Duchesse De Bourgogne
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne
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Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #9
Ranked #1,305
4.22 | pDev: 13.74%
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne
Notes: Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8 and 18 months old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.
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Reviews: 1,588 | Ratings: 4,474
Photo of LampertLand
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Verhaeghe 'Duchesse De Bourgogne' @ 6.2% , served from a 330 ml bottle
A-pour is amber from the bottle to a dirty brown in the glass with a frothy tan head leaving a spotty lace along the tulip
S-beautifully pungent
T-sweet candied fruit , smooth , refreshing
MF-decent carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-one sip & I fell in love with this beer , wow+
prost LampertLand

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Photo of mkh012
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark red-brown with a wispy off-white head.

The nose is apple, cranberry, and caramel, and the taste follows. Subtle lemon tartness quickly gives way to apple juice, berry, and caramel.

Medium sweetness and mouthfeel.

Overall, good but lacking funky complexity.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

De Cervezasespeciales. En copa Teku. Jugando a Bastion. Rica mezcla de frutos rojos con vino tinto, con una acidez que es muy asequible para cualquier paladar y olfato.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.92/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

"Best by 6/22/17"; drank 3/6/16 @ the Yarchives.

Murky dark purple appearance.

Nice khaki head; strong, frothy lace.

Dark cherry & faint nail polish remover notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Dark cherry soda flavor up front; faint nail polish remover notes on the finish.

Very sweet with astringent booze heat; somehow drinkable but far from enjoyable.

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Photo of EMH73
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with red highlights, a one inch fluffy and well retained beige head that let blotchy lacing. Smells of yeast, tart fruit, oak and vinegar. Interesting blend of sweet and tart fruit flavors with berries and cherries the predominant flavors, oak, Belgian yeast just a hint of vinegar, brown sugar, grapes, caramel and a cherry coke quality. Medium bodied and carbonation, slightly dry finish. Very complex sipper.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) brown bottle into a customer taster pint; best if consumed by 6/4/2020.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark copper color with orange-amber highlights, a two to three finger, foamy, tan-rose head, impressive retention, foamy, clumpy lacing that tends to hug the fluid meniscus well down the glass.
S: Acetic acid aroma at first blush, but quickly resolves to a tart and fruity (apple, cherry, berry) melange. Maybe a little lactic acid when it settles down.
T: Sweet and tart with flavors of berries (raspberry, blackberry), pinot noir, cherry, cane sugar, plum, and pomegranate. Caramel somewhere in there. Bitterness submerged to a large degree, but style evident and helping with a fairly sharp finish.
M: Medium bodied with strong to medium carbonation. Very slight tannic astringency, but really adds positively to overall experience on balance.
O: A sweet, vinous and fruity Flanders Red Ale. Approachable for a sour novice, but complex enough for an aficionado. Oddly vinegary nose at first, but resolved quickly into a first rate ale.

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Photo of sloth777
4.81/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Loved it. What's great about this beer is, because it is wine like in some ways, and it was even liked by some others in the group who typically aren't beer fans

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Photo of jrc1093
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best by 2/26/20 (presumably bottled on 2/26/18)

Pours a clear, deep brownish red with a glistening maroon complexity; an ample head of light tan foam has decent retention and leaves a thick collar alongside sporadic bits of thick, soapy lacing in its wake.

Aroma brings a deep hit of balsamic vinegar upfront, with tart fruit, oaky caramel, plenty of acidity influencing the entire bouquet going forward; funky and very unique, this aroma takes its notes and explores them with no lack of depth.

Taste smooths with a very well-balanced sweetness introduced unexpectedly; I’m now getting leather/tannins, dark cherry, red grape must, caramel, oak, underripe sugar-coated strawberries, and light raspberry tones; the sweetness hits its ceiling without really overwhelming, and balances alongside the acidity for further complexity.

Mouthfeel displays a highly robust body on the lighter side and finished with medium-high levels of carbonation; stays dry and vaguely syrupy up until the finish, where a bright bit of oaky, semi-sweet tartness bursts through; refreshing, with some really nice depth on the palate.

Potential ignorance here as this is my first Flanders red, but I can’t help but see this as a unique, complex beer by any standard, with the interplay between tart and sweet notes evolving into a true highlight. This is one to build a relationship with.

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Photo of dcotom
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330-cl bottle into a glass goblet. Appearance of flat Pepsi Cola, with gorgeous ruby highlights and a finger of off-white head that left some spotty lacing as it settled. Complex aromas and flavors encompassing everything from cherry cola and caramel to tart fruit and Belgian yeast. Slightly syrupy mouthfeel, with a hint of astringence and a surprisingly dry finish considering how sweet this is. Tartness / sourness is quite understated and the alcohol well hidden, making this an excellent and very approachable introduction to the style.

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Photo of Helluvaz
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

- 1 pint 9.5 oz bottle poured to chalice @ about 10 degree C. Expiration on 08/20

A: Fruity scent with some tartness, but quite light. A slight hint of wild bacteria fermentation, but not strong. Alcohol scent is well hidden. This Flanders Red Ale resembles the scent of a young, light-body, fruit red wine, like Pinot Noir, but sweeter.
A: Brown-copper pour, clear ruby-red color against light. Off-white, light tan, rocky head with good retention.
F: Tart with tanning, wine-like, sour from fruit (plum and pomegranate), no noticeable hop flavor. Strong hint of fermentation from wild bacteria. Sweet.
M: Tart and sour, easy to drink, slight dryness from tanning. After taste is light. Not too bubbly, perfectly carbonized.
O: Well-balanced beer with strong wine character. Sweet and sour taste makes it great to drink alone or with seafood. Very strong fruit flavor and scent from fermentation process.

