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): 6.20%

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.

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Reviews: 1,587 | Ratings: 4,472
Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very dark opaque color with a decent head and lacing.
A- Aroma has resounding fruity hints.
M-The taste follows the nose with abundant and very well balanced fruity flavors.
M-A medium bodied beer with the right amount of carbonation.
O-A very well made, very well balanced beer. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The sourness hits you right up front in the aroma and especially the taste. Wine like essence along with some dried fruit flavors make this one unique. Nice dark reddish brown color into a trappist glass. This is a different animal all together....

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Photo of Stolenart
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The only beer I've ever dreamt about. A quirky mixture of sour and deep flavors with a vinegary twang that made me initially think the beer was off. Not to everyone's tastes, but I think this is an exceptional beer.

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Photo of Nass
1.39/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Good gosh this is funky and bitter and nasty tasting all at once. Who in their right mind would drink this crap. This Flanders Red Ale is more disgusting than American Amber Ales. Cheers! D-

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Photo of DaverCS
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly murky brown/ ruby cola. Cola-like fizzy carbonation that disspaites quickly.

Aroma is of cherry pie, honey, berry jam, and a kiss of funk.

Taste is surprisingly sweet. Very jam-like with a subtle tartness on the finish. More sweet than acidic. Lots of jam-like fruit character mixed with a bit of funky leather and a kiss of rubber.

Overall, the beer was a bit too sweet for my liking. I don’t need an overkill in the tart arena, but I do need something more to cut through the richness. It gets a 83.5/100.

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Photo of drmeto
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy plum purple with ruby tinges and a small to medium,foamy,grey head
-light to medium carbonation visible
-sour cherries,red wine,sugar,syrup,black currant,elderberries
-coca cola,very sweet,light sourness,caramel,slight roastiness,syrup
-medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-noticeable alcohol
A good Flanders Red, but i wish the Brewers wouldn't add as much sugar.
If i want a Sour Beer, i'd like it to be sour.

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Photo of jspooner
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've downed 3 bottles of this brew in the past 2 months and have been pleasantly pleased with it's quality and consistency to date. With that said, this fruit forward mildly sour beer is a treat more than a staple. It looks and smells a bit like a funky raspberry beer. It has a fruity/oaky taste that evolves as it warms; I don't get as much of a balsamic taste others have reported. It is simply delightful to drink. If you are feeling adventurous or are just looking to something different, snag a bottle!

Go Hokies!


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

LOOKS: Very dark red, ruby up to the light with a massive strawberry head of foam that lingers, and leaves lots of lacing behind.
AROMA: Tart, white and red wine, and green apple. Woody, like from a wine cork.
TASTE: Tart, but also a nice bit of sweetness, so, balanced. Lots of green apple and wine notes.
FEEL: Well carbonated, medium thin body, and quite dry, especially on the finish.
OVERALL: Really flavorful and balanced. New fan here.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from green one pint 9.4 fluid ounce bottle into glass. No bottling date information found.
Reddish brown, clear body. Fizzy head settles to bubbles at ring from carbonation. No lacing.
Aroma of tart and sweet cherry, and yeast funk.
Taste of tart and sweet cherry, and yeast funk. Settles into a woody aftertaste, oakey. Has a carbonated spritz throughout.
Medium mouth feel, just right to match the taste and aroma.
A treat to drink as a Flanders Red Ale. Sweet but not too sweet, and balanced with sour aroma/taste. A positive beer experience.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, vibrant, burgundy colour. Smells like tart red cherries, fresh cherry, notes of lingonberry, and a little sour funk (very brett-y). Tastes tanic, juicy, ripe cherries, sour, oaky, and heavier-bodied than expected. Notes of juicy rose-hips.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; listed at 6.2%. Best before Jun 21 2019 and served slightly chilled. Excited to finally tick this long-time want.

Pours a ruddy brownish-maroon colour; quite dark in complexion, but holding it to the lamp reveals its clarity, as well as its scarlet red highlights. About 1 cm of loose, bubbly, beige-tinged foam gathers atop initially, only to disappear almost as quickly as it arose; all told, the process needs less than 60 seconds to run to completion. A modest collar of soapy froth survives, but without much in the way of lacing. Sour and fruity on the nose, which is of course very typical for this style - balsamic vinegar is the most prominent aspect to me, but there's also notes of sour cherry, red grape and cranberry juice, as well as some subtle oak character. A bit funky, with hints of vanilla and caramelized sugars, too.

