Duchesse De Bourgogne
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne
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From:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
 
Belgium
Style:
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #25
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,915
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 13.94%
Ratings:
4,609
Status:
Active
Rated:
Thursday at 05:15 PM
Added:
Oct 15, 2001
Wants:
  288
Gots:
  1,055
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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Ratings by jbeerd:
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4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4.75
by jbeerd from Antarctica

Jul 04, 2021
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4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Tomi

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.

Thursday at 05:15 PM
 
4.21 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Apr 06, 2022
 
4.14 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
 
4.08 by 6thstreetbrewpub from District of Columbia on Mar 02, 2022
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

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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4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jonphisher from New Jersey

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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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

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
 
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 07, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

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
 
4.63 by irishevans from California on Jan 11, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by RockEmBaby from Texas

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
 
4.21 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Dec 18, 2021
 
4.25 by Velivolus1 from Vermont on Nov 28, 2021
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4.96/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by md3kcn from North Carolina

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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4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

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
 
4.3 by triliu from Canada (ON) on Oct 28, 2021
 
4.28 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Aug 29, 2021
 
4.22 by Oleg85 from Russian Federation on Aug 23, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by elnachooo from Spain

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
 
4.21 by Booza from Australia on Aug 09, 2021
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4.98/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by rxmk from New York

Wow! I am blown away by this! Excellent beer. One of the best i ever had.

Jul 28, 2021
 
2.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jul 18, 2021
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4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by zac16125 from South Carolina

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
 
 
4.05 by PepRyan from Louisiana on Jun 19, 2021
 
4.67 by chiefz1 from New York on May 16, 2021
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4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jasadewi from Tennessee

5oz pour for me in a flight at Raleigh Beer Garden.
A: Looks like a dark black tea. Barely red, more burgundy or brown.
S: Sour funkiness and cherries notes.
T: Slightly tart, cutting sweetness at the end. Follows the nose, but not overpoweringly sour.
M: Light bodied and fairly acidic.
O: A really great beer, certainly worth trying.

May 10, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1519
I thought I had consumed this beer, only to learn I have not. My co-worker raves about this beer. Years later, I am finally going to drink this beer ( I probably should have done this long before now). The beer is 44 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour created a one-fingered head. The creamy tan had so-so retention and left no lacing on the glass. I was hoping for some type of lacing or retention. The color of the beer is SRM 20, dark amber brown with a reddish tint. The beer is clear with some carbonation bubbles suspended mid-liquid.

I get candied cherries followed by sourness. Another whiff I smell, oak, wine, malty sweetness, toffee, raisins, and earthiness. I want to say it smells like cough syrup but not with all the nastiness that cough syrup embodies. I love the aromas of this beer it is fragrant, sweet, and sour.

A huge punch of sourness, followed by candied cherries, and oak. Next, I get sherry-like wine flavors, vanilla, malty sweetness, and raisins. I taste apples, earthiness with a touch of funky.

The mouthfeel is puckering, tart, and dry.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and full finish.

This beer is awesome, it has big rich flavors. Leaves your mouth watering but finishes dry. I can see why this is a timeless classic. I would not mind a few more of these beers.

May 06, 2021
 
4.25 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Poured from a bottle, stamped Best before 12-17-2021.

Just a fabulous beer! Bright yet deep, tart with a rounded malty sweetness, fruity and funky. Well balanced with many layers of flavor.

World-class for good reason.

Apr 10, 2021
 
4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Apr 10, 2021
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4.69/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by MesaDan from Minnesota

Combined my reviews of 2017 and 2021: Brewery says it is a Flemish Sour Red Ale: Nose of red cherry wine with some must; deep red hue with tan lacy head; light and smooth mouthfeel with medium effervescent carbonation; taste of sweet, earthy cherry w/ some raspberry & oaky notes and with just a bit sourness. Finishes crisp with a lingering fruit taste.

Mar 26, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a 750ml bottle. Pours a dark red with a thin lacing of bubbles. Smells of sour cherries and straw. Medium body. Cherry flavor with some earthiness and a slightly sour finish. An excellent beer, and very distinct. Could probably pick this one out in a taste test!

Mar 20, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Sigmund from Norway

(250 ml bottle). Pours with a large thick head, colour is copper. Intense aroma of red fruits, red wine vinegar and horse stable. Lovely sour flavour of fruits, notes of spices. Aftertaste says "more, more!". A great beer.

Mar 20, 2021
 
4.42 by tscanlon51 from Massachusetts on Mar 18, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beerthiefdotca from Canada (NL)

On the attack I get black cherry the middle stays fruity maybe a touch of caramel. The finish drops off fairly quickly. The tartness you would expect seems absent. Still one of my favourites.

Mar 07, 2021
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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by GBStevenson from Tennessee

Among many of sours this is might be favorite that I can get here in Nashville. I buy a four pack once a week. It is splendid in every way. I love Rodenbach, Mort Subite among many, but amazing balance, mouth feel, the oak, champagne-like even. Cheers!

Feb 06, 2021
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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Gdabeast from California

This is without a doubt, a benchmark, a standard, for any sour style beer. It is ridiculous that you can get such a great beverage for such a reasonable price.
It holds a dark amber/ruby color, with a white head that quickly returns to the brew hence it came.
It has a sweet and fruity smell to it, smelling of cherries, leather, and wood.
The taste is a superbly balanced sweet cherry, with a full bodied almost creaminess to it. I believe part of the "creaminess" I get is from the excellent mouthfeel. One could equate drinking this beer to drinking a tart cherry pie filling. An amazing beer.

Feb 02, 2021
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