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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,178 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,178
Reviews: 1,356
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 148
Gots: 333 | FT: 8
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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Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one into a flute glass. The color on the body is simply amazing. It's a cider color towards the bottom of the glass and gets a deep amber towards the top. It's clear as can be. The head is light and off white. It leaves a great lacing.

The first scent to hit my nose is vinegar. It smells like tart apple cider.

There are a lot of tastes to pick up. The apple cider takes the main stage. There's a funky bret taste with a spice. The finish is lightly sour and tart.

The body is light and sparkling with heavy carbonation. It leaves a sweet coating.

This drinks light. It's heavily carbonated with light sweet finish.

Vonerichs, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of hdofu
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting taste... Light drinkable, good. Poured reddish brown with a reddis hint of tan head. Smell kind of reminds me of soy sauce. Taste is complicated with various fruits and vinegar noticable. Sort of slick to the tongue Pretty drinkable for such an odd flavor and smell/

hdofu, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of KYGunner
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cognac brown in a sniffer there was a nice bed of foam on top that drifted away slowly.

Very sweet to the nose there was tons of sherry, port or vinous notes. Grape must, earthy sour aromas this was very interesting.

It's hard to relate the taste to a beer. So much port flavor, sherry sweetness and just the right amount of tart this is like drinking a fermented grape based liquor, with low alcohol. Very smooth, lots of crisp carbonation to help it down, this is very different from expectation.

KYGunner, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of vrazionale
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Before holding to the light, you'd think this beer was a deep brown, with only a slight reddish tint. When held to the light, you see the rich complexity of color, not quite red but not quite brown. Head was a bit disappointing (probably due to the non-tulip glass), but the off-white color is a wonderful complement to the reddish-brown brew. A bit of a stretch, but the two colors together call to mind an image of an old mahogany wooden building in Europe.

S - The first smell is a very distinct tart cherry smell. I also smell raisins, brown sugar, caramel, amaretto liqueur, and a slight maple syrup aroma. The sweetness of the brew is quite evident - I'm interested to see how the tart cherry aroma will mingle with the expected sweet taste.

T - I definitely caught balsamic vinegar here, though it wasn't quite there on the nose for me. Cherries and amaretto are the major players, and these linger for a few extra seconds after swallowing. Certainly very sweet (a bit cloyingly so for me, but that's merely personal preference). I don't taste any chocolate notes, but I wish I had some Belgian chocolate to accompany this brew!

M - The very first thing that struck me about this beer was the carbonation. You know that feeling when you hold a sip of sparkling wine in your mouth, where you can feel the liquid pressing slightly on the roof of your mouth? I found that to be the case here. This is a slightly rudimentary theory, but I think that this phenomenon extends the beer's finish, because the tongue's flavor receptors are given a short break while the beer moves slightly upward in the mouth.

D - A wonderful, unique, exciting beer, but not one that I could drink all night. Grab a few to taste with friends, but make sure to grab some chocolate or even some creamy blue cheese to complement this remarkable brew! You'll love it!

vrazionale, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of camil1mj
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a bottle of Askew I had to try another sour beer. Poured into my Bell's tulip glass slighty chilled.

A: Deep amber leaning towards brown. 1 finger white foamy head that is quick to recede.

S: Sour fruitiness almost with acidic overtones. Almost wine-like.

T: Lots going on here. Strong tart cherries at the beginning giving way to an acidic sour punch which is followed by a vinegary finish. A wonderful cornucopia of flavors.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A great beer. I will definitely be buying this to keep on hand when in the mood for a break from strong stouts.

camil1mj, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep dark brown, slight ruby tint, with a resilient beige head that continues to seep up.

Heavy apple cider and vinegar smell at first sniff. Raspberry and cherry aromas also come through, along with a little lactic character.

Flavor is not nearly as sour or tart as the smell would suggest. Plenty of fruit flavors here with cherry, raspberry tartness and rhubarb. I would also describe it as leafy, minerally and slightly sweet with a long dry, woody finish.

Light, effervescent, but not thin mouthfeel.

