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


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RATINGS: 2551   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4404) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Pours a ruby red, lacks some depth but still nice. The head was quick to form, offwhite, slightly frothy, and left a nice lace. The aroma was sweet/tart cherry, oak, sharp spice. The flavor was similar with the cherry and oak, had some warm spice to it and some earthy notes. Nice flavor. The palate was nice too. It was slightly harsh, but in a pleasing way. It was crisp and full with a warm sharp bite to it. The finish had the sharp crispness to it as well. The alcohol didnít really show itself other than the warmth. Overall a tastey brew that Iíd have again if given the chance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2007
The color was a dark ruby red. The head was fizzy and white. The aroma was very sour, fruity, with an almost vinegar smell to it. The flavor was cherry, sour, and maybe some spice. The palate was smooth and the finish was very sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 This beer poured a dark amber, perhaps coppery color. The nose offered distinct hints of ketchup. The creamy white head (with just a hint of red) dissipated quickly. The flavor was initially a pleasant sour raspberry with hints of lemon. The tail lingered for a minute or two, but that ketchup taste lingered. I think I might pick up a bottle of this for my next bratwurst cookout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Pours a dark copper color with a huge creamy off-white head. The aroma has hints of sweet and sour, with hints of barbecue or something as well. A nice earthy barnyard is present as well Great tart acidity balanced by a good dark fruit sweetness. Nice sour edge onto the finish. This beer is very well balanced, but a little bit watered down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Surprised I hadnít gotten around to rating this yet. 11.2oz bottle, Best before 15-07-07. Pours a clear ruby with a two and a half finger slightly beige head. Aroma is quite sour and sweet at the same time with sour cherries and pickled figs, some musty hints and cork. Flavor is more sweet than the aroma leads on with a hint of sweet tobacco leaves. Otherwise the same as the aroma. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation. There are better examples out there, but this is a solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle. Red brown with light head. Hint of vinegar and apple aroma. Slight sour and then almost a sweet cider flavor appears. Extremely enjoyable. (Had a tasting at Beer Church, bought a few more bottles to enjoy at home.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a rich red color with a light white head. Smells very sour with hints of mustard, vinegarette, and fruits. Tastes of sour fruit and strawberries. Sourness is a little overpowering. Has a long finish that stays with you on the tongue. Its a pretty good sour red, I can see why this one is popular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours as a thick, reddish brown with white head and good carbonation. Aromas of sour, acidic cider with cherry and rasberry notes. Taste bursts of fresh grape juice and red wine vinegar with nice oak notes. I found the overall body to be very light and unassuming with less of an acidic kick than I was expecting. Nicely subtle and the dry finish makes for a good starter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (3933) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle at home. Amazing ruby red colour. Acidic scent. Sweet cassis, cherry and raspberry tastes. Hints of fresh apple. Sour and punchy. Itís not my favorite type but I think it does this quite well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours an effervescent deep reddish brown, topped by an inch and a half of soft beige-red foam. Good head retention, solid lacing. Aroma of cider and tart cherry. While sipping I can detect a subtle caramel malt presence. Tangy beer with sour cherry, freshly picked sun-warmed red raspberry, foxy wild grape, and oak flavors. The first sip made the fillings in my teeth hurt - they way that accidentally biting on aluminum foil does. Awesome! Finishes lighter and drier, though still very sharp, with a bit of a metallic taste. Raspberry wine vinegar with a hint of caramel in the aftertaste.

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