Duchesse De Bourgogne
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #23
Ranked #3,940
4.16 | pDev: 13.94%
Nov 23, 2022
Oct 15, 2001
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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Rated: 4.28 by Ananabiya

Nov 23, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with just a hint of mahogany around the edges when held up to the light, and a two finger light brown head. The smell is musty, woody, and fruity, hinting at something sweet and sour. The taste is rich, complex, dark, fruity, woody, and quite sour. It is actually rather sweet, but the sourness cuts through the sweetness for a well balanced finish. A great Flanders red ale, just as good as Rodenbach Grand Cru, if not better.
Nov 10, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Beecham from California

Oct 05, 2022
Rated: 4.69 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Sep 10, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Sep 05, 2022
Rated: 4.51 by McSeal from Connecticut

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by IvoryBilledWoodpecker from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Very dark, like looking into a dark-glass bottle of red wine. Head dissipates quickly but leaves lots of long-lasting lacing. On the nose, immediate smell of ketchup and then sherry vinegar, hints of toast, levels out into some metallic scents and aromas reminiscent of tannic red wine. Flavor seems less complex, red wine aromas are not reflected much here. Tart and sour, again very much like sherry vinegar. Though flavor is very strong it is light in the mouth. Sourness leaves a little tingle as you breath out through the nose. Sweetness and metallic notes present well into the finish. Carbonation seems lower (which I like). Good experience but not to be drank regularly.
Aug 07, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by bzawa

Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 4.13 by cold_beer

Jul 05, 2022
Rated: 4 by mpenske from California

Jun 17, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4.94 by MattW1

Jun 01, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle into a tulip. Couldn't find any dating.

Looks magnificent in the glass. Deep dark ruby red body, crystal clear when held up to the light. Off white head is replenished by carbonation and leaves layers of lacing.

Aroma is a little musty.

On tasting, it's quite well balanced, slightly more to the sweet side. Goes down very easy. Notes of dark berry fruit, red wine.

Mouth medium, finish fruity and a little drying.

Overall, an enjoyable drink. Tart, sweetness, and sour all seem to blend into each other, each occasionally rising to the top before falling away.
May 28, 2022
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Rated by Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Wowzer! Sweet, Oakley sweet, and very yummy .... Always love finding a new surprise that's great
May 27, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

May 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Tomi

4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Only notable note to form a complain is vinegary after taste, but even that is balanced and elevated with sour and sweetness, and salt. This beer must be a fluke, no one can do this well if they try.
May 12, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Apr 06, 2022
Rated: 4.14 by not2quick from Missouri

Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia

Mar 02, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark reddish-brown body, clear; excellent carbonation; moderate sized, lasting head; dense and spongy. Pleasing aroma of cherry with a mild, general sourness. Outstanding taste; initial lightly sweet malt flavor; caramel; sour cherries. Heavy body; soft and spongy; light acidity.

I have been holding on to this one for a while. Despite being a few months past its suggested best before date, the beer drinks surprisingly easily. The blending of sweetness and sourness is superb, while the mildly toasted malt adds an excellent level of depth and complexity.

Pouring temperature: 56 °F; bottling data: Best before 2021-11-26
Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured semi vigorous, was late getting phone and head had dissipated to what you see now. It is actually pretty appealing though, a nice dark brown/red hued color with a creamy ring around the glass. Some floaties hanging out too.

Smell is interesting and very unique...I keep getting all sorts of different smells each time. First it was all acetic, the came some tart cherry, then I got a weird funky note that almost reminded me of cheese, yes its definitely there, but it only shows itself every now and then; last note grape skin. At this point I'm very curious what this one tastes like...

Wow, that is certainly not what the nose told me it would be. Sure the sour and acetic are there but it is actually a lot sweeter than I would've ever expected. It is almost like cherry candy at first that quickly goes tart, reminds me of sour patch kids in reverse. There is also some baking spice notes that were no where to be found on the nose. I didn't pick up on oak initially but it does show itself in the aftertaste fo rme.

Mouthfeel is medium, typical belgian carbonations, a beautiful combination of both sweet and mouth puckering sour; they mingle on the tongue in perfect balance.

Trying Belgian beers like this is always a treat for me. I don't drink them often but every time I do it seems I find myself being taken on a sensory trip all over the place. So many different aromas, then tastes and all always balanced in such a perfect way.
Feb 13, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep dark amber-cherry colour, the light carbonation at first might fool you as it grows into a two inch bubbly head, that collapses into a persisting one inch, soft fluffy head that lasts well over ten minutes. The lacing is off the charts on my tulip glass

While many beers have that citrus zest smell on the nose, Duchesse has much more of a juicy smell instead. Dark cherries and malt are strongest here, Oak-y wine like must smells swirl around as well.

Those wine like notes are up front for sure, the sourness is a light, tart cherry, and general fruitish notes (green apple, blackberries, oh, and wine grapes of course with that sourish thick skinned vinous chew). Nice subtle long finish, the malt backbone lasts the longest, and the gentle sourness finishes very sweet.

Disagree with the review(s) that said it was one dimensional. This absolutely opens up, not just as the beer warms, but on the sip as well. The Oaky, wine, grape must notes are strong at first with the sweet sourness before opening up with some dark cherry notes. Mouth watering at this stage. And yet, it finishes dry and you get the real malty sweetness, notes of apple, blackberries, maybe raspberries but I’d at least say general juicy tart fruits.