Highly drinkable. I would prefer just a little more sourness with maybe a little less sweetness, but this is obviously a superb and easily accessible example of the style.

GeezLynn, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of HumanParaquat
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to the marketing department...beautiful artwork on the bottle, capturing that whole Flemish Renaissance vibe. Pours a deep, dark burgundy red with an off white head. Leaves some good spotty lacing.

Apple cider vinegar, pears and grapes in the nose...very wine-like. There are also some subtle oaky notes detectable along with chocolate and cinnamon.

Tastes of cherries and red currants up front with a healthy dose of vinegar. Finishes long and dry with a tart pomegranate/cranberry acidity. A very nice balance between sweet and sour. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and tingly with good presence of carbonation. Mildly sticky and quite puckering. Takes on a smoother, more elegant feel as it warms.

One of the best Flemish Reds I've tried. I imagine this could be a gateway beer for wine lovers and girlfriends.

HumanParaquat, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of fropones
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Report from notes and memory. Had this one in a bar last night, had to take a couple notes on a napkin.
The pour was beautiful; it was kind of dark in the bar, but to me it looked like a nice red wine with a thin off-white head that left a whole ton of lacing.
The smell was sort of a tannic vinegary smell you get from a red wine or even a sherry. Some cherries and tart apple cider. Taste was similar; a balance of sweet and sour, some tart cherries. I also noted a hint of a sort of coppery taste in there as well.
Mouthfeel was effervescent; crisp and dry. Like a nice champagne.
Overall, very drinkable; couldn't even taste the alcohol and probably would have had a few more if I could have afforded to.

fropones, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Hefe
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 12/20/03 from bottle

This is my first contact with a brew in this style, I'll admit I wasn't sure what to make of it, and it took a little time before I could decide wether or not I actually liked it.

Appearance: Dark amber/ruby colour with a tannish lasting head.

Smell: Oi! Sour cherry, with tones of balsamic vinegar, caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Echoes of the nose, with notes of spice and malt as well earth and vanilla. The finish wraps up with a very sour note.

Mouthfeel: Very round in the mouth, with a nice creamy quality.

Drinkablilty: All in all, This is a very complex beer with a lot going on. I just can't help thinking it tastes a little too much like wine gone south. Not altogether unenjoyable, but, one is plenty.

Hefe, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of aracauna
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark burgandy with a lively pale khaki head. The aroma is like a fruit basket with peaches and green apples and grapes. There’s also a slight vinegariness in there. The flavor is more tart than I expected, giving the fruits life. A bit of wine. There’s some spice or herb in there that is slipping my mind. Slick on the tongue, this one takes a bit to get used to, but it improves as you sip it.

aracauna, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750-ml cork-in-cage bottle poured into a goblet yields a gorgeous clear brownish-amber body with a sparkle of crimson at its heart. A thin, creamy ecru cap of foam retreats quickly into a thick collar that leaves a few thick wisps and a wide, ragged ring of lacing on the glass.

The smell is both tart and sweetly fruity, with notes of green and red apples, ripe cherries and a bit of peppery, herbal spice.

The taste is sweetly fruity, with a note of syrupy canned peaches marinated in a bit of Kriek beer, then topped with soft slices of overripe red apple and fresh melon balls, rolled in brown sugar. The slightest tart crispness holds on at the periphery of the drink, keeping close company with a sweetly grassy hop note that helps the drink finish relatively dry. As the drink progresses, the tartness gains a better foothold on the drink, but never comes close to taking over, even as a thin note of sweet caramel also becomes more prominent.

Duchesse de Bourgogne is a super-fine drink with great medium feel and fine carbonation. Despite copious fruity sweetness, the drink never approaches any level of 'cloying'. A quaffable, sweet Flanders Red.

cvstrickland, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful deep ruby red color with a bubbly tan head that leaves ample lacing upon the glass as it fades. Nice looking beer as it sits in my Maudite tulip glass.

