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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,641 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,641
Reviews: 1,434
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 179
Gots: 554 | FT: 10
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.
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Ratings: 3,641 | Reviews: 1,434
Photo of Padron4KM
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From old notes. Clear dark brown, thin beige head, nice lacing left on the glass.
Aroma starts with malt vinegar, but there is an underlying sweetness, oak, vanilla, wine.
Flavor is sour and sweet at the same time. Vinous, sweet, fruity, tart, oaky.

Photo of Tylertut
3.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The vinegar taste was different from the couple other Flanders Reds I've had. Was not a fan.

Photo of CraigP83
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reaks of red wine vinegar. Tasted the same. My last favorite Flanders yet

Photo of jopezu
2.5/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

hazy, reddish brown. 1st attempt at a pour; cracked the bottle open and half the beer spewed out like a geyser - make sure these are all the way cold and be gentle. i wasn't aware flanders reds were tarts/sours when i bought them. i just can't get into these beers enough to discern the complexity behind the initial malt vinegar and fruit tart assault. my score simply reflects my personal preference.

Photo of AMZB
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has an interesting red wine vinegar finish. Very tasty!

Photo of 5pmsomewhere
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Incredibly complex balanced flavor that lingers forever.

Photo of Maxican34
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

You can taste the oak. Great beer!

Photo of kerry4porters
1.72/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

awful taste of malt vinegar with weird sweetness to it. If this isnt a spoiled bottle there is something seriously wrong with the brewers cuz this is the worst beer I have drank including an infect Vanilla Noir from Prairie. I feel like this would work well poured onto an Itallian sub as dressing.

Photo of secondtooth
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Flanders red ale pours a deep amber, and the aroma is sweet and fruity, like a fine wine almost.

First taste? Still fruity and wine-like, with a pronounced sweetness that's followed by a little hint of dryness. Good stuff, and quite a pleasant surprise, even for a Belgian beer.

Very enjoyable and complex taste, thus this one's well-recommended.

Photo of tsfertitta
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

If you like sour beers this is a great one.

Photo of trippytbta
3.02/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nose was really vinegar'y. The taste was alright. The only thing I really liked about it was a little wheat finish

Photo of JaimeLondon
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First Flanders I take and I must say it's really difficult to rate this. What a different beer is this one! Distinct from all other beers I had in my life.
Of a really nice look, has smell and taste that reminds me of some fruit sodas, vinagers and sometimes cleaning products...
Sourness and tartness are extremely high, the beer has a light body and a nice carbonation

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tart nose with slight wet horse blanket, red fruit not much hop, malt with slight chocolate. Pours brilliant reddish brown, not a lot of head. On the palate ripe and over ripe fruit with cherries at the front with the sour coming on by the middle and then a slight touch of hops, finishes a little sweet – almost like they added some sweetness to increase the marketability. Medium body, medium low carbonation, no alcohol, slightly creamy, very sweet finish. Overall Impression: the head was somewhat light, drinkable but too sweet. Lacking complexity. Should be drier.

Photo of JDW4195
1.93/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

$20 a four pack and it is god awful...holy f'n s. This beer blows!!!

Photo of GPWeber
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good example of a sour. Tart solar to cider but with a pleasant malty sweetness.

Photo of DagenhamDavis
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

My first 'sour' beer, so take that as you will. So weird! It tastes like a lambic, a Lindemans' Framboise, for example, but without the raspberry. It smells and tastes a bit like vinegar and wine, too. Complex and tasty with something of a metallic finish.
Honestly, It's a lot to get used to. I can't really see someone drinking this on the daily considering the substantial taste and cost ($6.10/bottle) . I will try again if I can find it fresh. This bottle was a little past its prime, and was probably not properly 'cellared' in the supermarket for a good 9 months...
Cheers to Flanders and the Duchesse- try it! You'll certainly be trying something unique.

Photo of ktorsneyweir
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I should've listened to the other reviews....

Looks great, smells great, tastes like you're drinking straight vinegar - and feels like it on the way down! I appreciate a good sour beer but this is not one

Photo of vig180
2.44/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from a 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Looks fine, dark red, decent lacing.

S: Smells medicinal from the start, a bit of vinegar with some of the cherry-ish fruitiness of medicine.

T: This is where this beer falls apart for me. I normally love Flanders Reds, but the taste here is a mix of vinegar, cherry cough syrup, and metallic notes. Also very little sourness or tartness. No trace of alcohol.

F: Also unappetizing, like some kind of cherry slush (coarse like chunks of ice) that went bad. Drunk at the ideal temperature indicated on the bottle too, but might be better even warmer.

O: This has been a drain pour the last two times I've tried it. Again, I'm a big fan of the style, but this seems very different.

Photo of BeerMagistrate
2.56/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I'm just not into these types of Belgians, but it had a bacterial flavor to it that was not appetizing to me or my friends.

Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok, so I really am not a fan of this style, BUT I can certainly respect every aspect of this drink. The bold fragrance that carried so much complexity to the taste the mirrored the complexity. vinegar, dark fruit, sour patch kid sort of sourness up front wit a slightly salty finish. Well balanced, well crafted and certainly (most likely) an icon for the style.

Photo of DOCRW
3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For a Flander red I guess it's good but ick no one should really like drinking vinegar.

Photo of fochtmik3
2.13/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 1.25

This might be the worst thing I have ever put it my mouth. The texture is fantastic; The color is also perfect. Let me say this, if you have always wanted to down a bottle of Balsamic vinegar then this is the best bottle for you. If you prefer a tasty sour beer do not go with this. I am extremely disappointed and puzzled why this beer has such a high ranking. It is $11-12 and I feel like I am now forced to drink it. Let me just drink a bottle of gasoline and anthrax instead. Bleck!!!

Photo of MadCat
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice dark reddish amber color, short white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Sour vinegar, sweet dark fruits

Taste: More dark fruit, sour but not vinegary sourness

Feel: Light body with crisp carbonation, not overly sour or puckering

Overall: Pretty amazingly good sour

Photo of Rxrxns
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like vinegar (specifically balsamic), you have to try this on draught.

Photo of bmeGT
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites of this style. Smooth taste, easy drinking.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,641 ratings.