pours very dark but upon examination turns out to be a dark ruby color with thick, creamy, off-white head. Amazing retention and good lacing. Very nice looking beer. Smell is tart with some sour green apple, vineager, and some yeast as well. Taste has a complex bunch of flavors but the ones that stuck out most to me was a sweet grape. Some apple and pear as well. A sharp tartness to it that is very well balance by a nice sweetness. Very complex beer. Mouthfeel was medium and its very smooth going down as it leaves you a nice aftertaste. Overall a great beer and the lower ABV makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:03:24 | More by bunnyhustle
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Alpar

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -27.9%

07-16-2014 03:02:19 | More by Alpar
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Pinche_Oso

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-12-2012 16:56:15 | More by Pinche_Oso
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Mar02x

Netherlands

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in the Mug, a pub in Middleburg. I just pointed at a beer that seemed interesting to me.

A - A red looking beer with a off white head. No visible carbonation.

S - It smells like sour wine and cherries. Somewhat similar to Rodenbach grand cru. I just don't like sour smells.

T - A beautiful cherry beer, sweet and a little sour.

M - Its quite sticky to my palate. The carbonation is medium.

O - A nice beer for a sour one. I would even say its worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 17:21:11 | More by Mar02x
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silverking

Florida

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a deep red with a tall tan head. Lattice like lacing and excellent head retention.

S- acidic, vinegar, tart red fruit.

T- acidic, but with a nice cherry note to balance it out. The finish shows notes of Sour cherry and raspberry.

M- light and refreshing with moderate/light carbonation. Fresh.

O- better than i had expected. Crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:14:12 | More by silverking
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dataylor21

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-23-2014 15:32:11 | More by dataylor21
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cichief

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown, with a nice brown head of foam. The beer is fairly haze free.

S- There is plenty of over ripe fruit and a hint of yeasty
breadiness.

T- Nice and tart at first with some fruity sourness, but finishes with some malty sweetness, the yeast adds tp the malt nicely. There is a hint of ripe figs or raisins.

M- Plenty of very small bubbles without being gassy, coats he tongue nicely.

D- Perhaps a little sweeter than I would hpe for the style, but a nice beer all the same.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:41:13 | More by cichief
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is a completely new experience for me. I kind of know what to expect from the descriptions I've read for Flanders Reds, but I've never had one, so I'm not entirely sure what I'm in for. Ok, here it goes...

A- Deep ruby red with a rather large head and a great deal of cascading bubbles. Beautiful beer!

S- Definitely an interesting aroma. Vinegary sour for sure, but not offputting at all. In fact, it's quite pleasant. Fruity aromas of sour grapes and cherries give it a bit of a wine-like nose. Maltiness is present with a sweet bready aroma that reminds me of my grandmother's homemade bread. Definitely unlike any beer I've had before, but it's appealing.

T- The taste is quite mild actually, not overpowering. Begins rather tart, but the sourness is soon overcome by sweetness. Flavors are complex and hard to pinpoint. Cherries are definitely present, along with a sort of orange cream flavor. Some of the sweet, bready malt is also detectable towards the end. Had that not been there, I might have been skeptical that I was drinking beer at all! The vinegar flavor lingers throughout, but I suppose that is a trademark of the style. I almost thought I caught a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it was gone before I could even attempt to grasp it. Finishes both sweet and tart with a bit of a metallic twinge. Quite the complex and interesting beer.

M- Full, smooth and creamy, very nice.

D- Excellent drinkability! Surprisingly easy to drink given the mouthfeel and all the complexities. I'd almost be bold enough to say that this is a quaffing beer, but it's really not. It could be quaffed if necessary, though.

Quite the interesting beer, and one that I had to try. I'm not sure I should be reviewing it given my inexperience with the style, but I decided, what the hell. It's actually quite good. It may take some getting used to, but this is potentially a style that I could get into. It's very different from classic American beers, though. Recommended, with reservations for newbies.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 02:05:00 | More by vtfan77
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jbeervt

Vermont

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-31-2013 02:15:01 | More by jbeervt
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Brinks

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

12-27-2013 20:20:58 | More by Brinks
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Rborre321

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

06-06-2014 20:27:35 | More by Rborre321
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: 33cl bottle to Duchesse glass. Half finger tan head over red/brown body. Ruby hues abound. Head tapers quickly to very nice lacing and halo.

Nose: Bret and bread. Very tart aroma, some grain and yeast as well. Sour cherries, an autumn day, overripe grapes, puckering. Oak and vanilla.

Mouth: Juicy, sour tasting immediately upon entering but sweetens as it moves back, grapes, raisins, plums. Some grain, a resinous aftertaste. Vinous, lingering juiciness. Nice malt body. Caramel, toffee. Mouth feel is sharp tingling carbonation that gets creamier as it moves back, smooth swallow. Is both rich and dry in the finish. Easy drinking. Loooove it!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 18:59:07 | More by clickpush
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plfahey

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle (corked and caged) poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep red color with ruby/garnet highlights-brilliant clarity. Ivory/light tan moderate head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Awesome aroma of cherries, grapes, and passionfruit. Nice oaky, woody notes. Tart, with musty brett flavors of horse blanket and barnyard. Complex, layered, wonderful.

Flavor-Tart up front, fruity sweet in the middle, and dry and acidic in the finish. Cherries, passionfruit, and grapes. Oaky, tart, cider vinegar flavors as well. Slight chocolate flavor. Light barnyard musty flavors in the finish. Finish is dry with a touch of acidity and lingering cherry notes. Awesome.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy drinking, with a slight tingle on the palate. Crisp and refreshing.

I must say, I think I like Rodenbach Grand Cru a bit better, but the Duchesse is simply sublime. Just a hair on the sweet side, but that's just being nitpicky. This is a phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 06:09:57 | More by plfahey
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pathead

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-14-2014 21:01:03 | More by pathead
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +20.2%

11-15-2011 17:49:07 | More by sjstraub
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banger7

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-06-2013 05:02:07 | More by banger7
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MickeyHops

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-21-2014 06:02:48 | More by MickeyHops
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DaveFL1976

Florida

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

The head isn't much to look at, but wow, what a body. Beautiful, crystal clear ruby/mahogany in color. The smell is sweet and cherry-like, with a nice tartness at the end. The taste is a really nice balance of sweetness and tartness; not bitter, though. A really interesting beer. Nice, smooth carbonation and good drinkability. Not a quaffer, but it goes down nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 20:03:05 | More by DaveFL1976
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-25-2012 15:46:01 | More by Bobbydigi
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Sparty55

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

04-18-2014 03:18:32 | More by Sparty55
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LostHighway

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

02-18-2012 18:43:47 | More by LostHighway
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KMcG

Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.2%

02-19-2012 00:14:00 | More by KMcG
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terence

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-19-2013 04:44:34 | More by terence
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into an Affligem Goblet.

Appearance- Beautiful amber color with no sediment floating around. Little to no head, but a slight ring around the top.

Smell- Oak, vanilla, tobacco, cherry, yeast, some malts. Absolutely beautiful.

Taste- Cherry, vanilla, malts. Some oak is present. Not to sour. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. Very smooth, not too resinous.

Overall- This is a beautiful beer. All around very well balanced. I'll be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 18:45:30 | More by Seanniek91
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,965 ratings.