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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Ratings: 3,281
Reviews: 1,363
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 150
Gots: 355 | 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.

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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
Photo of adam42381
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best before 04/08/2012 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel brown with ruby highlights and a 2 finger foamy light tan head. A touch of sediment pooled in the middle of the head as it settled in. Once the head settles, it leaves bubbles around the edge of the glass that look like chocolate milk bubbles.

Smell: Tart and sour fruits with sweet malt in the background. Smells a bit like a winery. Very strong and powerful aroma.

Taste: Tart wine grape hulls up front followed by sour cherries and a touch of sweet malt in the middle before ending with Belgian yeast and more sour notes at the finish. Aftertaste is light with a mix of sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. I would have no problem polishing off a couple bottles throughout the course of an evening.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is a near perfect introduction to the world of sour beers. I would highly recommend this one. Just make sure you drink it fairly fresh. Once it reaches or passes the best before date, it's a vinegar bomb.

adam42381, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours brown with white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of vinegar, caramel, brown sugar, plums and alcohol. Body is full and tangy. Taste is of barnyard yeast, cherries, plums, caramel, vinegar and brown sugar. Finish is long, sweet and sour. Amazingly delicious brew.

mikeg67, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of shadow1961
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duchesse de Bourgogne pours a nice finger of beige foam over an opaque dark brown brew, though it shows a certain rosiness when held up to the light. The nose is a bit of Belgian yeast funk, caramel, and a note of sharp cidery tartness. The flavor echos the nose- soft, not-quite sweet fruit with caramel notes up front, with a sparkling, vinous, citric tartness off the back. Mouthfeel is round, yet light, cleansing, and dry- there are notes of herbs in the aftertaste. The tartness is nowhere near as puckering as a good Lambic- there's just enough to make this beer very appetizing . Very drinkable and a good introduction to sour beers!

shadow1961, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange to deep amber/near ruby clear body under a fluffy off-white head that initially rises three fingers, and then recedes to a solid finger of head that laces and lasts.

S: Tart granny smith apples, vinegar, salt, sour cherries, aspen wood, and oak.

T: A dashing mixture of tart and sweet cascades through the mouth literally the moment this beer hits the tongue. It is difficult to dissect what exactly is happening in the first few seconds. Significant soft sweetness is present for the first half of the taste, but the incredible blend of sour, tart, and dry keeps everything in balance. Judging from the nose I was expecting a stronger tannins presence, what is here is good however. Near the end everything starts to dry out as some familiar rich malts rise to pair with the "old" wood and toasty aftertaste that lasts and lasts. I can still taste this 5 minutes after a sip (mostly sour cherries).

M: Somehow this beer manages to yield medium sized bubbles and enough carbonation to bite, but still be soft and smooth from the second it hits the tongue to the last swallow.

D: Good drinkability for this style, but note that this is not a hugely drinkable style. I am tempted to slurp down most oatmeal stouts, this however is a sipper (not because of high ABV) and not something to chug.

Overall: Easily one of my favorite beers and at $5.00 a fairly good value for something bottle conditioned and imported. There is so much going on in this beer- take your time and let it warm up (don't drink this any cooler than 50 degrees!). I would recommend pairing it with some homemade blackberry jam on whole grain toast, maybe some sharp cheddar on the side.

allforbetterbeer, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of themind
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer in Virginia in a little wine shop. $6.00 per bottle and I didnt really know what to expect. Well this beer is very interesting to say the least. Lots of flavors going on with an interesting sour taste. This beer has that Belgium carbonation with a twist of sour. Its very good and I would buy it again.

Bottom line- Very good, interesting beer that I really enjoyed. The down side is I dont see myself drinking multiple beers at a time. If you like Belgium beers and flemish ales this is right up your alley.

themind, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was very surprised to see that I had not reviewed this previously. On tap at the Hudson Street Stackhouse.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is very attractive, showcasing considerable cherry, vanilla, sweet tart and hints of chocolate. As good as this beer smells, it tastes even better. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the cherry and sweet tart really come on strong. Also, I really like the hint of vanilla, wine and chocolate I'm picking up as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a long, tart, mouth puckering finish.

