Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,218
Reviews:
1,530
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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Photo of nquigley16
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. best by date of 08/26/15.

A- dark brown with hints of maroon in the light. Pretty dark, nice clarity. Small grey-tan head that lingers thin on the surface.

S- Huge vinegar, some serious acetic acid in this beer. Solvent-y, lightly burnt gingersnap cookie, wine-y. Very interesting nose.

T- Prickly acetic acid, oak, vanilla, cranberry cocktail, pinot noir, lactic acid, a little oxidation.

M- Medium-thin, prickly, acidity, medium carbonation, semi-dry finish.

O- Definitely a classic, great flavor profiles and complexity. Very enjoyable Flanders beer.

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4.73/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, really had what I look for in a sour. Dark fruit tartness and strong sour acidity. After the first few sips I could really get all the tropical fruit tang although every few sips I do catch a whiff of a solvent like alcohol flavor especially on the back on my palate. But overall a amazing beer great for satisfying a sour crave.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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2/5  rDev -51.2%

Photo of Gryphon69
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
best before:2014-07-04

1st Flanders Red or Sour, so ....

A- Deep amber with a white head

S- Like overripe fruit, some vinager, musty, you can almost smell like....sour mash

T- Lol sour, tart fruit that makes you pucker, after the initial shock, its rather clean tasting

M- Medium body with lots of fizziness, tart, juicy with a mildly dry finish

O- Well, like I stated above this was my first of this style, so not quite sure what to think of it, I would probably try it again. Im normally a Stout/Porter type, but this is defiantly a interesting style with lots of flavor and mouth zing lol. I probably rated it lower than it should be, but that more to my mouth being in shock !

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of fourstringer
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from green 750 mL bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. No clear date, but cork reads a cryptic 96 L136 16:05. Big fan of the style and have not had this before, so here we go...

A: Deep burgundy-brown with a slight haziness. 1/2 finger light tan head that quickly reduces to a film. Nice lacing.

S: Tart cherry. Mostly citric acid with lighter acetic acid notes. Cranberry. Lemon juice. Maybe a touch of grape and oak.

T: Round tartness with elements of oak, lighter bourbon/port notes. Not as sour as some other Flanders reds, but there's certainly no mistaking the style. A noticeable sweetness hits the tongue midway and transitions to a fairly sweet finish. Some acidity lingers into the aftertaste. No alcohol presence, but there is an occassional vinegar astringency in the nostrils. Fruit-forward w/ mostly cherry, berry and some lesser lemon juice/sour grape.

M: Fairly prominent carbonation. Bursts with a prickliness that suits the beer well. Moderate body. Definitely mellows out by the end of the bottle.

O: Tasty brew. Not my favorite Flanders red, but very good. I prefer a bit more sour. The fruity/oaky sweetness of this beer gets a bit cloying. The barrel-aged elements are more prominent than the average Flemish, which might ring your bell. Different strokes and all...

Prost!

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out to what appears to be a dark, slightly hazy magenta-purple amber with a 1 inch cream-colored head that subsides slowly and leaves thick lacing around the glass. The purple color makes this extremely beautiful and it's the best looking beer I've ever seen.

Smell is faintly of fruit with not much in the way of the hops. Smells nice but it's ultimately a little bland.

Oh boy. The flavor. Nice tangy, citrusy sourness with hints of fresh berries, fairly sweet. Slow sour finish nicely complemented by just the right touch of carbonation (which is more than it looks to have when poured out). There's a slight bit of hops in the back of the tongue which gives it a lot of dimension instead of just "sweet and sour."

The mouthfeel is light, watery, and carbonated but matches the flavor perfectly.

This is surprisingly one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had (surprising since I don't particularly like light, watery, carbonated, sweet beers). Highly recommended for seasoned beer drinkers and newbies alike.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,218 ratings.
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