Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Duchesse De BourgogneDuchesse De Bourgogne
BA SCORE
4.15/5
Exceptional
4,394 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,613
Reviews:
1,571
Ratings:
4,394
pDev:
13.98%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
261
Gots:
997
Trade:
16
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,394 |  Reviews: 1,571
Photo of cardfan212
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

 810 characters

Photo of Casey_L
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hooley
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shrimply_pibbles
4.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of pioppo
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bshefftz
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

 216 characters

Photo of rex_4539
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy red color, almost no head, no lacing, no carbonation.

S: Wine, oak.

T: Wine, oak, raisins, champagne-like, malty. Outstanding!

F: Light to medium bodied. Lots of flavor.

O: Exceptional beer. Lives up to the hype.

 225 characters

Photo of bixby1971
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 76Trombones
4.67/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and sour at the same time. The fruit notes are not overpowering. Loved this very curious tasting beer.

108 characters

Photo of Ddiane02
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of liveoakb
4.81/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Might be the best beer I have ever had, but I like sours. Great complexity to this sour with some great sweetness as well.

122 characters

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

 318 characters

Photo of Heftklammer
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sevinup07
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of stevoj
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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....

 248 characters

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of windowside
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stolenart
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

 215 characters

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

Photo of Nass
1.59/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Good gosh this is funky and bitter and nasty tasting all at once. Who in there right mind would drink this crap. Cheers! D- (60-64) score range

143 characters

Photo of SavageHopHead
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of artf
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very well balanced. I usually like a hoppy/bitter beer, but this one packed a great taste with just a touch of sour. Very interesting

135 characters

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,394 ratings