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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,487 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,487
Reviews: 1,395
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 168
Gots: 453 | FT: 8
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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 grittybrews
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 4/08/2012. Poured a murky brown with a faint reddish tinge into a tulip with two fingers of long-lasting khaki head. Mildly puckering aroma of sour cherry and funk with a hint of caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a light, fizzy mouthfeel. Intense mix of sweet cherry, grape, and sour apple up front, giving way to biscuity malt and a trace of vanilla oak on the clean finish.

For all the sourness on the nose, this beer ended up having a nice balance of sweet (with a slightly artificial note), sour, and malty that kept me sipping faster than I'd intended. I suppose I could have used a little more sour in the overall flavor balance, but this beer was still very enjoyable.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL corked and caged champagne-style bottle, with best by date on cork. poured into snifter

appears a deep dark brown with creamy head. but head up to light, a brilliant garnet color. head coats to the end, and great lacing.

funky aroma, a little musty and sweetness. but not off-putting.

taste is slightly sour start, but finishes more like a biscuity malty brown ale. complex and very enjoyable.

extremely smooth mouthfeel. couldn't be better.

I thought this beer had a great reputation, and it did not disapoint.

Photo of beveragesampler
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated best before 10/06/2012
very intriguing brew.

poured into pint glass. deep reddish brown in color with two fingers off white head, that receded into champagne like bubbley film. nice amount of foamy lacing that coated sides of glass.

smell is complex to say the least. 6% ABV well hidden. oak and red fruit, red delicious apple, red grape, maybe sweet rasins, pomegranate, ruby red grapefruit, raspberry etc..

taste: wow, thats sweet! smell comes straight through to taste. engulfs entire palate with an explosion of flavors. very effervescent like champagne. finish is sweet and sour, perfectly ballance between the two.

mouthfeel is bubbly but smooth and dry. very nice.

drinkability is good, two is enough for me though.

reminds me some what of frambosie lambec or a malvasia sparkling wine. could be great for a dessert beer. potentially great to cook or marinate with.

cheers!
Jake

Photo of cruzncomet
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am very new to this style of beer so I do not have the taste profile down yet but I will say it was an intresting and enjoyable experience.

A = Autumn brown with and poured with great head..it did go down pretty fast and with little lacing on the glass

S= Really smelt the oak and fruitness from the get go...loved it

T= Very apple and fruity...and sweet, i as sure wine drinkers would like this style of beer

m= tangy..and sweet...but good

D= good but not sure I could have more than two at a sitting since it is very sweet

Photo of TJBAIHWL
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful dark auburn with a fairly big sticky, bubbly head that receded slowly, leaving honeycomb-like pockets of foam behind.

S - Sweet, tart, fruity. Candied sugar and very very slight vinegar & funky smells.

T - Leads off with ripe red cherries, turning into a swirl of berry & melon flavors. More sweet than tart, but also dry enough not to be cloying. Amazingly light, refreshing & complex. There's a faint off-sour note that I can't quite pick out at the end. There are beers that just taste "fruity" and then there are beers like this one that take it to the next level. A must try, 5/5

M - Soft. Great.

D - Infinitely drinkable. A beer that novices & seasoned BAs alike should love.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance - Deep Reddish Brown looks think tan head that sticks around for some time. Good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell - Sour tart fruit smells. I smell cherries and green apples. Smells amazing.

Taste - Wow. Sweet tart cherries, with lingering dry sour finish.

Mouthfeel - Full moderately carbonated mouthfeel. This beer really coates the mouth well.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Leaves you wanting more and more.

Notes - Well worth the 21.99 for the four pack I bought. Would actually consider buying this again. This would be a good beer to introduce to non beer drinkers that like fruity drinks. My sister doesnt like beer at all. She loved this enough to ask me for one of my bottles.

Photo of WildRage
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had 2 of these at the Tap Room in Warren, NJ last night. The brew looks gorgeous when poured into the chalice I drank it in - almost a ruby color.

There wasn't much of a strong smell - a little vinegery, and a bit fruity. I really liked the taste, although definitely more sweet than sour. A little more sourness and a little more alcohol would make this beer nearly perfect. I'm reminded of Rodenbach when drinking this, but as said before, a bit more sweet.

I would definitely order this beer again if I ever see it. Would also be a good introductory beer if you're not used to this style.

Photo of Lldeegan
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out of the bottle a light hazelnut with ruby edges when held up to light.

The pour produces a tight khaki colored head that recedes quickly.