Tart and tasty, with added complexities revealed as the glass warms. Balsamic vinegar is a constant background presence, though it at least has the courtesy to share the spotlight, with fruity notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple and even a hint of juicy raspberry. The acidic elements of the profile - despite being firmly in the driver's seat for most of the sip - are blunted somewhat by the presence of some sweeter notes, including caramelized sugar, candied apples and ripened red plum. Weak suggestions of oak and funk towards the finish, with a touch of earthiness; the aftertaste is similar, with red fruit flavours and balsamic sourness that fade slowly from the palate. Medium-light in body, with moderately lively carbonation that prickles the tongue and froths up a bit in the mouth, giving it a soft, light mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.25, a highly recommended A-. I don't know if Duchesse de Bourgogne is the best Flanders Red that I've ever had, but it's a damn fine one either way - intensely sour, yet with enough sweetness to serve as a counterpoint and keep the flavour profile in check. This is not what I would describe as a good introduction to the style: the balsamic vinegar notes may seem overpowering to uninitiated taste buds, as will the sourness in general. I can't drink these beers regularly - they send my acid reflux into overdrive, and are only sporadically available here anyhow - but I will still seek this one out and drink it as often as I can.

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

One of my go-to's. I love this beer. It has subtle, earthy undertones and sort of a light malty backend (which reminds me of a brown ale) that pair incredibly with the medium level of tartness. The sour end of the beer is what makes it for me. There's an underlying bitterness that reminds me of vinegar but it works phenomenally well here. I could, and hope to, drink this beer all day.

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Photo of emincems
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Famous example of my favorite style; mixed fermentated Flemish Red. It pours dark maroon-brown with medium sized tan head. Foam is not long-lasting, but it leaves a cover on top. Vinous aroma. Sour berry and plum, oak and molasses are on the nose. Taste is moderately sour. Red fruits, wood, slight vanilla and toasted malts are mixed with acidic sourness. Dry and slightly sour finish with soft astringency. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Delicious and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Deep, dark red with a slighty lacy head
N: Sour, red wine, redcurrant/cranberry, cherry
T:Sour and sweet all at once. Cherries, some creamy oak, and cranberry tartness. Quite sweet.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
2.63/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm going to throw my two cents having this numerous times both on tap and from bottle, this is a bad Flanders. My friends wife loves it and for the life of me it drives me nuts. Heavy on the metal vat taste not to mention vinegar. And not even in the rodenbach "ok you guys are getting a little bit close there" way. This is just not good. I've approached this beer eons in the past when I thought all craft beer came from
Bevmo, and having this recently nothing has changed. For $5-6 a 11.2 oz bottle with so many sours out there, there are better options.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

10 oz chalice glass on tap at Rib Eye Jack's in Burlington.

Appearance - dark red, kind of burgundy in color with a finger and change of soft off-white head with fantastic retention. Quite hazy and promising,

Smell - tart, balsamic notes with faint grape aromas making it smell not far off a good wine. Oak is plentiful although subtle and a hint of vanilla adds enough complexity to bump it up a notch from other contenders.

Taste - remarkably like the nose with tart notes, sour flavors shining through, balsamic and wine, with plentiful oak and modest vanilla. There's a subtle sweetness of brown sugar mixed in with the vanilla that again separates from the other contenders. While not Rodenbach Grand Cru there's a certain finesse even among impeccable crafted Flanders ales that is distinctive.

Mouthfeel - velvety smooth, low carbonation sensationally easy to drink.

Overall - while not quite at the level of one of my all time faves in Rodenbach Grand Cru it's a half step behind and clearly above the field. Needless to say I will keep my eyes peels for the Duchesse.

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Photo of -steve-
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Lovely deep red colour verging on opaque. Foamy off-white head and you can see bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.
S: Cherry and vinegar smell.
T: Sweet, tart cherries. Subdued oak on the finish.
F: Mouth puckering tartness. Oily on the tongue.
O: Much in the vein of the Rodenbach Grand Cru. Satisfying and balanced sweet with tart. The sour beers on offer in Ontario leave me wanting, but the Belgian Flanders Red Ales are superb! Wish this style was more readily available from the breweries around town.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.34/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

L- Pours a very dark red, nearly opaque. Minimal head with poor retention. No lacing.

S- Distinct smell of Balsamic vinegar that is incredibly off-putting at first, but it seems to grow on you after awhile. Not getting anything else here.

