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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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Ratings: 2648
Reviews: 1319
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 13.98%


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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tmzl

Slovenia

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

appearance: very light white head which quickly disappears; dark amber/reddish, brown - almost cola like.

smell: very nice balance of sour and sweetish notes; cherry, grape and a little brandy/rum notes, all in all very fresh and inviting .

taste: the sour, tart notes increased compared to smell, still reminds me of berries with some citrus notes, but still some sweetness to be found with some spice. all this gives the beer a nice fresh, light kick.

mouthfeel: nice to sip, medium body, good balanced fizzy carbonation with fruity taste which leads to a nice finish. sip leaves medium sour notes to play with long after.

overall: excellent sour ale with strong fruity feel, fresh and enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 21:10:15 | More by tmzl
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ShayneTrayne

Missouri

4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into Spiegelau tulip.

A - Very dark amber/brown. Head never built, and quickly dissipated into a ring around the glass.

S - Mostly vinegar with some apple cider sweetness/sourness following. Mild musty smell hiding under the latter.

T - Semi-ripened Ranier cherry dominating the taste. A touch of vinegar bitterness/sourness comes through after initial fruitiness. Musty malts playing in the mix. Somewhat vinous. In ways, I'm reminded of Scrumpy's apple cider.

M - Light and slightly carbonated with fizzy bubbles.

O - This is my first beer in this style, so I'm not entirely sure of what to think of it. All I know is what I've written and that this is truly a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 07:30:45 | More by ShayneTrayne
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dar482

New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a reddish brown mahoghany with a bit of light coming through, but quite dark with tons of lacing and a white head.

The aroma has some tart berries with cherries and a bit of cranberry. There’s some apple cider vinegar and and also some brown sugar and caramel candy sweetness.

The flavor follows with a bit less tartness than expected. It’s a combination of cherries and cranberries with apple cider vinegar. The middle gives you a bit of tannin of red wine vinegar. Then there’s just a sweetness that calms the entire beer. It’s candy sweet, but not too much. The finish gives you a bit of oak and red wine drying.

There’s tons of carbonation that balances the sweetness and tartness and makes the beer quite creamy.

It’s a really fantastic beer. It does not have huge huge characteristics, but it’s a wonderful beginner sour or for those who like red wine. However, for beer lovers, it still is a really well rounded and delicious drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 02:06:28 | More by dar482
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joeseppy

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with ruby highlights and a bumpy white crown that lasts all day long.

Cherry smell, sherry and a vinous tartness. Characteristics of leather and woodsy.

Not as sour as I was expecting. A bit unbalanced leaning towards a sweeter side-yet a complex craft. Definite cherry action going on that does finish on tartness. Don't really get any oak barrel.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. This does carry a lot of cane sugar with it.

For the price, I guess, my expectations were high. As one could tell I thought this was toot candy sweet. I did find it an enjoyable and like I say, every brew has it's place.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 02:05:07 | More by joeseppy
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a barely translucent shade of reddish brown, with a soda-like head... Very nice! Fairly high carbonation level. The aroma reminds me of apple cider vinegar, cherries, port wine, a mossy type of earthiness, and rosemary herbs. I love the nice, tart flavor, which contains essences of cranberry, raisin, currants, caramel apples, citrus, funky Belgian yeast, and fresh red grapes. It's nice and light, going down easily. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. It's got a juicy finish, which leaves the drinker wanting more. Overall, this beer is simply exquisite... a fantastic sour that every beer advocate MUST try!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 05:26:10 | More by Neorebel
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sirtomtom

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy dark red/brown with a bit of white head.

S: Sour with a light touch of funk.

T: Medium sour with a faintest hint of funk. Not too tart to be mouth puckering but not so mildly sour as to wonder where the sour is. Not real heavy on any type of sourness, a nice balance between the different types of sour: lactic, citric, etc.

M: A nice medium body with a good bit of carbonation to balance it out.

