Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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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:
4,269
Reviews:
1,541
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of weonfire
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S - Cherries, Vanilla, Ripe fruit and sourness.

T - Real sweet at first and then the Sour takes over. cherries and Peach. Great balance. Carbonation hits as it goes down the throat.

M - light and fruity. lots of carbonation.

O - too sweet and sour to have more than maybe 2 of these. But the one is very good. I would certainly drink it. But for $8 - I will not order this again. Unless...Its for a desert beer. This would be perfect. But, this one was certainly a pleasure to have.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of damndirtyape
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle (best before 14/06/2014) poured into a Tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear deep red-brown with a thick rocky light tan head. Lots of persistent lacing (strands and islands) all over the glass.

Smell: Sour & tart cherry. A hint of mustiness.

Taste: Tart/sour fruit up front (a combination of cherry with maybe a splash of citrus), then a sweet middle that was a clean sugary flavor, then a tart/sour finish, again fruity. This may be one of the most well balanced beers I've ever had - with the flavors complimenting each other just right.

Mouthfeel: Airy, soft, dry. It's there and then it's gone - it's almost like it evaporates away after the swallow.

Overall / Drinkability: A very interesting full flavor beer. Full of contrasts, but balanced and not overpowering despite being sour. Complimented a full-flavor dinner (Chicken + 40 cloves) very nicely and was good to savor after the meal. A very nice beer overall but for me a one and done. It's good, but one glass is enough. Another bottle or another glass would be too much - one per evening is enough. I could easily have this again though, just not in one sitting.

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Photo of mizx
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Prost76
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of nickfran
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Cursh14
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of seavercm
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Fattmatt73
4.76/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

An absolutely incredible beer. The balance of fruit, floral and sour is incredible. Usually a beer this sweet would be way out of my zone, but the balance of the sour accentuates the fruit and floral notes. Love it, one of my favorite beers. Anyone who has not ventured into the land of sours should make this one of their first.

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Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of sbanacho
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bigbeerd
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of djtomain
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of patre_tim
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear filtered dark reddish brown, little carbonation, half finger beige head. Cool lacing.

S: Balsamic vinegar, dark earthy malt, must, a bit of caramel. Very acidic.

T: A balance of sweet and sour, slight metallic end on the first sip, but not after. Malty caramel quality. Dark malts evident. Acidic is vinegar on the end, but is more of a fruit like sour without a fruitiness. Some bitter linger at the end, but minimal.

M: Medium body, medium high carbonation. Acidity clings to the tongue.

O: Love this beer. Certainly up there in my favourites. The best of the sour reds I’ve had. Its balanced for a sour and complex. Keeps me wanting more.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Elegant dark-amber color, showing very little light. Not a huge head. I drank this at a wine bar where it was served in a bowl-shaped water glass, so maybe it was not the most ideal.

S - Lots of floral smells, hints of tartness.

T - A very smooth and subtle sour taste, with flavors of berries, and hints of yeast. Well balanced.

M - Again, smooth, medium bodied.

O - Although not as bold as some sours, its flavors are well balanced and satisfying. This beer is pretty unique in its flavor profiles, and its quality is undeniable. Always a joy.

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Photo of imperiallibations
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mick303
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass, produced a nice tan reddish head that has really solid retention. Colour is a dark ruddy brown, essentially opaque. It has a great lacing and film.

Smell has a pleasant tartness, vinegary fruitiness. A pervasive sourness, red wine cask. A really interesting interplay of flavours, balanced and complex, with a supporting malt body, not much bitterness, and a sour prickle.

Taste has a wonderful, floral and tart opening. Quite a bit of sourness initially but this is countered with more developing slightly sweet malt. Hop character is restrained, but a really nice earthiness comes through. Finish is delicate, and really smooth and dry, subtle red wine tannins and oak. Continues to combine and blend seamlessly, sourness isn't too strong, really complex flavours.

Mouthfeel is moderate bodied, but with a ton of richness, just on the cusp of being syrupy on the palate but without much sweetness. Carbonation is pretty light, but suits nicely. Finishes nicely crisply, definetly pleasant, and highly enjoyable as a sipper but without too much body to be too heavy.

A very excellent beer. Hard to find faults here, and its really tasty. As far as the take on the style, it isnt as in your face sour as others, and seems to have a more balanced approach and flavour, with a slight roast malt sweetness on the palate that brings it all together really well. A great beer with a ton of flavour worth trying.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Ryan011235
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Peculier Pub tulip on 1/29/13

Best Before: 05/01/2014

Dark copper color with ruby highlights. One and a half inch head fills the upper portion of the glass. Billowy, uneven retention and raised patches of lace.

Acidic aromas, dark cherry, damp oak, hints of blackberry jam, herbal hops and notions of spiced bread. With each sip, sourness and dark fruit juice wash o'er the palate. The sourness falls away pretty quickly leaving a robust, jammy fruit middle which, by some stroke of talent or luck, isn't very sweet. Undercurrents of jam-ready bread notions. Musty oak lingers at down times in flavor. The feel is brisk what with the shot of sour and ample carbonation, despite the body being of moderate heft. Clean, slightly oaky finish.

I am not the most eloquent or well versed on such beers; this is just mighty tasty.

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Photo of bigalsd
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mmmaaattt
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of brewsclues
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Sharp Edge (Pittsburgh, PA) on 1/19/2013. Thanks for the brews, JJ.

One word: balsamic vinegar! (OK, two words.) Not the type of vinegar you slug when you're sick, or the type that makes your intestines pucker, or the type that you un-clog drains with. No, this is the sweet, complex, slightly tangy, and medium-acidic balsamic vinegar that you let age and import it from Italy for $40/bottle. The nose screamed it from the very start, and while I might say that Flemish Reds won't be everyone's bag, if you are looking for a great intro to the style, The Duchesse is a great place to start.

Duchesse is really quite complex, rich, and malty for a sour. Plus points for balance and a not-too-overbearing pucker-taste. But let me re-iterate: this is a big, bold, and tangy Flemish Red. Drier than I was expecting - quite sessionable.

Flanders!

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Photo of kornkid8600
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,269 ratings.
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