Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium
brouwerijverhaeghe.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,251
Reviews:
1,538
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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Photo of royalenfield
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this is not everyone's cup of tea, but I just love this beer. It isn't lip-puckeringly sour like some Flemish Reds, but it's still got a nice sour kick like a really good grade-school soccer player. For some reason it's always very popular with ladies, particularly white wine or cider drinkers. Perfect with clam chowder, carbonara, gumbo, and other creamy/spicy rich foods.

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Photo of Lucular
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Smells extremely sour and vinegary. However, the taste is much sweeter than the smell indicates. Initially I liked it a lot but by the end of the bottle it was a bit too sweet for my taste. Mouthfeel is one of the best I've ever experienced.

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Photo of impending
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hibernator
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duchesse De Bourgogne
25.4 oz dark green bottle with caged cork
Exp. date listed on cork: December 2007
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a dark crimson red color. Fluffy head forms on top with little holes throughout. The head sustains and leaves major trails and patterns of sticky lacings all over the glassware. Layers and layers of lace provide decoration.

Whiffs of funky yeast, sour notes and cherries.

My sip starts off with a sweet, caramel malt backbone that lays the foundation and then instantly transforms to a highly acidic and sour bash on my palate. Hints of raisins, prunes, cherries and blueberry syrup meld together under the mouth puckering tartness that awaits the finish. The hop profile is minimal at best. This beer screams sweet & sour.

More "balanced" than a true lambic, but just as interesting in terms of complexity and depth. Wow, I'm so glad I'm discovering this style of beer.

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Photo of Lewnanny
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A real nice beer, with the touch of a champagne. I can drink this beer with my wife and she have love it.

The IBU is definately 0, and the SRM is about 20. The 330 ml bottle is a must for everyone that want to taste a beer out of the common.

Try this one as soon a possible.

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Photo of Brihon
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jimmys
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL. EXP 11/2016.

A: dark and hazy, i would go so far to say this is a light brown rather then red. great lacing and head retention. surprised it is as cloudy as it is.

S: dark fruit, must. acetic acid. a hint of diacetyl? lots of must. hint of sweet caramel malt.

T: tart but super smooth. this thing has really rounded out with time. sweetness on the back-side makes this very easy to drink. man, this is one balanced beer.

M: moderate fizzy carb on a medium body.

D: overall a really well made beer. i bought this close to its expiration but would be confident it could keep running strong.

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Photo of joemetric
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of freshflesh
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jcru33
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Janeinma
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of RyanPS
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Mantooth
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mechtech
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Balsamic vinegar, cherry, fairly sweet and tart, slightly soy sauce. Finish of tartness and rich fruit lasts longer than expected, and a musty taste is eventually left behind. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Quite nice if you like vinegar, fairly complex.

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Photo of Bingja18
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of TheLevi4000
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of CloudStrife
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 14/06/2014

A: Pours a clear dark rube with a one finger slightly tan head. Lots of visible carbonation in the body. Head sticks around as a thin covering for quite a while. Leaves some good lacing on the glass.

S: Hits your nose with a sweet, fruity, sour blend of malts and yeast. Vinegar and oakiness permeates as it warms. Cherry comes through as well as dark fruity malts.

T: This is a tart and sour beer with a great sweetness and fruit. Strong cherry and some real good oak. On the sweeter side of the spectrum.

M: Very crisp, lots of carbonation combined with a fairly thick mouthfeel with a bit of a syrup feel. Dry feel, alcohol is lost in the flavor.

Overall this is a phenomenal beer, very easy to drink and an amazing flavor. Would love to drink this all the time.

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Photo of RichardMNixon
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Triklino
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,251 ratings.
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