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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 2550   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Duchesee de Bourgogne is the traditional top fermented reddish-brown ale from the West-Flanders region of Belgium. This refined ale also known as "The Burgundies of Belgium" is a blend of 8 and 18 months old ales following careful maturation in oak casks. 100% natural and unpasteurized.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 Draft @ Eulogy - Wow, Iím not a big fan of Flemish Sours, but this bad boy could help turn me around. Reddish color with a rich aroma of vinous fruits, oak, and yeast. Taste dominated by sweet/sour cherries. Sweet flavor mixes well with the sourness + some nice oaky hints. Maybe Iíll finally get into this style.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Pours a nice color, like a red wine with hints of brown. In the aroma I detected vinegar/vinaigrette with cherry hints. The taste was very sweet and fruity with hints of vinegar. Too sweet for me and I am also not big on the vinegar taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Another venture into this peculiar style for me. Pours a very dark brown/red with a decent sized head that lasts forever. Aroma is intense and has a lot of qualities that changes as it warms. The sour vinegar and cherry aroma is the most prominent, but it doesnít take over the oak, dirt, and caramel aromas. As it warms, the aroma becomes earthier, and the sourness is more integrated. Now thereís some grass, hay, mustard...all sorts of stuff. Tastes is cherry-like at first, but then it tingles with some vinegar, but then the dry oaky taste takes hold. Itís fairly sweet, in a fruity and almost toffee sort of way. Finishes with a dry "barrel" taste in the mouth, but itís not dry. The beerís a little cloying actually, which I usually enjoy with super sweet beers. Mouthfeel is pretty medium all around, slightly tingly and more oily than creamy. Iíd say this is pretty balanced, but could be a little drier. Cheers to another foray into the strange world of sour beers.

Had this again recently and found it really enjoyable. Very sweet for sure, just a bit sour, and effortlessly drinkable. Pretty much as nice as Goudenband.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 on draft dilly deli, @ cincy beer gathering: it was great, though I hear you can get a sour bottle. The pour was foamy and frothy with a think lace, huge inviting head . Cold it was like decedent dark chocolate covered cherries on the tongue, though it soured some with time. There was no nasty finish or any hint of vinger l though I feared it in the nose. It was very nice, very very nice.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Tasted 24/03/2007. 25cl bottle from Rumbleís, Wellington. 6.2%. Sour cherry aroma, a touch of brett mustiness and oak. Lacy light tan head sits firm atop this ruddy garnet coloured ale. Lots of fruity cherry-like fruit sweetness and sugar up front with lovely sour and astringent balance - a touch of oaky astringency cuts throgh first, followed by a lingering, yet mild, 9-volt acidic fruit bite. Sourness tingles between mouthfeels. A little sweetness lingers the longest. Balanced and very drinkable. Excellent beer. Before, during or after dinner... but probably not for breakfast. Re-tasted at a Sour Ale study session on 03/05/2007. The standout beer of the evening. Outstanding beer with hints of fruitcake crusts and a sublimely complex balance of sweet, sour and tannic astringency. Upped a point each for every aspect.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (977) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Iíve come back many times to rerate this beer, and I find myself enjoying it a bit more each time I get it. I can remember my reaction the first time I had this...blegh! Appearance is similar to flat coca-cola, deep burgundy / copper-brown color. Thin lace and no head, but plenty of carbonation. Wild yeast funk in the aroma, but less so than other prominent sour ales; mostly sweet oak wood notes and some pepper and ginger. The bolder flavors linger towards balsamic / vinegar notes. Tingly carbonation on the palate with each sip. A bit more sour funk versus the stronger acetic acid nose would round it out nicely in my book.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3568) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 19, 2007
bottle at the Beer Bistro. Awesome stuff! very nice and tart, with a slight grape flavour. very smooth, and satisfying. excellent in this style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2011 Itís been a while since Iíve tried this beer and itís more complex and satisfying than I remember. It pours a ruddy deep ruby color, with a frothy head and huge funky nose. But the flavors are subtler than this wood suggest, balancing the crisp dry grape notes with not only woody-ness but also with an intensely creamy quality, for lack of a better term. This doesnít so much detract from the tartness as provides a winning contrast - and it also makes this fine beer stand out from other sours.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 14, 2007
Bottle. Cola-like appearance, thin head. Sour red wine aroma. I feared this beer would be too sweet, but it actually a nice balance between a sweet kriekish flavor and a sour, sparkling grape juice. My favorite part was the dry, old, filthy finish.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2007
On tap at Belgie in Utrecht. A bit too sweet for my taste, almost comparable to some Kriek beers. Nice head and beautiful glass.


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