Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass: Port City Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Dark Reddish-Brown Mahogany. Aggressive pour produced 1 finger of head which dissipated in two minutes. No lacing. Loving the color!

Smell: Tart, slightly metallic, cherries are most prominent. A bit of alcohol smell.

Taste: Tart cherries mostly, slightly metallic aftertaste. Tiny bit of lemon sourness.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation. No stickiness. Refreshing.

Overall: Probably a good beginners sour ... drinks like a tart cherry juice with just a bit of that funky sourness. Nice underlying sweetness.

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2.5/5  rDev -39.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of AlexJ
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This lovely lady pours into my Delirium tulip a deep garnet hued brown with a medium sized head of off white that quickly fizzles out leaving light lacey streaking as it goes.

The aromas are intense, brimming with tart cherries, oakey dryness, musty cider, green apples, and celler must.

The flavor is really quite incredible, a blend of sweet and sour cherry, oak, earth, vinegarry apple cider, sugary sweet and dryly tart at the same time. Each sip makes me go mmmm.

The body is quite large, silky smooth and lightly carbonated. The mouthfeel is lush and sweet and really coats your palate with beautiful, funky, sweet and sour flavors. Too bad it's so expensive cuz I could drink this every day. We shared this bottle and paired it with soft Borgogneian cheese of the same region. It was a match made in heaven, thanks Gabe!

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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

I had this beer last week on tap, and I realized I could get a 4-pack, and then decided that clearly, after flipping about the beer on tap, that I should certainly do so.

Appearance: Gorgeous dirty white head, meaning the reddish color is putting it off on that degree a bit, and in a good way. A nice amount of bubbles flowing up from the bottom.

Smell: Red wine, vinegar, some tart apples and fruit -- maybe granny smith apples. Almost some sour apple candy type smells. Fantastic.

Taste: Sweetness up front, and a slight amount of tartness. Fruitiness and apples, cherries, raspberries. Some sugars. Just wonderful overall. The wine / vinegar quality is there, yes, but the balance is amazing and fools and teases your taste buds into only good things.

Mouthfeel: A great balance with carbonation and the tartness that sneaks through into the taste. Not creamy, really, but not really light. It almost starts out like a spritzer and then somehow fills into a gorgeous dance of balance, complexity, and taste. And this is just the mouthfeel...

Drinkability: Easily one of my new favorite beers. I need more beers in this style I imagine. The wine-like character may turn some people on, though some, on the other hand, may be completely turned off. However, the ABV is moderately low, but I personally think this should be a treat, and especially without food. There's so much beauty going on that no compliments are needed.

Please try this in some form, just to try a pretty different style at the very least. I can't wait to get more.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into my NBB snifter. Best by date of 8/14. It was rich ruby color with some carb streams but no lacing. It had a small fizzy tan head that quickly settled into a collar.

The aroma was outstanding. Really love the Flanders Red Ale aromas. Balsamic vinegar, sour cherries, grape - nice mix of tart and sweet. Add a little funk aroma and it would be perfect. The taste was also great. I've had this numerous times and was surprised that I hadn't reviewed it as I thought I had. This particular bottle was a lot sweeter than the others I've had so this is a review of this bottle and recollections of the other times. Sweet as I said but not usually not overly sweet like this one. Needed a little more tart to balance it but still pretty good.

Overall, a really great beer that I highly recommend. In my regular rotation.


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Photo of mmmbeer
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL brown bottle, best before 10/18/07. The Duchesse is a blend of 8 and 18 month old ales that have been aged in oak casks. It pours a lightly-sedimented mahogany that thins to amber near the bottom of the flute, and has medium to light carbonation that goes up to an inch of yellowish/brown head that leaves nice sheets of lacing. The aroma is sweet and sour, lactic?, with fruit (berries?), chocolate?, mild oak, iron, and maybe some green hops, all blended very nicely. It is a delicious beer, both sweet and tart, with a lactic or wild sourness, a mild bitterness, raspberry/blackberry, cherry?, chocolate?, and maybe some green/leafy hops, but is overall just a touch too sweet. The body is light to medium body, smooth, with a tannic dryness, and medium carbonation and finish. Overall very refreshing and quite drinkable - not too sour and fairly balanced. I could probably drink two or three in a row without too much trouble.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.82/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very cool beer. Very sour and very sweet. Different than most Belgian sours. The carbonation is TERRIBLE though, the overall impresion would have been higher if it was spot on. There is no head and very fizzy. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. Very fun beer regardless.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which appears to have even better retention. The head is a light tan/almost beige while the body is a mix of dull chestnut brown and dull maroon which appears as a mix of crimson and maroon in the light. Considerable lacing has been left behind.

Nose- Starts off with a bunch of acetic acid from the bottle which quickly turns to a light vinous smell. The aroma from the glass, however, is in no way light- this is full on red wine. It's been a while since I drank wine but it seems in the vein of a Zinfandel or Syrah. Cherries and plums- softer red fruit. Not as tart as I would have expected from a Flanders Red. Swirling reveals a sharper red wine profile that almost suggests tannins. If I were blindfolded, I would assume from the nose that this was red wine and not beer.

Taste- Starts with a slight continuance of the vinous nose but then turns decidedly sweeter with a low key cherry (somewhat cherry pie) note. Definitely not as tart as I would have guessed initially but after seeing the pH readings, it makes sense. Some wheat, some grain- something that most tart beers' flavor profiles never give a chance to show. Vinous nature (all red wine) starts to appear and in wine parlance seems a little flabby. More delicate than loud- this is a much more accessible Flanders Red. It won't wow anyone into sours but it's sitting just fine by me. Definitely a wine drinker's kind of beer. Some hint of peaches or other stone fruits. Slight sherry notes. Good to really good beer, pretty much in the middle. Not as clean and crisp as many Flemish Reds but also not as tart. It's a trade-off I'm okay but places this beer a level lower than some of those great beers. Touch of cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Almost medium bodied with lots of syrup to the texture. Good amount of carbonation that has some zip. The zing gives this somewhat flabby beer a little more character.

Drinkability- Surprisingly easygoing. This is easily the most drinkable Flanders Red I've ever had. And at 5 to 6 bucks, it's also very reasonable. Could be very nice as a dessert beer.

Overall- Good to really good. Doesn't hit you over the head like most of the beers in its style but is still quite enjoyable. A must try as it adds breadth to the style. I would buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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

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3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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