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:
4,237
Reviews:
1,534
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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247
Gots:
919
For Trade:
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Photo of Griphon
3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of citizencane
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +17.1%
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 -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattboyer182
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.69/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Eric_Standard
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of americancontrarian
4.77/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of prettyinpink099
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of GreasyBuddha
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nicolaiw
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Merticois
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dadplusbeer
4.41/5  rDev +7.6%
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 +5.1%
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 -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bbtkd
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne, 6% ABV, 11 IBU, style is Flanders Red. Pours medium viscosity and pale red, with nice foamy off-white persistent head. Nose is malty and cherry sweetness, smells fresh somehow. Taste is a smooth fruitiness, ever so slightly tart, sweet, with no discernible bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, and overall excellent. This was a new style for me and totally enjoyable, a nice break from my go-to stouts.

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Photo of PhamilyJewels
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.64/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PprBurke
2/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of AustinWadkins
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First sour so don't judge

Pours deep red with a 2 finger head that quickly falls

Smell of vinegar, dark cherries, dark fruits

Taste sweet, way better than the smell, dark cherries, dark fruits,juicy, dry finish

This beer has deffinetly turned me on to sours! Delicious!

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Photo of joeasalasg
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sjdevel
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:
Poured from a 375 ml bottle. Nice 2-finger head. Slightly hazy, and a deep copper/red colorf.

Smell:
Strong vinegar. Slight fruit and caramel, but overpowered by the vinegar sour.

Taste:
Slight bitterness at the first sip, then the balsamic vinegar becomes apparent. The vinegar fades quickly and it starts to go on the sweet side. Slight nutty flavors, wood/charred oak, sour fruit, and caramel. Dries out a bit and you are left with some oak and nut flavors. Very comples.

Feel:
Medium bodied. Pretty much spot on.

Overall:
I have had a few of these. This 375 ml bottle seemed to be of a lesser flavor quality than the 750 ml I had prior. Still a great beer, but I'm not sure why I liked the bigger bottle better. This totally justifies buying a bigger one. Highly recommend.

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Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,237 ratings.
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