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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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3,076 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,076
Reviews: 1,348
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 136
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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jwff

Alaska

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Best before 29/4/07.. I think I'll live. Pours reddish with brown edges and little head to speak of. Excellent clarity. Balsamic vinegar stands out backed up by sour cherries, sugar, wood, and roasty malts. Taste is upfront fermented cherries with a nice hit of sugar and tartness. Finishes oaky (guessing French Oak because of the name Bourgogne). Tiny bit of butter in the finish with slightly roasted malts. Light bodied and fantastically carbonated. I was afraid it would get too sweet but it's holding up nicely. Would love to try this fresh. IS THIS A FLANDERS RED???

05-18-2007 03:00:57 | More by jwff
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

A- A nice reddish brown color with about a finger of head and pretty decent lacing.

S- Fruits are coming out the strongest, in most particular I would have to say apple. Faint smell of alcohol as well, but the smell makes me want to dive in.

T- This is my first sour so maybe this will change later, but this taste is fantastic. Get that fruit taste up front and then bam, the fruity tartness seems to hit you all at once. Seeing as this is my first sour beer as well, this is something entirely new to me.

M- Thin to medium mouthfeel, more on the thin side. I think I would prefer this to be a little bolder, but still don't know how that would mold with the beer.

D- The only thing holding back this beer from being highly drinkable is the sweetness of the beer. Not hard to put done a glass, but some might be turned off from how sweet it is.

Notes: I think there is going to be a long love between myself and sours.

09-17-2009 23:41:56 | More by Lolli1315
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter
Best before 03-03-2012

A- Dark orange maroon color. A two finger of an off tan head. A nice looking beer.

S- Wheat, grass, dark fruit, Hay, a slight twang.

T- A nice dark fruit up first. Sweeps over with a grape, wine type taste. A lot of hay and lemon grass. A sour tang, A slight spiciness.

M- This beer has a great feel to it. Smooth and silky. High carbonation. Spicy and sour.

O- Absolutely fantastic. This is my first Flanders Red. A fantastic sour.

11-12-2012 00:27:23 | More by TwelveOunces
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illidurit

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Poured into a snifter at The Red in Santa Cruz. Color is a mix between quadrupel brown and cherry red. Decent head for a style characterized by acidity.

S: Oak, brett, vinegar, cherry.

T: Nice red fruit sweetness is decapitated by an exquisite tartness and vinaigrette bite that puckers every corner of the mouth. Some oak and grape skin.

M/D: Thin bodied, dry, effervescent, and smooth. The only fault is that the sharpness is best in small doses, reducing the drinkability to me.

12-26-2007 06:12:18 | More by illidurit
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at The Map Room in Chicago.

Appearance - Served in a tulip glass, this one is a deep red brown in color with a faint orange tint to the back. Very murky as it is difficult for light to filter through. Very pretty head that came up rather quickly and almost topped over the edge. Head still remained half an inch thick after settling for awhile. Gigantic clumps of lace decorate the top all the way down.

Smell - Sour and pungent cherry. Somewhat of a vinegar smell to give it a nice subtle funk.

Taste - This tastes somewhat like a lambic, but more bitter. Wonderful blend of sour and tangy cherry, that only turns more bitter on the swallow. Has a very smooth feel at first, but becomes very alive and bites at your tounge. Leaves with a dry bitter coating of the tounge.

Drinkability - Have had this out of the bottle before. The first time was in my beer infancy, and didn't know what to expect. Trying this again was a real rebirth for this one. So much better than I ever remember it being. Great sipper to enjoy and fall into.

10-16-2008 02:02:00 | More by ryrust5301
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jmshipe

Delaware

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

750 ml Bottle

Pours a dark, clear reddish brown, with a ring of head. It smells quite tart, with notes of sour cherry and vinegar. You'll find a deep, sweet taste that carries along a complex mix of spices, yeast, and cider vinegar. It feels quite delicate and fizzy, which a wonderful match to its other characteristics.

This is one of my favorite beers for late fall, and through the winter. Guests are delighted to try it, and it pairs well with seasonal ingredients. A prize example of a Flemish red ale.

12-12-2009 12:28:37 | More by jmshipe
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Picked this up at Julio's a long time ago, poured into my Dogfish Head chalice.

A - Pours a cherry amber hue with a large, off-white, 2 finger head with a good retention and a light lacing.

S - Light sourness with some faint vinegar notes along with some slight earthyness qualities.

T - Lots of nice oak barrel with this, quite prominant and mingles nicely with the good sour vinegar notes and faint cherries. Nicely complex as well.

