Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

BA SCORE
92
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4,221 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
Ratings:
4,221
Reviews:
1,530
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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247
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906
For Trade:
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3.39/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Photo of KFBR392
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: pours a rusty brown color with red accents. Two fingers of head continued to regenerate while drinking. Active carbonation is right on for the style.

Smell: Oak and sour grape must on the front. Cabernet type wood characteristics and dry grapes. Dark fruits and some soapy notes on the back end. Mossy hops also play a role on the back half.

Taste: Rounded, easy oak sweetness warms the lips immediately. Slight dry grapes open up on the body and leave a medium dryness on the palate. Cherries, grape must, blackberries, and mulberries all shine on the back half of the body. Oak chips, cedar, and lingering dry fruits blast onto the finish. Lingering cherry and fruit sweetness sit on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Dry woody notes on the front yield to a puckering tartness on the body and finish. Carbonation fits very well.

Overall: A really excellent brew. Impressive layers shine throughout and venture into deep depths of complexity. The finish is surprisingly crisp yet refreshing which keeps the drinker coming back for more.

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of zhivago373
4/5  rDev -2.4%

first sour for me. not sure what the expect.

pours a deep red, maybe brownish purple with a thin pale-brown head. i honestly expected more carbonation, being it’s a Belgian style.

smells of dark fruits a la plums and black cherries with an almost musty oak smell. not getting any distinct malt aromas. very red-wine like, more acidic and sour notes though. the sourness is well balanced with the fruits.

tastes of black cherries, plums, maybe a slight chocolate flavor, too. the oak barrel comes out in the tannic, acidic red-wine flavor especially on the back of the tongue. the malts balance things out without offering any distinct notes. finish is long and dry, the wine barrel notes lingering in the back. medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

overall, this is quite good. the red wine similarities are evident, but i prefer this to a wine (duh, it’s beer, it’s not a soulless drink!). the sour notes are in great balance with the dark fruits, and the medium carbonation makes this all the more palatable. at 6%, it’s quite easy drinking. will seek out again.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +22%

Smooth and soft up front, but a mildly sour overall taste with an oak aroma.
My experience among friends with this ale is either they love it or hate it.
I personally love the taste and this is currently my favorite beer.

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3.6/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

More of a score justification than review:

I developed a love for Flemish Reds after drinking this. I have tried a few different offerings, from Belgium and the American homage brews. The problem is that I drank Jacobins first... so that was my benchmark. As a result, everything else is compared to that one.

This fell short really only on the level of sour (for me..) Every other profile that the Flemish Red Ale is famous for, this one has. The deep red color, the tart aroma, the cherries in the flavor. Excellent.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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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3.76/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,221 ratings.
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