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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Ratings: 3,073
Reviews: 1,347
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 136
Gots: 296 | FT: 9
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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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macrosmatic

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at The Stein & Vine, served into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown with hints of red, and one finger's worth of white head on top. Low visible carbonation.

S: Tart, barnyard funky, and a bit fruity - sweet & sour overall.

T: Follows the nose - tart, and more fruity than the smell suggests (cherry, lime, strawberry?). Dry, almost woody finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Medium body, middle-of-the-road carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable but doesn't detract.

O: I've never had this one tap before. It's quite tasty, and an easy drink...but it doesn't blow me away - doesn't rise to the complexity of other sours. Still, I will enjoy more in the future.

02-17-2013 15:09:57 | More by macrosmatic
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dank203

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1%

a very intense sour beer compared to the handful I've tried. big earthy almost grassy aroma, hints of alcohol, some cherry. just a hint of sour mold. flavor has lot of green apple and cherry, reminds me of a jolly rancher. drinks really smooth and clean and coats the mouth well

04-16-2014 17:39:40 | More by dank203
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%

750ml corked bottled poured into a snifter glass. Cork says expires on 9/2014.

Pours a medium reddish-brown color with a light, bubbly head. Smell is mild for a sour, with sweet grapes being the pronounced scent along with vinegar. the taste is...wow. Quite different. Not at all how it smells. First off, it's not very sour tasting at all. VERY easy to drink. Sweet fruits dominate the palate with a very slight sour aftertaste. I taste cherry and grape mostly, but there are so many flavors here. I really enjoy it. Carbonation is high, as it should be for the style.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. It's more candy than beer. It's not something you'd drink fast, as the flavors are so complex you want to savor every sip. It is honestly the most "different" beer I've ever tasted. I really enjoyed this one.

05-03-2013 00:00:57 | More by Axnjxn
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.2/5  rDev +1%

330ml bottle into a goblet.

Pours a nearly clear medium brown with a smallish half finger tan head. Ok head retention with pretty good lacing.

Aroma has quite a bit of tartness and cherries along with some vinegar. Barnyard in the background along with yeast. Of all these aromas, however, tart dark fruit really dominates.

The flavor really has a lot going on. Lots of tartness and dark fruit up front but there is a solid powdered cocoa flavor underneath that surprised me a little bit. Barnyard rises quickly next but it remains restrained. Quite acidic all the way through but has a slightly sticky finish. Carbonation is soft and high.

Overall, a tasty but not over the top complex brew. It would make a good introduction into the expansive world of wild Belgian beers.

11-16-2012 02:46:16 | More by rangerred
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t0rin0

California

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a dark hazy red. Medium lacing, low retention, white head.

Aroma is of sweet and sour cherries, a touch of vinegar, and crystal malts.

Flavor is of sour cherries, a little vinegar, red ale, and possibly some lactic acid. Tart and sweet. Not real complex but very nice. Medium bitternes.

Medium body, very drinkable and enjoyable.

02-16-2009 22:04:57 | More by t0rin0
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brendan13

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +1%

A - Poured into a tulip glass a dark red copper colour with a couple of centimetres of slightly off white head that slowly falls away leaving a bit of lacing.
S - Tart cherries quickly followed by some oak character with a touch of malt vinegar.
T - Initially dominated by cherry flavour with some sour tartness but then balanced by some dark fruit & caramel sweetness.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation. Slightly sticky feel with a long lingering cherry after taste.
D - A very intereting beer I'd indeed drink again. A great beer for wine nerds who say beer isn't complex...

07-21-2009 11:19:17 | More by brendan13
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pittvkyle7

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Very dark with a good white head. The color becomes much more red when the light hits it, but looks black in the shade.

Smells sweet and berry like, alcohol present too.

wow big sweet cherry taste with some vinegar like grape to it. very tart with no bitterness. Has a great white wine taste to it. I wish I had some food to pair it with.

good drinkability, left you wanting more, the low carbonation really made it feel like you were drinking wine.

05-13-2007 20:51:58 | More by pittvkyle7
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Well, this is a completely new experience for me. I kind of know what to expect from the descriptions I've read for Flanders Reds, but I've never had one, so I'm not entirely sure what I'm in for. Ok, here it goes...

A- Deep ruby red with a rather large head and a great deal of cascading bubbles. Beautiful beer!

