1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Not Rated.
Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,946 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,946
Reviews: 1,338
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.94%
Wants: 127
Gots: 256 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
View: Beers (12) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,946 | Reviews: 1,338 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by smttycty:
Photo of smttycty
smttycty

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Though I love my late-night after-work mini mart with it's good selection of single bottles, my luck at finding imports that haven't been staring at the UV lighting too long is about 50/50. I asked the clerk to fetch me a bottle of this one from the back side of the reach-in. At almost $0.50 per ounce, I wanted to improve my odds.

The dark tea-colored body was clear, the off-tan rocky crown short -lived, and the lacing minimal. But once I shoved my nose into the snifter, it didn't want to come out. I found a nuanced melange of tart fruit, rich chocolate, fig pudding, and sherry.

A few local brewers have been trying their hands at this style, but my first sip washed away all expectations for another "learn-to-like-it" vinegary concoction. This beer is all silk and satan. Tart cherries and granny smith apples wrapped in a softly spiced European pastry. With no bitter flavors to be found, the wonderful yeast qualities are testament to the attention payed to the blending of the newer and older vintages. As the flavors slowly dissipate the sweet flavors at the front of the mouth are fully distinguishable from the tart flavors in back.

Light bodied and very lively without being sharp, kind of a thick blanket of effervescence. Like a vacation I don't want to leave, I'll come back again and again.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 10:09:11 | More by smttycty
More User Reviews:
Photo of dufficy0
dufficy0

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-26-2014 04:06:39 | More by dufficy0
Photo of barczar
barczar

Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant amber with a frothy beige head. Tart cherry and acetic acid open the aroma, with toasted oak and vinous qualities adding complexity. Flavor is very acetic, with toasted barrel drying out the finish. Tart cherries and balsamic vinegar are evident. Puckeringly sour, with cherry lingering in the finish. Slightly spicy, phenolic aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2014 02:20:08 | More by barczar
Photo of CorgiDad
CorgiDad

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-26-2014 00:54:51 | More by CorgiDad
Photo of tylergoov
tylergoov

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-25-2014 20:36:30 | More by tylergoov
Photo of Tyecko
Tyecko

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-25-2014 19:15:34 | More by Tyecko
Photo of Triklino
Triklino

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-25-2014 02:52:22 | More by Triklino
Photo of ironchefkook
ironchefkook

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-25-2014 02:27:58 | More by ironchefkook
Photo of Idrankitall
Idrankitall

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-24-2014 19:46:48 | More by Idrankitall
Photo of Jugdish
Jugdish


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-24-2014 18:46:46 | More by Jugdish
Photo of Brettanomaestro
Brettanomaestro


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though it's a great bargain at $13 a bottle, Duchesse ran into the same issue as many craft beers. Despite being one of my favorites not five years ago, the last few years have been much sweeter and has lost that perfect balance of sweet and sour. Get back to your roots Duchesse, we miss you already!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2014 18:38:50 | More by Brettanomaestro
Photo of brahyt
brahyt

California

5/5  rDev +20.2%

07-24-2014 00:21:52 | More by brahyt
Photo of Sweffin
Sweffin

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-23-2014 23:58:18 | More by Sweffin
Photo of Mknght
Mknght

Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-23-2014 03:55:13 | More by Mknght
Photo of wisrarebeer
wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

07-23-2014 02:39:38 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of G-Force
G-Force


2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

07-22-2014 22:17:46 | More by G-Force
Photo of ThirstyDutchman
ThirstyDutchman

British Columbia (Canada)

5/5  rDev +20.2%

07-22-2014 05:15:16 | More by ThirstyDutchman
Photo of mothman
mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

07-22-2014 01:33:10 | More by mothman
Photo of drew_bag
drew_bag

Maryland

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-22-2014 00:58:19 | More by drew_bag
Photo of Ian_B
Ian_B

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-21-2014 17:21:59 | More by Ian_B
Photo of HRamz3
HRamz3

Pitcairn

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-21-2014 13:19:18 | More by HRamz3
Photo of GareBear
GareBear


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-21-2014 07:00:21 | More by GareBear
Photo of Hokierob
Hokierob


4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

07-21-2014 02:57:16 | More by Hokierob
Photo of Etrusco
Etrusco

Brazil

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-21-2014 02:44:31 | More by Etrusco
Photo of Tim725
Tim725


4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-20-2014 23:05:05 | More by Tim725
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 2,946 ratings.