Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne
BA SCORE
86.6%
Liked This Beer
4.15 w/ 4,277 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,427
Reviews:
1,543
Ratings:
4,277
Liked:
3,706
Avg:
4.15/5
pDev:
13.98%
Alströms:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
249
Gots:
939
Trade:
16
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Ratings: 4,277 |  Reviews: 1,543
Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 4-pack at the store, I vaguely remembered trying a bottle of this beer a couple of years ago, and that I really liked it, so of course it was time to really review it.

Smell is apples, and sour smell to it, almost like apple cider but more funky. Taste is of course, apples then grapes, maybe cherries, and what I believe is vinegar(!) However, this is all very well balanced, not bitter at all, and has no hops taste at all.

Feel is very light, tart, dry with high carbonation, and leaves a slight pleasant fruit-based aftertaste. Overall beer is refreshing.

I am starting to believe that sour beers are not my thing after trying a few types, but having said that, I enjoyed this beer. I recommend anyone who enjoys any fruit-based beers to give this beer a try. I find this beer better than any Lambic or Gueuze I have tried to date.

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Photo of ZachT
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bbtkd
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brouwerij Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne, 6% ABV, 11 IBU, style is Flanders Red. Pours medium viscosity and pale red, with nice foamy off-white persistent head. Nose is malty and cherry sweetness, and tartness. Taste is a smooth fruitiness, tart, sweet, with no discernible bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, and overall excellent. Revising my original review downward. Originally had it on tap and it was great, slightly tart. From a bottle it was quite sour, which I'm not a fan of.

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Photo of PhamilyJewels
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PprBurke
2/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of AustinWadkins
3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First sour so don't judge

Pours deep red with a 2 finger head that quickly falls

Smell of vinegar, dark cherries, dark fruits

Taste sweet, way better than the smell, dark cherries, dark fruits,juicy, dry finish

This beer has deffinetly turned me on to sours! Delicious!

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Photo of joeasalasg
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dazka
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of machavez2003
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Meyers1023
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pineapple_playa
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PaleAleWalt
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trotnixon
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dansushi
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Foley67
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 86.6% out of 100 with 4,277 ratings
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