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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,253 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,253
Reviews: 1,362
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 352 | FT: 8
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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)
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Photo of burnstar
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of this style. Pours a beautifuly dark red with a nice sized head. Recedes quickly to leave some good lacing on the sides and surface. Smell is tart with some mild fruit notes. Kind of like a fruit lambic. Taste is tart to begin. Spicy throughout. Rich earthy yeastiness in the finish. Red wine. There is a great background sweetness that makes this very nicely balanced. Really tasty. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. Overall I really like this- much more than I thought I would actually. Will have to seek out some more examples of this style.

burnstar, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into the appropriate DdB goblet.

Pours an attractive, ruddy amber hue with a clear body that supports a quarter-inch of creamy cappuccino head. Nice retention and spotty lacing left behind. The aroma is absolutely intoxicating, with an acetic tartness of apple flesh that just started to brown before being dipped in caramel. Supporting notes include leather, a hint of pepper, and some barnyard funk.

Oh, yum. Why have I not tried this beer until now? Delicious, delicate notes of toffee and caramel malt join with a drying tartness on the finish that leans toward apple cider and various other dark fruits (e.g., raisin, fig, and plum). I wish the sour flavor matched that of the aroma, as it's a bit subdued in comparison. Still, the well-carbonated body adds some zest to the finish, and the medium consistency is juicy and surprisingly thirst-quenching. Hard to believe, but this made an excellent night cap for a day spent moving furniture in the hot Houston sun. Easily a must-try, and one I'll be sure to have again.

wagenvolks, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dank, dark ruby with orangeish highlights around the edges. Big, almost gushing, reddish-tan head.
Smell is tart, oaky fruit (cherry?) with olives, earth, and light vinegar. Interesting. Tastes much like it smells. Lively carbonation. Sweet yet dry tart fruits (strawberry, cherry). Musty oak accent throughout. Very interesting. Finish is fruity and tart. Mama likes. Medium-bodied, high carbonation, and quite drinkable. I like this style to begin with (represented by the few samples I've had) and this doesn't disappoint. Recommended.

alexgash, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of bventure
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely clear, deep red/brown. Medium buff-coloured head, subsides quickly, lace persists.

Smells of tart fruit, red berries, hint of acetic. Something else interesting I recognise, but annoyingly can't place, hits the back of the nose.

On tasting, irst impression is sourness (but pleasantly so). Tart and refreshing, unsweetened fruit, a hint of caramel sweetness in the finish, with lingering stewed apples. Some malt, no bitterness at all. Refreshing sweet-and-sour, vinous.

Medium bodied, a definite tingle on the tongue and roof of the mouth, good lively carbonation, just right.

Very drinkable, clean and refreshing, unusual and interesting flavours, and well-balanced sour and sweet. Very complex, won't tire of contemplating the many nuances. An excellent beer I hope to be drinking regularly.

bventure, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of allergictomacros
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark red/brown. Could be clear, could be cloudy - I can't tell because it's so dark. Head is uninspiring and drops quickly.

S - Sour, vinegary smell. Notes of fruit and some mustiness.

T - Sweet, extremely fruity. Notes of concord grapes are very prominent. Oh yeah, it's sour too, but soooo grapey! Bitterness is very subdued, although present in the aftertaste. Very "fresh" tasting as well, which was unexpected from the aroma.

M - Medium bodied, with a spritzy carbonation. A bit of astringency in the aftertaste that feels somewhat drying.

D - I like this a lot. The major criticism is that the aroma and the taste seem a bit at odds at each other. Flavour is much mellower and fresher than indicated by the strong vinegary smell and mustiness.

allergictomacros, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of shortbus7
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark red color with a slight head.

S: Dark cherries, apples, and vinegar.

T: There is so much going on in this beer it's amazing. Dark cherries, apples, red wine vinegar, and malt. This beer is more sweet and tangy than sour.

M: Smooth and slightly puckering.

O: This is a great beer and a great place to start with sours. The taste amazed me. So much going on but nothing became muddled.

shortbus7, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of bens0n
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Single 12 oz bottle poured into tulip.