S- Definitely an interesting aroma. Vinegary sour for sure, but not offputting at all. In fact, it's quite pleasant. Fruity aromas of sour grapes and cherries give it a bit of a wine-like nose. Maltiness is present with a sweet bready aroma that reminds me of my grandmother's homemade bread. Definitely unlike any beer I've had before, but it's appealing.

T- The taste is quite mild actually, not overpowering. Begins rather tart, but the sourness is soon overcome by sweetness. Flavors are complex and hard to pinpoint. Cherries are definitely present, along with a sort of orange cream flavor. Some of the sweet, bready malt is also detectable towards the end. Had that not been there, I might have been skeptical that I was drinking beer at all! The vinegar flavor lingers throughout, but I suppose that is a trademark of the style. I almost thought I caught a hint of bitterness in the finish, but it was gone before I could even attempt to grasp it. Finishes both sweet and tart with a bit of a metallic twinge. Quite the complex and interesting beer.

M- Full, smooth and creamy, very nice.

D- Excellent drinkability! Surprisingly easy to drink given the mouthfeel and all the complexities. I'd almost be bold enough to say that this is a quaffing beer, but it's really not. It could be quaffed if necessary, though.

Quite the interesting beer, and one that I had to try. I'm not sure I should be reviewing it given my inexperience with the style, but I decided, what the hell. It's actually quite good. It may take some getting used to, but this is potentially a style that I could get into. It's very different from classic American beers, though. Recommended, with reservations for newbies.

07-10-2006 02:05:00 | More by vtfan77
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: A deep brownish red in color with a 1/4 finger off white head. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell: Honestly, pretty strange. I think it is because I am not quite used to the style. Some dark fruits, some sour cherry and prune.

Taste: this is unbelievable. It follows the nose, but in the most perfect way. The tart, dark fruits come to the front and the flavor remains long after you swallow. Absolutely delicious.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied with light carbonation on the tongue.

Overall: This is absolutely fantastic. I am just getting into the "sours" realm, and this is just delicious.

05-02-2013 04:38:27 | More by alex_hart
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: pours a rusty brown color with red accents. Two fingers of head continued to regenerate while drinking. Active carbonation is right on for the style.

Smell: Oak and sour grape must on the front. Cabernet type wood characteristics and dry grapes. Dark fruits and some soapy notes on the back end. Mossy hops also play a role on the back half.

Taste: Rounded, easy oak sweetness warms the lips immediately. Slight dry grapes open up on the body and leave a medium dryness on the palate. Cherries, grape must, blackberries, and mulberries all shine on the back half of the body. Oak chips, cedar, and lingering dry fruits blast onto the finish. Lingering cherry and fruit sweetness sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Dry woody notes on the front yield to a puckering tartness on the body and finish. Carbonation fits very well.

Overall: A really excellent brew. Impressive layers shine throughout and venture into deep depths of complexity. The finish is surprisingly crisp yet refreshing which keeps the drinker coming back for more.

08-18-2014 04:52:26 | More by KFBR392
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

Reviewed on 6/7/13
750 ML in snifter

A - Brown with reddish hues, two finger light tan head

S - Interesting mix of sweet bubble gum/candy like aroma with tartness. Notes of sour cherries, sweet malt, dark fruits, and vinegar

T - Sour upfront but moderate not harsh, then sweet candy and fruit flavors in the middle. Finishes dry with some sourness lingering on the palate. Notes of sour apple.

M - Light body and very high carbonation that works well with the flavors in the beer. It actually finishes relatively smooth which I was surprised with because of how highly carbonated it is.

O - Tasty flanders red, that has an interesting sweet sour mix going on.

01-12-2014 20:19:09 | More by Profchaos20
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Excellent and very fun little brew. Deep brwon with atinge of red, nice pillowy head with good lace. Aroma is of cherry, balsamic vinegar and perhaps a bit winey, palate is slightly sweet most mostly tart sweet and then sourness aswell, fruity, quite comlex and very enjoyable.

07-06-2002 07:33:12 | More by rastaman
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cjgator3

Florida

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Cork exploded off the 750ml bottle without much effort. Poured a dark brownish red color with a nice creamy head. Smell is sour with vinegar and I can pick up a bit of the oak as well . Taste starts out quite smooth, then the tartness hits you and continues to build making way for a surpisingly clean and dry finish. Wow! Great Flanders Red Ale, however I do believe Rodenbach Grand Cru is far superior. A stellar brew nonetheless.

