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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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#1,614
Reviews:
1,571
Ratings:
4,395
pDev:
13.98%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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Disclaimer: this has always and likely always will be my all time favorite Flemish sour, so I haven't a single negative thing to say about this.

Newer bottle I'd assume based on turnover, but no date listed. Poured from a 750ml cork and cage bottle into a teku glass. Pours a deep mahogany brown that allows only a touch of light through below an inch of stable tannish/light khaki head that is stable as all get out and once it does fall, one good swirl in the glass brings it right back. When it does, you get a great nosefull of sour plums, tannins, vanilla, oak, and balsamic. It smells almost more like fine french wine than it does beer. The taste is equally as absolutely mind-blowing. You first get sweet and fruity, slightly caremelized flavors from the darker malts and a touch of vanilla. Then comes the sharp, balsamic twang from their artful use of acetobactors that leaves you wanting another mouthful even before you get long, oaky finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body, and somewhat luxurious for something of such a modest abv. Overall, this really blurs the line between beer and art. It's easy to understand with a glass of this in front of you how the sour ales of Flanders are dubbed the "Burgundies of Belgium". Not only due to the careful aging, maturation, and blending in oak, but also in vinous and tannic character, as well as a respect and devotion to what they are producing. This is, and likely always will be, an all time favorite of mine, and almost as good if not just as good as Rodenbach's world-famous Grand Cru.

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I'm a foodie, I'm a beer lover and I'm a Wine Lover! I feel this proper sour hits all three hobbies in one glass... Vinegary, salty and sweet. Sooo Good! Most definitely recommended and I will do my best to keep in my fridge for those cultured pallets.

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The sour taste is interesting but I really like it.

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So delicious. Drink it. Now. Or, later. Just drink it.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,395 ratings