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:
4,221
Reviews:
1,530
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
Wants:
247
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906
For Trade:
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BostonHops
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a snifter.
best before date: 04/29/2012

pours a mahogany tone while yielding a creamy 1" or so of beige colored head; middling retention, fades to a thin, lasting cap. decent lacing. a decent amount going on the nose, which is one of the more unique aromas i've encountered recently. notes of caramel, brown sugar, belgian yeast, cherries, funk, and cider vinegar.

the taste is an unexpected treat. not being the biggest fan of sours i'm pleasantly surprised by the flavor profile: cherry, apple, and sweet malt lead the way. nice balance between sweet and tart. it has a nice sour component that doesn't go too far. very tasty. toward the lighter side of medium-bodied in the mouth with some lively carbonation.

overall i'm enjoying this. was admittedly a bit apprehensive at the outset but keeping an open mind has paid off. great beer.

(originally reviewed: 06-21-2011)

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Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of botham
3.08/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz poured into a tulip glass. pours a chocolate brown with deep ruby red highlights, and a sizable sandy colored head that remains through consumption, leaving patterned lacings on the glass..

smells of grapes, like a red wine. there is malt mixed in the aroma, with some bready yeast for a base. overall resembles a wine in its aroma.

taste is very sweet upfront, with the same grape flavor from the aroma. not much malt or hops here, creating a very sweet tasting fruit juice of a liquid. the maturation in oak casks is nowhere to be smelled or tasted, must be lost in the fruit.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a bite from carbonation and alcohol, and a creamy texture. goes down very smooth.

drinkability is not very good due to the overly sweet nature of the brew. the bite from the carbonation and alcohol makes drinking it resemble a can of grape soda.

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Photo of jimmygord
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of cnbrown313
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Myotus
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself within 20 seconds. The brew is an unappealing shade of dark brown with an apealing ruby tint on the bottom and a honey orange tint on top. Bubbles are moderate as they rise along the sides of the glass to support the spotty head. Lacing is moderate and is as spotty as the foam head.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of vinegar that combine with mild aromas of earthy yeast, bready malts, raspberries, and oak. Subtle cherry and fig aromas can also be detected.
TASTE: Strong raspberry vinegarete flavors are up front. Seriously. Initial taste is of my favorite salad dressing. Anyways, mild oak and bready malt flavors along with subtle cherry and fig flavors enter immediately after the salad dressing taste as that continues to push on. Finally, mild earthy yeast flavors enter for the finale as all flavors persist in their magnitude.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with a subtle carbonation. Goes down with a mild dryness. The very tart finish agitates the tongue.
NOTE: I see people saying that this had too much of a vinegar flavor, which is very true if it is consumed right out of the fridge. ALLOW BEER TO WARM for the intended taste. Even the bottle says serve between 47°-53°F.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a GI glass (not sure the type).

This one pours a golden-amber color with a fluffy, milk colored head. Very little retention.

The nose offers some vinegar, sour apples, pears, and champagne yeast. A bit muddled.

The taste is similar to the nose but involves much more apple offerings. A sweet opening gives way to apples and a bit of cherries. Following the fruitiness comes a bit of vinegar and finishes pretty tart. The sweetness carries on to a bready aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is prickly tart and has an amble amount of carbonation that carries the flavors throughout the palate.

Overall, this one contributes to my budget busting sour curiosity and tastes great.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

8/22/15 Home

Bought this on a recommendation from a friend. Cracked it and the smell was very interesting when uncorked. Funk and more funk. Almost a old cheese kind of funk and sour. Once it settled, I reall got a nice sent of sweet cherry and a faint molasses aromas.

Pouring it was a whole other story. I lost a little faith with what looked like a dirty brown color pouring out. The head was ok and once it settled it looked a little more reddish brown and more desirable.

The taste was great. Sweet cherries mashed up into smooth heavenly mix. The oak is far in the background but there just enough. The sweet is very present and seems to build.

If you need to show someone what smooth means, have them drink this. Velvet pillow on your tongue.

Overall, great beer. Maybe the only knock would be a bit to far on the sweeter side but will definitely be keeping these in the fudge and self.

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Photo of KevChiTown
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of straightlambic
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Techichi
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of therica
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nose-- beef with Worcestireshire or A-1 Sauce?!?!? No way.

Taste-- yes, it's true! With some bitters. Very very strange. As it sets for a few minutes, there's a nose of liquor something like brandy, and taste becomes a little more flat and salty. Prune is probably partly responsible for the steak-sauce taste, because that's what many of them use as a base.

Appearance-- poured a surprising dark-tea color, minor light-brown suds that didn't last more than half a minute, but with lacing throughout the drinking.

Yes, another "add this to your bizarre list" beer-- a specialty beer, which I can appreciate for its unique creativity, from an objective point of view. From a subjective point of view, this beer is too far afield from being "beer" that I can't see myself buying another bottle to sample-- especially at closer to $4US a bottle. Unless, however, I really want to startle someone.

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Photo of bobhits
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

As expected a rather clear reddish orange body with a nice thick creamy dark cream head. Pretty nice presentation all and all.

Sour cherries, sugar, and hints of vinegar.

This is a great beer. The cherries give balance to a very nice puckering sour beer. A good amount of vinegar and tartness.

The carbonation seem a touch off to me. It's perhaps just a bit to explosive on the tongue. Still a minor complaint that doesn't hurt this beer much.

This isn't Rodenbock but this is a must try and the beer is priced extremely well.

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

Brown colour, with a small head that leaves a good ring and some lace. Aroma is tart, acid, cider, vinegar, combined with sweetness from red or dark fruits, cherries, oak cask, wood. Medium body and an active carbonation. Taste is acidic too, oak, red fruits, some citruses notes, chocolate, vinegar, cider., vanilla. Very complex and a hell of an extraordinary beer. Put another one in my list of perfect ten. As a note, I've been drinking this beer for years whenever I find, but I just notice the other day that I had never rated it.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.56/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seangibbs60
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Exeter
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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