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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,078 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,078
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 138
Gots: 302 | FT: 9
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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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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Duchesse De Bourgogne pours a deep ruby red with a thin but lasting off white head. The aroma is sweet dark fruits, vinous and almost champagne like with some smooth spicy oak. The taste is sharp and tart at first, rounded off by a fruity sweetness with hints of berries and chocolate. It finishes with a light smooth oaky flavor, nicely balanced. Creamy and smooth, this beer is really delicious. It's a little on the sweet side, but that only detracts slightly from its drinkability.

09-17-2007 23:54:10 | More by ericj551
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Quite possibly the best Flanders Red I have ever had. Pours up a nice brick red colour with a gorgeous off-white head that lasts for ages. Smell is sour fruit and wet wood, but nothing is too assertive. So often in this style the whole sourness thing is way over done, both in the aroma and the taste, as well. Taste is right where I feel it needs to be for the style. Again, sour fruit, some sweetness, and a bit of woodiness, but nothing is over done or too assertive. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy to drink. This is simply a very solid representation of the style, and certainly one to seek out if one is interested in trying this style. Fantastic!

09-11-2007 23:28:11 | More by SilentSabre
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hellcatsjg

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11.2 oz bottle poured into my new goblet.

Appearance: Dark, dark red. Good 1 finger head.

Smell: Spices with some brown sugar.

Taste: Sweet and sour cherry taste up front. A good peppery spice along with brown sugar towards the end. Very good flavor here. Good warmth follows a few seconds later.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Very clean and crisp. Good amount of carbonation but also very smooth, which seems to be tough to pull off sometimes. Taste does not linger long in your mouth but instead is quite drying, making you want another sip.

Drinkability: Very high. This is my favorite of the Belgians I have sampled so far. Very good sweet and spicy flavor, very smooth, and low alcohol content make this a great brew. Highly recommended.

09-11-2007 02:08:38 | More by hellcatsjg
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Floydster

California

3.2/5  rDev -23.1%

Goblet at Naja's Place

Super sweet and sour, one of my friend's favorites, so I gave it a try

10 ounces for $6.50 was a little steep in my book

Highly carbonated and large head

Berries and vinegar hints dominated the smell

Taste lasts a long time and makes you even thirstier

Could not drink much of this at all, 12 ounces would probably be the limit

09-10-2007 04:31:29 | More by Floydster
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TechMyst

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -18.3%

Root beer appearance; opaque with garnet as transmitted color. White wine aroma. 4 months after 'best by' date, but let's be honest, that shouldn't matter much here. Apple cider vinegar taste. Sweet/sour dry grapes. No head retension; thick rings which slid back into brew. Bubbles spaced very far apart. Tried this warmer than normal. Thin Mouthfeel. No bloating, which is unique to this style for me. Resinous palate. Oaky with tart cherry undertones. Almost cloyingly sweet. Drinkable though.

09-05-2007 07:57:43 | More by TechMyst
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ccrida

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Served on draught from the Uber Tavern in Seattle, in the brewery's chalice, the Duchess is a hazy dark amber with a moderate eggshell head that leaves decent lace.

The aroma is vinous and tart, minerals and dry yet sweet softess, most intriguing, very strong and sweet!

Well this is one superb Flandrers red, the benchmark bar none. Sweeter then it may sound by description, there's some apple cider vinegar like sweetness and, although there's still plenty of funk, the finish is on the sweeter side. Lots of sugar, I like them with less, but I'll still take it! Of course, some of my scoring reflects the romanticism of this being my first of the style, which immediately hooked me on the style and the whole world of sours.

The mouthfeel, while not super fluid, is fairly average for the style, which is light in spite of the sugariness.

This is a pretty good Flanders Red, especially if you like the vinegar aspect tempered with sugar...you're in major luck! The sweetness really sets this one apart in the love-or-hate category.

08-23-2007 02:55:50 | More by ccrida
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +13%

Appearance: Pours a deep garnet color with a nice head that retains fairly well and dots the chalice

Smell: Balsamic vinegar, sour cherry, pomegranite and lactobacillus

Taste: Starts with a sweet grape juice and sour cherry element that balances perfectly along with the added dimension of vanilla oak; after the swallow, balsamic vinegar and caramel elements creep in to add complexity; sour and bitter flavors compete at the finish, but the underlying sweetness is also apparent

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The quintessential Flanders Red; I could sip on it for hours

08-18-2007 22:38:19 | More by brentk56
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

750ml Bottle Shared With Friends At A Sour Beer Tasting • Poured Into A Tulip Taster • Review From Notes

Appearance: Dark Brown caramel color with lighter tan highlights that shimmer in the light. Eggshell head is tight and quickly dissipates.