O: A perfect well made sour great for an introduction to sour ales as well a great easy access sour for that hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 05:37:34 | More by sirtomtom
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 9/12/13

Appearance: Dark red with equal parts deep amber and brown - mostly hazy, but some clarity around the edges - pours with a large, decidedly Belgian, beige head - dense and creamy - fades to a smaller but still solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Holy Balsamic vinegar, Batman - high quality Balsamic vinegar, with some interesting lactic sourness - damp, wet, funk - some very nice woody oak notes - very fruity and sweet, with some serious cherry juice and tart cherry - some nice, pale and caramel malts at its base - some earthiness, and something that reminds me of chocolate

Taste: Sweet and fruity, with some nice tart, sour, and funky notes - sweet cherry flesh and some tart cherries, with some other berry fruit flavors - definitely sweet, almost candy-like, but it works thanks to the other flavors - some serious Balsamic vinegar - woody, damp and wet funkiness, with some tart, and some lactic sour - some light, pale malts and straight-up caramel - lightly earthy - light bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, nice to sip

Overall: This is where Archer's code name really comes from

I've been meaning to try this for years. This was a small bottle, probably split up from a Duchesse gift pack (insert sound effect here). But now I suppose I need to get some of these to age, as this greatly exceeded my expectations. I have had a handful of harder to get, more expensive Flanders Reds. And this is really among the best I have ever had. Seriously.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 05:22:35 | More by angrybabboon
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anthrocks

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had several other sour ales, and I've always been disappointed with most of the others. This one stands tall among the rest.

L: Pours a very dark reddish-brown, with white head that turns into light lacing
S: Smells like Balsamic vinegar and sour cherries
T: Sweet and sour with a wonderful tang
F: Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation
O: This could very well be the best beer I've ever tasted, or ever will taste.

It's expensive, but worth it. Give it a shot!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:46:57 | More by anthrocks
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

tap

Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of sweet and sour cherries with a hint of lactic acidity.

Tastes of sweet cherries, citrus tartness, lactic sourness, and a light pomegranate seed bitterness.

Medium body with a fizzy carbonation.

A really good sour ale that mixes some fruity sweetness in for great effect. Delicious and enjoyable to drink, definitely going to look for this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2013 14:43:31 | More by Cylinsier
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Hoptron_3000

Australia

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a murky medium brown with hints of red. Good sized fluffy head that fades to a small island.
S: Balsamic vinegar. Musty. Brown sugar.
T: Sweet and sour but leaning more to the sweet side. Maybe it needs more time to sour? Brown sugar and vanilla. Sweet finish.
M: Good carb. Quite a round full body for a sour.
O: Nice beer but not to sour (maybe I was just expecting much more).

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 04:21:00 | More by Hoptron_3000
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TruePerception

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Duchesse de Bourgogne: (Verhaeghe), 6%; Head flavor: nutty, apple/raisin; Appearance: cola/thin coffee, red warmth; Smell: dates/jam/fig; Mouthfeel: effervescent; Taste: cola, date/prun, green apple-y sourness, molasses; good/really good; slightly sweet from the bottle, more bitter (sides of tongue) from glass, mellows as it sits.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 16:16:08 | More by TruePerception
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alexmel7

Spain

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

It's like eating a kobe beef hot dog with mustard and ketchup plus a berry compote on top.

Seriously...this is why I'm a fan of wild yeast. This beer is very unique. Honestly I'm a much bigger fan of this than Rodenbach. Definitely worth a try, or two.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 02:05:54 | More by alexmel7
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cjgiant

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is not my style of beer, to be certain. However, I did find myself enjoying it. My ratings will tend lower here, but for a style that doesn't hit me right, I would be happy to have one of these in the future.

A: dark ruby-brown
S: sour cherry or maybe grape, with a little yeasty backnote that just makes it slightly off in my mind
T: much like the nose, tart cherries, wine notes (not very "beer-like" to my narrow definition), yet with a maltiness that replaces the yeasty mustiness of the smell
M: not much there except a little pucker from the tartness
O: as I said above, not my style but others (who might like the style) seem to really enjoy it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2013 21:33:57 | More by cjgiant
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beatenbyjacks

Colorado

4.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - dark red cherry color with a off red head and lacing

Smell - rich and tarty for sure. Fermenting fruit smell to it, rich with cherries!