Beer pours a murky reddish brown color, looks more brown than red. Out of control foamy light tan head, my bottle was agitated a little bit but this beer was extremely hard to pour without going overboard on the head. Retention is decent, some spotty lacing going on in my tulip.

Immediately upon cracking the bottle open I got a really loud psssst and air pressure gushed out a little bit of moisture onto my fingertips. Took a whiff of my hand and it smelled really nice and bready, reminded me of sourdough bread. On the nose its got the belgian yeast dominates most of it just like you would expect, but there are some minor sweet and tangy notes. Not picking up on very much oak.

Flavor wise the first thing I pick up is a tangy, tart, sour flavor then it finishes rather dry and crisp. Reminds me alot of a lambic, but it doesn't have the fruity notes. I would have expected way more yeasty flavors but the tart sourness dominates this beer. The finish is really interesting because your flavor pallet is wiped clean and theres no sour left. I was really expecting some oaked/woody flavors but they are so minor they aren't even worth mentioning.

Mouthfeel sensation is very interesting it starts out very intensely tart / sour, then finishes on the mild side. Its not like a lambic that you can taste inbetween sips, this beer shocks you with the sour punch then finishes dry and clean, beckoning you to drink another sip each time.

This was one of those beers that I always eyed when I saw it, but not being a huge fan of overly yeasty belgians I always stayed away. Figured I'd give this a shot after looking into it and finding out that it was a sour. Its definitely one of those beers to 'experience' pretty unique combination of stuff going on. If you like lambics / sours its definitely for you, if not, you will probably not enjoy this.

bens0n, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back, never having anything from Brouwerij Verhaeghe before or even a Flanders Red Ale, for that matter. Even though this reminded me of a Lambic, this completely caught me off-guard and was one of the more pleasant surprises that I've had in a long time. It's a bit syrupy for me but besides the slightly heavy mouthfeel, there was a lot to like about this beer and for a style that's not terribly common, it got my attention rather quickly!

Nice pour to this, with a mahogany hue, somewhat thick head, and lacing that slowly fell down the sides of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this either but there was lots of cherry, booze, syrup, and malt. The carbonation was good as well and the funkiness of this had me thinking that this was a Lambic, on the scale of a Lindemann's. This had a good amount of sour apple in the back and combined with a smooth and somewhat silky mouthfeel, made this beer quite easy to down for a Flanders Red Ale neophyte like me.

The alcohol wasn't that strong in this either and even though I only bought one bottle, I could have downed quite a few in a sitting. Very beers are this smooth and accessible while not being overly strong, tart, or sour, but this straddled the edge of those quite well. I couldn't taste the balsamic vinegar here and there wasn't any spice either so if you're new to this, get it and give a go - I can't imagine anyone not liking this beer!

JerzDevl2000, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of brewsclues
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Sharp Edge (Pittsburgh, PA) on 1/19/2013. Thanks for the brews, JJ.

One word: balsamic vinegar! (OK, two words.) Not the type of vinegar you slug when you're sick, or the type that makes your intestines pucker, or the type that you un-clog drains with. No, this is the sweet, complex, slightly tangy, and medium-acidic balsamic vinegar that you let age and import it from Italy for $40/bottle. The nose screamed it from the very start, and while I might say that Flemish Reds won't be everyone's bag, if you are looking for a great intro to the style, The Duchesse is a great place to start.

Duchesse is really quite complex, rich, and malty for a sour. Plus points for balance and a not-too-overbearing pucker-taste. But let me re-iterate: this is a big, bold, and tangy Flemish Red. Drier than I was expecting - quite sessionable.

Flanders!

brewsclues, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of blitz134
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of first having this on tap at the Brickstore in Atlanta. I'd never had a "flemish sour" as it was labeled and gave it a shot. I'm certainly glad I did as this has quickly became a favorite style to me and opened my eyes up to the world of sour beers.

This beer pours a lovely crimson, garnet red clear body with an initial tall 2 finger head which reduced down to a fairly thick half inch. The smell to me is amazing and one I have never found in any other beer. Its all about the balsamic vinegar, which I personally really like. Additionally there is a good dose of grape and other fruit aromas which remind me of a dark red wine.