Soft carbonation that creates a gentle sip that goes down easy, but enough lasting carbonation to support a head that collapses into a thick fluffy one inch line that lasts almost the entire duration of the drink. Gentle sour notes pucker the tongue slightly before opening up.

I haven’t had many Flanders red ales or lambics, krieks, etc in a long time so I can’t say this is a benchmark, but it certainly feels like it. Overall the looks, tastes, smells of this beer are gorgeous and it’s not overwhelming on any one area to scare anyone off. If you want a beer that goes hard in any direction I’m sure you could find it, but Duchesse de Bourgogne has the balance and yet complexity to absolutely satisfy, a gorgeous well priced sour
Feb 12, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2022
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Whole Foods.

A - Pours a vibrant cherry color with no lacing and no carbonation. Not much life in this glass but maybe the CO2 on the tap line isn't set correctly?

S - Really nice, tart cherry, black cherry aroma with a slight bit of juiciness on the nose and a delicate amount of sour twang.

T - Cherry from start to finish with a puckering, tart sweetness on the back side.

M - Slight puckering big body that's silky soft and leaves the mouth watering.

O - This is a really fantastic beer and highly recommended for the style.
Jan 28, 2022
Rated: 4.63 by irishevans from California

Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by RockEmBaby from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
L-A real pretty reddish brown pour. Approximately 2 fingers worth of a light amber head. A real nice color combination.
S-Nice fruity smell with a hint of oak. The malt and hops also come through.
T-At first sip there’s a fruity and sweet taste, but then a real pleasant sour after taste comes through that provides a nice balance to this beer.
F-Real smooth
O-When I first took a sip of this beer I was totally surprised because I never tasted any beer quite like this. But the more I drank it the more it grew on me. This is a very unique and well blended beer. When you’re in the mood to try something different I recommend giving this beer a try.
PS: This beer went really well with the ham we had for Christmas!!
Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

4.96/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Purchased as a 28-ounce tall bottle at The Fresh Market for $14.90. Poured into a tulip glass.

L - Ruby/mahogany with a one-finger dark eggshell head. Incredibly beautiful lacing; coats the sides of the glass.
S - Merlot grapes, leather, and cherry. Oak. Legitimately smells of a good red wine.
T - Cherry, dates, and grape on the front. Oak and tannin notes throughout, with a charred oak base. Finish is tart and juicy, and left on a slightly bitter berry note. On the sweeter side at first, it turns well-balanced as you progress down the glass.
F - Full-bodied, with light carbonation. Silky and juicy. Satisfying finish.
O - Though my ratings may differ, this is my new favorite beer. Wine-like sans the snobby, this is a perfect pairing to my Thanksgiving meal. If I were to have one beer before I died, I'd be honored for this to be the one. I cannot recommend this enough. Will purchase again.
Nov 25, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
11.2 oz bottle EB Euro dated 2022/09/16 into a 12 oz ale glass.
L: Pours murky dark amber/brown with a fizzy head that is gone in seconds down to edge foam, well carbonated, no lacing.
S: Sour, over-ripe apple skins, vinegar, cherry, red wine tannins, red wine cork, leather, dark fruit.
T: Tart, sour, sharp acrid sweetness, full flavored dark fruits, oak wood cask, cranberry, cherries. It is fairly intense tasting and I do taste nuances of malt in the background towards the finish.
F: Medium-light bodied, lively with carbonation, acidic and moderately drying. It has an intense and compact mouthfeel that is puckering.
O: A complex beer that is almost like dark cider meets tawny port wine. Very sour with cask aroma and a lively taste along with deep fruits. A sour beer to sip and it is excellent in it's style.
Nov 14, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by triliu from Canada (ON)

Oct 28, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation

Aug 23, 2021
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cerveza de color rojizo con un cordón espumoso de retención media. Ligera y de carbonatación media/alta. Aroma a cereza, cereales y caramelo. En boca tiene una agradable acidez con notas de manzana.
Aug 09, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Booza from Australia

Aug 09, 2021
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Rated by rxmk from New York

4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Wow! I am blown away by this! Excellent beer. One of the best i ever had.
Jul 28, 2021
Rated: 2.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
11.2oz bottle into a Teku
Best before: 2022-08-06

A: Pours an almost cola color in the glass but with hues varying from ruby to caramel when held to light. 2 fingers of dense light tan head build before dissipating down. Moderation retention and lots of lacing. 4.5

S: Aroma is tons of sweetness up front, moderate dark fruits, huge butterscotch, a bit caramely. Tartness is mild, but there is pretty prominent pungent cheese like funky notes. 4

T: Taste is just bursting with flavor, huge rich dark fruits, equally huge sweetness with tons of sugary caramel notes. There is tartness, but it’s not particularly prominent. No reply
funky notes at all. It does provide some balance but for the most part it’s a sweetness bomb which admittedly I find a bit surprising. I do get some oaky notes to round it out. Very good but almost too one dimensional which again I am shocked by. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied but not heavy, carbonation perfect, some mild puckering tartness made it more drinkable than it otherwise would be. 4.25

O: Overall it’s a very good beer. Not my favorite style, nor is this my favorite in the style, but I recognize and appreciate that it’s one of the standards. 4.25
Jul 07, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by jbeerd from Antarctica

Jul 04, 2021
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