Tart cherries and ripe plum, raisins, nut and wood and some malt with a touch of alcohol flood in on the first few whiffs. The yeast is evident, as well as some tawny port notes.

This is a very effervescent beer. The lively bubbles deliver sweet, then tart with a dry champagne-like middle that gives way to the tawny port, sweet and fruity lingering finish. Flavors are of red apple skin, red grapes, and oak.

This beer has a really great mouthfeel, it is complex and has a very delicious and lingering finish.

Photo of chaz01
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml with a bottle with an expiration date of 6/2012 on the cork, poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Clear, dark brown mahogany color with brilliant ruby highlights held up to the light. Thick tan head leaves some lacing.

S: Slight vinegar, sour smell, but very mellow.

T: Just a mild vinegar tartness, slightly offset by a sweet brown sugar taste with some grape, cherries and even some wine qualities.

M: Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Very smooth and delicious, one of the most enjoyable sour type beers I've had to date. I'm thinking this would pair nicely with a large ceasar salad. But smooth enough that it makes a nice session beer -- enjoyed drinking the entire bomber while watching football.

Photo of Frosty80
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of dvb
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Reddish-brown, leaning more toward the reddish end. Large, off-white head that fades quickly but leaves a lot of lacing. Great clarity, no sediment. Filtered?

S - Smells of sparkling cider, apple cider vinegar, candi sugar and maturity.

T - This is a sweet, fruity, cider-like, tangy ale. Like a sparkling cider, but with more character.

M - Sticky, but not overly so. On the thin side, but not overly so. Overall, this does not drink like a beer at all. More like sparkling cider.

D - The sparkling cider qualities of this beer make it impossible for me to want any more than the one I tried today, but it is obvious that some great care went into making this product and that this is no doubt a fine example of the style

It is interesting to note that this beer is actually not just one beer, but two, as the product actually consists of the blending of two vintages of the same beer: 8 months old and 18 months old. It is also aged in oak barrels, some of which are decades old.

Did I mention that this beer is like sparkling cider?

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber brown with a pillowy sand colored head that burns off fairly quick. Cider vinegar, cherry and oak with a faint ketchup kind of vegetal aroma. Tart cherry, toasted oak and vanilla with a citric sourness. The flavors meld perfectly and are well balanced. Medium light bodied and effervescent. Delicious.

Photo of bonkers
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ipoured from a bomber into a snifter. Murky purple in color with a nice sticky white head, lots of lacing. Tart, almost vinegar aroma. Sweet and tart flavors, oak and and a very drying finish. Light in body and full or carbonation, almost wine like. A nice change of pace for me, I enjoyed it as an occasional treat.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish brown color with a light tan head. In the aroma, sour cherry and oaky hints. In the taste, sweet to sour dark cherry and a small oaky hint. A smooth and sour medium to light bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry oaky and cherry aftertaste. Nice oaky hints, with a nice cherry sourness.

Photo of CaptainIPA
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into a Hennepin tulip. Garnet chestnut color with a thick and creamy khaki-colored head and impressive retention. Settles to a patched lace. Aromas of apple cider and sour cherries.

Opens with sour cherry tartness and the tang of apple cider. Pleasant prickly effervescence. Suggestions of lime citrus co-mingle with tart fruit flavors. A hint of balsamic vinegar surfaces. Finishes dry with a subtle oak tone.

Great balance between sweet and sour. Exceptional drinkability. Outstanding. I'm extremely bummed I don't have another bottle of the Duchesse to sip and savor.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, although not sure I need them considering how many rimes I've had this brew.

Pours a nice off red color with a bit of brown. Very light off white head. Nose brings cherries and a bit of balsamic. Slight caramel flavor. The taste brings oak, cherries, acetic acid, and a little bit of caramel. Feel is moderate and quite creamy. A bit of an acetic character. Drinks really, really well and is still one of the best introductory sour beers.

Photo of beerhan
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass with a lovely thick foamy head. A dark brown color with a red hue to it. Smells like fig and roasted goodness. Tastes very sweet with a strong note of candied cherries. Feels like a geuze and a faro combined almost. Very sticky on the tongue. Goes down smooth and is pretty drinkable but almost a little too rich. This is my second time drinking this, first on tap and I much say that I do prefer it from the bottle but it really is not great but quite good.

Photo of mklinger
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet. Nice deep red, very clear with small whiteish head forming.

Aroma is very sweet & sour, like balsamic vinegar. Very prominent vinegar and sweet cherries without a lot else in the aroma.