The taste is of slight vinegar with a body of sour grape juice along with tart cherries. Its quite juicy and sweet on the tongue and finishes a bit sour, but not overpowering. When I had this on tap everyone who tasted it all agreed it was very interesting. This one sits a bit warm on my stomach although it isn't a high ABV brew.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin but coats the mouth well. Drinkability is good as well but it plays with my stomach a bit. I find this so tasty though that I can deal with that.

Overall, this beer (and the style in general) has an amazing flavor that everyone must try at least once. This is just one more example of the breadth of the capability of the beer world.

blitz134, May 23, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger man NYC, Pours dark ruby reddish, cloudy and murky. Nose of must and old feet. Classic Belgian puffy head and leaves nice sheets of lacing. Not for the faint of heart or those lacking a sense of palate adventure. Intense flavors of sour cherries and sweet malts give this one excellent complexity. some nuts, some stinky cheese and some of this stuff and you're all set up for a flavor extravaganza!

Billolick, Jul 13, 2004
Photo of bsp77
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into small 10oz wine-like glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby-brown with thin head and slight lacing.

Smell: Apples, cider and vinegar. Mix of sweet and tart.

Taste: Really reminds me a mixture of cider, ruby port and malt vinegar. Definite notes of apple, autumn spice and tart sweetness. Not nearly as sour as Rodenbach Grand Cru (which I enjoy quite a bit), with more of a vinegary sweetness.

Feel: Not really sure how to review this. Reminds me of a smooth cider. Carbonation is certainly noticeable, but not beer-like.

Drinkability: Gets better with each sip and as it warms. I feel I could have just kept sipping all night - damn 10oz glass!

bsp77, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of lnashsig
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass, pours a dark amber color, huge cloudy white foam immediately fills the glass. It receeds quickly, leaving a little sticky lacing on the glass. Smell- big white wine flavors, reminiscent of a sauvignon blanc, with some tart sour and sweet aromas. Admittedly I have not had much exposure to sours, but I have recently had RR consecration, supplication, temptation, and monk's cafe Flemish red. This is different from all of them in smell- i'm actually surprised at the taste of this beer after getting the smell. Taste- mellow tart cherries, some strawberry flavors, with a musty tart finish. This is far less sour than any of the sours I have had before.

Mouthfeel- this is unusually creamy, somewhat lacking heavy carbonation. Its nice though, and well done.

Drinkability- super easy. The lack of the heavy tart flavor makes this unusually easy.

lnashsig, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Cheeky Monk. As with all beers at CM, it's served in branded glassware which, in this case, is basically a simple red wine glass.

Aroma is musky and funky with some slight fruit character.

Flavor is surprisingly enjoyable and much better than the aroma would suggest. Lots of ripe red fruit, grapes and cherries, with some mild sour/tart flavors. The sweetness is perfectly balanced with the other tart fruit.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a really nice, warm weather, easy drinking sour ale. This is the perfect introduction to sours.

GilGarp, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - clear deep amber, solid tan head left solid sticky lacing
S - caramel and bread, ripe plumb and sugar, butterscotch, and slightly phenolic
T - very sharp and tart fruitiness of ripe plumb and lime, a phenolic note, with light bready and woody backbone, talk about complex
M - fairly carbonated, relatively creamy smooth with a puckering tartness
D - the flavours are so interesting, wasn't sure i like it at first taste but a couple sips later and i couldn't stop myself, very easy to drink

joemcgrath27, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a brown 11.2 oz bottle with a "Best Before" date of 10-11-05.

This classic Flanders Red poured an inviting brown/burgandy color with ruby tints and an off-white head

The aroma was a sweet-sour cherry and malt combination. I did pick up a little vinegar and oak.

What a great interaction of sweet malt and fruity/berry flavors with the sourness this style calls for. An enjoyable complex beer and a unique style.

ncbrewerbun, Nov 07, 2004
Photo of Axic10
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml into a Leffe chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red with no head whatsoever. Almost looks like a port wine.

Smell: Vinegar, sour cherry juice, tart apple and caramel malt.

Taste: Tart cherries and apple, slight hints of vinegar, sugar and oak are also there.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with little to no carbonation.

Drinkability: A real bargain for the $8.49 I paid for the 750ml bottle. Will be drinking it reguarly.

