Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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

Had this last bottle sitting in the fridge for a while, time to review, as the best before date is 24-08-07.

Pours out a deep garnet mahogany when held to the light, intense beige head that retains into infinity.

The nose is a tart vineagrette of sour cherries, plums and raisins, along with a more meaty character as well, like marinated steak tartar.

Sour and tart in all of the right places in the flavour, it mellows out as it warms. A little bit of wood in there as well to help ground the flavour. The malt comes out towards the end, mild toffee.

Mild carbonation makes this Flemish ale more palatable and easier to quaff.

Much more drinkable than I had anticipated, and from previous samples. Have to be in the right mood for it, and expecting what the style has to offer to truly appreciate it. I'm not the biggest fan of this style, but I know a good thing when I taste it.

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

Pours a beautiful dark reddish ruby brown with a decent finger of off white head. Nice lacing.

While pouring this, there is a funk that wafts up...kind of hard to describe. The aroma is one of tart fruit, brown sugar and vinegar. As it warms, it seems to get more "funky".

A long, drawing sip proves this one to be sweeter than the nose. I was expecting far more tartness to the Duchesse, but she's pretty damn balanced. There is a that fruit, maybe some strawberry, candied citrus rind. Oak is present, and this one finishes lightl and balanced. Never too much fruit or tartness. Unique and delicious!

Crisp finish, not overly sweet on the aftertaste.

Outstanding example of how complex beer can be. Enjoy this at least once for sure!

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

This is the first time I've delved into the sour/Flanders red style, and I was really impressed by this beer that I've heard mentioned so often.

Poured from the bottle (best by 08/14/09) a dark brown with about a finger of fizzy head. With all of the initial carbonation, it was cola-like in appearance, but that soon faded. Smell is a pungent vinegar and ketchup mixture, but I enjoyed its strength.

Taste is full of vinegar, but also sour apple and cherry. For all its sour flavor, however, Duchesse finishes a bit sweet. Mouthfeel after the puckering effect is a bit salty, but otherwise the finish is pretty clean. Overall, I enjoyed the very different flavors and textures, and I'll buy this again as a treat, though maybe not every week or month.

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

Deep amber brown with a pillowy sand colored head that burns off fairly quick. Cider vinegar, cherry and oak with a faint ketchup kind of vegetal aroma. Tart cherry, toasted oak and vanilla with a citric sourness. The flavors meld perfectly and are well balanced. Medium light bodied and effervescent. Delicious.

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

A - Deep orange mahogany color and when held up to the light it is a dark reddish orange copper. Large bubbly and foamy off-white head with good retention and a lot of thick lacing left.

S - Slightly acidic and sour and also a bit of a sweet smell. Fair amount of wine and vinegar as well as some woody, oaky, and nutty aroma.

T - Some rich malt with cherry and grape tart sour flavors. Also a good amount of balsamic and red wine vinegar taste. The tart/sour/acidic flavors are prominent but for the style, they are slightly subdued and a significant amount of sweetness is present. Some berry flavors (particularly raspberry) and some dark fruit are also present. There is a touch of citrus (lemon) acidity as well. Mid sip to finish there is a somewhat strong woody, oaky flavor that gives it a bit of an earthy taste.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy with a drying finish.

D - Nice and easy to drink sour beer. There is the sour, acidic taste but it is not that strong and actually has a fair amount of sweetness to it. This makes drinking a couple a bit easier and fortunately the sweetness isn't too strong to be cloying. Not too strong but provided enough flavor to be interesting.

Notes: Not a bad sour beer. It is a touch sweet for an acidic beer, but it isn't anything like say a Lindeman's fruit beer. Not the boldest or strongest sour out there, but it was a nice beer to drink. Worth a try and would probably be a good gateway to sours. Pretty well balanced and enjoyable to drink.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,360 ratings