Remarkably, there wasn't really any vinegar in the taste in spite of its strength in the aroma. This is definitely a sweet beer with a strong tart, sour cherry element. Some crystal malt, caramel sweetness also in there. Nice complexity.

A rich, sweet beer that came across as not too cloying because of the tart, dryness that went along with it. So much going on in here, though, that I don't know if I could have a whole one.

Photo of dasenebler
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl, Netherlands.

Pours a dark garnet. Decent-sized tan head laces very well.

The aroma is at first reminiscent of sweet balsamic vinegar, making way to more stone fruit notes, mainly cherry, and oaky scents. Nice.

Tart and lactic, with a sizable amount of candy sweetness. The cherry flavor is there again along with spicy, woody notes. I would like to see this beer dried out a bit, as it seems a tad too sweet. I feel that the sugary flavors get in the way of the sour, woody notes. Still pretty complex though, with a very unique spice character. The mouthfeel was fine, with medium-low carbonation.

My overall impression is that Duchesse is a good beer, but I think her true essence lies beneath the cloying facade.

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark muddy ruby topped by a large bubbled head. The head retention is fantastic on this. Great lacing.

The aroma is sour cherries and beechwood. Almost vinous. The maltiness builds.

The taste is like cream soda in its sweetness. No. It reminds me a lot of the strawberry pop I used to love as a kid. Very dry and woodsy in the finish. Sweet and fruity without being cloying thanks to a sour cherry taste and just a hint of balsamic vinegar. Dry and velvety at the same time. The balance is a little off in the sweet to sour ratio in favour of the sweet. Some lingering toastiness in the aftertaste. Somewhat reminiscent of cranberry juice.

It's medium bodied with a perfect level of carbonation. There's something very creamy about this.

Overall an interesting beer with some sherry like characteristics present in the aroma and taste. It's complex and full flavoured while at the same time very approachable.

I'd definitely get this again.

Photo of mexikrainian
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: brown amber with short-lived beige head and patchy lacing.

Aroma: pungent cherry aroma, slightly nutty and plum.

Taste: a balance of sour and sweet with dry, smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: syrup and acidic texture with medium body and light-medium carbonation.

Overall Impression: unique and complex, this delicious red ale is reminiscent of a carbonated plum wine. mmmm...give me more.

Photo of mkorpal
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle poured into two well used New Belgium globe glass. Pours a beautiful red wine like mahogany red creating a one finger, slightly off white head. Looks great.

Smell is of sweet cherry pie and a bit of rounded vanilla. Smell is very sweet, overpowering any funky sour that I would have liked.

Taste is of very sweet cherry pie and oaky vanilla. Sour and funk take a backseat, as the sweet fruit dominates the beer like none other. Taste is still good, but it is missing the sour that I want in the style.

Mouthfeel is heavy and syrupy. Sour doesn't do much to balance the sweet. This sweetness really hurts the drinkability and mouthfeel. More balance would be greatly appreciated.

it's an ok beer, to be sure. but there are others in this style that I will go to.

Photo of xrdsci
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

A: Deep reddish brown color. Off-white head.

S: Fruity with a subtle wine-like smell.

T: Incredible balance of fruit and tart flavors. Neither overpowers the other. Sour cherries and other dark fruits are most prominent. Finishes dry, with a hint of spice.

M: Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D: If my body would let me, I could drink a couple dozen of these.

Highly recommended for this style.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Actually, it's Verhaeghe VICHTE - sorry folks...Pours a beautiful dark cherry red with a half-finger's worth of creamy off white head...decent carbonation...Aroma is wonderful...Some funk, some spice, lots of black cherry and raspberry notes. Very nice so far, one of the best I've seen to this point. Wow!! Very sweet, to some it might be cloying. Brilliant flavors - mostly fruit like cherry and raspberry - very fruit forward to the point it's almost wine-like. This is lucious...The carbonation really rounds out the sweetness. It's really like a black cherry soda with less sugar and with added alcohol. Some may hate this, as it's less a beer and more a Lambic fruit ale, emphasis on the fruit. I love it and think it's awesome anytime of year...must find folks...

Photo of scott451
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a 350ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Clear dark reddish brown with a big tan head which soon diminishes to a persistent thin layer. Strong lacing. Very light carbonation.

A very evident sourness in the smell. A nice sweet and sour balance in the taste. Lots going on here. Some woody flavours - very mellow though. Hints of fruit. A long finish

Mouthfeel is very creamy but fairly light. The light carbonation goes well with the sweet sour finish. Very drinkable

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,487 ratings.