1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. 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.

3,339 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,339
Reviews: 1,367
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 151
Gots: 379 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Duchesse De Bourgogne Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,339 | Reviews: 1,367 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brutalist
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

brutalist, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of djre4orm
3/5  rDev -27.9%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of dwren89
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: reddish mahogany, sticky, foamy off white head, good clarity

Aroma: funky barnyard smell, musty, fruit sweetness, slight sour notes and acetic nature

Taste: barnyard Brett character, mustiness, slight fruit character, yeast does the hard driving of flavor here, malt provides a canvas for the yeast to paint the picture

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, smooth character, medium body,

Overall Impression: A truly different sort of Flanders Red primary driven by its Brett yeast character and subsequent musty, barnyard flavors. Berry fruitiness plays in the background as well as malt sweetness. Hops round out but are not noticed in flavor or aroma.

dwren89, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of kaodoo
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

kaodoo, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of CDCNAM
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

CDCNAM, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of rather
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

rather, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Ajlvt, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Burkbom23
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%

Burkbom23, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of jarrgal
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of silverking
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- it pours a deep red with a tall tan head. Lattice like lacing and excellent head retention.

S- acidic, vinegar, tart red fruit.

T- acidic, but with a nice cherry note to balance it out. The finish shows notes of Sour cherry and raspberry.

M- light and refreshing with moderate/light carbonation. Fresh.

O- better than i had expected. Crisp and refreshing.

silverking, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FlussigkeitMut, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of pinnser
4/5  rDev -3.8%

pinnser, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FLBeerGuy, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of jbaker67
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

jbaker67, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of denver10
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amberish-brown with a nice big beige head. Aroma is smoothly sweet and tart; some brown sugar, ssome fruits such as dark cherries, plum, raisins, some vinegar. Flavor was pretty much the same. A lighter mouthfeel to this, worked well for the style. Overall, a wonderful beer.

denver10, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of BrockLanders
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

BrockLanders, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of jamiecoppin
4/5  rDev -3.8%

jamiecoppin, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of praxis16
4/5  rDev -3.8%

praxis16, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of dimitrov
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

dimitrov, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Dave1999, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of UncleRandy
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

UncleRandy, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -3.8%

aztraz, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of magictacosinus
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this way too many times already, but I finally took the chance to review it. Poured into a snifter at the Albany Taproom. Review is from my notes.

Pours a reddish brownish color that is slightly hazy, with a bone white 2 fingers worth of head at the top. The head eventually settles down to a less than exciting ring, revealing the ruby tinges that linger at the side of the glass. Lacing is excellent, although I've found that this varies from the bottle, age, as well as on tap. Bubbles are not as present as you'd think, and while it does look slightly murky here, it's a pretty traditional take on the style and remains memorable.

I remember the first time I took a whiff from this thing, I swear I was only getting balsamic vinegar. Well, even if that be the case, I've learned over time to find all kinds of great aromas in this thing. At first there's the barnyard, slightly funky, vinegar flavor, which soon melds into soured cherries, raisins, plums, and a bright grainy nuttiness. Wood is not as present as one would expect. However, it makes up for it. As soon as the funk carries on, this is replaced by a refined malt profile that mixes well with the grassy hoppy texture, often resembling a yeasty bready flavor of sorts. Absolutely refreshing to whiff on this thing - it makes an ideal compromise between the funk and grainy, earthy texture at the finish.

The aroma is actually not puckery at all, although it does continue the aforementioned compromise in an excellent way. At first there's the blast of vinegar, as well as soured, tannic characteristics from the oak. They eventually meld into the classic sour cherry flavor, combined with tart raspberries, raisins, walnuts, leafy dry phenols, and bright earthy notes that linger in the finish. The initial fruity flavors fall back on (once again) the malt brownish profile, which is very refined from the blending made in the wood, as well as from the spontaneous fermenting process. It adds texture to the beer rather than allow it assault the palate with excessive sourness. The aftertaste is definitely astringent, in a very unpasteurized, lactic acidic manner, but the malts and slight citrus from the hops hold together the fort quite well. Delicious.

Really a classic in the realm of Flanders reds, and perhaps sour beers in general. This was the very first sour I had years ago in my initial craft findings, and I remember not minding the astringency as the fruitiness and bready, yeasty texture were both so predominant in the flavor overall. It's not as complex as other beers in its realm, but it terms of widespread availability and accessibility, it's definitely made its mark. This is a great one to use to introduce people to soured beers - tart, fruity, slightly nutty, and very refreshing.

magictacosinus, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Odri
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Odri, Jun 07, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,339 ratings.