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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: 2318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nejhleader (1228) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2006
aroma was a bit of vinegar. colour was a nice reddish look. Taste was pretty tart, and dry, i wasnít the biggest fan of this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2475) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Purchased at the SAQ in Laval, I do not remember, in January 2010, 330 ml bottle. Aroma of fruity sweet vinegar, a little malty. Taste a bit of tart fruits and dry, with an aftertaste of caramel. Itís pretty good, nothing really special!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
Rasin fruity aroma, almost like ribina, in fact colour almost similar, Dark ruby in colour with big white head. Warm mouth feel, slightly pepperry, almost shiraz like.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldMrCrow (1810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 From a corked 750 bottle. Pours a beautiful dark ruby with a short-lived head. The aroma is apple vinegar, oak, a hint of cinnamon. The palate is rich and lovely, much more full than the otherwise very nice Vichtenaar. The flavor begins nicely early, sweet and sour, lots of oak, grapefruit, lemon, malty and substantial, rich, sparkling lovely mouthfeel.

What a superb beer!

Note:Tasting two of the 12oz bottles, purchased around the same time in early 2006 from the same place, Iíve been hit midway through the taste with a phenolic blast of chloroform - a horrible, noxious taste and smell that is lacking from the corked 750. Presumably has to be a sign of infection; perhaps there was a bad batch put out at some point? Anyone know?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2007 Original rating 1/19/06: Pours dark brown with a big, fading, off-white head. The aroma is balsamic vinegar, cherries, oak and sherry. The flavor is woody, wine-like with a nice balance of sweet and sour. This beer is a terrific place to start if just getting into this style, not as over powering as some. 10/5/9/4/19 4.7

Rerate Iíve had this a few times since my original rating. Sometimes it is on, mildly sweet, bright acidity, lots of cherries and grapes. Recently, Iíve had a couple of bottles that were very sweet and vinegary and quite bad. The one time that I managed to have this on tap it was fantastic, much like my origianl rating. Rating is a combination.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2006
A nice sweet/sour combination. I havenít had many beers that really compare with this -- very unique. Kind of a cherry, fruity taste -- both the sweetness and the tartness remind me of cherry.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Heavier than their Vichtenaar. It also is a little sweet and sour. A richer darker cherry flavor. A nice style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Hmm. This is likely the first Flemsih Sour Ale that I have tasted. Pours an unusual metallic almost sparkling brown with a touch of red. Nice head forms with off white bubbles. Aroma is quite a unique combination of cut wood with old cheese and a dash of cooking sherry or port wine. Starts with a sugary sourness almost like a "sweet tart" and then finishes with a effervescence reminding me of a cherry soda. All sorts of complexities in the flavor with sour apple, dark chocolate, smoke, ginger, black cherry, notes of cedar and more. Like a soda with a medium to full body. A truly unique brew and a treat for me on this night.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2006
I would love to cook with this beer. Nothing could be quite better than this on draft @ the Bier Stein in Eugene. Pours a ruby garnet color with some nice head retention. This has an amazingly complex nose, with lots of earth wood, sour cherries and some musty horse saddle leather. Flavors are earthy and sour, with some vinegar and soy sauce, lots of dead wood. Tasty if you are in the mood for this kind of style, this is powerful stuff.


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