07-14-2006 02:55:53 | More by cjgator3
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TexIndy

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my NBB snifter. Best by date of 8/14. It was rich ruby color with some carb streams but no lacing. It had a small fizzy tan head that quickly settled into a collar.

The aroma was outstanding. Really love the Flanders Red Ale aromas. Balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, grape - nice mix of tart and sweet. Add a little funk aroma and it would be perfect. The taste was also great. I've had this numerous times and was surprised that I hadn't reviewed it as I thought I had. This particular bottle was a lot sweeter than the others I've had so this is a review of this bottle and recollections of the other times. Sweet as I said but not usually not overly sweet like this one. Needed a little more tart to balance it but still pretty good.

Overall, a really great beer that I highly recommend. In my regular rotation.

[RR]

05-21-2009 02:39:33 | More by TexIndy
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Frosty80

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Color: pours brown. sits reddish-brown with great clarity

Smell: good balance of tart sourness and fruitiness. fruit reminiscent of black cherries and currants. a quick punch of spicy phenols up front with just a hint of solvent-like presence.

Taste: again, good balance of fruitiness and tartness. fruitiness of black cherries and currants with maybe a little strawberry. somewhat dry throughout from the acidity. like aroma, just a tinge of spicy alcohol and acetone. finish is balanced in all respects

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: so far not my favorite sour ale but definitely a category im falling in love with

11-02-2010 02:03:45 | More by Frosty80
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bultrey

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

This was a pleasant little surprise to find on draft at the Ginger Man in New York .Unofrtunately, it was served to me in an imperial pint glass instead of a proper tulip glass or wine glass, but I still enjoyed this interesting beer.
This beer has a beautiful deep red color, with a very wispy head and moderate lacing. The nose is very aromatic -- woodsy, minty, cherry, a little funky. Upon first sip, a sweet-tartness explodes on the palate like Smarties candies, only refined. Fresh cherries come to mind instantly, but there's something else too: a very vinous characteristic, bordering on vinegary, that appears but doesn't overwhelm at any point. There is also the feel as if this were aged in some sort of wood -- almost like cedar. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but very much like sparkling wine. The finish is dry and refreshing, with a wisp of tartness and bitterness. This beer is very refreshing. It's ironic that this is considered a "challenging" or rare style of beer in the US, when in fact, I would recommend something like this first and foremost to a wine lover that wants to get into beers. My first Flanders red, and certainly not my last.

10-05-2004 20:20:18 | More by bultrey
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jwff

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Best before 29/4/07.. I think I'll live. Pours reddish with brown edges and little head to speak of. Excellent clarity. Balsamic vinegar stands out backed up by sour cherries, sugar, wood, and roasty malts. Taste is upfront fermented cherries with a nice hit of sugar and tartness. Finishes oaky (guessing French Oak because of the name Bourgogne). Tiny bit of butter in the finish with slightly roasted malts. Light bodied and fantastically carbonated. I was afraid it would get too sweet but it's holding up nicely. Would love to try this fresh. IS THIS A FLANDERS RED???

05-18-2007 03:00:57 | More by jwff
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

A- A nice reddish brown color with about a finger of head and pretty decent lacing.

S- Fruits are coming out the strongest, in most particular I would have to say apple. Faint smell of alcohol as well, but the smell makes me want to dive in.

T- This is my first sour so maybe this will change later, but this taste is fantastic. Get that fruit taste up front and then bam, the fruity tartness seems to hit you all at once. Seeing as this is my first sour beer as well, this is something entirely new to me.

M- Thin to medium mouthfeel, more on the thin side. I think I would prefer this to be a little bolder, but still don't know how that would mold with the beer.

D- The only thing holding back this beer from being highly drinkable is the sweetness of the beer. Not hard to put done a glass, but some might be turned off from how sweet it is.

Notes: I think there is going to be a long love between myself and sours.

09-17-2009 23:41:56 | More by Lolli1315
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter
Best before 03-03-2012

A- Dark orange maroon color. A two finger of an off tan head. A nice looking beer.

S- Wheat, grass, dark fruit, Hay, a slight twang.

