Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

4,251 Ratings
Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne

Brewed by:
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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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

Photo of Bammer21
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of evanwoertz
4.87/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Happy to finally give this style a go. This one pours a deep, hazy Ruby colour accompanied by a small khaki head. Light lace.

Aromas of vinegar, cherry, lemon sourness. Taste is lightly balsamic and apple cider vinegar-forward with cherry tartness and red wine sweetness. Some dark fruits mixed in with some funk. Apples, grapes and some malt in the end.

Medium bodied with just the right amount of pucker. Very nice brew.

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Photo of thebooyakid
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steverx8
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Had in bottle. Very rare to find on tap. Poured into tulip glass. Beer is light brown with a light cream colored lacy head.

Texture is bubbly. Bubbles seem smaller than typical beer bubbles--similar to champagne. Gives the beer a effervescence not typically found any beers, let alone aged beers.

Flavor is a balanced red/brown ale (i.e. a little more malt than hops) with a strong balsamic and hints of cider.

Sour is a little more than moderately astringent. Not to the point of being pucker-up tart.

Fantastic example of a well-rounded, balanced sour.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of Commandophile
3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A - light brown, off- white head that dissipates quickly but lingers as you swirl
S - light balsamic with dark berry or cherry in the background
T - sweet malt with assertive acidity. Light balsamic flavour balanced with sweetness
F - lively in mouthfeel. Slightly astringent
O - One of the best and consistent sours

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

Photo of ffgrace
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken 08/28/16:

Clear brownish red, ranging from ruby to dark pink to rich orange in the light. Consistent, foamy head of creamy tan. Moderate retention, layered, filmy. Aromas of balsamic and wine vinegar, fresh paint or industrial marker. Perhaps a touch of grape spirit. Balanced, not unpleasant but not enticing either. Like drinking watered down sherry vinegar with brown sugar added, and an aethery or solventy retro-olfaction. Tartness of mostly vinegar and somewhat metallic with light dark fruit and sugars detected, throughout. But also a burn relating to acidity probably more so than alcohol content, at its height during finish. Light-bodied, with fine soft carbonation, smooth throughout apart from throaty burn in finish. I’ve gotten used to most Belgian beers by now but these sours and occasional strong ales that are basically sours anyway are a little harsh. Fun to try, still. If you enjoy the occasional kombucha or like to drench your salad in dressing, you could handle this. If you have a strange affinity for chemical and gaseous fumes, this will be right up your alley.

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Photo of Peaches13
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of amano_h
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong balsamic vinegar accompanied by some red wine. The initial punch of sour and red is rounded off by an earthy, estery stone fruit backdrop; there's even a splash of vanilla cane sugar speckled in among the sea of dark and red colors. I expected a whole lot of funk and oak characteristics given this is a Flanders Red, but those qualities seem to be well-hidden behind the dominant balsamic qualities. I can see why people call this the gateway sour.
Sweet and sour is probably the best way to paraphrase the sensation on the tongue. Sweet red berries coat the tongue first, eventually followed on by a bright balsamic sour sensation which washes away the sweetness. The balsamic sour becomes more of well-rounded pleasant tart flavor once you give it time to breathe and heat up, with the aforementioned hidden funk and oak making a cameo appearance.

Light bodied, accompanied by a high level of effervescence. The sweetness also makes this feel deceptively viscous, but it rounds off pretty well in the end without leaving any unpleasantness behind. That wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it'd be.

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Photo of andpit
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,251 ratings.
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