Just delicious, and probably the best example of how my taste has changed over time. At one time I found this beer barely drinkable, as it was just too sour for me. Now I think the level of sour in this beer is just right, and sometimes think it borders on being too sweet. Regardless, this is an outstanding beer, with an amazing amount of flavor given the 6% abv. This is the beer I think of when I think of a flanders red ale.

John_M, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a chalice/snifter. It was a dark brown with flecks of red. It had a tan, two-finger head that left nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sour cherries and malt.

T - It tasted very sour with a little sweet kick. There was a good dosage of malt, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It was medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good beer. It's the first Flanders Red Ale that I've tried and I really liked it.

zeff80, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of rootbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into chimay goblet.

A: pours dark red, with a thin white head with small amount of lacing
S: sour, kind of musty, with fruit hidden in the background.
T: sour on first sip. a honey like sweetness, with mild bitterness. a malty and nutty aftertaste.
M: kind of like watered down fizzy syrup, medium carbonation
D: very drinkable, find myself wanting another even though i have yet to finish the one in front of me

rootbeerman, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

tap

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of sweet and sour cherries with a hint of lactic acidity.

Tastes of sweet cherries, citrus tartness, lactic sourness, and a light pomegranate seed bitterness.

Medium body with a fizzy carbonation.

A really good sour ale that mixes some fruity sweetness in for great effect. Delicious and enjoyable to drink, definitely going to look for this again.

Cylinsier, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Aggie Liquors in Ft. Collins for around $11.50.

A: Poured a deep dark red with a cream colored head about half an inch thick. Lots of little spots of lacing. Quite a bit darker than I had expected.

S: Sour smells, a little bit like vinegar, strong red wine smells, sour cherries, very heavy on the wine smells. Slight hint of oak woodiness.

T: Sour cherry flavors, slight honey flavors, vanilla, a lot of oak flavors too, nice brown ale nuttiness. Not as overwhelmingly sour as others. Very tasty beer. Nice lingering nuttiness and honey with sour accents. This is very tasty all around. Lots of things going on.

M: Somewhat thick, nice carbonation, and not nearly as dry as I thought it would be. There is a nice dryness though. Well balanced.

D: Excellent beer, easily could drink multiple 750s of this. Great beer all around. Not nearly as intense as other Flanders Red's that I have tried. Excellent beer.

pokesbeerdude, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, with red and purple in the light. Not much lacing from the big tan head, but it sticks til the end.

Smell is plum and grape tartness, almost sour and winey. Also kind of champagne like, some wood is present. Also reminiscent of a lambic.

Taste is quite different from the smell. Where there is plenty of sour and tart, the flavor is more sweet and tart. Grapes and cherries, sweet sparkling wine, with a nice balancing super tart finish.

Textured lively and bubbly. Super light and smooth, reminds me of Stella Rosa. A nice dry finish to go with the tart.

What a strange but awesome beer. One must try this for the experience. Taste is almost in mirroring contrast with the aroma. Almost not beer, but leans towards lambic and fruit beer.

DOA

Drinkerofales, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of Beerzebub
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date: 21-03-08. That's 12 minutes from now, so I better drink fast.

11.2 oz bottle, served in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Deep reddish brown color, small beige head, sticky lace.

Smells unusual and enticing, with sweet, sour, and savory all well represented. Sweet and oxidized like mushy brown apples, with tomato and tomato leaf, yeasty dough, and some mild malt vinegar and cider vinegar.

Tastes sweet and savory, and a little sour. Initial sweet cherries and apples, then pronounced oxidized flavors and some acidity come in. Underlying toasted grain and nuts. Tomato leaf, and a bit of tomato paste. Mild vegetal bitterness, connected to the tomato leaf flavor. Long oxidized finish, with some sweetness hanging on until the very end.

Fine soft carbonation with some oiliness, very nice. Quite drinkable.

