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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Ratings: 3,075
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 136
Gots: 298 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001)
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Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A: pours a clear, deep red colour with a nice, tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer of film and leaves a nice sticky lace.

S: rich aromas of ripe fruit and spice (cherry and plum dominate), lots of caramely sweetness as well - nice and pronounced

T: sweet and sour cherries throughout with hints of apple and spice on the finish (possibly a tad of red wine on the finish as well) - quite complex, very strong, and nicely balanced.

M: medium bodied and very crisp, good carbonation and a throat tingling spicy finish.

D: A great beer. Very strong aromas and flavours, well crafted and quite easy to drink despite it's relatively high ABV. I could put a couple of these in a night, but I would rather sip it slowly to discover the many flavours hidden in this very fruit-forward ale. I highly recommend that everyone try this beer and I will definitely be buying this one again.

01-25-2008 10:20:52 | More by Graham5161986
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

I'm drinking the remaining 10 ounces or so after substituting this beer for Rodenbach Grand Cru in the Cherry Pie recipe in the most recent BeerAdvocate Magazine. The pie seems to be turning out great!

A: Clear red to brown pour with a small light brown head. The very bubbly head really does not last long.

S: Hints of vinegar, and a lot of tart cherries. Having just combined the beer in the dough recipe and soaking some tart cherries in it, the cherry smell really comes out well for me.

T: It has been a long time since I had this beer last (on tap at Zeno's Pub), and wow my palate has certainly evolved. The vinegar/sour flavor adds a nice accent to the very tart cherries. The lip smuckering taste really keeps you coming back for more.

MF: Light and carbonated well. The dryness of the beer coats your mouth with flavor as you drink.

O: Great beer. Can't wait to see how the pie turns out. Flavorful, tart, delicious.

09-01-2011 01:26:33 | More by russwbeck
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armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Poured a dark brown with ruby hints with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is off sour dark fruits

T - Follows the nose dark fruit plums and apples finishes slightly sour

M - This beer has a medium to full body with medium carbonation to it

D - Its been awhile since the last time I had it and forgot how good this beer was its a great gateway to sour beer a must try

08-07-2009 20:12:39 | More by armock
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damienblack

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a rustic amber, thin lingering head, decent lacing. Average looking beer (not knowing much of how style is supposed to look). Nice bubbles whenever its swirled, though. Huge dry vinegaric sour smell - there's definitely some fruit there, but i'm not sure what exactly. Smell is oddly alluring.

Taste is a gentle, dry blast of sour. Tastes like a sweet and sour champagne - tons of carbonation, with a sugary aspect to it. I thought it would be much drier from the smell. Sourness is well balanced, leads to a very refreshing experience. More of a vinegaric sourness than a tart sourness, but it's smoothed against the beer. Only quibble is that it seems a little thin, doesn't have a lot of oomph or gravitas to it, just the flavor. Not sure if that's how the style is supposed to be. Drinkability is top notch, great sipper (although could go more if I wanted to). My first Flanders Red, and I'm looking forward to trying some more!

04-17-2009 06:01:49 | More by damienblack
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bigone4

Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

I had this beer on tap at the Belgium beer tasting at Pitchers Pub in Cumberland, RI. They served this brew in a nice goblet making for a great presentation. It poured a deep dark brown ruby color. Nice dense white head with decent lacing left in the glass. The smell is very much of fruit and caramel malt. Especially plum or figs mixed in the back ground. Some tones of malt and grape sourness in the nose as well. Very complex taste, that creates a rolling mosaic of flavor through out the mouth.

This was my first beer from West-Flanders region of Belgium. This Flemish style of brew is quite unique and different. It really had me thinking and focusing on the different flavors I could identify. Nice hints of malt and a dry hop taste very strong hints of fruit. There were many different sour notes throughout the mouth. From the first taste the sour fruit tone is mellow and quite unique. Smooth sour start with a fruity malted taste. The finish was dry and had a slight taste of alcohol. There was an almost spicy flavor hidden in the aftertaste. The sour notes get you right in the back of the mouth.

