Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh the dutchess... Shall I compare the to a summer's day? Seriously though, this beer is phenomenal. For one expecting a good sour ale this beer cannot be beat, though potentially tied. I got exactly what I expected and would not wish for this beer to change at all. I hope to be able to share this beer with my children, when they are old enough of course. (At least not until they hit double digits.) Thanks to all those Flemish folks for this amazing contribution to the world beer community.

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brownish red, with some bubbly carbonation. Nice off-white head, with excellent retention. A half hour into it and there's still a little layer of foam.
Smells of sweet and sour fruits. Berries and some caramel like sweetness. Not as pungent as a lot of sours beers, and that works to its benefit.
The sourness is mild, but it's definitely there. Nice berry taste. Strawberry, cherry, some grape. A bit of a bread like character. Medium body, not too thin, but not overpowering either. Delicious.

The sour beers are winning me over. Duchesse is one of my favorites now.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Goose Island silver goose glass. Appearance is a deep brownish red with a thin layer of white head. A moderate amount of clarity and minimal lacing. Nose is oaky with a bit of funk. Lactic acid comes through with cherries and vanilla. The taste starts off with a touch of fruity sweetness. This is quickly countered with a healthy dose of vinegar followed by funk. This all gives way quickly back to a candied fruit quality. Notes of oak finish this off. Mouthfeel is light with light carbonation. Overall, this sour isn't as sour as I'd hope, but it does have decent balance.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, citrus, hint of alcohol, hint of grass, and tartness/sourness. Fits the style of a Flanders Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart cherry, slight wheat, slight sweet malt, sugar, and slight hop. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, and good blend.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apparently this beer is a classic Flanders Red; to be honest, though, I hadn’t heard of it until I saw a small bottle hiding in the back of a liquor store shelf. Good to know that what I randomly picked out has a general “thumbs-up” from the community.

Good for another year (“Best before: 09/11/2013” is printed on the label).

A: A deep red color pours from the bottle, striking in its darkness, though it exudes a ruby shimmer when held up to the light. Head is creamy, but not very lofty – it’s settling at about a half-inch, showing a couple small hills of beige cream (especially over the nucleation site). Stringy lacing here and there.

S: The sours run as deep as the color, sinking the nose into a cheesy, syrupy, lactic warmth. It’s rich, not bright, and it’s absolutely engaging. Some lighter notes of raspberry and blackcurrant do play out, yes, but they merely drizzle over the layered toffee and nutty sweets beneath (thick malts, no doubt, acting as the bedrock of this brew). An olive oil note hovers over it all, too, likely extracted from the clean smoothness of the sour character.

T: A soft sweet-and-sour palate, nothing like what I was expecting; this may be the most interesting beer I’ve had in a while. Swells first with sweet fruit, reminiscent of overripe cherries, strawberry preserves, and baked apple, all with a lightly sour balsamic vinegar note accompanying – and all this ends up in a convergence of crisp spiciness (like a bell pepper) with metallic tinges. Wonderfully complex. Soon after, it shows a moment of grains – earthy tannins and mild almond – with flashes of barnyard flavors – smooth, savory funk, like you’d find in a creamy goat cheese. In all, it really is just beautiful balance between sweets and sours, and a nose-dive into complexity, at that. Light cherry syrup on the aftertaste and that’s it – a mild, mild finish.

M: There’s a very sophisticated smoothness to this one, making it all the more like a wine. It doesn’t have that fire on the way down, but it does lie full on the palate without much weight in the aftertaste.

O: Never had a beer like this – I’m blown away. Though staggering on the first sip (and not necessarily in a good way), Duchesse De Bourgogne has confirmed something to me that I seem to have experienced a few times already: beer is art. Cheers!

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,374 ratings