M - Nice carbonation for this style, keeps it up off the tongue.

O - Super refreshing and delicious. Quite enjoyable and a solid brew for the style.

08-16-2012 22:05:57 | More by rudzud
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dansmcd

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Dark red/pink/brown body beneath two fingers of foamy, fizzy, eggshell head and then excellent spotty lacing.

S - Tart cherries, red wine, belgian yeast and booze.

T - Sweet, sour and vinegary. Cherry, strawberry and alcohol are the predominant flavours.

M - Moderate to high in carbonation, light to medium bodied. Very tart and sweet.

O - Very refreshing and bloody delicious.

12-01-2011 07:05:29 | More by dansmcd
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clayrock81

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a snifter glass and received a two-finger head that died quickly on top of a dark brown with purple tints (think brown grapefruit juice) body. Some caramel and citric notes like grapefruit and pear, along with a light malt presence and oak (sort of reminded me a cab sauv) in the smell. An excellent tart citrus taste, like cherries (and oranges; acidicness), mixed w/ caramel and chocolate malt and oak. A medium to full body that goes down smooth with a wine-like aftertaste (a tad sour) and carbonation. Good fruitiness in there (sort of reminded me of a Belgian triple, and this is a Belgian afterall), but maybe a little too sour/fruity for a complete sessioning, but this is one damn good beer that you must try if you haven't already.

05-22-2008 17:26:51 | More by clayrock81
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barknee

New York

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

This brew has been sitting in the fridge for the last 6 months, as I feared of a potential similarity to Rodenbach Grand Cru. Different world..out-of-this world. First and foremost is the absence of clinical levels of acids which are present in Rodenbach. This brew is extraordinarily well balanced; slightly sour, slightly acidic and moderately sweet. The nose is a soft essence of wet wood with the perfect accompaniment of bret on the nose; wonderfully integrated. An impressive foamy tan head leading to massive lacing throughout the tasting. Sweet malts and candy sugars make for the perfect foil to the sour elements of this brew. This bottle was easily consumed with a meal of sweet & sour shrimp stir-fry, simply a perfect match! With its rich deep cinnamon color, beautiful balance and exceptional flavor profile, this is a surprisingly complex and delectable treat.

03-04-2007 02:45:00 | More by barknee
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

Lately I've been in the mood for some sour beers, so last night I picked up a bottle of Duchesse De Bourgogne, a Flanders Red Ale, and a bottle of Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm to around 45º F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby brown, with a thick, frothy, beige head that thins to a persistent layer and leaves massive lace on the glass.

Smell: Sweet with an acidic sour cherry aroma. A lightly funky aroma emerges upon swirling.

Taste: A sweet cherry fruitiness upfront is met by a strong acidic tartness that moves into a metallic twang in the finish and mingles with hints of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Moderate, effervescent carbonation. Light-bodied and almost silky. The finish is moderately dry.

Drinkability: Tart, but the sweetness balances well.

Overall: An excellent Flanders Red. It's no La Folie, but it's very good nonetheless.

08-16-2006 03:34:28 | More by EPICAC
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

On draft in a wide-mouth Duchesse De Bourgogne wine glass.

Shiny copper color that turns the lights behind it red. Very impressive in a bar with lots of lights.

Thin, consistent head that leaves random gops of lacing.

Tart aroma. Flavor is consistently as stong as aroma - interesting dynamic that in profile similarity.

Great mouthfeel. Sweet, flavorful finish but not too much.

02-20-2009 23:29:48 | More by Yetiman420
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

750 ml bottle.
Sits in the snifter a a clear, deep ruby hue, nearing on brown, with a toasty, fizzy head holding down the fort.
Spicy aroma, and plenty sour, replete with associations of dark fruit, grapes, dates, blackberries, and a twisted hint of licorice. Wicked mix in this nose. I like it.
Oooo, puckeration! Mega-hit of sour on first sip! Backwash of sweetness, cherries and plums, but the tart stays on top. Next sip: Ooooweee, it's at it again! Molasses-like, and treacly in the taste, thinning out by the time the flavor leaves the palate and I'm ready for another swallow...ooo, quit doing that!
Around this time, the intense tartness mellows a bit, and the brew plays a little lighter in the mouth. Sweetness glides arm in arm with sour, and they play a tight ping pong match.
body is medium, lightly fruity, long-lived finish. Tasty thing, despite the challenges that must be met in approaching the brew. I'm going to relax with the remainder.