Just an awesome red wine and malt vinegar aroma, with subtle herb and spice notes. Not lost is the mildly sweet and slightly roasty malt backing. Folks this is one of those beers I could smell all day long. It's already been 10 minutes and I have not taken a sip yet.

The taste is pleasantly tart, Still a sweet presence in the back, but sour cherries and red wine vinaigrette take charge. Interesting and really a nice balance of sweet and sour. I like this Flanders Red.

Initially feels thin but the smooth maltiness is evident and it comes across as meaningful in the mouth. Drinkable...? I drank this one didn't I? Yes this goes beyond just a sipper and if I had one I'd consider following with another.

All around a great beer.

ZimZamZoom, May 09, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip, I usually drink this out of a goblet. The tulip works nice.

A - Mahogany brown, with a slight reddish hue, huge head, great retention, with glaciers of foam sticking to the side of the glass

S - Tart, malt vinegar, peach and strawberry ester.

T - Quite flavorful. Tart, pungent and musty vinegar flavors sit on a sweet malt backbone. Notes of sour fruit and a very buttery, rich oak finish.

M - Smooth, medium body with a creamy texture and a mouth-watering finish

D - I will drink this anywhere, anytime. Nice stuff.

ktrillionaire, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of mcallister
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bad boy is pouring with a huge ivory white head that protudes over the top of the glass. Great retention and when it finally fades a thick, sticky lace is left behind. The color is a dark mahagonny/ruby red if held to light.

A tart cherry, dried berry aroma. Hints of nuts, and other dried fruits as well.

This is a great flemish. Dried fruit and berry galore with a tart cherry kick. The finish is moderate and leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel is a tad off. It seems a little flat and thin.

mcallister, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml green bottle.
Best by Dec 2008 according to the cork.

a: Deep mahogany to brown. Cream colored head fades to a thin layer. Nice lacing.

s: Smells of tart fruit, cherry in particular and cola.

t: The combination of coca-cola sweetness and cherry reminds me of a cherry coke. Light tartness balances the sweetness. Low acidity for the style.

m: Carbonation is lively which complements the style.
Light to medium body.

d: Typical drinkability for style. I would drink a few if the sweetness didn't catch up to me. The sourness is more subdued than the other Flanders Ales I've tried. More sourness would help balance the sweetness.

One of the better Flanders ales I've had.
Its no La Folie, but nothing is.

BradLikesBrew, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of sinistrsam
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark red, almost black body under a small tan head which dissapated quickly. The head left excellent lacing around the snifter. The aroma was dominated by fruits, namely cherries, dark sugars, alcohol and molasses. The taste was some of the same, with dark (very) sour cherries up front, and hints of wheat, hops, sweet malts and sugars. I thought it was complex and interesting.
The feel was sour obviously, but if you can stick that out, it has an excellent blend of carbonation and sweetness to compliment the sour feel. It reminded me of a lambic or more specifically yhr three philosophers, but more subdued. Overall an excellent beer.

sinistrsam, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of BBP
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cherry chestnut hue with a solid head and lots of lacing.

The aroma is sour and full of tart. There's also hints of light and dark fruitiness.

The tastes starts up with both banana and raspberry. There's some tart to it as well and a bit of sourness. Mildly spicy and a bit peppery. Slight amounts of oak are detectable as well. All in all it tastes very fresh and bright.

The body is medium full. The carbonation is done nicely. It finishes dry and moderately sticky.

Overall, it's a solid drink with exceptional drinkability. Incredibly smooth as well. I'd definitely pick it up at least once. Considering it's from Belgium, the prices isn't too high either.

BBP, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of PiecefulToker
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first flander's red, and wow was I impressed. This beer is awesome.

At first glance, it poured a beautiful bergundy brown color, with a nice 1 finger head that lasted quite a while. Nice lacing down the glass.

S: It smells like sweet, delicate, fruity wine.

T: Wow, this beer is amazing, sweet, but with a nice sourness that comes in. It has wine like character that I really enjoy.

M: Excellent. Smooth, yet it has a great tingling carbonation to it.

