Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

4,218 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 mntlover
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful deep red with a tan head that is made up of small bubbles bursting everywhere trying to escape.

Aroma is tart, vinegar mixed with fruit prodominatly sour cherries musty wood notes underneath. Taste is tart lightly sour tastes wine like almost, vinegar and hints of vanilla mix with tart cherries. Finishes with earthy wood flavors lightly dry. A very complex and different style beer. Have sampled before with a friend but my first attempt at reviewing a Flanders Red. Think my pallette is not mature enough to appreciate the flavors coming thru.

Mouthfeel is light crisp springy almost and at the same time it finishes a dry medium. Drinkability is good a very diffrent beer but change is good atleast as far as beer is concerned. Look forward to trying more of this style in the future.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IBUnit63
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 into Cab glass...

Nice, amber-cherrywood body with ample carbonation rising to 2-finger, latte-colored head with great lacing.

Beautiful yeasty malt, tangy with coriander and ornage zest - even some rye scent. May need to warm a little.

Sweet wine funk is first impression. Tinny at first - unfortunately keeps this even after warming. Tanginess reminds me of homemade hard apple cider, or maybe a sparkling Shiraz.

Coats nicely and bubbles up well but metallic finish gives an "overfermented" sense from the yeastiness.

This is raw and rustic and very good; can't seem to get ideal serving temperature right. Good to sip for special occassion.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $4.99 for a 11.2oz bottle. Poured into a snifter to review. I've had this many times and enjoy quite a bit. Best before date is 02-01-10. Just a bit late to taste.

Half inch off white head that is consistent of medium sized carbonation bubbles. Dark reddish orange and transparent when held to a light. A very thin layer of white retention. Some dots of lacing.

Aroma is quite a bit vinegar with some sour fruit.

Taste is similar to the nose with vinegar dominating and some sour notes as well.

Medium body and noticeable carbonation. Somewhat dry with a medium length finish of mild vinegar.

When I drill down the review, this doesn't seem too great, but this is a go to beer for me nonetheless. Regardless of this being a bit late to taste, I did not notice any differences to that which I am used to with a fresh bottle.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark red brown with a tan 2 finger head from an 11.2 oz bottle..the smell is sweet and tart with berries and melon smells along with a sour patch vinegar smell..the taste is a sweet and very tart a dry berry taste followed with a sour patch vinegar shot for the palate ..this is a full bodied mouth feel ..its a sipper..and as it warms malts and a slight roast taste mixes with the tart fruit and sour vinegar taste ..this is well balanced and nothing overwhelms in this flanders..glad i bought the 11.2 oz bottle it was just enough.. i did like the label also

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black brownish in initial color. Found dark red tints when I held it to the light. It had a nice dark tan head.
Smelled of vinegar and fruit. It definitely had a sour tinge to it not unlike a red wine.
It tastes very sour and vinegary and I sensed some metalic notes. There is virtually no hop taste present. This beer tastes like a sweet red wine. There are sweet and sour notes, tart to the aftertaste. Very interesting and good if you are into sour beers.
I found this beer to go down very smoothly. The carbonation eases the beer along nicely and the aftertaste is pleasurable.
This is a very drinkable beer for sour enthusiasts.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Cloudy ruby red pour with a beige one-finger head. Aroma is of dark fruit, vinegar and oak wine barrels. Very tart dark fruit flavor upfront. Can taste maraschino cherries, blackberry and light plum. Finishes slightly sweet with a slight tartness that fades fairly quickly.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,218 ratings.
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