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

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Ratings:
4,253
Reviews:
1,538
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
14.39%
 
 
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Photo of bigone4
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Belgium beer tasting at Pitchers Pub in Cumberland, RI. They served this brew in a nice goblet making for a great presentation. It poured a deep dark brown ruby color. Nice dense white head with decent lacing left in the glass. The smell is very much of fruit and caramel malt. Especially plum or figs mixed in the back ground. Some tones of malt and grape sourness in the nose as well. Very complex taste, that creates a rolling mosaic of flavor through out the mouth.

This was my first beer from West-Flanders region of Belgium. This Flemish style of brew is quite unique and different. It really had me thinking and focusing on the different flavors I could identify. Nice hints of malt and a dry hop taste very strong hints of fruit. There were many different sour notes throughout the mouth. From the first taste the sour fruit tone is mellow and quite unique. Smooth sour start with a fruity malted taste. The finish was dry and had a slight taste of alcohol. There was an almost spicy flavor hidden in the aftertaste. The sour notes get you right in the back of the mouth.

Learning about the aging process was quite interesting. Some of the oak tannins made there appearance as the beer warmed. I found it to be enjoyable and quite drinkable. Some of its qualities reminded me of a homemade wine. This is a very unique and different beer that is not for everyone. But if you are looking to expand your beer tasting pallet make sure you include this one for a taste.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish deep brown, copper when held to the light. Off white head without much retention. Smells strongly of balsamic vinegar, yeast, cherries, and grapes. Has a sharp up front taste, which proceeds to the feeling you have just ate a slice of bread. Not as sour as the aroma leads on, but could be too much for some people.

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Photo of bareju
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Poured from bottle. Huge fine white head, highly carbonated. Very light on the mouth, coats the mouth with bubbles. A tiny bit of dryness on the finish. Funky and fruity smell, very nice.

Taste is sweet and fruity with a very nice acidity and sourness that is well balanced.

Overall a very tasty, refreshing, fun beer. I'd like just a tiny bit less carb but other than that it's fantastic.

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Photo of Schimms
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of ChanChan
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of OldCrustacean79
3.45/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hnandez
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Gryphon69
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle
best before:2014-07-04

1st Flanders Red or Sour, so ....

A- Deep amber with a white head

S- Like overripe fruit, some vinager, musty, you can almost smell like....sour mash

T- Lol sour, tart fruit that makes you pucker, after the initial shock, its rather clean tasting

M- Medium body with lots of fizziness, tart, juicy with a mildly dry finish

O- Well, like I stated above this was my first of this style, so not quite sure what to think of it, I would probably try it again. Im normally a Stout/Porter type, but this is defiantly a interesting style with lots of flavor and mouth zing lol. I probably rated it lower than it should be, but that more to my mouth being in shock !

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Photo of Nazzz
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of trippytbta
3.02/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The nose was really vinegar'y. The taste was alright. The only thing I really liked about it was a little wheat finish

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Photo of Slarson7
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hefe
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 12/20/03 from bottle

This is my first contact with a brew in this style, I'll admit I wasn't sure what to make of it, and it took a little time before I could decide wether or not I actually liked it.

Appearance: Dark amber/ruby colour with a tannish lasting head.

Smell: Oi! Sour cherry, with tones of balsamic vinegar, caramel and brown sugar.

Taste: Echoes of the nose, with notes of spice and malt as well earth and vanilla. The finish wraps up with a very sour note.

Mouthfeel: Very round in the mouth, with a nice creamy quality.

Drinkablilty: All in all, This is a very complex beer with a lot going on. I just can't help thinking it tastes a little too much like wine gone south. Not altogether unenjoyable, but, one is plenty.

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Photo of kmahe
4.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of HideYaBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Acubflem
4.61/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of akahn
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was very exciting to me because it was one of those beers that just tasted different from everything I'd had before. A nice red color (more red than amber) with a curious nose. This beer tastes like candy! Potent sourness, but with more than enough sweetness to round it out. A very interesting beer and an interesting style. Seems like it would make a good dessert beer.

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Photo of beerhorn12
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of comrade_tony
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Fluffmeister
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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

Photo of Chris912
3.62/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YankChef
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rodenbach glass.

Appearance: Relatively clear and some what dark when held up to light a strong red hue is very apparent. Thin wispy head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: The first most striking smell is that of raspberries and tart fruit. There is more going on in here and there is a certain bit of almost mushroom like mustiness. Oak is also present on the aroma as well as a bit of pepper.

Taste: Tart upfront and then it fades into an almost rich molasses like sweetness. I think my palate is off. The sourness stings the tounge but there is definitely a sweetness here too. Various different kinds of fruit including dried currant and grape and a little plum as well.

Overall: This is really the 3rd beer of this style that I have tried and the first 2 were both rodenbach. Such an amazing style and i truly like this beer quite a bit. But for the price tag... I'll stick with rodenbach

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

Ruby red with solid head formed by tiny bubbles like a quad/abt. Lacing that lasts.

Sour, red wine aroma. Bit of citrus.

Sweet taste surrounded by a sour cloud. Great balance of sour and sweet malts. Moderately rich taste. Tart fruit softened by oak.

Fairly full body and creamy given how light it tastes.

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Photo of cps98
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of FrankHashimoto
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
4.1 out of 5 based on 4,253 ratings.
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