Taste - holy complexity and all over the place. Tart, sweet, sour, sweet. Cherries, delicious cherries

Mouthfeel - lots of carbonation and easy finish

Overall - wow was this a surprise and glad the bar tender referred it after their local beers were out. This beer is great!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:03:20 | More by beatenbyjacks
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Pours a clear reddish brown body with practically no head. Just a white ring that stretches around the sides of the snifter.

S: A sweet fruity base with tart acidity causing a delicate sting in the nose. A nicely balancing oaky vanilla presence that is accompanied by subtle skunky yeast. Hints of chocolate cordial cherries and cardamom infused syrup.

T/M: Wow! Super complex and balanced. Wild cherries, lightly smoked oak, plums, tart white grape and delicate gulab jamun presence. Syrupy mouthfeel that swirls around nicely and becomes creamy while finishing with tart fruit.

O: I'm still a novice when it cones to Flanders but this is probably the best I have had to date. The flavors marry perfectly and the mouthfeel is orgasmic. In having trouble findings flaws. This is sure to be a go to for this style. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:35:01 | More by Hopswagger
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weltywm

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my Dogfish Goblet.

Appearance: Dark red/burgundy with a quickly dissipating white head. Little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells like a great sour: balsamic and vinegar up front. Also tart red fruit and musty grape.

Taste: A really great, well balanced sour: oak, vinegar, tart red fruit, balsamic, and wine-like grape. A nice sour, mouth-puckering taste overall. Very well balanced, with a lot going on.

Mouthfeel: very crisp, dry, sour, and refreshing. Medium body and medium carbonation. Long finish.

Overall: A really great Belgian style sour ale. Nice balance of sour, tart, and fruity. Would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 03:39:23 | More by weltywm
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Duchesse De Bourgogne pours a very dark reddish color with very little head. There is a wine like aroma, with sour fruit notes. The taste is much the same sour grape flavors, sweeter, similar to a wine. Full flavors and nice body, still a nice beer to sip. Overall a very nice sour ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 04:34:42 | More by vette2006c5r
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Mellonius

Brazil

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now, this is a real different one!

Poured from a longneck bottle into a chalice. Dark, deep mahogany colored, with medium head formation. The aroma can be smelled right away (no need to sniff the glass). A complex blend of acidic notes that brings out shoyu, balsamic vinegar and grapes. The taste is incredibly different, and at first I did not like it. It is the kind of beer that grows with each sip. After you get used to it, the flavor gets really interesting and very complex. It is kind of in between a beer and a red wine, with that vinegar thing always in the background. Amazing, classy drink!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:17:27 | More by Mellonius
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Roman5150

Spain

4.79/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

bottle into snifter

appearance: dark brown/copper, bubbly 1 finger slightly off white head

smell: smells more like champagne/wine then beer, lots of grape, pear

taste: Very tart and sour, getting a lot of grape and pear, follows the nose and has a lot of champagne-like flavors. The finish is dry and sweet, very sweet, with some apple and other spices coming through towards the end. As it warms the fruitiness and tartness come through even more, the lingering sourness is very smooth and refreshing, not overwhelming by any means.

mouthfeel: high carbonation, medium bodied

overall: Haven't had too many sours, to me this tastes more like champagne than a beer, but I really enjoyed this. I mean really enjoyed this, even thought it's insanely expensive I will be purchasing this many times again, and curious to try other flemish sours. I've yet to have a less than mediocre beer from Belgium, any style, they know what they're doing.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 03:57:02 | More by Roman5150
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Slap_and_Pickle

California

4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was my first flanders red, and my first craft brew -- it left me in awe that something could taste like this. I was infatuated with the funk and the sour. I still cannot get enough of the Duchesse.

Pours a dark ruby/garnet with a thick head.
Smells like gym sock and farmhouse funk deliciousness with hints of tart cherries.
Initial taste is funky with a sour aftertaste. Tastes like cherries, and has a dry acidic finish to it. Very refreshing brew.

