Duchesse De Bourgogne
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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #9
Ranked #1,448
4.22 | pDev: 13.74%
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne
Notes: 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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misteil from Ireland

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: off white head which quickly dissipates to just a thin layer of bubbles, beer is a gorgeous clear burgundy colour, rushing carbonation within the beer.

smell: smells superb, a lovely sourness to it, lot of cherry, oaky, earthy, salt, sweetness from the fruit aromas, vinous quality to it, red grape, cranberry, excited.

taste: way sweeter than the nose let’s of, lot of cherry, kriek lambic qualities, excellent sour flavours, the sour and sweet flavours balance well together, salt, earthy, oaky, lot of vinous flavour to it, cranberry, quite nice.

feel: full bodied, medium to high carbonation, puckering sourness, very smooth.

overall: maybe a tad too sweet, but all in all a very tasty and complex ale, good stuff indeed.

Nov 19, 2020
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hefe300 from Oklahoma

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Off-white head dissipated quickly, leaving minimal lacing. Color is deep ruby.
Smell is of vinegar with a sharpness from the yeast.
Tastes of fruit. Sweetness is balanced by tartness like Bing cherries with granny smith apples and a splash of Worcestershire. There’s a depth that’s almost meaty like a red wine. Finish is sour. The tartness of the yeast that also comes through on the nose lingers on the palate.
Carbonation is medium to mild. There is a small amount of sediment at to bottom of the glass.
This style is something I don’t enjoy often but this is a fine example. I would recommend this beer to anyone looking to branch out stylistically or to anyone who enjoys this style but hasn’t tried this version.
Luscious, well rounded and true to style, this would pair well with a charcuterie board. The sweetness, bringing balance to the salty richness of cured meats.

Nov 15, 2020
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beerhammers from Florida

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All right everyone, I’m a long time quality beer lover but this is my first review of a beer ever. Ok the color is obviously a Dark brown with red in it. Smells vinegary but still sweet. Taste is smooth and dry and tart and sweet at the same time. Very pleasant and sophisticated flavor. It’s only 6% ABV so no problem to enjoy sipping at any night of the week without worrying about if it’s ok to have one more if one so chooses. First bottle I drank of it I didn’t like. I had the remaining 3 in the fridge for 6 months before I had anotoher one and to my surprise I started really liking it. I will buy this beer again for sure. it. A nice acquaintance.

Nov 11, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Dark brownish in color with hints of red and a small head. Smells like a wine with hints of vinegar and berry. Berry and wine also show up in the flavor profile with that twinge of sour but it ends kind of sweet. The smell isn't the best but the flavor profile is excellent

Oct 27, 2020
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hreb from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle stopped with a very long (i.e. hard to remove) cork, which itself is dated 2022-02-05. Label read Sour Fleshing Ale and 6% ABV. Served in a wine glass. This ale pours like no other beer, brown and tinged with red like wine. Very little head formation. Aroma yields malt vinegar (mildly) and a hint of berries. Flavor combines sourness with sweetness and oakiness in a way that is delicious in a way that is neither like beer nor wine. It leaves the tongue a little bit viscous but the finish is fruity and pleasant. Extremely fine carbonation. Excellent drinkability. This is one sour beer I can get behind 100%.

Oct 26, 2020
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Celtics76 from Rhode Island

4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was somewhat of a random purchase at Yankee Spirits - I had the Duchesse Cherry about a year ago, absolutely loved it so not sure what took me so long to try this highly regarded Flanders Red.

Pours reddish brown with huge head - about an inch that settles in nicely. Right off the bat I'm getting balsamic vinegar (!) and cherry aromas, which makes me a little hesitant (due to the vinegar). Tastes acidic as hell with the vinegar boldly at the forefront. Very tart/dry...but somehow it all works beautifully! Perfectly balanced and smooth drinking.

I can tell a lot of thought/care/detail went into brewing this beer. Bonus points for the striking label art. Could drink all day. Plan on trying the chocolate cherry next.

Oct 16, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep brownish red body with a swarm of floaters and an excited billowing toasted-cream colored thick foam head with moderate retention

aroma is light red wine with oak and a dash of yeasty funk

taste is sweet and tart fruit (grape, cherry, sour apple, and strawberry) with woody oak barrel and slight yeast funk

medium but soft carbonation and medium bodied. slightly astringent. tart and dry finish


Oct 05, 2020
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q33jeff from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25


Bottle to tulip glass.

LOOK: pours a deep dark red with a hint of brown. Head is light tan in color, super creamy and thick. Fades, but with excellent retention. Look mostly sediment/haze free, but hard to tell because color is dark enough to conceal if it was there. Impressive.