I really like oxidization when it's done well, so I like this beer.

The second glass paired well with some Dubliner cheese.

Beerzebub, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of 99bottles
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an unexpected dark mahogany with the slightest red color in the stream from the bottle to the glass. A inch of minute bubbles form a tight little head.

Smell: Very nice nose with a lot going on. One can sense the sweet richness of the malts and esters and then feel the tart sting, so common to the style.

Taste: Wow. Incredible complexity. A soft malt backbone swirls about the mouth first lending carmel sweetness, brown sugar, ripe fruit and then suddenly subsides allowing tart cherries, apples and pears to brush about the tastebuds. Intersting musky earthen flavor. This is so well put together that you greedily gulp it trying to figure out what else is in there that you can't quite define. Absolutely excellent.

Mouthfeel: Perfect balance, good body, but still light enough to refresh and be easily consumed.

Drinkability: I'd drink a six pack every day if I could afford it. Awesome representation of the style; not as mouth puckeringly sour as others. Quite a treat.

99bottles, May 10, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We like sour beer. Sour beer is good. This is only slightly sour. The balance just favors a fresh apple, cherry and red plum fruit that would make this suitable for mixed company.
At first the aromas are just steely and clean but as it warms up there is a pronounced apple brandy scent with notes of ginger snap on the side. The texture is fizzy and cleanly sweet with more fresh fruit essences on the way down. medium-bodied and complex, with shifting layers of damp earth, barrel fermented pickles, caramel apples and burned slate in the background. Very drinkable hooch.

putnam, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of gfreed
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Poechenellekelder in Brussels. Dense head that released a cloud of tart fruit with slight tones of honey, but you can tell from the first whiff that this is going to be sour. Dense, dark color and very light carbonation. Taste is lightly vinegary, somewhat sweet and pleasantly tart. Not overly sour, but just enough to make you stop and drink slowly. Gains complexity when it warms up, so sip!

gfreed, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of Bcaulin
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently had on tap at the Ginger Man. Served in a 12 oz. snifter. Deep reddish brown in color. Very little head on the pour, and little lacing.

Not as strong a nose as I had expected -- Was expecting more fruit, but smelled mostly just sour and not particularly strong. The taste more than made up for that. Big slap of sour on the tongue right from the first sip.

Incredibly easy to drink considering how sour it is. Loads of fruit flavor and that great sour bite. Highly recommend.

Bcaulin, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of CuttDeez
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown, and ruby reds. Covered by a cream color head that is sticky.

S - Aromas of oak, some deep fruits. Soft nose

T - Lots of cherry throughout this taste. Somewhat tart in the begining but very smooth. There was caramel and chocolate in there as well. a tartness and dryness fineshes off the palate. Strong malt flavors as well.

M - Interesting mouthfeel that is dynamic, Tart, sweet, dry. It is a little bit of a wonderful trip through the flavors and it was enjoyable throughout.

D - Incredibly drinkable. I split this with a friend and wanted more.

I felt like every taste brought a new flavor to the table. It was incredibly dynamic and smooth. I really enjoyed this beer and I am glad I picked up a second bottle to age in my celar for future enjoyment.

CuttDeez, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Graham5161986
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, deep red colour with a nice, tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer of film and leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: rich aromas of ripe fruit and spice (cherry and plum dominate), lots of caramely sweetness as well - nice and pronounced

T: sweet and sour cherries throughout with hints of apple and spice on the finish (possibly a tad of red wine on the finish as well) - quite complex, very strong, and nicely balanced.

M: medium bodied and very crisp, good carbonation and a throat tingling spicy finish.

D: A great beer. Very strong aromas and flavours, well crafted and quite easy to drink despite it's relatively high ABV. I could put a couple of these in a night, but I would rather sip it slowly to discover the many flavours hidden in this very fruit-forward ale. I highly recommend that everyone try this beer and I will definitely be buying this one again.

Graham5161986, Jan 25, 2008
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
91 out of 100 based on 3,281 ratings.