Smell: The aroma is quite grape-like, but has many more aromas to contemplate.
Freshly cracked eggs, smoke, soy sauce, worchestershire sauce, brown sugar, rosebuds, other flowers. There is also a faint caramel aroma.

Taste: Taste is excellent. We begin with the obvious oak, smoke and pleasantly sour flavors that are immediately apparent. The front of the palate is mildly tart dry grapes and then there is a nice layer of brown sugar and caramel that sweetens up the palate. Prunes, berries, plum, and a touch of leather bring up the rear of flavors.
What a nice beer!

Mouthfeel: Tight little bubbles of carbonation treat your mouth just right. Pucker up, because you're in for a whirlwind of pleasure.

Drinkability: Superb. I think I could have easily finished the whole 750 by myself and enjoyed it thoroughly. This certainly isn't as cloying as other Flanders Reds I've had and could possibly be considered the staple.

08-08-2007 12:52:05 | More by Risser09
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -17.5%

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into flute glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color with a medium off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly sour with apples, dark fruit, some chocolate and elements of creaminess and smokiness.

T: The taste is very fruity with a heavy burst of sourness. The initial taste had a nasty metallic bite, but it disappears. The malt character is thin and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and very tart.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, dry and sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, it’s not the type a beer that I could drink consistently, but it’s a good to drink casually if you like the sourness.

08-07-2007 04:05:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

Duchesse De Bourgogne pours a very dark red color, almost black, into the glass. On top is a big tower of stiff light tan foam that slowly dissolves leaving behind thick clumps of lace on the glass and a blanket of lace on the beer.

The aroma is a tart fruity combination of green apple, raisin and grapes. Some woody notes of oak are also detected.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and smooth with a mild carbonated tingle on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is fruity and sweet with a moderate amount of tartness. It starts with a tart flavor of green apple. Quickly a sweet taste of grape takes over and balances out the tart bitterness. Towards the end some cherry and oak are detected. It finishes sweet with some lingering grape flavors once gone.

This beer is almost like a lambic with its fruity tart flavor. However, the tartness is not nearly as harsh. It's well balanced with all the sweet flavors. The best way to describe it is to eat a sweet tart and wash it down with a glass of Welch's grape juice. Sounds weird, but really it's quite tasty.

08-05-2007 21:07:33 | More by WanderingFool
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karst

Missouri

4.55/5  rDev +9.4%

From tap @ Capital Ale House downtown Richmond, VA Aug '07

Soft vinous cherry aroma with mild oak in back. Flavor of smooooth soft semisweet balance of malts and stoned fruits with a cresendo of cherry tartness - winelike drying midpallate into a clean finish revisiting malt body and fruityness.

Softer and with brighter citrus and cherry flavors as compared to bottled versions I have had.

08-05-2007 20:07:51 | More by karst
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +17.3%

Pour: 33cl bottle to Duchesse glass. Half finger tan head over red/brown body. Ruby hues abound. Head tapers quickly to very nice lacing and halo.

Nose: Bret and bread. Very tart aroma, some grain and yeast as well. Sour cherries, an autumn day, overripe grapes, puckering. Oak and vanilla.

Mouth: Juicy, sour tasting immediately upon entering but sweetens as it moves back, grapes, raisins, plums. Some grain, a resinous aftertaste. Vinous, lingering juiciness. Nice malt body. Caramel, toffee. Mouth feel is sharp tingling carbonation that gets creamier as it moves back, smooth swallow. Is both rich and dry in the finish. Easy drinking. Loooove it!

08-03-2007 18:59:07 | More by clickpush
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Boto

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

Draught @ Eulogy: This one pours a very dark, ruby red color. There was almost no head or lacing on mine. Nice sour aroma. Hints of cherries to it. The taste is quite good. It has a mainly sour malty taste, with some residual sweetness. Sour cherries and apples are prevalent, but not overpowering. Very Good!

