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:
4,219
Reviews:
1,530
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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246
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905
For Trade:
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Photo of joeasalasg
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:
Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Nice 2-finger head. Slightly hazy, and a deep copper/red colorf.

Smell:
Strong vinegar. Slight fruit and caramel, but overpowered by the vinegar sour.

Taste:
Slight bitterness at the first sip, then the balsamic vinegar becomes apparent. The vinegar fades quickly and it starts to go on the sweet side. Slight nutty flavors, wood/charred oak, sour fruit, and caramel. Dries out a bit and you are left with some oak and nut flavors. Very comples.

Feel:
Medium bodied. Pretty much spot on.

Overall:
I have had a few of these. This 375 ml bottle seemed to be of a lesser flavor quality than the 750 ml I had prior. Still a great beer, but I'm not sure why I liked the bigger bottle better. This totally justifies buying a bigger one. Highly recommend.

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Photo of FlyingFlat
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, here we go... A Flanders Sour....I've had others and frankly, some of them are more sour in the vinegar sort of way, rather than a tart sour cherry sort of way. This one has a vinegary smell, so that's kind of off-putting...I'm not getting any cherries in the smell and only a hint of malts. It pours a nice brown/red color with very little head, and very little lacing. The taste? Well, i was surprised (in a good way). This has the flavor of sour cherries--in a big way. There is a little malty body there. But not much. Abundant sugars keep this sour from tasting like a bottle of fizzy wine vinegar. There is plenty of carbonation to add a zip at the end. If you're not into sweet tarts, or cranberry juice, or sour cherries, this one isn't for you. It really isn't my thing either--but for its style, it is one of the better Flemish style sours I've had... And the only one I could finish. If you like a fruity, sour ale, this is what you need to partake in.

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Photo of egoo33
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dazka
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of machavez2003
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Meyers1023
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brown pour with a light amount of tan head. The aroma is cherry, sour, barrel, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is a lot of fruit, soured with a good balance of barrel smoothing it out. Very interesting flavor with a lot going on in a wonderful overall beer.

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Photo of claricealess
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pineapple_playa
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trotnixon
4.6/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut brown with cranberry highlights. Small frothy head.

Aromas of apple cider vinegar. Slight barrel, slight bandaid.

Flavor is just FULL of ripe cherries, wild berry, bright fleshy plum, with a lactic acid sourness and slight vinegar. Just, wow. Perfect up till the finish which veers off a little.

Feel is like a leathery wine. Just stays with you and that's OK by me.

Overall, may be picking up a bomber. This was tight.

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Photo of beagleyx2
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dansushi
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Foley67
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brown on the pour with about a third an inch of head. Smells of yeast, lemongrass and fermented fruit. Perhaps a touch of caramel in there as well. Tastes of sour green apple. A bit of a cranberry flavor in the finish. Texture is a little granular, like drinking pure apple juice. Overall, a tasty and distinct beer.

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Photo of TDEMOOY
4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I'm not a big fan of the label but the taste is amazing. This is my favourite beer.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a chalice. I personally like the label.

Deep brown with some reddish and amber hue when hits the light, the pour forms up one finger of silky light tan head that retains itself for some time before gradually subsiding to long-lasting bubble film atop along with several sticky lacing patch and web that appear on the glass-side from time to time.

Super mellow vinous and fruity in the aroma, it comprises of ripe cherry, red wine, oaky, chalky yeast, tart apple, acidic, some chocolate, and some roasted profile, so complex and blissful.

The taste is artfully blended. Fruity coats the tongue with characters of oak sherry, sweet and tart grape, winy acidic, sour apple then malt joining increasing complexity with a rotation of chocolate, dough, and caramel that shifty travel through the taste buds. It becomes dryness in the finish with such blissful complicacy lingering on and on.

Medium body with some sticky touch through the palate, the mouthfeel is smooth and just right with some lively carbonation generated some crispness. Finish is pleasantly dry.

This beer is truly art in the glass. Complex and refined work of craftsmanship, it grows on me in every sip and sticks in my mind for long even the glass is already empty.

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Photo of Hendry
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super dark burgundy color, opaque, with a light tan head, some lacing.

S - Strong vinegar note, sourness, red wine aspects, and a definite hit of oak.

T - Follows the nose, with vinegar aspects a-plenty, but sweetness is an immediate secondary hit. There is a note of wine in the middle, and the close is surprisingly supple, fading to quiet sour elements.

M - A full feel on the open, clean close that does not linger.

O - A touch too close to the vinegar aspects for my taste, but with that said, it has a delicious flavor, a certain savory quality that offers a boosted richness, and an exceptional close that leaves the palate clean.

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Photo of sherillc
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aromas of tart cherries, lime and a hint of vanilla. Packs a sour punch but once you get accustomed, this is one complex and interesting beer. Balsamic vinegar and more tart cherries on the palette followed by some nice malty notes. Certainly not my everyday go-to beer but when in the mood for something different this hits the spot.

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Photo of Morganraid
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Dairy_Heir
4.64/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,219 ratings.
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