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


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RATINGS: 2785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Like the other sour ales I have tried, Duchesse de Bourgogne would be better served on a salad than in a glass. That said, this was a very smooth ale. While I do not enjoy sour ales, this one is drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bitter and sweet, with many berry-fruit tones. Aged in oak barrels, which gives it a good rich flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle. Rich, sweet and sour, fruity nose, predominantly cherry along with other berry-type fruits. Flavor continues with nice sour accents, as per the style of beer, but also more waves of sweet and semi-tart fruit, again dominated by cherries, but opening up to darker fruits as well. Oak creeps in, but is definitely (and appreciably) in the background to all that rich fruitiness. For a beer that some refer to as their guilty pleasure, I didn’t find anything in it to feel guilty about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Pours dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Nose of an oaky sour cherry with a a lot of malt sweetness balancing it out. A malty fruit flavor with cherries, plums, raspberries, with some subdued oak flavor that finishes with a touch of vanilla. This beer was overall pretty flat. A sort of thick texture, but I think a little bit of carbonation would have spritzed it up nicely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/red with a small thick, white head that persists. Leaves a thick lacing in the glass. Aroma of tart raspberries, sourness. After smelling this beer, I expected to drink a very tart, sour beer but I was surprised by this one! Taste is still sour, especially sour apple, but very sweet with apple, pear, other dark fruits, and oak This beer is more of a cross between a sour ale and a belgian ale, I think. For someone who doesn’t particularly like sour ales, I loved this! So drinkable! I wish I had another bottle of this...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
FSA - easy drinkable, but as most of these kind of beers it has a little bit of sickly sweet aftertaste. But a single glass is great - therefore IMO go for the small bottles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Pours a clear dark brown with a creamy tan head and some great lacing. Aroma is mostly fruit, with some sour hop notes. Flavor is all dark fruit, with a hint of alcohol bite on the finish. Those Belgians make some fantastic beers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brix (652) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 Tasted 2008-02-20. Fresh bottle. Pours clear, dark, red/brown with beige head. Aroma: Sour, vinegarish, wood. Flavour: Acidic, apple pie. Very tasty. Dry mouthfeel. Good beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Bottle. Poured dark ruby with an off-white head which dissipated to a nice lace. First impression brought to mind balsamic vinegar, though nowhere near as acidic. Rich undertones of fig and prune and a delicate carbonation made it a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2008
330 mL bottle. Pours a dark red-brown, with a thick medium head that dissipates in a few minutes. Aroma is strong malt vinegar, with some oak and sweet fruit underneath if you really look for it. Flavor is sweet, fruity and acidic, with fine carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. It’s different, and quite enjoyable, but is definitely not a session ale!

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