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Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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4.15/5
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4,300 Ratings
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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:
#1,464
Reviews:
1,551
Ratings:
4,300
pDev:
13.98%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
252
Gots:
949
Trade:
16
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Ratings: 4,300 |  Reviews: 1,551
Photo of GreenMind
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jodio
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morrowd3
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bronxbommers
1.28/5  rDev -69.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

smells and taste like vinegar

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Photo of Bshipman8993
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks dark amber almost cola like. very little head but the lacing that sticks around for a bit.
smells like grapes, figs, and candies sugars. s it warms the smells come out more and you can get some cherry smell.
tastes very grape, plum, and stone fruit forward. as it warms it gets better with some black cherry smell. Almost like a carbonated sweet plum/grape wine. Maybe some black cherry in there. Makes me wonder if the oak casks they age this in is old wine barrels.
feel is very full bodies. much like a full sweet wine. not too dry but has that full mouth feel. does not have the strong nasal after taste that I like but has a little. I wish it had a bit more malt taste to it but the fruity flavors are great so it isn't a big deal.
Overall a very good beer. I'm not sure I've every had anything quite like it. If you aged an abbey ale in wine barrels I imagine you could get something that tasted like this. it is remarkable good yet strangely unique.

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Photo of byronic
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabre311
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of citizencane
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from bottle dark ruby with slight head. Smells of apple cider vinegar, grape and mustiness. Taste opens up into grape and sour apple being dominant and some cranberry and vinegar throughout. Also something darker in there- plum maybe? Feel is reminiscent of red wine but with some carbonation. The longer this sits in the glass and warms it seems the more it opens up and becomes more balanced.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

L: Dark reddish brown, almost black, with reddish brown highlights. A thin foamy beige head quickly fizzles away into a thin ring, but splotchy lacing is left behind.

S: Black cherries, plums, dates, figs, raisins, burnt sugar, salted caramel, prunes, molasses, red wine vinegar, oak.

T: Immense candied plums and figs, with sour cherries and raisins. There's a molasses sweetness and salted caramel savoriness carrying through to a tart sour cherry finish. Astringent like crab apples and cranberries, yet with a buttery, butterscotch sweetness balancing it perfectly. There's an immense depth of barnyard funk and buttery, vanilla oak character. It comes across like a huge brandy or red wine with tart fruits and oak.

F: Medium-bodied, oily and smooth, with a nice carbonation pushing it along.

O: This isn't so much a beer as a sensory experience. This is one of the most complex and delicious beers I've ever had.

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Photo of TonyTwins
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.69/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of americancontrarian
4.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of prettyinpink099
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GreasyBuddha
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yeast funk, champagne grapes, cherries, granny smith tart and a good sour with some caramel. Cabrenet sauvignon, I'm guessing oak barrels. Clean, crisp granny smith that's been in the fridge texture. All round up with a hit of nutmeg.

Would pair great with smoked pork, brisket, and charcoal BBQ chicken btw.

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Photo of akopczyk
4.62/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a small beige head
Aroma has oak, little funk, redwine barrel, cherries, yeast
Taste is sweet cherries, little sour, oak, plum,

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

Photo of Merticois
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dadplusbeer
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- dark cherry coke, light lacing, full and dark

S- acid, apple, cherry, malt notes

T- apple cider vinegar, malty sweetness riding that tart sour wave right in to a beautiful balance.

F- carbonation is strong, which cuts the sweet and the sour actually, really light and crisp

O- a really great beer. very impressed with the balance and overall quality. this is really a beer for a certain mood but truly a great one

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a 4-pack at the store, I vaguely remembered trying a bottle of this beer a couple of years ago, and that I really liked it, so of course it was time to really review it.

Smell is apples, and sour smell to it, almost like apple cider but more funky. Taste is of course, apples then grapes, maybe cherries, and what I believe is vinegar(!) However, this is all very well balanced, not bitter at all, and has no hops taste at all.

Feel is very light, tart, dry with high carbonation, and leaves a slight pleasant fruit-based aftertaste. Overall beer is refreshing.

I am starting to believe that sour beers are not my thing after trying a few types, but having said that, I enjoyed this beer. I recommend anyone who enjoys any fruit-based beers to give this beer a try. I find this beer better than any Lambic or Gueuze I have tried to date.

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Photo of ZachT
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,300 ratings
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