AROMA: red wine/red grape, cinnamon, apple, wood, mineral, raspberry. Pleasant and simple seemingly at first, but despite not being too strong, a lot of different flavors slowly creep in.

TASTE: Fruity up front and throughout. Cherry, grape, apple, general melange of berries. Some yeasty and woody notes give it some ruggedness. Touch of puckery grape/cherry. Very tasty.

FEEL: A hint of astringency in finish, but pretty smooth sipping. medium body. Some sharpness mixed with medium carbonation makes it lively.

Very Good. haven;t had many Flanders Reds, and while they are not a preferred style, this one is better than any I remember. I see the BA rank puts in 9th in the style, so I would certainly look for some others of this quality in the future.


Aug 27, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a Tulip.
Best by: 2021-11-26

It pours clear and is dark brown with tawny highlights in the glass. Very lively with plenty of fast rising bubbles replenishing the one inch tan head. The head leaves a little lace on the glass. A robust and complex nose has plenty of aromas to offer, dried cherry, oak, caramel, red wine, yeast, currant and a general tart fruitiness. Tasting much as the nose advertises, rich, sweet and sour, the slightly acidic sourness is kept in check by a Tawny Port-like fruity sweetness. The finish is much more dry and somewhat tart. The medium-light body is smooth, carbonation is medium-low. This was a great after dinner beer.

Jul 24, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep brownish red, barely see-through, with slight , quickly-dissipating white(I think?) head.

Smell is mixed brandy-soaked dried stone fruit+ (cherry,plum,apricot,fig?) , with some acetic sourness, and a bit of tannic wetness .

Taste is light, mellow acetic sourness, dried cherry & plum, with some light oaky flavor. Light drying bitterness, that lingers awhile past finish.

Feel is light, but not watery, with moderate soft carbonation.

Overall, just a joy to drink. The high regard for this beer is well-deserved. :)

Jul 22, 2020
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just1cho from California

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 11.2oz bottle*

This beer poured a dark brown amber color, almost looking like Coca-cola. It had a beige colored finger thick head and looked very carbonated with lots of fast rising bubbles. The head had low retention.

The aroma on this was tart, sweet ,sour, and a bit funky. I definitely got large notes of tart and sweetness from the dark cherries, and some cranberry-like sourness. Aromas reminiscent of plum wine and figs were present, as well as surprising notes of ethanol in the back end, but it wasn't a strong or overwhelming aroma.

The taste followed the nose. I found that there was a nice balance between tartness, sweetness, and sourness, but ultimately this beer tasted overwhelmingly of cherries which is never a bad thing for me. I was worried this would taste too reminiscent of cherry cough syrup, but I was pleasantly surprised that there was a nice balance between the flavor profiles that I mentioned before. There was also a slight oak character in the back-end of this beer which was combined with a bit of a bread note from the malts, but it was very slight.

There was a high level of carbonation that I found in this beer and it was coupled with a medium-body. This all made this beer very easy to drink and refreshing. The low amount of ABV found here also helped with the overall drink-ability of this.

Jul 12, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

2.22/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Brownish red in colour, small head that fades quickly. Smell of cheap red wine. Taste....ugh. To me this tasted like someone had poured sherry into an average English bitter ale and called it something different. I couldn't believe there isn’t sherry, port or sweet red wine in this. Very sweet and hard to drink. Cloying on the palate, took over an hour to lump it. Hated it.

Jul 09, 2020
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elNopalero from California

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my introduction to Flanders red ales, so long ago, and I’ll always have a fond place for it. Pours a ruddy reddish auburn. Light funk to the aroma, with lots of sour cherry. I get a nicely tart cherry note on the palate, with a crisp finish. Sweet, and perhaps sweeter than I otherwise like these days, but still solid.

Jul 03, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These Flanders reds have been delightful, and this one is no exception - darker than some, this had a ruddy brown body - essentially opaque - but the flavor and aroma profiles are on-point with the best of the rest - full of tangy and tart cherry and berry and currant, with lighter oaky wood tannins and quenching character from the very start to the finish - really good stuff...

May 31, 2020
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SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: rich mahogany (3.5) Smell: Sweet and bright (3.5) Taste: Lights up the front of the palate, with a lingering tart and tangy finish (4.25) Feel: light to medium bodied, with an uplifting, awakening mouthfeel (4.25) Overall: Sweet Tooths are going to smile! (4.0)

May 27, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

3.37/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle - purchased locally for $7 per single - poured into a tulip at 45°F.

Pours a translucent mahogany hue - very red with good clarity when held to the light - topped with two fingers of dark tan foamy head with good retention, eventually setrling to a loose collar with decent lacing. Plentiful visible effervescence.