08-03-2007 18:02:33 | More by Boto
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botham

New York

3.05/5  rDev -26.7%

12 oz poured into a tulip glass. pours a chocolate brown with deep ruby red highlights, and a sizable sandy colored head that remains through consumption, leaving patterned lacings on the glass..

smells of grapes, like a red wine. there is malt mixed in the aroma, with some bready yeast for a base. overall resembles a wine in its aroma.

taste is very sweet upfront, with the same grape flavor from the aroma. not much malt or hops here, creating a very sweet tasting fruit juice of a liquid. the maturation in oak casks is nowhere to be smelled or tasted, must be lost in the fruit.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a bite from carbonation and alcohol, and a creamy texture. goes down very smooth.

drinkability is not very good due to the overly sweet nature of the brew. the bite from the carbonation and alcohol makes drinking it resemble a can of grape soda.

07-26-2007 02:11:51 | More by botham
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer poured a deep red with a resilient, one-finger head. It reduced to a soapy ring that left curtains of lace on the glass. The aroma was a complex combination of cherries, yeast, vanilla and an earthy smell like damp soil.

Sour cherries carried over into the taste, along with yeast and a woody flavour. The finish was slightly dry, with some tannic flavours. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation.

07-11-2007 01:38:33 | More by vanrassel
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -26%

11.2 oz. bottle:

Pours deep mahogany (nice color) with very little head.

The smell is vinuous - dark grape.

The taste is of grape and pomigranite. Slight oak. Wine-like (Manishevitz comes to mind). Sour with a fruity sweetness (subtle hints towards a chocolate, but more in that you would find in some wines). Aftertaste of grape soda lingers. Sweettart. Sweet and sour dominates, but more towards the sweetness. Dry finish.

It has certain unique characters, however, it doesn't stand out as anything above average for the style, IMO. Too much like grape soda for me.

07-08-2007 15:06:14 | More by jwc215
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TPSReports

Alabama

2.25/5  rDev -45.9%

Picked up this bottle with great ancitipation for Chan's now Aloha World of Wines in Pensacola, FL. The bottled looked good and the cork was solid with no dust on the bottle.

I lightly chilled the beer then popped the cork. It poured a reddish brown with a nice head. That's basically where the fun ended.

The smell was vinegarish with some cirtus notes blended in. I'm not a fan of vinegar unless we're talking BBQ sauce.

Anyway, the taste matched the smell to my taste. I let the beer warm and tried some more. No change. I put the bottle in an ice bath and tried it again. Still nothing but disappointment. Bummer.

I guess the mouthfeel was OK, but the taste killed the feel.

I will not drink the beer again. Based on the other reviews that I've read, I guess my bottle was good, but didn't agree with me. Glad everyone else seems to enjoy it.

Cheers.

07-07-2007 15:01:46 | More by TPSReports
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david131

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

A- A very deep red liquid with absolutely no sediment to speak of. a fluffy white head forms and settles to a thin covering. Leaves some great lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- As I crack the top off, my initial thought was that it smelled like soy sauce. But upon further examination, I realize that I was way off. The beer definitely has a sour quality, some candied fruit, oak, apple, brown sugar, a little vinegar to boot. Pretty sweet smelling and complex.

T- Same as the smell but more sweet. Vinegar, fruit, and wood are the highlights. Complex and yummy. Packs in quite a bit of flavor.

M- Good amount of carbonation. It is very tart and leaves some dryness in the mouth, but the sweetness does a good job of counteracting that a bit.

D- Pretty rich, but very worthwhile. An interesting beer that I am glad that I tried.

07-06-2007 04:00:06 | More by david131
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

Had this last bottle sitting in the fridge for a while, time to review, as the best before date is 24-08-07.

Pours out a deep garnet mahogany when held to the light, intense beige head that retains into infinity.

The nose is a tart vineagrette of sour cherries, plums and raisins, along with a more meaty character as well, like marinated steak tartar.

Sour and tart in all of the right places in the flavour, it mellows out as it warms. A little bit of wood in there as well to help ground the flavour. The malt comes out towards the end, mild toffee.

Mild carbonation makes this Flemish ale more palatable and easier to quaff.

Much more drinkable than I had anticipated, and from previous samples. Have to be in the right mood for it, and expecting what the style has to offer to truly appreciate it. I'm not the biggest fan of this style, but I know a good thing when I taste it.

