Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium
brouwerijverhaeghe.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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 STATS
Ranking:
#3,178
Reviews:
1,583
Ratings:
4,447
pDev:
13.98%
 
 
Wants:
269
Gots:
1,030
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Photo of PB3364
3.34/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Sulty
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mojopin88
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sloth777
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved it. What's great about this beer is, because it is wine like in some ways, and it was even liked by some others in the group who typically aren't beer fans

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Photo of ncjames
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of irishkyle21
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrc1093
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 2/26/20 (presumably bottled on 2/26/18)

Pours a clear, deep brownish red with a glistening maroon complexity; an ample head of light tan foam has decent retention and leaves a thick collar alongside sporadic bits of thick, soapy lacing in its wake.

Aroma brings a deep hit of balsamic vinegar upfront, with tart fruit, oaky caramel, plenty of acidity influencing the entire bouquet going forward; funky and very unique, this aroma takes its notes and explores them with no lack of depth.

Taste smooths with a very well-balanced sweetness introduced unexpectedly; I’m now getting leather/tannins, dark cherry, red grape must, caramel, oak, underripe sugar-coated strawberries, and light raspberry tones; the sweetness hits its ceiling without really overwhelming, and balances alongside the acidity for further complexity.

Mouthfeel displays a highly robust body on the lighter side and finished with medium-high levels of carbonation; stays dry and vaguely syrupy up until the finish, where a bright bit of oaky, semi-sweet tartness bursts through; refreshing, with some really nice depth on the palate.

Potential ignorance here as this is my first Flanders red, but I can’t help but see this as a unique, complex beer by any standard, with the interplay between tart and sweet notes evolving into a true highlight. This is one to build a relationship with.

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Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330-cl bottle into a glass goblet. Appearance of flat Pepsi Cola, with gorgeous ruby highlights and a finger of off-white head that left some spotty lacing as it settled. Complex aromas and flavors encompassing everything from cherry cola and caramel to tart fruit and Belgian yeast. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, with a hint of astringence and a surprisingly dry finish considering how sweet this is. Tartness / sourness is quite understated and the alcohol well hidden, making this an excellent and very approachable introduction to the style.

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Photo of Dicers
3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Vyacheslav
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Helluvaz
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- 1 pint 9.5 oz bottle poured to chalice @ about 10 degree C. Expiration on 08/20

A: Fruity scent with some tartness, but quite light. A slight hint of wild bacteria fermentation, but not strong. Alcohol scent is well hidden. This Flanders Red Ale resembles the scent of a young, light-body, fruit red wine, like Pinot Noir, but sweeter.
A: Brown-copper pour, clear ruby-red color against light. Off-white, light tan, rocky head with good retention.
F: Tart with tanning, wine-like, sour from fruit (plum and pomegranate), no noticeable hop flavor. Strong hint of fermentation from wild bacteria. Sweet.
M: Tart and sour, easy to drink, slight dryness from tanning. After taste is light. Not too bubbly, perfectly carbonized.
O: Well-balanced beer with strong wine character. Sweet and sour taste makes it great to drink alone or with seafood. Very strong fruit flavor and scent from fermentation process.

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Photo of mattyfitz
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Good head retention. Color was a dark amber. Taste was very similar to a tart apple cider, slight hint of malt on the finish. Bought this on the recommendation of the employee at my local shop. Was very happy with it. Definitely would buy it again.

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Photo of sparx1100
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scottyshades
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zenboy99
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yuno
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe . A: Dark mahogany colour, almost opaque, tiny head faded quickly, didn't leave any lacing. S: Had quite a boozy aroma, hints of sour cherries. T: On the sour side but didn't over do it, cherry was the predominant fruit, had a long lingering sour aftertaste. M: Thick chewy texture, not overly carbonated. O: A decent beer, didn't go overboard with the sourness.

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Photo of Myboymi
3.09/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of caseyjacks
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of spokenwheels
2.71/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Vidblain
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deonreds
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npolachek
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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