Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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93
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3,731 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,731
Reviews: 1,463
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 188
Gots: 609 | FT: 12
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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 vig180
2.44/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from a 11.2 oz bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Looks fine, dark red, decent lacing.

S: Smells medicinal from the start, a bit of vinegar with some of the cherry-ish fruitiness of medicine.

T: This is where this beer falls apart for me. I normally love Flanders Reds, but the taste here is a mix of vinegar, cherry cough syrup, and metallic notes. Also very little sourness or tartness. No trace of alcohol.

F: Also unappetizing, like some kind of cherry slush (coarse like chunks of ice) that went bad. Drunk at the ideal temperature indicated on the bottle too, but might be better even warmer.

O: This has been a drain pour the last two times I've tried it. Again, I'm a big fan of the style, but this seems very different.

Photo of BeerMagistrate
2.56/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Maybe I'm just not into these types of Belgians, but it had a bacterial flavor to it that was not appetizing to me or my friends.

Photo of gopens44
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok, so I really am not a fan of this style, BUT I can certainly respect every aspect of this drink. The bold fragrance that carried so much complexity to the taste the mirrored the complexity. vinegar, dark fruit, sour patch kid sort of sourness up front wit a slightly salty finish. Well balanced, well crafted and certainly (most likely) an icon for the style.

Photo of DOCRW
3.19/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For a Flander red I guess it's good but ick no one should really like drinking vinegar.

Photo of fochtmik3
2.13/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 1.25

This might be the worst thing I have ever put it my mouth. The texture is fantastic; The color is also perfect. Let me say this, if you have always wanted to down a bottle of Balsamic vinegar then this is the best bottle for you. If you prefer a tasty sour beer do not go with this. I am extremely disappointed and puzzled why this beer has such a high ranking. It is $11-12 and I feel like I am now forced to drink it. Let me just drink a bottle of gasoline and anthrax instead. Bleck!!!

Photo of MadCat
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Nice dark reddish amber color, short white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Sour vinegar, sweet dark fruits

Taste: More dark fruit, sour but not vinegary sourness

Feel: Light body with crisp carbonation, not overly sour or puckering

Overall: Pretty amazingly good sour

Photo of Rxrxns
4.84/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

If you like vinegar (specifically balsamic), you have to try this on draught.

Photo of bmeGT
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorites of this style. Smooth taste, easy drinking.

Photo of demon
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A: Reviewer mothmanscott, on Feb 05, 2015 said it best: "Pours a clear reddish to plum brown or ruby/garnet throughout when held to the light, producing 1.5 fingers of tan, finely bubbled foam, sometimes moderately lasting, sometimes shortlived head that recedes into a thin cap leaving a good coating of lace or sometimes no lace at all."

S: Sweet balsamic aroma with notes of ripe apples and cherries. On certain whiffs barnyard-like scents can be picked up. Smells very good over all.

T: The perfect combination of sweet and sour. Delectable sticky light malt aftertaste. Notes of fresh cherries and plums.

M: Puckering and tart. This one kicks you in the mouth. As the acidity dies down a very pleasant sticky and sweet mouthfeel develops.

O: As far as I am concerned, this is the holy-grail of sour ales. So enjoyable and interesting. I really like this beer, and would happily enjoy it over and over again. Definitely needs to be on your "to try" list!

Photo of melbow
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Way better on tap than in a bottle. I've had both and the bottle can end up soapy smelling.

Photo of TampaDan2468
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An amazing drinking experience, my first Flanders Red and what a treat it was. The obvious tangy sour qualities were marvelously complemented by an almost balsamic vinegar-like note that was both sweet and savory. A tremendous choice to accompany pasta with a rich, hearty Bolognese sauce due to that outstanding acidity.

Photo of blockdude
1.24/5  rDev -70.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There are very few beers that I will not finish and this is surely one of those. I'll admit the appearance of the bear is quite nice, with a dark brown/ruby like color. In terms of the nose, the cherries are the most noticeable with vinegar and pomegranate coming in a close second. However, the taste of the beer did not agree with me at all, although it is possible that this was just a bad batch. Overall, I felt there was way too much vinegar and when combined with the richness of the beer, made me feel sick enough to only handle a few sips. On top of that, the beer had a very metallic aftertaste which was very unpleasant and unlike any other sour I have experienced. My brother who was with me had the same experience tasting this beer.

