RSRIZZO (1986) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Aroma is a bold sweet scent that is almost like a red wine. Color is a deep maroon with very goes carbonation a a thick tight head. Taste is rich and sweet. Starting with a full/medium body it goes down easy with a light sweet feel. Finish comes in sweet and rich with a slightly sour wine like taste that dissipates quickly leaving you clean. This is one of the most unique and interesting beer I have ever had. Its just wonderful, its sour yet sweet and rich yet light. I have never had anything like it. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - APR 3, 2011
Pours rich mahogany with a fast-fading, multi-finger, off-white tannish head. Smells like oak, vanilla and red fruit, like apple. Tastes sour but more mild than, say, New Belgium la Folie, and also has a nice vanilla smoothness about it in the back end. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne finishes smooth with a pleasant sour tingle. bpreo (2836) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Smells strongly of vinegar and tastes strongly of cold vinegar. After taste is more pleasant. Highly recommended. mariuszek (1377) - Gdynia, POLAND - MAR 25, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2016 Maybe be it was after tasting few ipas, but this one is absolute great. So fruity, sour, winy, fruity, rich in taste, aroma knocks you down, perfect look. I am down on my knees. kacperred (194) - Gdañsk, POLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Kran. Barwa ciemnoczerwona, piwo klarowne. W aromacie potęga - początkowo uderza ocet, aby po chwili dopuścić do głosu bogate aromaty owocowe, cukierkowe, nuty kwaśnego jabłka oraz aromaty typowe dla brettów - stajenne. W smaku coś niesamowitego - początkowo uderzenie octowego kwasu, płynnie i dość szybko przechodzące w dużą cukierkowo-słodową słodycz. Skrajności idealnie się znoszące. Smakiem przypomina faro, lecz jest dużo bardziej bogate i słodsze. Piwo po prostu fantastyczne.
jbman73175 (1) - - JUN 16, 2017 does not count
Fantastic and unique beer. It has a very bitter and sweet almost citrusy flavor. One of my top beers and one that I buy for sharing with special guests.
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I love this style of beer! Sour cherries everywhere. It pours a very dark red/brown. Smells very acidic. A large white head foams leaving a small rim for the remander of the glass. Tastes of sour cherry, raw cranberries. Such a great style of beer. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Duchesse de Bourgogne is a red ale in the style of Rodenbach. This 6.2% abv beer comes from the Brouwerij Verhaeghe of Vichte, Belgium. This beer, like Rodenbach, is actually a blend of two different beers. One of the beers is aged for 18 months in oak casks, the other aged in oak for an 8 month period. These two beers are then blended and bottled. This beer is very complex and delicious, gaining its complexity from the blending, and the aging in oak. This gives the beer a very vinous quality, and these red ales have often been called "The Burgundies of Belgium.".
Duchesse de Bourgogne pours to a deep red/brown color with a rocky white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose is wonderful, aromas of sweet malt marry with notes of oak and yeastiness. The palate is firm with flavors of malt, oak, hints of ripe fruit, and flavors of yeast. This beer finishes with a wonderful oaky, sweet and sour edge that lingers on the tongue.
This is a wonderful beer, and a great showcase of the blending of two different beers. The 18 month old red ale has strong, sharp, sour notes that marry with the sweet malty and yeasty notes of the 8 month old red ale. This makes for a very complex beer with vinous qualities. This beer would make a perfect aperitif, a beer to have with a meal, and a beer to use as an ingredient in many dishes. I would match this beer with a cheese course, steamed mussels, grilled steaks, beef stews, or pork dishes. This beer would also make the perfect match with roasted turkey. It has been a tradition of mine for the last few years to drink Grand Cru or a Belgian Red with Thanksgiving dinner. The sweet and sour tart flavors really cuts through the richness of the turkey meat and stuffing.
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Corked bottle. Pours with a moderate lacy white head. Perfect mahogany with ruby hue. Smell is very complex. Belgium malt, cherry, plum, and raspberry vinegarette. The taste is deliciously complex, with a bracing sourness thats followed by lots of fruity and spicy sweetness. An incredible beer that marriages all the characteristics of a good burgundy wine and a delicious Belgian ale. Duellist17 (34) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Perfect representation of the Flanders red. Beautiful oak character. Refreshing tart sour character.