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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,564
Reviews: 1,413
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 174
Gots: 502 | FT: 9
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

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 vicsju1991
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass
A - dark pour, looks a little reddish when held up to the light
S - all i can really smell is the vinegar
T - fucking amazing, green apple, lemon, little viniagrette taste, with a delicious green apple finish
M - a little puckery, nothing too extreme
O - very good beer, my first sour, highly enjoyable

Photo of ltdantheman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of confer
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Flanders Red, and I think I have a winner as my first. Reddish -brown with a giant fluffy off-white head. The smell is over-ripe apples. Tart but sweet.
Taste is more of the same. Tart and sweet.
Feel is very light and dry.
A very tasty beer and I'd imagine a good example of the style. Price is a little much but it could be nice treat every once in a while.

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of KevChiTown
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of judkinst
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of wellsnb
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of silver0rlead
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW, definately the most unique beer i've ever tried (this is the first flanders red i've tried) but its definately a kick in the pants. Pours with a thick white head and a deep amber almost ruby red color with excellent lacing down the glass. The smell is definately unlike any beer i've ever tried, very vinegary and also red wine like with a hint of oak and a fruity belgian yeast smell. The taste is incredible, worlds away from any beer i've ever tried...i never knew beer could taste like the this. The taste begins with a sour cherry tart flavor, followed by a biscuit-like malt taste and finishes with a winey, oaky dryness that lingers on the tongue as well as a warming alcohol sensation. The mouthfeel is smooth with a crisp carbonation that settles as it warms. The drinkablilty is ok but this is very complex and unique so more than a couple wouldnt be so good. Overall a fantastically unique and unbelievably complex brew that my palate cant really grasp fully. A great beer.

Photo of msondel
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Alpar
3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of sillyhed8
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of throwback
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raulsky was pumped. Sat down at da joint - Hopscotch, in Downtown Fullerton, and all the fly honey's were at his table. One, two, three, and to the four; 5 honey's vs 3 dudes? Yep! Here goes Raul!

Pumped up like Kobe during a visit to Colorado pre thang thang. Ordered the Duchess and was ready to go. Hints of vinegar, but at the same time something good was going on. Sipped it, n yeah: just straight solid.

I wouldn't pop it for my lil soldierettes quinceañera, but just to get freaky, yep!

Photo of goast8127
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of shadow1961
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This delightful Flanders Red Ale was served on tap on 11/11/11 at Beer Geeks in Highland, IN. It was my third beverage on the evening, but by far the best.

Radiating a deep brown-amber hue, the ale was served in flute glass with an inch head. A fruity-sour aroma tickled the nose without much effort. The aroma was quite potent. As with most good sour ales, the taste was potent. A sour fruitness was the immediate impression; this included hints of tart cranberry and raspberry. The sensations continued into the tart and fruity aftertaste. The carbonation was a little more aggressive than I would have expected, but this did not subtract from the experience. Duchesse is a delicious and refreshing experience.

Photo of KimenTshom
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +1%

Photo of treehugger02010
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't remember what store I got this from, but it was somewhere is New Jersey. I poured it into a snifter.
Appearance: A brown body that was pretty much translucent with a tan head on top. The retention was great and the lacing was pretty darn good as well.
Smell: A bit of an oxidized aroma, but past that there was dark fruits, mostly tart, hints of a solid malt backbone.
Taste: Very tart, dark fruit, not much hop presence. Not much to say but wonderful.
Mouthfeel: Rigid yet gentile.
Drinkability: Awesome.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had never had a Flanders Red Ale until this one, and I loved it!

The head was almost non-existent, while the color was of a dark brown/amber color.

I caught the aroma of a sweet wine doing a happy dance with some apples.

I didn't know what to expect, and found myself thinking I was drinking a barely malted cider with no hops to speak of. The Duchesse finished with a nice sour apple taste.

The first impression I got, especially how it hit the tongue, was that it had a much higher alcohol content then it did.

I really enjoyed this style of beer, and look forward to some...further research in this subject matter.

I would definitely recommend this brew to anyone. Much fun!

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,564 ratings.