Photo of Jondoyle24
4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing sour beer.. slightly tangy smell of wine with sour pomegranate taste with a tangy end.

Photo of travolta
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A deep, deep ruby which is almost black. Very nice lacing and head retention. A beautiful color.

Nose: Vinegar, dark grapes and hints of wood.

Taste: Black cherry, plum, raspberry tartness at the end. Some pepper in the middle and at the end.

Photo of osupuck19
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a fantastic Flanders red. Explosive and complex flavors abound. Starts or somewhat tart and finishes clean and fruity.

Photo of samshaw
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium umber hue, mostly opaque, but a clearer garnet on the edges of the glass. Not particularly viscous. Very thin head that dissipates quickly.

S: Strong vinegar aroma with hints of fruit and berry.

T: Fruit taste much more pronounced, with strong cherry flavor. Much less vinegary on the tongue.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty and refreshing with its slightly dominant vinegar note in scent its only major drawback.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The rating below comes from multiple bottles over a period of several years: Pours a clear reddish to plum brown or ruby/garnet throughout when held to the light, producing 1.5 fingers of tan, finely bubbled foam, sometimes moderately lasting, sometimes shortlived head that recedes into a thin cap leaving a good coating of lace or sometimes no lace at all. Aroma is acetic & vinous, caramel malt, tart cherry, dark grape & cranberry with some woody, earthy hints. Taste is fronted by a battle of sweet & sour cherry, strawberry & some grape overlaying a thin maltiness backed by musty yeast, a metallic quantity and a peppery spice. The mid-sip is honey & grape with a "Sweet Tart" candy note. The finish is a faintly malty, sour yeastiness, dry with tart cherries, green apples & spice with distinct wood & metallic notes. The aftertaste is astringent & very dry with hints of oak, metal, cherries and apples. Mouthfeel is lively & medium bodied with decent carbonation, forward juicy, finishing dry & drawing. Very Complex!

Photo of a_lac50n
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It has a taste that sharply distinguishes itself form other beers. Meant to be drunk in small quantities (as it tastes like red wine), not in huge gulps. Not really one that is meant to be brought into those "crazy" parties and events to get drunk. Rather, it is an essential for the beer connoisseur.

Photo of j0hnc2468
1.91/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Overwhelming vinegar and sourness made it difficult to drink.

Photo of turntable1973
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The sour taste is interesting but I really like it.

Photo of meals00
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

All time favorite. The aroma is intriguing, with fruit and vinegar. Tart, slightly acidic taste but fruity and bold.

Photo of goldendenizen
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Belgian sour red. Definitely enjoyed having this on draft.

Photo of Kylebrock
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It does not taste like wolf pussy.

Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Very nice looking mahogany, looks like a dark cherry, with a tan creamy head that lasted about 2 minutes.

A: Vinegar bomb, some alcohol, sour, slight tart berry aroma, smells great.

T: First impression, not as sour as the nose, very dry finish, not a lot of alcohol, there is some tart, sour berry flavors, definitely getting a sour cherry flavor, taste great.

F: This has the same carbonation and mouthfeel of a coke, except for the dry finish.

O: This is my second sour beer, didn't enjoy the first one, but this one is a lot better. The sour vinegar aromas and flavors turned me off at first, but then I notice there is some subtle cherry, berry aromas and flavors in the beer. Highly recommend if you're into sours and will definitely drink again.

Photo of scotorum
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 3/4/16. The label art of a Renaissance portrait (presumably of the Duchesse) exudes a classic impression from the gitgo.

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into a Unibroue stemmed flute.

a; Clear reddish copper with a two inch thick foamy offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense patterned lacing.

s; Overripe fruit.

t: Sour fruitjuice which puckers the inside of the mouth in quick order. Slightly sour finish.

m; Medium with good body and plenty of carbonation tingle mixing into the sourness.

o: I have been wary of Flanders Reds as well as Lambics and Saisons (although in the last category I have had a few exceptionally fine ones) because I am generally not a fan of sours and have had a bad "drain pour" experience or two with them. But this is like an elegant strong hard fruit cider. Looks great and tastes healthy while rivetiting your attention on the flavor.

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,731 ratings.