Learning about the aging process was quite interesting. Some of the oak tannins made there appearance as the beer warmed. I found it to be enjoyable and quite drinkable. Some of its qualities reminded me of a homemade wine. This is a very unique and different beer that is not for everyone. But if you are looking to expand your beer tasting pallet make sure you include this one for a taste.

01-21-2007 23:37:38 | More by bigone4
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jpro

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Picked this up at the Charleston Beer Exchange a while back. Poured into a big ol' wine glass...

A: Deep mahogany / red, with a two-finger almond head that leaves some great strands and specks of lace and manages the slightest bit of retention throughout consumption (which took well over an hour, as I just kind of sipped on this one throughout the night).

S: Mmmm... Rich, sour aroma, dark berry-ish / cherry-ish, with a fair amount of wood/oak character, too; wine-like; as it warms, the sour shifts more toward vinegar / cider.

T: As this one warms, the taste profile seems to lose some of its "oakiness," as it transitions its focus to a nice puckering sour, that leaves a touch of sweetness on the finish; there's a faint bit of nuttiness in the background, too; alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable.

M: On the lighter side of medium with a zingy carbonation that lends well to this beer's drinkability.

D: The sour pucker followed by the refreshing finish practically begs for another sip; that being said, I prefer to just take my time with beers like this one.

12-15-2010 03:26:19 | More by jpro
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A- The beer is dark red, the color of a garnet stone and very clear, but dark. The head is somewhat yellowish and fizzy with many small bubbles that don't quite "foam together"

S- My first Flanders red ale and I am happily surprised. Reminds me of a lambic with the fruity yeast smells and fusel alcohol scents. Sweet with a dry, bitter twang

T- Very smooth and wine-like. If beer and wine were to mate I believe the product would be something like this. Flavor is somewhat leathery and fruity. Fruit leather, anyone?

M- Very light and refreshing with a fine, fizzy carbonation that reminds me of champagne.

D- Very drinkable. Looking at the bottle, I wasn't sure if I would want to finish it all at once, but I can't help myself

12-11-2010 23:37:11 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Had this at iTap in Soulard. From February notes.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A very dark ruby color with a thin 0.5 inch head that is off white and quite dense. It recedes very quickly to a nice ring but leaves some sticky lacing as the beer goes down.

Aroma is delicious. Sweet cherry notes mixed in with some slight vinegar notes. Red wine vinegar notes with some delicious vinous tartness. Slight Chardonnay and white wine note sweetness is also perceived. There is some slight leathery notes with some funk and slight wood character.

The flavor is a winner. THis brew is a delicious Flanders. Sweet cherry notes with nice fruit juice tartness as well. Very balanced. Slight red wine vinegar notes with some apple juice and nice vinous character. The brew is delicious at warmer temps and this was served at the perfect temperature. Very delicious. Not too sour and palette killing but sour enough to be interesting and yummy with some nice sweet undertones to keep it in check. Mouthfeel is fluffy and clean.

Very good sour. One of my favorites in fact.

02-28-2012 01:26:16 | More by JoEBoBpr
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Beer served on draft at a beer bar in FL. Beer served in a Duchess De Bourgogne wine glass. Beer is hazy brown and has a broken brown head with very little carbonation. The tiny head manages to leave some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is citric and lactic sour in nature. Not too much complexity but for this style its dead on. Time to drink.

Beer is sweet and sour, the sweetness comes first but its quickly overtaken by the sour nature of the beer. Beer is smooth and has a thin body. The drinkability is high and the midpalate is where the majority of the flavor is noticed. Its a good example of a sour beer.

12-28-2009 16:54:43 | More by drabmuh
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a snifter. "Best before 30/06/2013" stamped on the back of the label.

A- Pours a translucent reddish brown. ~1/2 finger of fizzy tan, which fades quickly to a thin, incomplete cap.