T- Balsamic vinegar again with a little more sweetness. Not much else going on from what I can tell.

F- Light-Medium Body and low carbonation.

O- I've never had a Flanders Red Ale before but I can say for sure that it's an incredibly distinct experience. I do like Sour beers but I found this one particularly hard to get through. Not bad, but certainly different. Good to experience I suppose, but I don't think i'll be picking this one up again.

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Photo of SirFolmarv
2.2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A strong yeasty vinegar on the nose with a hint of sweetness. A very unique smell. Looks a beautiful dark brownish amber with a darker off white head. On the tongue it is medium sour with some balsamic qualities. It is a good sour, but I'm not usually the biggest fan of them. This one is particularly strange. I'll have to try again, but this one did not sit well with me as I couldn't make it through the glass.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Disclaimer: this has always and likely always will be my all time favorite Flemish sour, so I haven't a single negative thing to say about this.

Newer bottle I'd assume based on turnover, but no date listed. Poured from a 750ml cork and cage bottle into a teku glass. Pours a deep mahogany brown that allows only a touch of light through below an inch of stable tannish/light khaki head that is stable as all get out and once it does fall, one good swirl in the glass brings it right back. When it does, you get a great nosefull of sour plums, tannins, vanilla, oak, and balsamic. It smells almost more like fine french wine than it does beer. The taste is equally as absolutely mind-blowing. You first get sweet and fruity, slightly caremelized flavors from the darker malts and a touch of vanilla. Then comes the sharp, balsamic twang from their artful use of acetobactors that leaves you wanting another mouthful even before you get long, oaky finish. The mouthfeel is medium in body, and somewhat luxurious for something of such a modest abv. Overall, this really blurs the line between beer and art. It's easy to understand with a glass of this in front of you how the sour ales of Flanders are dubbed the "Burgundies of Belgium". Not only due to the careful aging, maturation, and blending in oak, but also in vinous and tannic character, as well as a respect and devotion to what they are producing. This is, and likely always will be, an all time favorite of mine, and almost as good if not just as good as Rodenbach's world-famous Grand Cru.

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Photo of venneman
4.84/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tart, fruity, red and delicious! This is my first (that I can remember) Flanders Red Ale, and it will not be my last. I may have a new favorite in the sour category.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date of 6-7-2017

Appearance - dark burgundy color with no head

Smell - grapes, cherries, vinegar, malt

Taste - grape, cherry, malt, hint of balsamic vinegar, hint of oak

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, low level of carbonation, sour/sweet/tart/funky upfront, each sip seems to change flavors.

Overall - very nice beer here. Not for every beer drinker, but I like the way the flavors change with every sip

Price point - $5.49/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep, clear red-brown with half a finger of loose tan head that leaves blobs of droopy lace as it recedes.

Smells of red wine vinegar, gallons of fresh cherry juice, dried vanilla, barrel wood and an underlying caramel sweetness.

Tastes incredible. Cold cherry pie, green apple, plum, sweet red wine, more oaken barrel staves and caramel.

Feels deceptively light. Medium bodied with peppy carbonation. Finishes off-dry

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. The best sour I've ever had.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown, clear body, like root beer, with a hint of ruby; frothy, sandy colour head recedes to a thin layer in a minute.
Aroma of raisin, prune, vanilla, iced tea, cherry compote.
Bracing sourness and a slightly oily mouthfeel, matched by effervescence like Perrier. Flavours of sour cherry and cassis dominate, but there is great balance between these tart notes and fruity sweetness. Dry finish and middling length.
This is a solid recommend for any sour or Belgian beer fan, it's delicious from start to finish.

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from BevMo in Woodland Hills.
Poured into a chalice. Recently seen a lot of hype surrounding this beer as being one of the best of its style. Looking forward to trying it!

Look: Pours a deep brownish red, nearly no head of foam.
Smell: really nice combination of balsamic, sour cherries, and oak. Really nice balance.
Taste: Again, getting those notes of balsamic vinegar, but with the much sweeter fruit notes of grape and cherry to balance it out. The vinegar acidity lingers in the finish.
Feel: Seltzery carbonation, crisp, thin body. Even getting a slight vinegar burn in the back.

A great Flemish style ale, a good uniqueness from other beers of the same style. You would think that the prominent balsamic would be a turn off, but balanced with a fruitiness and notes of oak that really evens this great beer out.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 4,472 ratings