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Duchesse De Bourgogne - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,965 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,965
Reviews: 1,339
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 128
Gots: 265 | 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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T_Hass

California

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

06-02-2014 18:48:09 | More by T_Hass
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The mouthwatering nose and stable half-inch head make this as appealing as any funky Belgian. Raw fruit and raw wood are backed by controlled bacteriological spice and this is, all in all, elegant.

The palate, however, is entirely undeveloped. Though it originally opens to impressive fruit -- raspberries and grape, mostly -- loaded with vinous, beaujoulais-like qualities, it feels thin and Spritey. Overwhelmed with an obnoxiously light soda element, this is an easy beer to forget about.

The label notes "careful maturation in oak casks," but the oak contributes little more outside of a woody flavor and some vanilla -- no body, no structure, or not enough.

Residually sweet of malt, Duchess doesn't deliver the caramel that I expect (and hoped for). Instead, this is a summery mix almost wine cooler-/mimosa-/balsamic reduction-like in its conception.

The properties of a Flemish red are here, but all the king's horses and all the king's men . . .

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 23:30:14 | More by ngandhi
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours active with what looks like floaties popping up top and they disappear quickly into a little harmless carbonation. No head and no lace to speak of.

Smell--Wow !! Almost like vinegar. Very stinky sour acidic fruit scent. Not even a farm smell, more like musty damp socks. My high score is not because it is a pleasant smell but because it is so unusual. I like cheese to be smelly and thats the analogy I will make.

The taste is completely different from the smell. It is now sweet and slightly syrupy with a dry lemonny or citrus type finish. The mustiness comes across like some real effort has gone into brewing this stuff. Chalkiness too with maybe a tad of malt on it. Syrupy mouthfeel and not too drinkable due to its extreme taste and smell. I love it though and will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 00:43:06 | More by rousee
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yeaprolly

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

06-12-2014 23:39:26 | More by yeaprolly
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IronTom

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

08-18-2013 21:19:30 | More by IronTom
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inebrius

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chinotto! Fermented, of course, with a raw fruit kind of sour pear gig going on. Nose of sweat and licorice and pungent weeds amongst sill laden four berry pies and cotton under garments hung in the soft Autumn air. Tart and sweet like the most quality of Chinese dipping sauce. Flow is frothy and bold. Me like, Todd like. More.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2003 07:40:28 | More by inebrius
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tenacioustomato

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-09-2013 18:25:34 | More by tenacioustomato
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Hopmarc

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-26-2013 01:03:51 | More by Hopmarc
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darker scarlet amber/mahogany, with light head. Aroma was of cherry, raspberry, spice, and vinegar. Palate was a mix of cherry, apple, and spice, like an applesauce with a cherry twist and some cinnamon. A little on the sweet side, but decent, and a pleasant drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 08:16:25 | More by BoitSansSoif
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brewerburgundy

California

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, Bruery tulip, best by 10/6/12.

Gorgeous very clear red, cherry red. The head is a fairly thin, frothy tan that does seem to stick well to the glass.

Delicately acidic, like very fruity red wine vinegar. Cherry, raspberry, and cranberry all make an appearance, as does some good, honest sweet biscuit malt.

The flavors are a fuller realization of the aromas. Strawberry joins the mix and it seems like the better characteristics of rose champagne and sparkling cranberry juice are combined with beer. It has a lovely level of tannins that work to balance the sweetness in the absence of any obvious hopping. The sourness is pleasantly drying and tart.

Prickly carbonation is reminiscent of champagne, as is the tannic roughing of the tongue and drying of the mouth. One is left with little aftertaste, save a little acidity in the throat.

I love my first sour beer and Flanders Red Ale. Will power has kept me from having finished the glass already. While this sours might not be a go to, they are a new favorite. Duchesse is nothing extreme but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:18:07 | More by brewerburgundy
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-29-2014 19:10:50 | More by Schmoog
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brownish beer with hints of red. Aromas of cranberry, cherry, and sour raspberry. An interesting interplay of sweet and sour flavors, but it lacked some of the complexity, especially the vinegar notes, that are found in the Rodenbach Grand Cru. It lost it’s way a little on the finish too. Still good, just not fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2005 21:21:03 | More by fisherman34
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Rudgers73