S- Tart cherries and vinegar provide a nice kick up front, followed by some oaken/red wine.

T- Sweet and sour cherry/fruit notes...a bit acidic. Oaken /wood notes balance things out. Everything comes together beautifully. Fantastic.

M- Moderately low carbonation. Medium/light feel.

O- Quite good. Complex and tasty, yet doesn't smash my palette in any unpleasant ways...winner!

Future outlook: I should be drinking "Flanders" beers more often, with this one certainly included.

11-17-2011 04:33:04 | More by DoctorDog
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mickeymac

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Charging out of the bottle with champagne-like carbonation, it's a very eye-pleasing brown with garnet highlights. A fine tan head full of little bubbles lays on top of the beer to the end. The smell is somewhat musty, with hints of ripe fruit and an overriding sourness. One sip immediately causes the mouth to pucker, but that's not the end of the story. Raisiny sweetness balances the sour aspect of the beer, making for a very nice drinking experience. For a fairly sour beer, this one is surprisingly drinkable, and I found myself having to resist the urge to throw down big gulps of it. Nice.

09-08-2003 01:21:03 | More by mickeymac
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endovelico

Portugal

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

It's been awhile since I've reviewed a beer and couldn't be happier to review this historic and exotic specimen.

I poured the beer into a dimpled stein, reviewed the beer under low artificial light and drank it cold.

Appearance: This beer displays a clear mahogany color, without any sort of floaties or sediment. The white head that forms is fizzy, holding reasonably well throughout the session. Could have used a more luscious head, although i'm aware this is dificult given the limit on hop character on these types of beer.

Aroma: Medium high intensity and flavorful, albeit a bit muddy. Cherry, cinammon, Cedar wood, green apple, vinagar and port. No hop aroma to speak of.

Taste: High intensity, flavorful and layered complexity. Cherry, green apples on the frontend. The wood, warm alcohol and candy build the backend.
As it warms up i start picking a faint nuttiness and chocolate like complexity. No hop taste.

Palate: Medium full bodied. Soda sweetness with lactic twang. Medium to medium high acidity. Medium high sourness. Medium low to low carbonation. Low bitterness. Long finish. The sweetness and sourness battle out as the taste lingers. Was actually expecting more sourness. Alcohol barely noticeable.

Drinkability: This seems to me like a fine archtype of what a Flanders Red Ale should be: It has nice complexity, it is intriguing, it is challenging on the palate plus there is no noticeable flaws. I do think however that it could benefit from less sweetness. The alcohol isn't too evident, so there would be decent leeway to do it. Would have again and it makes for a good gimmick beer to shock your friends.

04-05-2010 23:35:11 | More by endovelico
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ggroller

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

I just drank my first Duchesse on Christmas Day 2004 and was completely excited about what I saw and smelled in my glass without even taking the first sip.

The color was a dark, velvety, burgundy brown with a large fluffy head similiar to one seen on a Beligian White.The aroma was like nothing I have ever smelled before. Sour cherries was the first thing I noticed followed by sweet cherry and orange mingled with woody earthiness. Upon taking the first sip I first tasted sour then sweet; just like the aroma.

This beer is very drinkable and in my opinion a session beer. It was sweet but not too sweet. Sour but not too sour. And the finish left my palate clean and wanting more.

12-28-2004 13:48:37 | More by ggroller
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ryantupy

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours a dark ruby red color with a ncie small but consistent head.

S - Smells of oak and cherries.

T - At first you notice the oak and cherries but then slowly it develops a dark fruity spice flavor.

M - Silky smooth mouthfeel.

D - You can drink this one for hours.

10-28-2008 16:00:24 | More by ryantupy
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aerozeppl

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Super deep brownish red color. Eggshell white head with a nice amount of lacing.

S: Funky musthouse. Beyond this powerful smell you do get hints of cherries. Malt. Tons of sour and tart hints.

