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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Deep ruby red and clear body. Frothy light tan head. Sweet pastry-like sour cherry and grass aroma. Taste is a nice clean and crsip metallic sour cherry and dry oak. Very clean and drinkable sour beer. I like this. It has a nice sweetness to balance a great flavorful sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Fresh on tap at the Happy Gnome in St Paul, MN. Pours a deep ruby red brew with a thick creamy off-white head. Very little lacing. Aroma of sweet vinegar red wine, sour apple cider, some pittted fruit and sweet raisins. Taste is smooth, silky and a sweet finish. A slight acidic aftertaste but quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Stine (1681) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Tap at the Muddy Pig. Murky oak brown appearance. Aroma of green apple and vinegar. A powerful citrus punch up front. A smoky, sharp taste of stone ground mustard dominates the body, with a note of green apple long since browned. Aftertaste first of orange, then a kind of molded carpet oddity coats the mouth. Palate is too smooth for the style, also exhibiting an unbearable sweetness. Mostly a failure, to the point that something must be wrong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2007
[Sampled with Thomas in Söderåsen, Skåne, Sweden.]
Perfect to mussels with that "vinegar" taste. One of my favorites, when I have beertastings. People likes it .....of hates it. Rotten apples and a sourness that almost outranges everything that you can think about. Great as a different gift!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 I absolutely love this beer. Easily one of my favorites. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a slightly pink head. Nice aroma of sour cherries and oak. Quite sweet and sour on the palate with notes of cherries and oak. Finishes sour, dry and long. Quite a sessionable sour. Not for all tastes, though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2007
Dark red. Aroma like church wine. Thickish, very fruity but not a good fruitiness, maybe plum, just doesn’t do it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (935) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 On draft at Zeno’s, Penn State. Poured ruby with pinkish head. Flavor was of sour cherry with some raspberry tones. Not nearly as sour as I anticipated. Tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Beautiful dark red bordering on brown with ruby highlights in the little amount of light that finds its way down to the Delirium basement. Aroma is strongly sour cherries, with oak components running alongside. One of those funky scents that really gets up into the nostrils and tickles them wonderfully. Taste is subdued sourness, with some lactic acid component, and vinegar. Berries and cherries are also present, as well as a strong oak character. Drying and sour finish which is rasping on the tongue. Strong carbonation fades to creaminess and then sneaks back in the swallow. Nice, probably doesn’t match Rodenbach Grand Cru though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12758) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 22, 2007
BB 31/03/05. Aroma of cherry? or berry? Dark ruby color with halogen back light. Virtually no head. Starts sweet, then there is some sour, followed by an earthy oakiness. Medium mouthfeel that thins as the sour comes out. The sour may have matured away somewhat, as it is not so sour as I recall. As is, it is very pleasant and drinkable. An interesting and tasty drink. It has acquired some aspects of a red wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (682) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 21, 2007
Pours clear, dark reddish-brown with a large coffee-cream head that laces well, little carbonation. Nose is vinious, soapy, faintly musty, with chalk and earth and something else I can’t identify. The flavor is initially very sweet, lots of grape, currant, wild berries, very musty and old - like an old red wine. Intriguing yeasty spiciness comes on early and ramps up as you drink it. Sour and a little bitter towards the end, the berry flavor lasts forever. Medium, chalky mouthfeel. Brilliant.

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