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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#1,566
Reviews:
1,567
Ratings:
4,384
pDev:
14.22%
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4.19
 
 
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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not sure when I first got into sours, but this beer doesn't dissapoint.

The Overall look of the beer is a satisfying deep red brown with a great tan head and lacing to match.

The smell is that of sour apples mixed slightly with wood.

The taste is fantastic, the sour notes hit first, the apple flavors come alive and bounce around the taste buds. It's a very tart beer.

The mouthfeel is great, the carbonation helps the beer feel light on the tongue and lets the sour notes float around the mouth. After the first sip, I can't wait to take another.

Overall, I've had this beer many times, I plan on having it again. It's currently my favorite sour.

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3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Republic. Not a style I know terribly well, but I likes me some sours, and the one FRA I had knocked my socks off.

Beautiful, deep red pour. A word to the wise though. Typically this is poured into a goblet, and the ruby red liquid in the goblet makes one look like a wine snob. Be careful where you order this, it might get you on the bidness end of an ass whupping.

Smell is vinegary, citrus, sour cherry, plenty of funk. Nice.

Taste is good, vinegar, apple, cherry. Good stu....wait a minute, what is that? That's a strange taste. Where have I had it before? With steak. Yes. It tastes like A-1! Really! Don't get me wrong, I like A-1, I just don't want to drink a goblet full of it.

Mouthfeel makes for smooth sipping.

Despite the steak sauce sensation I was able to enjoy this beer. But the off putting taste keeps it well short of being great.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes on 03/02/12:
Best before 09/11/2013; Poured in a snifter.

A - Just under one inch of very light tan, finely carbonated head that doesn't stick around for too long; Deep dark maroon in color and seems to be clear when held to the light; Some patches of lacing here and there

S - I doubt I would have liked this a year or two ago, before what I know and appreciate now; I get a strong dose of sour aromas, vinegar, grapes, dark fruits, and acidity - reminiscent of any sour candy like Sour Patch Kids; I searched hard for some wood-like aromas and seem to get just a faint whiff of it; Just a touch of alcohol as well

T - I'm certainly not use to this - the taste is pretty sour and vinegary to be sure, especially up front with a good amount of puckering; Very brief but noticeable alcohol up front before the true tart/sour taste begins, and it does linger for quite a bit, though accompanied by some sweetness over time that does provide some balance; In addition to the sourness, are wine-like grapes, apples, cherries, mixed berries, dark fruits, and a good amount of acidity that add a bit of complexity

M - Quite a bit of zesty carbonation with a bit of vinegar burn; Medium bodied; A very drying and puckering beer that, as stated before, reminds me of the sensation associated with eating sour candy

O - This beer was my first ever sour, and while it was certainly an eye-opening experience, I still enjoyed getting to try a new beer within an unfamilar style. Even with the knowledge of what I was about to drink, I was still startled by the amount of sour/vinegar taste in this beer. That said, with each sip, my mouth started to adjust to the tartness, and the beer surprisingly became pretty addicitve. I don't think I could drink a beer like this too often, but am now looking forward to giving a few more sours a try in the future.

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4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Duchesse de Bourgogne. Poured into its appropriate glassware. Bottle best before 02/09/2013.

Pours with a half-fingered light tan head. A little browner than I remember, not sure if it's from the aging (this bottle is from 2010). Ruby highlights amidst the brown body with a good bit of yeast murk. 3.5

Powerful red wine vinegar nose with bright tart cherry notes. Some sugars evident. Doses of mustiness and oak barrel, but not woody. More of a vanilla note. Pretty incredible. 4.5

Great tartness off the bat with some stale funkiness and rich sweet fruity character. Slight metallic finish, not unlike sucking on a nickel. Red wine vinegar, burgundy, tart cherry, strawberry, underlying vanilla, and oak. What's so impressive is the fruit character and the lovely vinous red wine flavor. Not powerfully vinegary like Rodenbach, not attenuated like Bacchus, just a perfectly exemplary and delicious rendition of the style. Classic taste and perplexing complexity. 5.0

Smooth and spritzy. Great carbonation bite. A real burper. Not overdone. The sour character is ideal. We've already established that Duchesse tastes great, and it feels great, too. 4.0

Incredible beer, and highly recommended for Belgian lovers. One of my all-time favorites. A beer I pay full-price for and know I'm getting a treat every time. Great fresh, great with a few years on it. An amazing Flanders Red. 5.0

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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best before 09/11/2013" printed on bottle.

A slightly aggressive pour got me a little over a finger of tan head. The body is a deep brown with red-orange hues to it. The head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves a thick healthy ring up top with a little dusting. Some lacing noted during enjoyment.

Sour vinegar and light funk are the first aromas noted. Also noted sour fruits including apples, white grapes and baking cherries.

Sour vinegar and funk start this off in the mouth, much like the nose. The continues on with the sour apple and grapes earlier noted, then makes a nice transition over to a sweet cherry flavor with notes of vanilla and black berries. Sourness stays with you the whole course of the ber, but when the sweetness kicks in it really changes it up.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. It is highly carbonated, and it is assumed that this keeps it from getting sticky and/or syrupy as beers that get this sweet can become.

As sour beers aren't really my cup, this one surprised me in being more than quite enjoyable. It is light, fruity and pleasant. It is rather inoffensive and likely a good start for introducing people to beers with a more sour side to them.

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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330cl bottle with a bb date of 28/07/2013

Appearance. Pours a rich and deep red-amber with almost a finger of off-white head that settles, but sticks around and leaves some nice chunky lace.

Smell. Sour cherries and spoiled apples and banannas with a bit of woody funk. It smells better than that sounded...

Taste. Cherries again along with strawberries, sweet apples, a little malt vinegar and just a bit of musty funk and fresh cut hardwood.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, full carbonation.

Overall. Great stuff. Maybe just a little sweet, but tastes gooood.

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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (Best Before 09/11/2013) into a tulip glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head atop a clear cherry brown body with a great torrent of carbonation bubbles surging from the center of the glass. After about a minute-and-a-half, the head dissipates to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. Some decent lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Sour and slightly funky, the nose is primarily vinegar and wet wood. Notes of sour apples, black cherries, and raspberry soda are also noticeable.

Each sip starts with sweet and tart flavors of black cherries, raspberries, oak, and just a bit of barnyard funk. Swallowing the beer only increases the sour level and invites flavors of raspberry and cherry candy similar to Jolly Ranchers. These flavors may fade over time but they stick on the palate and linger indefinitely between sips.

Medium bodied with excessive carbonation, this beer fizzes like Alka Seltzer in Dr. Pepper. The body is full enough to allow the flavors to not only register on the taste buds but to stick around for a good bit as well. However, the body never becomes sticky or coating, thanks to the effervescent carbonation. Despite all the fizzing, the carbonation really doesn't detract from the experience much and really helps to keep this beer really drinkable.

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1.51/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a beautiful, bold ruby red with no head but long lasting lace. It's aroma is of dark fruit, musty hay, and yeast. The flavor is mainly sour cherries with a yeasty, bread-like note. The mouthfeel is full with a warming finish. Duchesse De Bourgogne is an okay beer, very filling but a good representation of the style. Slightly recommended.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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