D: I would only want one of these ever so often because they are so delicious, I could easily get addicted.

PiecefulToker, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of yen157
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown and hazy beer with stick white lace on top. Aroma consists of malt vinegar, cherries, and some toasted malt. During the first sip, it’s hard not to jolted by the pervasive sourness. After that first sip tough, the whole beer comes into focus. The sour is nicely balanced by medium-bodied roasty malt. Very active carbonation, but the bubbles were small enough so that the effervescence didn’t get in the way. Overall, a very enjoyable beer, especially as it warmed a bit.

yen157, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of JEdmund
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An attractive, true shade of red, though it lacks any head formation. The aroma is outstanding. Being new to the style, it's a new aroma to me, and I really like it. Incredibly sour notes coming off of this. I'm also detecting vinegar, but surprisingly it's not offensive. Taste follows nose closely with loads of sour flavor, though it's not out of balance. There enough malt in there to keep it grounded. As usual, this Belgian ale offers a generous amount of carbonation, helping to keep it light and drinkable. And at 6%, it truly is. This is probably the most wine-like beer I've had, with a lot of grape flavor coming through. The finish is tart with a slight mineral/copper bite. Lots of fruity after flavors to be enjoyed. I think this beer could do well with some cherry pie!

A unique style of beer and something I think most people could enjoy. I think it could be good on a hot day, though not more than one. I think it also has a lot of food pairing potential.

JEdmund, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of webmanspidey
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a large tulip glass. Color is a strong reddish brown with around half an inch of head. Smell is sour cider and cherry, very acidic. Taste is a kind of sweet and sour combination, with lots of grapes and maraschino cherry flavors. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Very good drinkability.

webmanspidey, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of TinusTime
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish red. With a nice fluffy head. The head doesnt last as long as some, but disolves into a thin lace on top. The aroma is extremely complex. Hints of apple, sour cherries, oak, light smoke, leather, fig vinegar. Everytime you take a sniff there seems to be something different there. Taste Is seemingly as complex. Its a great blend of both sweet fruity notes with some sour cherry, vinegar notes. The taste might not be for all. At first it reminded me of the Italian tradition of having a shot of really nice balsamic vinegar after a meal. The sourness however, does not overwhelm and the beer has a nice lightly carbonated mouthfeel that keeps the sourness from becoming too much and lets the sweetness and oakiness shine through. Drinkability is good, however im sure after a number of these the acidity would play wreck havoc with ones GI tract. Overall I recomend this beer and it goes wonderfully with tart foods or foods with cherries in them.

TinusTime, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Reagan1984
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Draught2012 for providing this in one of our casual trades.
Frankly, I'm not sure what to expect here.

Poured this into a champagne flute based upon the style suggestion. Really nice looking beer. A nice beige foamy head forms atop the dark amber colored beer. Looks like the perfect combination of beer and champagne. A decent amount of delicate carbonation rises o the top of the glass. The head does settle to a thick film across the top of the beer. A decent amount of thick lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of tart sharpness at the finish. Like a vinaigrette.

Wow, this is very interesting. Cherry, Caramel, Jolly Rancher Green apple. Light vinegar. I have to admit, I like this much more then I had anticipated. It's sweet, but also really complex. I taste some strawberries as I get accustomed to the sweetness. The tartness is there at the end. Not as sour as I expected. Good balance between the tart and sweet nature. Once you get used to the sweetness you notice many more things happening. You actually detect the light hop presence.

Very light, delicate like a sparkling wine or champagne.

Talk about a beer growing on you... I find this totally drinkable and have really grown to like this as I work my way through the glass.

Reagan1984, May 01, 2009
Photo of Brettanomaestro
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though it's a great bargain at $13 a bottle, Duchesse ran into the same issue as many craft beers. Despite being one of my favorites not five years ago, the last few years have been much sweeter and has lost that perfect balance of sweet and sour. Get back to your roots Duchesse, we miss you already!

Brettanomaestro, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Mellonius
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Mellonius, Jul 28, 2013
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
93 out of 100 based on 3,178 ratings.