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Photo of mattyfitz
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Good head retention. Color was a dark amber. Taste was very similar to a tart apple cider, slight hint of malt on the finish. Bought this on the recommendation of the employee at my local shop. Was very happy with it. Definitely would buy it again.

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Photo of jonb5
3.39/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe . A: Dark mahogany colour, almost opaque, tiny head faded quickly, didn't leave any lacing. S: Had quite a boozy aroma, hints of sour cherries. T: On the sour side but didn't over do it, cherry was the predominant fruit, had a long lingering sour aftertaste. M: Thick chewy texture, not overly carbonated. O: A decent beer, didn't go overboard with the sourness.

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Photo of GentleKnight1
2.7/5  rDev -36%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Albert Hein grocery. Dark straw color with nice head. Smell see.ed off so i checked expiry date, which wasnt due for 2 years. Taste was highly carbonated, citrusy and almost astringent. Overall, highly distinctive, but i found it unpleasant. Would not buy again.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.62/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I expected this to be quite a bit more tart than it actually was. Pretty smooth drinking and was fairly tasty. I don't know that I would actively seek this out but I'm glad I got to try it. I have seen it on shelves for quite some time and always passed over it. Hints of sweetness here and there as opposed to being tart. This would probably be good with some dried meat and cheese.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was unlike any beer I’ve ever had, sweet and sour all-in-one...

Right out of the bottle it had this nice very dark, rustic color. There was no head and no lacing. The smell was more danky than I prefer but it did have a sweet touch to my nose. Mouthfeel is dry, lightly carbonated as well as astringent. Then we get to the taste - a sweet mixture of cherries, a bitterness from lime or lemon and oranges to mix it all together. Very unique and I graded it as such. Overall, I found this to be something out of the ordinary, yet it wasn’t particularly spectacular.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ruby red to light soda color with thick head and lacing.
N: Biscuit, malt, fruit, and some sour/dank notes.
T: Follows the nose, nice fruit notes with a soft malt and biscuit feel, mild sour and some dank tones.
M: Medium
O: A very nice beer, super easy to drink and complex flavors.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark burgundy-red with two fingers of khaki foam. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is red apple, plum, biscuit, bread and oak. Lovely aroma. Flavor profile is plum, grape, red and green apple with biscuit, bread, and oak behind. It forms a lovely blend of sweetness and light sour. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a fine, velvety smoothness. Overall, a superb beer that combines a balanced flavor profile with splendid feel.

Served in a stemmed glass from the bottle.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Tulip glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark beer with a translucent feel to the body which came off slightly thin. Medium bubbles with a orange tinted head rising tenth of an inch off the body.

Smell: Sour lemon scent with a with a yeast feel to the nostrils. Fruity with hints of taet on the body.

Taste: Sweet and sour with hints of line and deep touch of yeast. Comes off a special sour and a cherry feel you will never forget.

Mouth: sticky beer. Thin body and hard to get rid of the taste. No complaints on this side.

Overall: Good brew. Took me by complete surprise. You feel a lot when drinking this. Has a sticky feel but super refreshing which makes you think it could be your true thirst quencher. Salud.

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Photo of sokol_1993
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from the local Bevmo.
Look: brownish red. Very little head, but some lacing. Not too lively.
Taste: Quite sweet, surprisingly, which balanced the tartness well. Earthy. This must be the beer that the gods drink themselves. Why did I wait this long to get it?
Feel: Refreshing, but it's 6% alcohol, you can feel it!

An excellent beer! Will definitely have it again and recommend it to anyone who likes Belgian beer.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Beautiful amber with a thick tan head.

Smell: Spicy grain, sweet and sour fruit.

Taste: Sour and malty, like fermented raspberries.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated.

Overall: Interesting. Much more sour than I expected from the description.

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Photo of DesMorris
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L - pours a nice thick head at about 50 degrees. Reddish-Brown
S - spicy, apple, alcohol
T - a little sweet/tart, spicy, apple,
plum, raisin
F - very balanced, just the right amount of tingly carbonation, compliments the flavors just right
O - very good classic example of a Belgium reddish brown sour ale. Very well balanced and one of the best imo

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

L - 2 finger head that dropped to 1 finger after 3 minutes; tannish colored head, some lacing.
S - very noticeable, sweet/sour, oak, raisins, plums
T - sweet start, sour finish, raisin, plum, oak, better when cooler (sweetens when warmer)
F - well carbonated (champagne bubbles), medium body
O - one of my favorite Flemish red sours (but behind Rodenbach); just a touch too sweet

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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely my favorite Flemish Red Sour Ale .. Bomber sat over a year in the cellar and it was better than ever . The Belgians know how to do their sh*t :)

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Photo of cardfan212
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into two glasses. This is my first time with a sour beer, so it was exciting and interesting.

Look - Dark reddish brown, almost like a cola color. Short head that didn't stick around too long.

Smell - Wonderful fruit and spice notes. The first thing that came to mind was cinnamon apples, but I also got some cloves and overripe pear from it.

Taste - When cold, it was incredibly tart. Very sour cherry flavor. As it warmed, it became increasingly sweet, almost too sweet for my tastes.

Feel - Highly carbonated with very small bubbles. Reminded me of drinking a soda.

Overall - An incredibly complex beer with something new to find on every sip. However, if you're unfamiliar with the style, I'd recommend having somebody to split the bottle with. One glass was enough for me.

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Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To me this is about the best a sour can be - nicely balanced with sweetness and a moderate ABV. This is a beer I return to again and again as I enjoy it heads and shoulders above a lot of other sours I’ve sampled.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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