This is a full bodied slightly complex beer that is easily drinkable. The statements are correct that this indeed is a nice Flanders Red Intro.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 06:08:15 | More by Slap_and_Pickle
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Figured it was about time I got around to this one, oftentimes an introductory "sour" for those trying to ease their way into the style. Deep burgundy body with rose tones near the top where light is allowed to shine through. The beige head crackles away swiftly into a wimpy little skin that doesn't even maintain full coverage of the brew for more than a few seconds.

Either you're gonna love the aroma, or you're gonna hate it, and it pretty much depends on how much you enjoy vinegar. Copious amounts of vinegar in the aroma, which a back panel of lightly sour cherries and some mild cranberry notes. Spicy, woody vanilla pops out when you inhale deep enough, though your nostrils are busy sifting through the heavy, heavy apple cider vinegar.

Now, I'm a fan of vinegar, though I have to admit that had the vinegar been so heavy on the palate as it was on the nose, it might be a difficult beer to finish. Luckily, the first few sips show me that the vinegar notes, while still prominent and forceful, are toned down to acceptable levels. Some simply tart cherries back the vinegar and smooth things out just a bit.

Mild cola, oak, and faint vanilla make up the rest of the profile, but vinegar-soaked cherries are the leaders of the pack at the end of the day. The tail end aftertaste contains some funk, but nothing too crazy or notable. With time, it seems that Duchesse goes from being more sour to more sweet; by the time you finish the glass, it will be mostly sweet.

Medium bodied, a touch heavier than you may expect for a sour ale, with heavier carbonation as well, and a slick, almost oily mouth feel. Duchesse de Bourgogne is a decent way to soothe your apprehensive friends into accepting the world of sour beers. For people who are already deep into that territory, this beer won't be too exciting for you, so hopefully you can see it for what it is: a mild mannered bridge into a whole different type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 11:11:06 | More by tectactoe
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alk3kenny

Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just starting to get into/try sour beers and from I understand this is a legend. Pours a dark, dark ruby red. Nice tan head that sticks around for awhile. Smell dark fruit, banana, not really picking up anything sour on the nose but smells amazing. OOOHHH there's the sour lol it's all over the taste and mouthfeel. Tart, sour cherry some of the funky taste I recognize from beers with brett but not nearly as pronounced. This is very nicely balanced. Won't be an every day beer for me because of the price point but I'll be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 23:33:27 | More by alk3kenny
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TCMike

Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced a 2 finger beige head. Beer color is a reddish-mahogany.

Smell is of berries, a little farm house funk, red vinegar.

The taste was similar. Got a little soy sauce like taste, and a definite in your face tartness. No noticeable hop bitterness. Has an upper-medium carbonation, and medium mouth-feel.

Not what I was expecting when I bought it, but didn't look into it before buying. It is very good, but not a style I'm a big fan of.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 22:56:57 | More by TCMike
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BethanyB

New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Large, tan, beady bead, and a reddish brown body. Clear with the exception of some intermittent chill haze. Impressively, the head sticks around until the bitter end.

Smell: A tantalizing sweet and and sour smell, reminiscent of soy sauce, mixed with a tangy array of ripe red berries, dates, and plumbs. A bit of mocha can be detected as well.

Taste: Lick-your-lips tartness and savory umami dominate and satisfy. Sweet raspberry vinaigrette, juicy apples, and the dates and prunes promised by the bouquet are included in the complex, yet well-balanced flavor combo. Left me absolutely CRAVING more, and cursing myself for buying just one bottle.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderately high carbonation is unusual for the style, but brings a refreshing tanginess that can't not be appreciated. Smooth, yet slightly dry finish.

Overall: Filling, relaxing, fascinating, jubilant...you know when I start using adjectives that personify a beer, that I absolutely love it. Could be my new favorite. Don't tell my husband, but I might be in love.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 15:13:11 | More by BethanyB
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mechtech

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balsamic vinegar, cherry, fairly sweet and tart, slightly soy sauce. Finish of tartness and rich fruit lasts longer than expected, and a musty taste is eventually left behind. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Quite nice if you like vinegar, fairly complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 06:57:33 | More by mechtech
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