Axic10, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of trep
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle caged and corked.

Very transparent dark brown body leaning towards red body. Consistent carbonation rises. Aroma is being smelled a foot or so away. Light, off-white colored head that slowly fades. A very sour smelling brew with a slight butterscotch accent. Pretty unique.

Not as sour as I would have guessed. Very rich and sweet. Some grape-like fruit, accented by some spices. The buttery aroma is definitely in the taste as well, and hits you near the end after the rush of carbonation and lingers into the aftertaste. Grainy flavor lurks in the background throughout. Mega-complex and delicious.

Medium bodied, almost syrupy. But that could be because of the sweetness. Highly carbonated. Very drinkable for being a sourish beer. Other flanders reds and can kind of take their toll on you after a half-glass or so while this one remains exciting.

trep, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of Airedoggie
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep ruby red with a slight head.

S: Dark sour cherries and apples

T: Taste of tart sour cherries and finishes clean and dry. Sour and yeasty at the end.

M: Mouthfeel is moderately light-bodied with decent carbonation. Creamy with a strong presence.

O: Flemish sour beers are always unique and interesting. This one is no exception.

Airedoggie, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head isn't much to look at, but wow, what a body. Beautiful, crystal clear ruby/mahogany in color. The smell is sweet and cherry-like, with a nice tartness at the end. The taste is a really nice balance of sweetness and tartness; not bitter, though. A really interesting beer. Nice, smooth carbonation and good drinkability. Not a quaffer, but it goes down nice and smooth.

DaveFL1976, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of Nick3
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 330ml bottle with a best before date of March 3, 2010. Dark brownish red in color with a head that quickly vanishes. Beer smells similar to vinegar but not nearly as sharp. This was my first beer of this style and the smell alone had me quite intrigued. Beer is very complex with pervasive cherry flavors at the forefront. The sour taste just lingers in the background and serves to accentuate a synthesis of complex malt flavors and tartness.

If you've never had a flemish red I highly recommend starting here.

Nick3, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml expiration date June 2008 Dark brown beer, with garnet acents, nice sized tan head Aroma, sour, cherries, apple cider vinegar, soor plooms, Fruity, juicy flavours with a cutting wine like sourness, some vinegar, a little "funk", very different and very intresting stuff. Nice on the palate, quite carbonated,but works well with the flavours. Very nice drink, easy for me to drink, though i can see were many would totally dissaprove!

Reidrover, May 12, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a glass of this at La Cav Du Vin last week. Served to me in a wine glass that said "Duchesse" on it in white letters.The beer was a nice dark red with a fairly thin tan head that didn't stick around long before settling to a thin surface layer. Left some decent lace. Has a very sweet tart smell of cherry as well as some citrus and maybe even a bit of grape. taste wise there is both some tart sweetness and sourness going on and perhaps some slight bitterness. Malt and the aforementioned fruit flavors are present. Interesting combination of flavors for a beer. I believe this is the first beer of this style that I have had and I certainly enjoyed it! Has a smooth and crisp, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Fairly easy to drink indeed. Many things about this beer reminded me of a good red wine. A very good beer here overall!

neenerzig, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of SiphonKing
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

delicious sour red from the Flanders region of Belgium. The sweet and sour creates a delicious feel on the tounge and goes down smoothly. Hop bitterness is minimal if at all with the sour shining through. A classic example of the Flanders style and worth looking out for.

SiphonKing, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber to brown with a finger high light tan head that included several large air bubbles in it. There is pretty good head retention and some moderate lacing present on the glass.

S: Aromas of tart dark fruits, sour cherries, and a slight hint of vinegar. Minor amounts of funk are also present as would be expected from the style. Very pleasant overall in aroma.

T: Very complex flavors are present in this beer including sour cherries, apples, pear, and some candy sweetness. The sour flavor persists even after you have finished in a very pleasant manner.

M: Light to medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation. The sourness makes you tongue pucker.

O: Nice and complex with wonderful tart and sour fruit flavors, extremely enjoyable and a beer that I would highly recommend. I might just have to go out and purchase a couple more of these to keep in the fridge.

dbrauneis, Jan 30, 2012
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,253 ratings.