T: Damn. Really really complex. Starts off tart. Not mouth collapsing into itself tart but enough to remind you what this is. Then it goes into a cool sweetness. Hints of honey and cherries. Malt is in there as well. Hints of nuts and the barrel abound.

M: Medium body with a slightly thick tone to it. Good light carbonation.

D: The most drinkable example of this style I have had so far. At 6% why not?

05-24-2008 00:58:09 | More by aerozeppl
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homersimpson

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Clear tawny red/brown with a sedate tan head.
Sourish malty nose, somewhat like a confectioner's shop.
Medium smooth body.
Hits your tonue with a quick sweet / sour flavor. Very candylike. Citrusy up front like a demented lemonade. Smoothly transitions and leaves your mouth with a fruity syrupy flavor that hangs around for the next sip.

09-07-2004 22:48:13 | More by homersimpson
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

On tap at Zeno’s in State College. Ruddy amber with a very small, off-white, foamy head. Vinous, medicinal, sweet smell with alcohol and tawny port-like aromas. Tastes is of sour fruit (most notably cherry) over a light malt backbone. It has a medium body and a slick texture. Flanders aren’t my thing, but going by style this one was pretty damn good! Definitely worth a try.

05-20-2007 17:17:25 | More by ski271
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rarevos

New York

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into Chimay chalice. Bottle has "Best before 29-04-07" printed on the back.

A: Deep ruby with a full finger of fluffy, off-white head. Head doesn't take long to reduce, very thick lacing left behind. Sticky trails clinging to the glass.

S: Wow. There's a sharp oaky wineyness at first. Underneath is some fruit, like red wine grapes (pinot noir, sangiovese) grape, pear, plum, and cherry.

T: Wine flavor first with notes of the above-mentioned fruit. There's a lot going on here. Some maltiness underneath, but the strongest flavors are the grape, plum and cherry. A bit of "unfiltered, natural apple juice" creeps in, too. Tartness towards the end that builds to a crisp/dry sourness in a very clean finish. Is better as it warms (the sweet malt stands out more), so heed the suggested temperature.

M: Can a beer be "soft"? This starts off very smooth and builds to a nice tingle.

D: Oh dear Lord. This is wonderful stuff. At 6.2% abv, this isn't like an ordinary sipping beer, but you still do have to sip it. Odd. Very strong flavors, and a very sophisticated-feeling beer. It has vaulted to the top of my list of personal favorites.

09-08-2006 00:25:46 | More by rarevos
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trevorjn06

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a mahogany color with ruby highlights and an off-white head that recedes quickly. Leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very fruity, figs and plums up front with some cherry and hints of dark caramel and tartness.

Taste is not nearly as tart or vinegary as most Flanders ales I have tried, it is very fruity, not overly sweet though. The fruity flavors (plum, raspberry, strawberry and hints of fig) dominate but are accompanied by a tartness that enhances the brightness of this ale. Midway through there is some caramel, light vanilla, malt and light oak flavors that lead into a finish of tartness and raspberries.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied with high carbonation and a mouth-coating flavor.

Overall this beer surprised me a bit, I haven't been a huge fan of any Flanders red or brown ales that I have tried to-date, but this beer is fantastic. It is sweet, tart, has a complex fruitiness (despite having no fruit in it) and a wonderful finish. I will be drinking this again.

12-07-2010 04:34:45 | More by trevorjn06
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RevChico

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Poured into a goblet. Color was a mixture between mahogany and cherry wood. When poured head was about one finger thick, which dissapated rather fast. Lacing was exceptional and was there for the entire beer.

S: I picked up a good amount of different scents in this one... Dark fruit came though, as well as a very strong port wine scent, toasty, currants, molasses, peat, soy sauce, and a faint hint of chocolate.

T: Sweet up front then went into a tart dark berry & cherry profile. One of the flavors that was lingering in the background that took me a minute to put a finger on was toasted almond. Chocolate was there but very faint as well. This beer for sure had some flavor charactaristics that were similar to a port wine.
Very nice after taste.

