Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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

Initially had some of this at Lucky 13 in Almeda, CA based off the recommendation of sberan13. Found this bad boy in Boston. Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a clear mahogany/ruby brown with a one finger of rocky khaki colored head. Head recedes gradually and leaves wispy spider web lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of sour cherries, granny apples, caramel malts - very reminiscent of champagne.

T: Taste is.... so more pleasant than champagne, but it is very reminiscent of champagne. Sweetness and fruit dominate this beer with hints of sourness. On the forefront is the sour cherries. They permeate and linger throughout the entire beer. Apple and caramel malts come in and dominate the middle. Touch of vinegar adds to the middle with the apple and caramel. Pear lingers for a long time in the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, low to medium carbonation, crisp, clean feel to this body.

D: This is a nice beer, well blended, more of a sipper, but highly enjoyable beer!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to reviewing this classic of the style. Had a bottle at the Brick Store poured into the appropriate glassware. Poured red without much head or lacing, but still pretty to look at. Sweet and sour aromas of apples and cherries and a lightly acetic quality. The taste has that same sweet/sour combo as its main thread of flavor. Added to that are flavors of spiced cherries, a bit of oaky woodiness, and a developing creamy sweetness with a hint of bitter tannins right at the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy and soft and a bit sweet. This is on the low side in the sour spectrum that this style encompasses. Very nice, if not quite as complex as some others. Still, relatively easy to find and a solid brew.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,347 ratings