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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,154
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 144
Gots: 327 | 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 Uhlikm
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml bottle poured into Rochefort goblet.

Appearance - Pours a ruby-caramel red with a taupe head that dissapates quickly.

Smell - Aroma is sweet, grapelike. Smells of port with faint alcohol notes.

Taste - Raisin, sweet and sour that is well-balanced between flavors. Defitinely a wine/sherry character imparted amongst an almost indiscernable barley backdrop.

Mouthfeel - Light, effervescent, with a "fresh" feel on the palate. Body is lacking and could be bolstered, but seems an appropriate match for the flavor.

Overall - This Flanders Red ale is an interesting intersection of a sour ale and barleywine traits. I liken it to a barleywine "light" that has similar complexitiy of flavors without the heaviness or maltiness of a barleywine. One can definitely appreciate why this is regarded as the "Burgundy of Belgium".

Uhlikm, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of lhaqq
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep clear mahogany body and a coat of off-white bubbles circling the edges.
S: Predominant smell is just like a sour apple Blow Pop. Sour cherries and some hay.
T: Granny delicious apples begin. Cherries and some earthy flavors. Finishes with a cherry-pit bitterness.
M: Clean but really sticky.
D: Served in a 10oz goblet; good but wouldn't have too many.

lhaqq, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle, corked and caged, purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem for $8.50. The first thing my friend and I noticed when we popped the cork was the smell of alcohol which was surprising since it is only 6%. It quickly faded, though, and we poured it into two tulip glasses.

Much darker than I would have expected, kind of mysterious looking with about a finger of creamy tan head that retains well and leaves some lacing. The smell is dark ripe fruits and some bread/biscuits as well. The taste is extremely complex with the aforementioned fruitness upfront followed by a tart sourness behind. Mouthfeel was a bit heavy for the style i think and a lighter body and a bit more carbonation would have made this a bit more drinkable. I finished the lions share of this bottle and my mouth was pretty worn out by the end. An amazing beer to sip and be awed by, highly recommended and unusual.

wheelinshirt, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of corey0212
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous clear ruby color, big dense sand-colored head fades very slowly, leaves a nice foamy layer on top of the beer, and lots of lacing on the glass. Smell is sour cherries and green apples. Very tart taste, sour like the skin on a green apple, slight vinegar taste. Tight carbonation, but still pretty creamy, especially as it warms. This is my first of the style, and I'm certainly intrigued. Definitely not an everyday drinker, but very tasty, and something I'd have again in a heartbeat.

corey0212, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of TommyW
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful brownish, red/orange body with a thin, white head.

S- Granny-smith apple, grapes (champagne-like) and a note of cider vinegar.

T- Quick malty taste followed by a nice balance of fruity sweetness and tartness. Macintosh apple peal on the finish.

M- Aggressive carbonation, especially toward the finish, over a medium body; crisp finish.

D- An interesting a refreshing beer unique from just about all other beers; almost champagne-like in nature and feel but with a nice tartness.

TommyW, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is red with a small off-white head that slowly sets into decent lacings.

S: Sour and yeasty, there is at least some brett in it. Kind of fruity and dry. Some nice bitterness. Some sweetness to the malt. Cherries.

T: Cherries again, and sweetness. Sour and yeasty just like in the smell. Some tart at the end.

M: Light body and rich carbonation. Aftertaste is rather long and mostly sour, but also bitter.

O: A Flanders Red is always an interesting beer. This is no exception.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

not your typical sour, overly infused with sour cherry and rotten harvest fermentation. surprisingly mellow with its dark pour. piquant and satisfying. pairs well with smoked cheeses amd pickled beets. quick in the mouth and somehow ancient. 4-pack night is worthy. cheers!

StonedTrippin, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of jpiper
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught at Buckeye Beer Engine.

Amber-brown with a nice finger and a half pillowy head which turns into a thin lace.

Prunes and dates and raisins, oh my. Lots of delicious sweet dried fruit.

Taste is more of the same. Tons of sweet fruits plus a mild
tartness. A coppery taste in the middle, but the finish is pleasant with more of the sweet fruits, minor amounts of breast yeast, and some acidity. Some richer roasted flavors also come out in the finish. Further in to the glass, as I become accustomed to the forward flavors, I get some chocolate at the beginning as well.

Very dry finish. Nice and clean.