New York

2.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a short chalice. I bought this bottle because it was Belgian and I tend to like Belgians. I poured it and it looked like a nice BSDA with a deep brown-red color, tan head that stuck around, and a touch of carbonation. It smells buttery at first with a sweet smell I have never smelled before. Almost like banana and really young pears. I took a taste and it was not what I expected at all. A wild, tart, rich flood of apples, grapes, and walnuts (maybe from the oak). Until I looked at BA.com I didn't know I had stumbled into my first Flanders Red Ale. The mouthfeel was tart and dry, with sharp sticky-sweet notes. Very crisp and clean. I think I would have liked this more if I knew that it was a Flanders. I went into it expecting a deep, round, caramel taste. For now I think FRA's are a bit too tart for my taste as I am currently swinging from belgian darks to american IPA's. Too much for the time being, but maybe I'll return and buy a few in a few months.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 13:47:26 | More by Rudgers73
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ReeseMax3

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

09-14-2012 17:21:28 | More by ReeseMax3
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of this style so that should probably be kept in mind when reading my review.

A-Pours a beautiful cherry/brown with an excellent off white billowy head.

S-Tart and sour, cherries and apples jump out at me, and just a hint of citrus. Its pretty complex and strong.

T-I would be lying if I didn't admit the first sip took my breath away. At first I couldn't decide if that was a good thing or a bad thing, but it was definitely a positive. It tastes like a strong carbonated water with sour cherries and apples. Vinegar comes in for the finish but is accompanied by some sweetness.

M-Carbonated but in a good way because it helps make it exceptionally refreshing.

D-I don't know if I could drink more than one of these in a sitting because it is unlike any beer I have ever had. But I definitely enjoyed the experience and will try other beers of the style.

Overall, I enjoy this beer and would drink it or other examples of the style. It is very interesting and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 20:32:18 | More by thegodfather2701
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Pillowburn

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

08-31-2012 03:53:37 | More by Pillowburn
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

10-30-2013 23:51:30 | More by Krakpoff
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2014 19:27:23 | More by gr8zehaman
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:19:09 | More by Profchaos20
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innuendobrewskiman63

New York

4/5  rDev -3.8%

09-04-2012 22:28:01 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-07-2013 01:49:49 | More by rale
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WTKeene

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-06-2014 05:54:56 | More by WTKeene
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Mikexw

New York

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

04-08-2014 03:21:54 | More by Mikexw
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best before 09/11/2013" printed on bottle.

A slightly aggressive pour got me a little over a finger of tan head. The body is a deep brown with red-orange hues to it. The head dissipates rather quickly, but leaves a thick healthy ring up top with a little dusting. Some lacing noted during enjoyment.

Sour vinegar and light funk are the first aromas noted. Also noted sour fruits including apples, white grapes and baking cherries.

Sour vinegar and funk start this off in the mouth, much like the nose. The continues on with the sour apple and grapes earlier noted, then makes a nice transition over to a sweet cherry flavor with notes of vanilla and black berries. Sourness stays with you the whole course of the ber, but when the sweetness kicks in it really changes it up.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. It is highly carbonated, and it is assumed that this keeps it from getting sticky and/or syrupy as beers that get this sweet can become.

As sour beers aren't really my cup, this one surprised me in being more than quite enjoyable. It is light, fruity and pleasant. It is rather inoffensive and likely a good start for introducing people to beers with a more sour side to them.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 20:52:37 | More by CFHMagnet
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a deep and rich amber with scarlett red highlights. Strong levels of carbonation can be seen despite its slightly hazed body. Two fingers of creamy egg shell white head sit on top and is in no hurry to recede.

The first thing that hits me is vinegar in the nose. It's dry but not at all overpowering. Notes of white grapes and apple cider add to its tartness. It's quite vinous. Musty yeast and touches of cranberries add a lot more complexity to its tartness. Very interesting and complex in the nose.

Not as tart as I thought it would be. The sweetness of the apple cider is heightened. Subdued vinegar notes reside at the back of the palate and make themselves prevalent throughout. Tart and sweet cranberries pair with subtle yeast notes in the finish. There's still a slight tartness there as well but by the end it has regressed into the background.

Light to medium bodied with a good creamy feel. Dry in the finish with a tingly carbonated kick. Very well rounded and extremely well balanced.

A great intro to this very interesting style. The tartness is present but tamed. Flavourful throughout and highly quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 21:20:41 | More by ludachris
Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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