Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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4.15/5
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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:
#1,509
Reviews:
1,558
Ratings:
4,347
pDev:
13.98%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
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Photo of NilocRellim
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, vibrant, burgundy colour. Smells like tart red cherries, fresh cherry, notes of lingonberry, and a little sour funk (very brett-y). Tastes tanic, juicy, ripe cherries, sour, oaky, and heavier-bodied than expected. Notes of juicy rose-hips.

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

Photo of Glorithm
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sour beer is not really my thing.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dawon
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Iwanttheonewithhops
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TPiwaron
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TerryMills
1.32/5  rDev -68.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Like a fine glass of balsamic vinegar ... Barf... Lol

My palate must not be refined enough for this fine brew.. Imo its disgusting.

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Photo of pvibeer
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WadeBridgman
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Afeo
3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zuun
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rgk3
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love this every time I have it. Sour, sweet, tart, vinegar (in a good way), a little fizzy. I like everything it does.

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

Photo of gwydno
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of prettyfatty
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JonDeutsch
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerucee
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vinegar was a bit off putting for me

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Photo of clubkid420
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hiraman
4.92/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RMW66
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hophazzard
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; listed at 6.2%. Best before Jun 21 2019 and served slightly chilled. Excited to finally tick this long-time want.

Pours a ruddy brownish-maroon colour; quite dark in complexion, but holding it to the lamp reveals its clarity, as well as its scarlet red highlights. About 1 cm of loose, bubbly, beige-tinged foam gathers atop initially, only to disappear almost as quickly as it arose; all told, the process needs less than 60 seconds to run to completion. A modest collar of soapy froth survives, but without much in the way of lacing. Sour and fruity on the nose, which is of course very typical for this style - balsamic vinegar is the most prominent aspect to me, but there's also notes of sour cherry, red grape and cranberry juice, as well as some subtle oak character. A bit funky, with hints of vanilla and caramelized sugars, too.

Tart and tasty, with added complexities revealed as the glass warms. Balsamic vinegar is a constant background presence, though it at least has the courtesy to share the spotlight, with fruity notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple and even a hint of juicy raspberry. The acidic elements of the profile - despite being firmly in the driver's seat for most of the sip - are blunted somewhat by the presence of some sweeter notes, including caramelized sugar, candied apples and ripened red plum. Weak suggestions of oak and funk towards the finish, with a touch of earthiness; the aftertaste is similar, with red fruit flavours and balsamic sourness that fade slowly from the palate. Medium-light in body, with moderately lively carbonation that prickles the tongue and froths up a bit in the mouth, giving it a soft, light mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 4.25, a highly recommended A-. I don't know if Duchesse de Bourgogne is the best Flanders Red that I've ever had, but it's a damn fine one either way - intensely sour, yet with enough sweetness to serve as a counterpoint and keep the flavour profile in check. This is not what I would describe as a good introduction to the style: the balsamic vinegar notes may seem overpowering to uninitiated taste buds, as will the sourness in general. I can't drink these beers regularly - they send my acid reflux into overdrive, and are only sporadically available here anyhow - but I will still seek this one out and drink it as often as I can.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 4,347 ratings