This is pretty drinkable save for the coppery middle palate, which dissipates further into the beer.

jpiper, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of MoreThanWine
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An example where I can recognize the high quality of the beer but personally I don't really like it enough to repeat. Poured a 3" head with a body packed with tiny effervescence. Gorgeous deep clear reddish mahogany body when held up to the light. Smell is a touch sour but interesting - has aspects of fruit and nail polish. Taste seems to be a hibrid of lager, cider, and a little pickle juice. And although this is technically not a sour beer it was a bit too sour for me. Very nicely done product but not one I would buy again.

MoreThanWine, May 12, 2011
Photo of rodenbach99
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bouteille de 330ml

comme ce style est plaisant, les bières rouges des flandres sont dans mes préférées. Comme la rodenbach cette bière a une belle couleur rouge brique foncé, avec un nez un peu surette de cerises. En bouche elle est aigre-sucrée-surette..parfaitement dans le style.

Au Québec il n'y a plus de rodenbach a défaut on se jette sur la Duchesse de Bourgogne.

rodenbach99, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of Deadheadbill
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red with brownish tints and a nice white head. Smell is very nice with aromas of tart fruit and some malt. Medium bodied with good carbonation and flavors of tart cherries, malt followed by a fair amount of sweetness. Not overly tart with the sweetness overpowering the sour in the end. I've heard it gets more sour with age and while it is pretty amazing at this point a little more sour would be welcome.

Overall a great Flanders Red and at 10$ a 750 in my area, it is my regular go to sour.

Deadheadbill, May 04, 2011
Photo of charlzm
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Consumed ay Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA on 03/04/2009.

Beer arrived in a stemless flute. Deep amber/copper colored fluid with no discernable carbonation or head.

Bold vinegar aroma with nuances of sweetness. For me, this is the only thing off about this fine brew.

Flavor is exceedingly tart. Grape vinegar is a note, but the main flavor seems to be sour cherries. Cheese on the palate as well. Finish is decisive, non lingering. No-to-low bitterness.

Mouthfeel is unremarkable save for a touch of dryness.

Although I prefer Rodenbach Grand Cru in this style, my appreciation for this beer has grown over the years.

charlzm, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of DemoniChris
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%

DemoniChris, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of miguellunarusso
4.12/5  rDev -1%

miguellunarusso, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of brett606
4.12/5  rDev -1%

brett606, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of da_beers
4.12/5  rDev -1%

da_beers, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like hammer09, I bought this beer because my wife liked the label (and I like Belgians). It was a 750ml bottle with an expiration date of 06/08 on the cork. The label describes it as a red-brown ale from the West Flanders region. It is a blend of ales aged 8 and 18 months in oak casks. It was truly reddish-brown in color, with a medium off-white head. Nothing outstanding about the aroma, mostly sweet. The taste, though, was exciting. Sweet, dark fruit, with a little chocolate. As it warmed up, it became spicy. I loved it. Good mouthfeel, very drinkable. A little on the sweet side, so maybe no more than the 750 in one sitting.

Had a chance to try this on tap recently at Ebenezer's Pub in Lovell, ME. Even better, more complex.

lordofthewiens, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brownish red with decent white head. Good flemish sour fruit nose, with some oaky scent. Slight oak flavor, strong flemish taste with mild sourness and good dark sour fruit taste. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp with ample carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, but there is a sort of chalky acidity that I am not a big fan of. I notice it in all flemish reds, but particularly strong in this one. A very good example of the style, and one I will revisiit when craving some flem.

AKBelgianBeast, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of kenito799
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel glass. "Exp date Jun 2008" printed on the cork.

Moderate off-white head is raised on the pour over a clear dark brown brew with ruby undertones. The head fades slowly leaving wisps of white lacing, not sticky, just lazy. Looks a lot like root beer, actually.

Aroma is a promising funky lambic-style sourness, apple cider vinegar, unmistakeable cherry aroma, hints of woody oaky vanilla.

On the palate this is much sweeter than I expected. Fruity sweetness of cherries, apple hits first, really counterbalancing a nice tangy sourness...the finish is bitter like cherry pits rather than hops. Tobacco and oak notes in there...quite complex. Light body on the tongue, fizzy soda-like carbonation fills the mouth with foam, an unusual mouthfeel...no creaminess to the brew itself whatsoever. Again, sort of soda-like.

