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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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93
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3,155 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,155
Reviews: 1,355
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 144
Gots: 327 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Ant4711, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Byeast
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is a beautiful big 1 pint , 9.4 oz.er , corked and caged , with a painting style label of the duchesse.

Appearance: This flanders red poured a very deep shade , with some purple and brown mixed with it's styles characteristic crimson color. The head was of small proportion , almost tan, with some slick lace.

Smell: An acidic but not overpowering scent with some wine-like qualities, wood/oak, some red fruit hints like dark cherries, and just a touch of apple.

Taste: Where do i start... wonderful flavor in this beer , lots of complexity. Some tart and lightly vinegary flavor of red fruits gushes over the tongue, cherry moves to an apple quality that is soon covered in and mixed with perfectly balanced malty sweet layers, chocolate , vanilla/creamy, caramel, then some oak and a flash of fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Kinda creamy and full , yet very refreshing

Drinkability: A superb beer , one of those beers that makes you feel like you've just expanded your beer horizions further again. Awesome complexity and balance , very unique. The mix of tart fruit and sweet flavors was very unexpected and memorable , ah Duchesse you tell of what beer can do.

It also paired very well with some dark chocolates with ginger inside.

Byeast, Oct 08, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

jlordi12, Nov 30, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Oakhtar, Jul 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

micropale, Aug 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

skydogpenn, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

MaxPowers, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of Sixpoint
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh. The Duchesse.

I'm a big fan of the Flanders Red Ale style.

Poured a deep burgundy color, murky color that I recognize from wild yeast, lactobacilus.

I liked the aroma - sour cherry, tart, musty. However, it seemed to be comprimised by a blanket of molasses. I hope it doesn't pervade the taste.

It did. DAMNIT. Syrupy blanket pervading and busting up precious hop and sour wild yeast.

Too thick a body to keep me interested; I love a good, dry, tart Flanders Red.

Pretty drinkable, but I think I could only have one or two.

Sixpoint, Oct 11, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Duchesse de Bourgogne 

A- pour produces a 1-1/2 finger tan head resting on a deep amber/copper colored body. Great retention and good lacing. Strange for a beer that's a mix of 8 and 18 month barrel aged base beers. 4.5

S- tart cherry, sherry, vinegar, light alcohol 4

T- very interesting. Upfront it's tart and slightly sour cherry, slight vinegar follows, these are quickly met by a sweetness that washes all tart and sour aspects away. Wish the sweetness didn't hit so quick. 4 

M- excellent mouthfeel. Great carbonation and body. 4.5

O- a very fine beer. I'd like it a little more sour though 4

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t420o, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep burgundy with some ruby highlights, topped by a fairly dense, eggshell colored head that showed good retention and lacing.

S: Smelled of sour cherries, a bit of a yeasty note, with tartness coming to the forefront.

T: Definitely a strong cherry flavor present, which was nice, but this beer was actually quite unexpected. The middle offered up a sourness that was assertive, but not too intense, as the quintessential sweetness of a Belgian fused with the other flavors. These rushed toward a washed out finish that leaves very little aftertaste. Interesting dynamics.

M: Plenty of carbonation, very bubbly around the palate. There is a density in the liquid that seems to bring the tart cherry flavor down to the tongue.

D: A welcome addition to the roster of Belgians I've tried. While similar in style to other beers that I've had the good fortune to sample, this one stands out and offers up a full plate of sour cherry goodness.

CharlieMopps, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Hophead101
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had on draft at Zeno's in state college.
nice dark copper color. small frosty bubbles, not too much head, good looking. great sour smell - not too surprising knowing it is a flemish sour - a bit heavy on the vinegar smell - a little musty and moldy smell as well - but not all in a bad way. taste is not quite as good as it looks or smells. a bit disappointing. had a bit of an off flavor. it is within style, but just not the best flemish sour that i have had. one glass is enough of this one.

Hophead101, Jun 24, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

wembly13, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

JohnathanColeman, Jul 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

RoyFokker, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Sixpack595
3.18/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark, reddish brown witha chunky light tan head. Aroma is sharply sour and a touch fruity. Vinegar scent is almost overpowering. Flavor is much less potent than the aroma suggests. Very complex with many flavors hiding under the press of sourness. Not really sure how I feel about it. Definitly woth a try, but it gets to be a real chore to drink.