M: Medium body, nice bubble feel on the tongue.

D: I think it's a great beer but I could only go for a few of them due to the sweetness.

The bottle I poured had been aged for at least two years in my cellar. I can't really remember what it tasted like when I drank it when I first got my hands on a few bottles. I do not remember there being as many scents at the time though. Over all a very nice beer. Would lend itself very well to many different foods.

01-18-2008 00:28:00 | More by RevChico
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dherling

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured out a dark reddish brown with a minimal head that drops quickly. The nose is sour, even vinegary. There are also some nice notes of fruit and mustiness. I pick up some faint spice and sweetness lingering as well. The taste uncovers the sweet and extremely fruity notes from the nose. The body is amazingly sour grape juice, with a subdued bitterness that really works. Totally different than the nose, a nice surprise. Medium bodied, with good carbonation. The finish is pretty dry, like white wine.

11-17-2006 01:48:34 | More by dherling
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Rich and long red ale.

Presentation: 750 ml green corked bottle. Stylized screen printed label with the name of the brew printed vertically and a small icon with a classic Flemish image of the Duchesse with a bird at the bottom. Back label offers a brief narrative going over history, local context, intent, and composition. Shows best before date printed on the cork (jan 2012), and Alc. by Vol. (6%) Served in a wine glass.

A - Deep red-brown pour with a generous bubbly head, fair retention with a small surface ring, and touches of lace.

S - Sweet and sour fruit, with a soft tart sense around fermented apples, a bit acidic.

T - Rich fruity sourness, tart memories of raw cider, acidic yeasty touch. Nice and long range with dark sugary fruits, and a light citric touch.

M - Light-medium body with good carbonation, generous early on and with a good tingly retention in the finish. Nice acidic dry, and fairly clean finish.

D - Great complex red ale, nicely rounded and pleasing.

Notes: This is a very nice red ale, very similar out of the blue to the Rodenbach Grand Cru, maybe a side by side tasting would open up a rich range of differences. Maybe the biggest difference is in the final vinous long range that may be missing here and instead a fruity range takes over, but this does not hinder the quality of either brew.
Again memories of fermented apples in a complex fruity range similar to some raw ciders from Northern Spain.

07-25-2010 16:33:44 | More by Daniellobo
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celticfutblclub

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - a dark reddish brown that is slightly opaque. head sticks around for quite a long time.

S - sour apple, sour dough and a bit of maltiness in the background.

T - once again sour is very apparent but its not overbearing. sour apple is the taste that comes to mind with this.

M - feels good there is a lot of carbonation but it seems to fit for me with a sour beer.

O - ah the new overall rating (im a fan). overall this is a very good beer. i've only had a couple of sour beers in my life but i enjoy them and this is definitely the best i've had to date. I'm putting a 4 here as I feel the taste rating should be somewhere between 4 and 4.5 (which is also where i feel the overall score should sit).

definitely see myself getting this again (when i have the money to drop one a $20 four pack which probably wont be soon.

03-20-2011 23:23:39 | More by celticfutblclub
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours with a small tan head, lightly carbonated. Color is very dark brownish red, almost opaque. Smells sweet tart and sour, like cherries and dark chocolate. Medium body, good mouthfeel. Taste is very fruity-tart, sweet and juicy. Cherry fruity flavors throughout. For all the sweetness, finish is relatively dry.

As others have noted, as good as this beer is one is plenty and personally I would like a little less sugary sweetness.

07-22-2006 06:18:57 | More by htomsirveaux
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jtslay

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

This is my first beer of this style. This is a very fruity beer that has a dry aroma of fermented fruit. This beer was a recommended way of getting into Lambics. This is one of the most complex beers I have had in a while. It is definitely better as it warms through around 45 F. I was surprised by the complex mouthfeel. This is about as drinkable as wine in my opinion.

06-29-2007 21:54:24 | More by jtslay
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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