04-23-2005 04:49:06 | More by feloniousmonk
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KFBR392

Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: pours a rusty brown color with red accents. Two fingers of head continued to regenerate while drinking. Active carbonation is right on for the style.

Smell: Oak and sour grape must on the front. Cabernet type wood characteristics and dry grapes. Dark fruits and some soapy notes on the back end. Mossy hops also play a role on the back half.

Taste: Rounded, easy oak sweetness warms the lips immediately. Slight dry grapes open up on the body and leave a medium dryness on the palate. Cherries, grape must, blackberries, and mulberries all shine on the back half of the body. Oak chips, cedar, and lingering dry fruits blast onto the finish. Lingering cherry and fruit sweetness sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Dry woody notes on the front yield to a puckering tartness on the body and finish. Carbonation fits very well.

Overall: A really excellent brew. Impressive layers shine throughout and venture into deep depths of complexity. The finish is surprisingly crisp yet refreshing which keeps the drinker coming back for more.

08-18-2014 04:52:26 | More by KFBR392
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%

Reviewed on 6/7/13
750 ML in snifter

A - Brown with reddish hues, two finger light tan head

S - Interesting mix of sweet bubble gum/candy like aroma with tartness. Notes of sour cherries, sweet malt, dark fruits, and vinegar

T - Sour upfront but moderate not harsh, then sweet candy and fruit flavors in the middle. Finishes dry with some sourness lingering on the palate. Notes of sour apple.

M - Light body and very high carbonation that works well with the flavors in the beer. It actually finishes relatively smooth which I was surprised with because of how highly carbonated it is.

O - Tasty flanders red, that has an interesting sweet sour mix going on.

01-12-2014 20:19:09 | More by Profchaos20
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BeerAmbassador

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +1%

This is the second time I have tasted this beer the first being only a few ounces at a tasting I decided to wait for a full bottle to review it.

Appearence is a deep ruby color with fairly small head that dissapates quickly.

Smell is super complex: sweet, sour, woody all at once. definately some fruitiness going on as well.

Taste is amazing with lots of fruit/ sweet/ sour going off all at once. This beer reminds me of balsamic vinegar in a really good way. This beer is so complex I am having a hard time quantifying it.
Mouthfeel is just about right with maybe just a slight bit of a grainy feel.

This is definately food beer. I would have a hard time drinking it without food to go with it. As of now I have an aged white cheddar that is aged with Guinness stout and it tastes pretty good together but since it reminds me so much of Balsamic I bet it would go better with some really good Parmesan. When I first tasted it someone said that it makes a killer salad dressing which I found pretty interesting. And I bet if you reduced it down to a glaze it would be killer with some grilled meat.

09-21-2006 22:50:33 | More by BeerAmbassador
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output01x

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (Best Before 09/11/2013) into a tulip glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger tan-colored head atop a clear cherry brown body with a great torrent of carbonation bubbles surging from the center of the glass. After about a minute-and-a-half, the head dissipates to a thick dusting and thick foam ring. Some decent lacing can be seen clinging to the glass throughout consumption.

Sour and slightly funky, the nose is primarily vinegar and wet wood. Notes of sour apples, black cherries, and raspberry soda are also noticeable.

Each sip starts with sweet and tart flavors of black cherries, raspberries, oak, and just a bit of barnyard funk. Swallowing the beer only increases the sour level and invites flavors of raspberry and cherry candy similar to Jolly Ranchers. These flavors may fade over time but they stick on the palate and linger indefinitely between sips.

Medium bodied with excessive carbonation, this beer fizzes like Alka Seltzer in Dr. Pepper. The body is full enough to allow the flavors to not only register on the taste buds but to stick around for a good bit as well. However, the body never becomes sticky or coating, thanks to the effervescent carbonation. Despite all the fizzing, the carbonation really doesn't detract from the experience much and really helps to keep this beer really drinkable.

03-07-2012 05:47:31 | More by output01x
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +1%

A: Nice deep burgundy color.

S: Huge fruity aroma, sour cherries, and berries and a light vinegar presence.

T: Cherries and sour berries for flavor and drinks like a fermented fruit juice with some fresh dark fruit and plums as well. Some oaky and vinous notes. Sweet alcohol laced cherries closes things out. Spicy bite from the yeast and hops with an acidic bite.

M: lots carbonation and was very fizzy. Very smooth and silky on the tongue and well balanced.

D: Highly recommended. smooth and is very drinkable.

12-20-2008 00:37:49 | More by beerthulhu
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.2/5  rDev +1%

25 cl. bottle, with classical picture on the label.

Looks chestnutt brown, clear with decent carbonation. Modest head, modest lacing.