Nose: Balsamic vinegar, second-use fermented cherries, currants, wet oak, and even a touch of darker malt. A bit of sweetness, but the acetic balsamic character dominates.

Palate: The ale greets the palate with a shockingly restrained acetic tartness that actually leans more lactic in nature, but acetic in flavour. A distracting level of sweetness quickly floods in and completely clashes with the balsamic vinegar component. Plenty of dark fruit notes - black cherry, currant, plum, blackberry, and some raspberry help to level out the sweetness, but it still manages to distract. There is plenty of oak character, which is nice, and it adds some much-needed tannic dryness in the finish, which itself, still has a lingering grainy sweetness, and a long finish of cherry-like notes which seem to never fully dry out.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is light-bodied, but there is noticeable weight from the sugar, pushing it towards medium-bodied. Some sticky sweetness clings to the lips, but nothing like a rich stout. Highly effervescent - not quite champagne-like, but it's close.

Overall: I'm not impressed with this one. The cherry variant was fantastic, and incredibly enjoyable, but this has all the sweetness of its fruited sister, without the fruit addition, and a ramped up balsamic character. I don't mind balsamic, but it just clashes with the sweetness, and it's as if it can't decide if it wants to be sweet or sour. It tastes like someone stirred a few tablespoons of sugar into a Flanders red ale, and it just doesn't work for me. By all means, try the Cherry variant, but in my opinion, this beer is a mess, and needs to pull back on the sweetness.

Mar 23, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.51/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I actually loved the way this beer poured into my glass nice foamy creamy 2 finger head but the smell was like a stong champagne smell to it .nice beautiful color
It tasted very smooth going down but this beer reminds me of a strong champagne
Not really a fan of this type of beer well maybe on new year's eve it would be good .

Feb 29, 2020
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mactrail from Washington

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

This is the textbook example of the Flanders Red. Beautiful dark red ruby color with long lasting foam. It’s fruity with cherries, delightfully sweet, and the tangy acidity gives it balance. It’s not sour like the American wild ale, just complex and deeply fruity. Served in the D de B globe glass at Swirl on Castro in SF.

Feb 01, 2020
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WanderingRonin from Canada (AB)

4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a clear dark brown/ ruby color that pours with a finger and a half of fizzy bubbly light brown head to it that has a pour retention to it but leaves a bit of a skim on the surface and thin slightly runny lacing on the glass.

Sour acetic acid aroma to it, with a dark fruity note to it.

Mildly sour forward with a light sweetness to it, light fruity notes to it of figs, currants, sour cherries and raspberries.

Medium bodied with a highish carbonation to it but still maintains a smooth mouthfeel, base is malty but with a flavor more like a malt vinegar then beer would have.

Back end has a vague hint of viney bramble and faint oaky red wine notes to it that blends into a complex balsamic vinegar flavor on the finish that leaves a fruity, almost floral acidic trace on the aftertaste and a very slight acidic burn in the throat and belly.

Jan 29, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark amber in color with tiny beige carbonation bubbles around part of the rim. The aroma is of horse blanket, tart sour cherries, oak, and touch of vinegar. I’m tasting light lactic sourness, dark cherries, and a faint vinegar flavor. The mouth is moderately carbonated and smooth from its time spent in oak.

Jan 17, 2020
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go-to when celebrating something. It is my favorite ale of all time. Very few sours can compare to the utter drinkability of the Duchesse. It smells and tastes amazing, making me want more after the glass or bottle is empty. It's difficult to get in my area but, I manage to buy or be gifted some at a reasonable price a few times a year.

Jan 14, 2020
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twage04 from North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with normal carbonation. Aroma is a bit oxidized, with some cherry and chocolate, a hint of acidity. Taste is much the same, though mild. All and all a pleasure to sip through that walks the line all the directions the beer is pulling you.

Jan 13, 2020
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased a bottle in my local grocer and drank it out of a glass. The beer tastes like sour grape and.... vinegar. It is not a terrible combination, but it does not delight my taste buds. Terrific art on the bottle.

Jan 02, 2020
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ThreatLevel5 from New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Look: absolutely gorgeous.
Smell: Smells sweet and very pleasant.
Taste: amazing like no other beer.
Feel: bubbly and smooth.
Overall: this is one of the best beers money can buy.

Dec 15, 2019
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EmperorBevis from England

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and bought as a carry out under recommendation of the landlady of the Microbar
Pours a very dark brown body with red hue and splatterings of tan head
Stalls like red wine vinegar
Flavour is brown sugar, Sherry and sweet pickle

Dec 02, 2019
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