The fizziness, the nicely balanced sour tanginess and bitterness, all are just barely enough to keep the heavy fruity sweetness in check, but for me there is a cloying aspect that knocks the drinkability down a notch. Still it is an interesting, unusual and delicious beer. Would work really well with frites and mayo, welsh rarebit, or a nice braised pork or lamb shank.

kenito799, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one into a flute glass. The color on the body is simply amazing. It's a cider color towards the bottom of the glass and gets a deep amber towards the top. It's clear as can be. The head is light and off white. It leaves a great lacing.

The first scent to hit my nose is vinegar. It smells like tart apple cider.

There are a lot of tastes to pick up. The apple cider takes the main stage. There's a funky bret taste with a spice. The finish is lightly sour and tart.

The body is light and sparkling with heavy carbonation. It leaves a sweet coating.

This drinks light. It's heavily carbonated with light sweet finish.

Vonerichs, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of hdofu
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting taste... Light drinkable, good. Poured reddish brown with a reddis hint of tan head. Smell kind of reminds me of soy sauce. Taste is complicated with various fruits and vinegar noticable. Sort of slick to the tongue Pretty drinkable for such an odd flavor and smell/

hdofu, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cognac brown in a sniffer there was a nice bed of foam on top that drifted away slowly.

Very sweet to the nose there was tons of sherry, port or vinous notes. Grape must, earthy sour aromas this was very interesting.

It's hard to relate the taste to a beer. So much port flavor, sherry sweetness and just the right amount of tart this is like drinking a fermented grape based liquor, with low alcohol. Very smooth, lots of crisp carbonation to help it down, this is very different from expectation.

KYGunner, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of vrazionale
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Before holding to the light, you'd think this beer was a deep brown, with only a slight reddish tint. When held to the light, you see the rich complexity of color, not quite red but not quite brown. Head was a bit disappointing (probably due to the non-tulip glass), but the off-white color is a wonderful complement to the reddish-brown brew. A bit of a stretch, but the two colors together call to mind an image of an old mahogany wooden building in Europe.

S - The first smell is a very distinct tart cherry smell. I also smell raisins, brown sugar, caramel, amaretto liqueur, and a slight maple syrup aroma. The sweetness of the brew is quite evident - I'm interested to see how the tart cherry aroma will mingle with the expected sweet taste.

T - I definitely caught balsamic vinegar here, though it wasn't quite there on the nose for me. Cherries and amaretto are the major players, and these linger for a few extra seconds after swallowing. Certainly very sweet (a bit cloyingly so for me, but that's merely personal preference). I don't taste any chocolate notes, but I wish I had some Belgian chocolate to accompany this brew!

M - The very first thing that struck me about this beer was the carbonation. You know that feeling when you hold a sip of sparkling wine in your mouth, where you can feel the liquid pressing slightly on the roof of your mouth? I found that to be the case here. This is a slightly rudimentary theory, but I think that this phenomenon extends the beer's finish, because the tongue's flavor receptors are given a short break while the beer moves slightly upward in the mouth.

D - A wonderful, unique, exciting beer, but not one that I could drink all night. Grab a few to taste with friends, but make sure to grab some chocolate or even some creamy blue cheese to complement this remarkable brew! You'll love it!

vrazionale, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of camil1mj
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a bottle of Askew I had to try another sour beer. Poured into my Bell's tulip glass slighty chilled.

A: Deep amber leaning towards brown. 1 finger white foamy head that is quick to recede.

S: Sour fruitiness almost with acidic overtones. Almost wine-like.

T: Lots going on here. Strong tart cherries at the beginning giving way to an acidic sour punch which is followed by a vinegary finish. A wonderful cornucopia of flavors.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A great beer. I will definitely be buying this to keep on hand when in the mood for a break from strong stouts.

camil1mj, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep dark brown, slight ruby tint, with a resilient beige head that continues to seep up.

Heavy apple cider and vinegar smell at first sniff. Raspberry and cherry aromas also come through, along with a little lactic character.

Flavor is not nearly as sour or tart as the smell would suggest. Plenty of fruit flavors here with cherry, raspberry tartness and rhubarb. I would also describe it as leafy, minerally and slightly sweet with a long dry, woody finish.

Light, effervescent, but not thin mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable. I would prefer just a little more sourness with maybe a little less sweetness, but this is obviously a superb and easily accessible example of the style.

GeezLynn, Dec 12, 2009
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,154 ratings.