Nice smell of oak and wine. A bit of roasted coffee as well.

Taste is interesting indeed: slightly tart, with wine and fruits notes. Also roasted malts that develope into nutty and coffee, with modest hops and yeast.

Smooth and refreshing. Very drinkable too.
An interesting experience.

04-28-2010 13:00:12 | More by RuudJH
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timtheenchanta

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Deep amber/ruby color. There's a decent two finger head with good retention.

Very sour and woody smell to it. Smells of cheap red wine.

Tart taste rules initially with a wine like taste lingering in the back. Delightful sourness that is a bit tainted in the finish by a metallic hint.

This brew feels wonderful on the tongue and is a delight to have. It's not my favorite Flemish but certainly isn't bad beer to have on hand.

04-23-2006 06:19:22 | More by timtheenchanta
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uno99

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +1%

This might be the most available Flanders Red in the states, but here in Canada this is hard to come by (or any other Flanders for that matter). This is by chance available in a local bar, but I happened to get this one in a trade.

Poured at 55 degrees into the center of a Lucifer goblet.

A: a tightly foamed head quickly forms as the beer is poured. Almost one finger in height. Lacing is really good, and sticks to the glass like glue. Head seems to stick around for a while as well; it settles into soapy, clumpy mess on top of the beer. Body is deep mahogany -- almost rosewood.

S: This is maybe the 4th Flanders Red I've ever sampled, so I dont know the style super well, but this could be the most "in your face" example I've had. Yes there's some sourness; curdled milk or off ranch dressing, but it's also quite malty and sweet. The oak comes through pretty well but not a dominate figure in the crowd. I would say this is all about the medium colored fruits and cherry sweetness. Strip the sour note away and you might even convince someone its Dr. Pepper.

T: Sweetness is upfront, but sourness pulls a good showing. Lots of fruit suggestions as well as earthy and nutty hints. Quite complex actually.

M: Quite a sweet and sticky mess in the middle, but a little dry on the edges. Would be a good dessert type beer, not a main course pairing choice.

Overall: I really enjoyed this one, and might actually be my favorite Flanders Red.

06-30-2011 01:59:23 | More by uno99
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +1%

This beer pours to a fairly clear but dark berry color. Carbonation seems minimal, and the head quickly falls to nothing though it wasn't much to begin with.

The smell is the perfect mix between a sweet and tart rasberry aroma with a dash of red wine vinegar. Smells absolutely amazing.

The taste is very similar. Astonishing. However, the finish sticks around for what seems like an eternity. Constantly getting drier and drier while the tart and horseblanket stick around until you just can't help but to take a fresh drink. If it weren't for the absolutely horrid finish that had me contemplating chopping off my tongue, I would have awarded the taste with a 5.0 as well, but that honor will be reserved only for the smell.

The mouthfeel is great up until the finish. It sweeps through the palate registering what seems like thousands of separate and unique flavors in the split second that the beer first hits the tongue. My entire palate is stimulated, and I'm tasting in places of my mouth that I didn't know had tastebuds. But then the finish crashes the party no later than the beer is swallowed.

The beer is actually very drinkable if you don't let it sit long enough that the finish makes you want to die. A great beer for people looking to get their feet wet with sour beers.

01-23-2006 07:22:55 | More by neonbrown82
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Wayne17

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +1%

06-29-2014 00:01:29 | More by Wayne17
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medic25

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Definitely a change of pace from the everyday beer. Served in a chalice, fairly short-lasting brown-tinged head tops a dark, reddish brown beer. The first whiff has quite a bite to it. Once you get past the initial vinegarish scent, a more fruity odor dominates. The acerbic trend continues with the first sip; an almost overpowering (but not at all unpleasant) sour cherry flavor dominates. The tingling aftertaste is probably my favorite thing about this beer; think eating sour patch kids when you were younger. Not a beer I'd suggest to introduce your macro friends to the BA world, but overall a pleasant drinking experience.

12-14-2004 03:29:16 | More by medic25
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

4.2/5  rDev +1%

Tasted on tap in Café Gollem, Amsterdam on 16th October 2005.
Saw this on tap, and had to try it.

I have reviewed a Flanders red ale before (Bourgogne des Flandres) and quite liked it, but this offering surpassed it. Appearance was typical red/brown ale with a little haze and a thin off-white head.

Smell was fairly complex; lots of things going on. Taste was less sweet and sour than BdesF and much more complex. This was a very enjoyable experience, so I repeated it!

10-19-2005 18:25:51 | More by JohnfromDublin
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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