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:
4,237
Reviews:
1,534
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a wine glass

A: This beer pours a dark red-tinted brown. After a vigorous pour, there is a tan head of one finger which rapidly disappears, leaving a rim of foam around the edge of the glass and no lacing.

S: The smell is tart and fruity. It reminds me of a gueuze but not nearly as acidic; much sweeter. There is also a little bit of funk and caramel malt.

T: Very sweet and fruity with a touch of caramel. There is green apple providing much of the fruit flavor and a little tartness and some other light berry flavors in the background. As it warms, I can taste a plum flavor.

M: Medium-light bodied and sticky from all the sweetness.

O: A very sweet, fruity beer with a touch of funk.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a tulip glass at the J. Clyde in Birmingham.

A: Short-lived white head. Gorgeous, translucent red-brown.

S: Super-strong balsamic vinegar. Completely overwhelming.

T: It *tastes* like balsamic vinegar(ette). Some tart fruit (raspberries, strawberries) seems to be present as well. Very strange. My initial revulsion has fled, and the beer grows on me quickly.

M: Spritzy and delicious.

O: An interesting beer. Far too vinegary. I was recommended this beer multiple times as an introduction to sours, but it's simply not my thing.

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3.03/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was fairly excited the first time I tried this, heard it was one of the all time classics. Poured equal parts light brown and dull red with a little bit of head formation. Aroma was a heavy wood and proportional sweet and sour.

Taste, the sour was very minimal was my first reaction, the sweet a little more than ideal for me, to say the least, and any degree of soggy wood, much less to that extent wasn't built to leave me all that impressed. Some flanders just don't have that acidic or fruity bite, and this be one of those. Decently covers up the alcohol, but doesn't impart really any appreciable tartness. Not enough carbonation. If anything I'd say I pull out some cocoa powder and toffee over flavors more often associated with something sour.

If there was fruit, it was that raisin and plum thing, as if it were made with tea. Sorry, I just don't see what the fuss about this one is.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2 finger head quickly forms that has some nice retention. The body is a deep red and has some smaller carbonation bubbles rushing up to the head.

S Acidic and slightly tart upfront with some wood and sweet and tart apples

T Sweet and light tartness come forward right away and a light, sweet berries creep up toward the end. Well balanced and smooth drinking.

M Lighter feel in the mouth with high carbonation.

O Nice beer. I'm newer to sour/wild/etc and this one had nice tastes that complimented each other nicely.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown color with some reddish tinges. Thin cream colored head.

S: A bit wine-like with some red delicious apple, apple cider vinegar, horse blanket funk, vanilla and toffee.

T: Pretty delicious. Sweet and tart with big rich fruity notes and a pretty good dose of funk on the finish. Lots of red apples and caramel with some plum and vanilla. Very very drinkable.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,237 ratings.
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