Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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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:
4,241
Reviews:
1,535
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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Photo of micromax
4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MoohMooh
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very deep red with a nice head that vanishes almost instantly to form a thin ring of foam. Solid lacing. Smell is funky and earthy, sweet and sour. I'm getting apple cider and lemon, vinegar, and the faintest smell of chocolate from the malts. The taste is very sweet and very reminiscent of apple cider, with a touch of vinegar, very full and earthy. It's pretty carbonated and rich, but not heavy, very well balanced.

This is a very interesting beer, reminiscent of lambics. I don't know how representative of the style it is, but I really like it.

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Photo of michelgruenberg
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well... Whoever hasn't had a Duchesse on his life, does not know what a good beer is. Altough "beer" wouldn't be the word to describe it accurately, since this little piece of heaven is known to mimic a good sweet-sour wine. Matured in centennial old huge oak casks from french cellars, this beautiful blend of two different harvests stays during a total of a year and a half in the process of maturation. The smell is of a good balsamic vinegar, deeply sweet-and-sour at it's peak and a little spicy at it's end; the taste itself turns to be that of a good black cherry, with a very sour tannin bottom and a creamy top; some people find it to have a "metallic" aftertaste, which is also posible. The siblings, Mr Karl and Miss Mercedes Verhaeghe, as well as their parents, created a form of making wine without grapes... and not ANY wine, a GOOD BURGUNDY ONE, without EVEN using any artificial or natural aroma from the fruit. As well as the Vichtenaar, this little piece of treasure remains as my top pick... my sincere congratulations to the brewers.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL. EXP 11/2016.

A: dark and hazy, i would go so far to say this is a light brown rather then red. great lacing and head retention. surprised it is as cloudy as it is.

S: dark fruit, must. acetic acid. a hint of diacetyl? lots of must. hint of sweet caramel malt.

T: tart but super smooth. this thing has really rounded out with time. sweetness on the back-side makes this very easy to drink. man, this is one balanced beer.

M: moderate fizzy carb on a medium body.

D: overall a really well made beer. i bought this close to its expiration but would be confident it could keep running strong.

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Photo of intransitive
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: gorgeous opaque deep-brown/ruby-red.
taste: sweet and tart with undertones of ripe fruit... but well balanced, not too vinegary or too cloying.
feel: once it warms a bit, the mouthfeel becomes somewhat creamy, rich like a dense cake...
overall: Flemish red is my favorite style of beer, and this is my favorite beer in that style. Duchess is the Flanders red that, for me, all others must be compared to.

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Photo of Steve_Saint
4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lactodachillest
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JakeScully
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Other BAs have described this one perfectly already so I'll spare you a whole review, but this is one of the most tasteful, flavorful beer I have ever tried. Incredible. World class without a doubt.

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Photo of JelickNight
4.62/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of blisscent
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RandalFlagg
3.36/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of agriffin1633
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Not terribly thick head, but stays with 2 mm throughout drinking. Amber-brown color.

S: Tart cherry, red wine vinegar, even a little salty.

T: Sour, sweet. The first part is a bit overwhelming, but it mellows out, and then gets intense again at the end.

M: Surprisingly light for the intense taste.

O: As complex as a wine. Moves through different stages of flavors at different parts in your mouth.

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Photo of CHickman
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle stated best before 2018: Pours dark mahogany brown color with some red highlights that lead up to a 1 finger tan foamy head that faded slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells and tastes of sour cherry, vinegar, white wine, caramel, black cherry soda, merlot oak barrels, malty/bready sweetness, faint brown sugar and some tart fruity notes. Flavor had hints of rotting fruit or grappa-like fermentation with a slight boozey aspect that warmed my insides. Complex and seems to change a little with each sip.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a medium body and mild carbonation, the sourness is offset by the sweet fruity flavors and acidity from the fruits, this somehow managed to go down easier than I expected it would. Finish had barrel aged notes which negated the sour side of the brew.

Overall very enjoyable, especially considering the initial whiff after it poured into the snifter gave off a similar smell to an infected beer. As it sat and got warmer it got better and more dynamic.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.49/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle

Pours dark burgundy maroon with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like rich cherries, plum, fig, tart blackcurrants, red apple, with dark caramel, malty molasses, tannic oak, brown sugar, and mild vanilla. Tastes like rich tart red fruits, lush cherry, bright plum, raspberry, blackcurrants, red apple, with smooth malty molasses, toasty cracker, dark caramel, brown sugar, some vanilla, and tannic oak. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Flanders red ale.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Im4jojo
4.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A very sophisticated red ale. Poured into a tulip glass a gorgeous burgundy which reminded me of red wine. Little carbonation with cranberry right at the front. A bit acidic, but I could definitely live with that! The finish was smooth and dry, and I regretted only buying one bottle.

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Photo of MattMorin
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish mahogany beer. Effervescent when held to the light. Nice tan head slowly dissipates to a thin pillowy tan head. Sticky tan lacing is noted on the glass.

Aroma has notes of grapes, wine, red wine vinegar - tart acidic and funky on the nose.

Taste is a nice balance between the tart vinegar like flavors and a sweet malty backbone. Flavors of red wine vinegar, oak, overly ripe cherries and grapes. There is a strong acidity to the beer that becomes more and more metallic as you drink it. Clean and dry finish with a lingering sweet cherry like flavor.

Feel has a prickly almost fizzy carbonation up front that mellows out. Feels similar to a red wine - drinkable, but there is some weight to the beer. Dry tannic finish coats the mouth.

Overall a nice Flanders Red - I am not a fan of the metallic flavor that develops on the palate as you drink it - that really took this beer down a notch for me - but its a solid offering none the less.

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

Photo of jooler
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of andy712
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed. The Flanders reds I enjoy are those where the barrel aging has taken a bit of the sourness edge off. This one fits the bill. Poured from a bottle with a best before date of 11/2017. Terrific reddish brown color with about 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Smell is acidic with cherry and oak. Very nice balance between sour and some malty sweetness. Terrific beer.

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Photo of srw
3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,241 ratings.
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