Sixpack595, May 31, 2004
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4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep reddish brown with a massive tan head. Excellent retention and great lace all over the glass. This is an impressive looking brew.

Smell is sweet and tart at the same time. Sweet candy and funky fruit.

Taste is boldy tart. Some hints of vinegar are underneath sour apples and sour melon.

Overall, this is a fine Flanders beer. Looks fantastic. Maybe not as seemless as a Rodenbach, but still very good.

bluegrassbrew, Nov 07, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright yet dark ruby. Big white head.

Aroma is full of berries and honey. Better than other sours I've had. Not too acidic.

Taste is sour but not puckeringly so. Berries and sweetness with sour. Very candy-like. Think tangy berry-apple cider.

Mouthfeel is nice. Big and fluffy carbonation.

This was still one of my first belgian sour ales and so far the only one I liked. It reminded me of lambic. Very drinkable.

gonzo46and2, Aug 03, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lets start off by saying damn I love this beer...

Sweet malt in the nose with a touch of sour bacterial edge

Lots of sweetness in the mouth that fades to a light sourness that lingers just a little on the pallet, very smooth, creamy, not harsh, leaves the mouth wanting more...

A wee bit expensive but worth every penny. also a great transition beer for anyone who thinks they arent into flanders red's, very easy to get into.

SShelly, Jun 18, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

FlussigkeitMut, Jun 10, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Ruby red with lots of bubbles. Good lacing.

S: A good sweet and sour but also some woody cinnamon note or so. Maybe like fig and grape as well. It's a little hard to decipher.

T: As the smell a good sweet and sour. Great fruit notes and a good musty finish. A little bitterness helps on the finish. Very complex and defined.

M: Musty bitterness comes through and the large amount of carbonation really makes it difficult to rest on the palate. It seems like the mustyness is really brought out while it rests on the palate.... Mmmmm quite...

O: A very nice beer. Great fruit notes but still has some malty and hoppy notes. I would recommend it.

Jamesthebrit, Sep 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

DrunkenMonk, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

smonice, Apr 18, 2013
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1.3/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'm going to be blunt on this. Horrible. It came in a bottle with a "best before" date of 01/01/06. I liked the color, a nice deep auburn capped by a small beige top. The smell consisted of berries, and a sort of cough medicine overtone. A small amount of citrus hit the nose as I drank. When I forced down the first drink all I tasted was vineager. I tried another few "pulls" and after tasting round after round of vineager and berries I had to give up. I even orderd a sprite to get the taste out of my mouth.

Ahhdball, Oct 31, 2004
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

strangebrew321, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This lady pours ruby, almost burgundy. A royal ale brewed in honor of Mary of Burgundy. She almost looks like Cabarnet Sauvignon red wine. Reddish-brown body with a one finger beige head. Bubbly and sparkling with carbonation. Nice and Hazy.

Smell: Very powerful aromas of yeasty wild bacteria. Light bittersweet chocolate. Secondary notes of malty caramel. You can smell the sour notes and the fruitiness but nothing prepares me for the rush of flavor that is about to coat my tongue.

Taste: This is simply one of the most unique and flavorful tasting beers I have ever had. I taste Sweet grapes, slightly oaky almost corky plum wine, tart cherry. Vinegar. Spicy and sour citric fruitiness. I especially detect orange and guava. Some graininess and an oaky chocolate caramel finish. The finish is long and enjoyable. The sour bretts and fruit flavors and roasted malts all play on my tongue. There is a slight vinous alcohol presence. The hops are herbal and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. There is some sugar. Duchesse doesn't dissolve but rather swishes around like a wine. Carbonation isn't too heavy on the mouth. It's all natural oak aging. Very light acidity. Nice overall balance of yeasts, roasted malts and specialty bittering hops.

Overall: The best I've had on the Flanders category. Also a very drinkable sour beer. Her sourness doesn't overpower the complex malts and other elements of the Belgian yeasts as well as the complex multi barrel aging process. This beer is easy to find and isn't too expensive for it's high quality.

Only problem I can find with this burgundy beauty is so noble, dignified and vinous it might destroy the wine industry if it caught on.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Jan 18, 2012
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,155 ratings.