07-04-2007 20:51:06 | More by IronDjinn
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jakon

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%

750ml bottle purchased for $8.39 on 7-1-7 at Tanasbourne Haggen.

Pours ruby, with a forced 2 inch head which actually sticks around for a bit despite the implied acidity. The aroma initially reminds me of vinegar. There's cherries and other fruits in there too, but I'm mostly getting vinegar. I'm expecting a very sour and funky brew. But the first thing I notice is how sweet it is. I'm disappointed with this discovery until I realize just how clean that sweetness is, and how well balanced it is with the rest of the characteristics of this fine brew. Seems like new flavors expose themselves with every movement of the tongue. This is one of the most complex beers I've tried. I can't pick it apart. I have no idea what it is that's contributing to this dynamic flavor profile. Incredibly balanced, incredibly flavorful, but at the same time, the exceptionally clean finish makes for a highly quaffable brew. This is the sweetest beer that I actually liked. An eye opener.

07-04-2007 07:46:15 | More by jakon
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trep

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

750 mL bottle caged and corked.

Very transparent dark brown body leaning towards red body. Consistent carbonation rises. Aroma is being smelled a foot or so away. Light, off-white colored head that slowly fades. A very sour smelling brew with a slight butterscotch accent. Pretty unique.

Not as sour as I would have guessed. Very rich and sweet. Some grape-like fruit, accented by some spices. The buttery aroma is definitely in the taste as well, and hits you near the end after the rush of carbonation and lingers into the aftertaste. Grainy flavor lurks in the background throughout. Mega-complex and delicious.

Medium bodied, almost syrupy. But that could be because of the sweetness. Highly carbonated. Very drinkable for being a sourish beer. Other flanders reds and can kind of take their toll on you after a half-glass or so while this one remains exciting.

07-04-2007 05:07:32 | More by trep
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scojo

California

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Pours brownish-red with a small caramel-colored head. Smells slightly fruity - I pick up a cherry scent, similar to a lambic. The cherry flavor comes in strong at first, but it mellows into a nice sweetness and finishes slightly sour. The carbonation is light but refreshing. The sweet and sour taste, along with the carbonation and the noticeable but not overbearing alcohol flavor work together to make this a refreshing, flavorful, very drinkable beer.

07-03-2007 02:24:21 | More by scojo
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akahn

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

This beer was very exciting to me because it was one of those beers that just tasted different from everything I'd had before. A nice red color (more red than amber) with a curious nose. This beer tastes like candy! Potent sourness, but with more than enough sweetness to round it out. A very interesting beer and an interesting style. Seems like it would make a good dessert beer.

07-02-2007 03:01:40 | More by akahn
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oelergud

Virginia

5/5  rDev +20.2%

Deep clear ruby and mahogany body. Very low carbonation. Big tan butte head. Good retention and great lace.
Strong scents of both sweet and sour notes, very well balanced. Interesting and complex with cherries and dark malts.
Taste is amazing, perfect balance of sweet and sour, very strong. Cherries, prunes and sour characters all very powerful and delicious. Great aftertaste.
Hydrating mouthfeel that is slightly puckering and mouthwatering.
Great drinkability.

-Oelergud

07-01-2007 16:21:30 | More by oelergud
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smcreator

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

This is my first lambic to try so the overall mouth feel and flavor is new to me. Overall, I enjoyed the beer very much as it is flavorful and balanced.

A: Very dark burgundy red color. One finger initial head that settles to a 3 mm head and light lacing.
S: Smells very fruity and also of alcohol at the same time, but the alcohol does not bother me. The fruit notes are very pleasant and complex. Definitely a similar smell to walking through a fruit market where all the smells blend.
T: The alcohol smell and taste is balanced nicely with the fruity sweet notes so it does not tire to drink. The beer has three or more stages of flavor. At first there is an in-rush of a sweet fruit blend. Then there is a mellower taste that is slightly more dry. Finally, there is a nice semi-bitter alcohol finish that balances out the whole movement.
M: A very smooth medium-thick bodied beer with little carbonation. Feels like eating yogurt to some degree. The only drawback is that it leaves a slight film in your mouth.
D: It is very easy to drink as it is packed with flavor and feels nice in the mouth. You will not get tired drinking it, you just might have to spit from time to time.

06-29-2007 22:01:55 | More by smcreator
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,078 ratings.