Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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4,253 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
Ratings:
4,253
Reviews:
1,538
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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248
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922
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Photo of joshautry
2.52/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of lambiclove
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A dusty bottle on the bottom shelf at the local liquor store with a best before date of 2016-09-01.

Apple cider and apple cider vinegar immediately after prying off the cap and pouring it. Very clear dark mahogany with ruby tints, until the very last cloudy drop. Tan head, half inch thick, slowly dissipating. Very tight bubbles and lacing.
Very effervescent and enthusiastic aromas even from a distance. Cherries, malted barley and wort with no hops, tart cranberries, cola-like aromas. Very light oak.
Sour, tart, sweet fruits. Cherry, cranberry, apricot, maple syrup or honey. Some lemon or grapefruit, white or rosé wine. Some woody vanilla flavors in the back. The apple cider vinegar (acetic acid) flavors have come forward while its been transforming on the shelf, but it really adds to everything here instead of being a bad thing as it would in almost any other beer.
Lighter mouthfeel with smooth carbonation that keeps it feeling lively and refreshing. Sweeter body but tart and dry in the end which leaves me salivating after every gulp.

I ended up loving this beer, apple skin, cherries, vinegar, cola, everything. After this I've been keeping an eye out for a fresh bottle to compare them. An extremely curious and outstanding beer.

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Photo of Mister56
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy tart goodness. Light fruity cola flavor.

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Photo of Kbrady10
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GreenMind
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of morrowd3
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bronxbommers
1.28/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

smells and taste like vinegar

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Photo of Bshipman8993
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks dark amber almost cola like. very little head but the lacing that sticks around for a bit.
smells like grapes, figs, and candies sugars. s it warms the smells come out more and you can get some cherry smell.
tastes very grape, plum, and stone fruit forward. as it warms it gets better with some black cherry smell. Almost like a carbonated sweet plum/grape wine. Maybe some black cherry in there. Makes me wonder if the oak casks they age this in is old wine barrels.
feel is very full bodies. much like a full sweet wine. not too dry but has that full mouth feel. does not have the strong nasal after taste that I like but has a little. I wish it had a bit more malt taste to it but the fruity flavors are great so it isn't a big deal.
Overall a very good beer. I'm not sure I've every had anything quite like it. If you aged an abbey ale in wine barrels I imagine you could get something that tasted like this. it is remarkable good yet strangely unique.

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Photo of byronic
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabre311
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Griphon
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from bottle dark ruby with slight head. Smells of apple cider vinegar, grape and mustiness. Taste opens up into grape and sour apple being dominant and some cranberry and vinegar throughout. Also something darker in there- plum maybe? Feel is reminiscent of red wine but with some carbonation. The longer this sits in the glass and warms it seems the more it opens up and becomes more balanced.

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

L: Dark reddish brown, almost black, with reddish brown highlights. A thin foamy beige head quickly fizzles away into a thin ring, but splotchy lacing is left behind.

S: Black cherries, plums, dates, figs, raisins, burnt sugar, salted caramel, prunes, molasses, red wine vinegar, oak.

T: Immense candied plums and figs, with sour cherries and raisins. There's a molasses sweetness and salted caramel savoriness carrying through to a tart sour cherry finish. Astringent like crab apples and cranberries, yet with a buttery, butterscotch sweetness balancing it perfectly. There's an immense depth of barnyard funk and buttery, vanilla oak character. It comes across like a huge brandy or red wine with tart fruits and oak.

F: Medium-bodied, oily and smooth, with a nice carbonation pushing it along.

O: This isn't so much a beer as a sensory experience. This is one of the most complex and delicious beers I've ever had.

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Photo of TonyTwins
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of americancontrarian
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of prettyinpink099
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,253 ratings.
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