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Duchesse De Bourgogne by Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Flanders Red Ale
6.20 % ABV


 
Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 5 8 0
Old Review
Review #200. Thanks to Goliath for the amazing hookup of this brew. Poured into a tulip and I am amped.

A: Pours a very dark red, almost brown. Once I hold the tulip up to the light, there is not doubt that this lady is red. A beautiful dark, murky red. The head was slightly off white, and I got a little over two fingers on the pour. The head receeded slowly down to a white ring that is very thick and lasting. The lacing is sticky and soapy. Spotty lacing designs casually laze about the glass. Just damned beautiful.

S: The scent of this baby is very nice. Cranberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Berries everywhere. Grapes?! This smells a bit like a merlot when you swirl the glass. Just an interesting combo. As this puppy slowly warms, you get the scent of some thick caramel. Sweet and sour overall for the aroma profile.

T: So damned tasty. This beer gets better as it airs out and warms up. Initially just some sour cranberry flavors kept me entertained. As it slowly warms, more and more sour fruit come out. Strawberries show their face along with some raspberry. There is also some plum in there. All of the fruitiness is sour, but perfectly sour. Nothing too crazy, just perfect on the way down. There is a slight hint of vinegar but nothing overwhelming. As it warms even more, caramel and a bit of breadiness comes in to round out the flavors. This brew is amazing.

M: Medium in body. This beer has a very sour and tart feel. It really challenges the taste buds. It lingers all around the mouth and really lets you enjoy everything it has to offer. There is absolutely zero hint of ABV. This brew really coats the mouth witha thick, almost syrupy texture. The amazing thing about this brew is just how long it lingers. Just perfect in feel.

D: This beer is amazing. I want more and I find myself nursing this because I don't want it to end. I could easily drink this in a couple gulps but that would be a waste. The Smell, Taste and Feel are all great. This brew is great. If I ever run across some, I will buy at least half a case. This brew is so dynamic. Loving it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 08-30-2008 04:14:22

Served In: Bottle

Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 15 5 8 2010
33cl Bottle
$3.59
Binny's Orland

Best before 3/21/08

Duchesse de Bourgogne appears rusty when poured into a flute. A soapy bubbled beige head rose to just over a finger on the pour. Fairly clear with tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the head. Leaves a spot or two of lace here and there. Good looking Flanders Red.

Aroma has much less vinegar than I expected to find. There is hints of balsamic vinegar though that mingle nicely with damp musty oak. There's tart cherries that make my mouth water each time I stick my nose in the glass. All the aromas are perfectly balanced. As this breathes the vinegar does become more pronounced.

This is certainly a lively beer in the mouth. There's a wave of sourness upfront followed by an explosion of sweet and sour mid-palate. There's not much oak in the flavor but the mustiness and cherries are there. Slight vinegar after the sweet and sour explosion. Finishes with semi-sweet cherries.

Extremely lively mouthfeel that becomes frothy as it moves along. Light bodied with big pops of flavor concentrating on seperate areas of the mouth. The carbonation is on the higher side of the spectrum and keeps this one moving quickly.

This is actually a fairly refreshing beer that does down pretty easily. This bottle is disappearing pretty fast.

Duchesse de Bourgogne is a quality Flanders Red that's a pleasure to sip. As this beer warms the flavors really seem to grow and morph. Interesting complexities.

Reviewed: 12/15/07

Price: $3.59 Served In: Flute Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 10/02/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 10 16 3 8 2009
Goth chicks are great. The pour is a bit viscous (like wine) with a ruby red color and brown tinges when held to the light. A bubbly head that dissipates rather quickly and not much lacing to speak of, but that's ok for style.

The nose is has more of a tart aroma then acidic. Very noticeable fruit esters with cherries, pears and some tropical fruit notes in the back ground. Some sweeter malt and candy like esters. Noticeable Belgium yeast characteristics as well.

The taste is fruity for a Flemish red. The tart flavor brings out a unique cherry blossom tang both enhancing the sweeter malty flavors with the sour like candy apple tastes. The acidic and dry ester flavors leaves a no doubt Flemish style that only is exemplified by the light but delicate Belgium yeast undertones. There is a spice kick at then end. Really this beer brings out all the flavor characteristics of sweet, salty, sour and bitter wrapped altogether.

The body is closer to mid then full, but a true Belgium delight. Yeasty undertones with a fruity center that really appeals to all flavors. There really is a powerful taste overall.

Served In: Bottle

Review by smellysell on 01/29/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
Appearance
After pulling off the cage, the cork gave a nice pop with only a slight amount of pressure. The dark copper color has orange highlights and is very murky. The light tan head is thick and soapy, with notable retention. The lacing left behind is spotty at best.

Smell
The aroma is subtle, yet multidimensional. Dark, sweet cherries are in the forefront, accompanied by toffee and vinegar.

Taste
The flavor definitely isn’t in your face, but is extremely complex and all the flavors play of each other very well. The malt vinegar provides and excellent balance to the over-ripe cherries, while the vanilla and oak flavors from the barrels provide more depth of flavor. It finishes with just a hint of tartness.

Feel
The carbonation couldn’t fit this beer better, creating just a slight prickle on my tongue. It’s fairly light and very smooth.

Overall
This is a very good example of the style. I could have handled a bit bolder flavor, and a little thicker mouthfeel personally, but overall I really enjoyed this. I’m glad that I have a few bottles in the cellar since I can’t get this around here anywhere.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 02/12/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 10 14 4 7 2008
Pours a dark sherry color with a fluffy two inch mass of foam. Great retention and some lacing as I drink.

Aromas of tart cherries, oak, caramel malt, vinegar and hints of vanilla. The aroma reminds me a bit of strawberries and cream. Tart and sour strawberries with the acidity and sweetness of sour cream.

Taste is good. Sweet berry flavor right away with a tangy vinegar finish. A huge taste of ripe fruits, peaches, strawberries, grapes, and an oak flavor binding everything together. I thought this one would be more sour or at least tart but it’s pretty sweet.

Well carbonated and delicate on the palate.

It’s a good beer. I was in the mood for something tart or sour but this one was too sweet. Even though I was in the mood for a different type of beer I still feel that the sweetness hurts the drinkability of this beer.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 16 4 9 0
A - Cola colored brew. Clean and clear. One finger, slightly off white head.

S - Sour cherries. Tart and slightly acidic. Light caramel odor.

T - Much the same as the smell, but with a little more to it. Light toffee/sweet malt base with tart cherries coming in. Currants and raspberries.

M - Medium bodied with ultra smooth carbonation.

D - Super easy to drink. Great balance. I will be sure to find the Duchesse again.

Served In: Pint Glass

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