T- A nice dark fruit up first. Sweeps over with a grape, wine type taste. A lot of hay and lemon grass. A sour tang, A slight spiciness.

M- This beer has a great feel to it. Smooth and silky. High carbonation. Spicy and sour.

O- Absolutely fantastic. This is my first Flanders Red. A fantastic sour.

11-12-2012 00:27:23 | More by TwelveOunces
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illidurit

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Poured into a snifter at The Red in Santa Cruz. Color is a mix between quadrupel brown and cherry red. Decent head for a style characterized by acidity.

S: Oak, brett, vinegar, cherry.

T: Nice red fruit sweetness is decapitated by an exquisite tartness and vinaigrette bite that puckers every corner of the mouth. Some oak and grape skin.

M/D: Thin bodied, dry, effervescent, and smooth. The only fault is that the sharpness is best in small doses, reducing the drinkability to me.

12-26-2007 06:12:18 | More by illidurit
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at The Map Room in Chicago.

Appearance - Served in a tulip glass, this one is a deep red brown in color with a faint orange tint to the back. Very murky as it is difficult for light to filter through. Very pretty head that came up rather quickly and almost topped over the edge. Head still remained half an inch thick after settling for awhile. Gigantic clumps of lace decorate the top all the way down.

Smell - Sour and pungent cherry. Somewhat of a vinegar smell to give it a nice subtle funk.

Taste - This tastes somewhat like a lambic, but more bitter. Wonderful blend of sour and tangy cherry, that only turns more bitter on the swallow. Has a very smooth feel at first, but becomes very alive and bites at your tounge. Leaves with a dry bitter coating of the tounge.

Drinkability - Have had this out of the bottle before. The first time was in my beer infancy, and didn't know what to expect. Trying this again was a real rebirth for this one. So much better than I ever remember it being. Great sipper to enjoy and fall into.

10-16-2008 02:02:00 | More by ryrust5301
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jmshipe

Delaware

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

750 ml Bottle

Pours a dark, clear reddish brown, with a ring of head. It smells quite tart, with notes of sour cherry and vinegar. You'll find a deep, sweet taste that carries along a complex mix of spices, yeast, and cider vinegar. It feels quite delicate and fizzy, which a wonderful match to its other characteristics.

This is one of my favorite beers for late fall, and through the winter. Guests are delighted to try it, and it pairs well with seasonal ingredients. A prize example of a Flemish red ale.

12-12-2009 12:28:37 | More by jmshipe
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked this up at Julio's a long time ago, poured into my Dogfish Head chalice.

A - Pours a cherry amber hue with a large, off-white, 2 finger head with a good retention and a light lacing.

S - Light sourness with some faint vinegar notes along with some slight earthyness qualities.

T - Lots of nice oak barrel with this, quite prominant and mingles nicely with the good sour vinegar notes and faint cherries. Nicely complex as well.

M - Nice carbonation for this style, keeps it up off the tongue.

O - Super refreshing and delicious. Quite enjoyable and a solid brew for the style.

08-16-2012 22:05:57 | More by rudzud
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dansmcd

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Dark red/pink/brown body beneath two fingers of foamy, fizzy, eggshell head and then excellent spotty lacing.

S - Tart cherries, red wine, belgian yeast and booze.

T - Sweet, sour and vinegary. Cherry, strawberry and alcohol are the predominant flavours.

M - Moderate to high in carbonation, light to medium bodied. Very tart and sweet.

O - Very refreshing and bloody delicious.

12-01-2011 07:05:29 | More by dansmcd
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a snifter glass and received a two-finger head that died quickly on top of a dark brown with purple tints (think brown grapefruit juice) body. Some caramel and citric notes like grapefruit and pear, along with a light malt presence and oak (sort of reminded me a cab sauv) in the smell. An excellent tart citrus taste, like cherries (and oranges; acidicness), mixed w/ caramel and chocolate malt and oak. A medium to full body that goes down smooth with a wine-like aftertaste (a tad sour) and carbonation. Good fruitiness in there (sort of reminded me of a Belgian triple, and this is a Belgian afterall), but maybe a little too sour/fruity for a complete sessioning, but this is one damn good beer that you must try if you haven't already.

05-22-2008 17:26:51 | More by clayrock81
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,073 ratings.