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Duchesse De Bourgogne | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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4.15/5
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4,315 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:
#1,473
Reviews:
1,552
Ratings:
4,315
pDev:
13.98%
Bros Score:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
251
Gots:
958
Trade:
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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 one of the best Flanders Reds that I've ever had, but I'll admit to loving it 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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Photo of GarthT
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vaulmas
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeanBump
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my go-to's. I love this beer. It has subtle, earthy undertones and sort of a light malty backend (which reminds me of a brown ale) that pair incredibly with the medium level of tartness. The sour end of the beer is what makes it for me. There's an underlying bitterness that reminds me of vinegar but it works phenomenally well here. I could, and hope to, drink this beer all day.

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Photo of RBuckley73
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emincems
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Famous example of my favorite style; mixed fermentated Flemish Red. It pours dark maroon-brown with medium sized tan head. Foam is not long-lasting, but it leaves a cover on top. Vinous aroma. Sour berry and plum, oak and molasses are on the nose. Taste is moderately sour. Red fruits, wood, slight vanilla and toasted malts are mixed with acidic sourness. Dry and slightly sour finish with soft astringency. Medium bodied and softly carbonated. Delicious and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Dewsby
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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