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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (4688) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2008
A very geographically mountainous head on this pour. Lots of foam. Smells like a holy church. You know that smell? The taste is of soured malt, with a long lasting sour malt aftertaste that is metallic as well and I got this in a bottle. The beer is dark brown, opaque, with red tint. A different experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Bottle, aged and thanks to EDA. Light brown pour with some head. Aroma is funky, earthy / sour cherries. The flavor is the same, light sourness, a little vinegar, but also some sweet cherry flavor. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Raspberry brown pour with little bubbles around the ring pretending to be a head. Sweet, with a sour cherry nose and that aroma of turned red wine. Strawberry and cherry sweetness with nice bubbles on the palate. Quick, somewhat drying finish with oaky notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 11.2 oz. bottle bb. 1/30/09 poured into a snifter has a dark cherry red color with steady slow carbonation and a thick frothy one finger light tan head. aroma has tart cherry, light alcohol, plenty of sour funk, and a little wood. mouth feel is light and bubbly with a champagne like quality. flavors start with tart cherry, sweetness, and some nice wood character. has a lot of lambic like qualities but totally different at the same time. warms a bit to reveal more fruit and raisin and finishes so smoothly with a distinct dry taste. leaves my mouth watering for another sip and becomes more complex as it goes down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3901) - Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
11.2 fl oz bottle from KAggie97, best before date 01-02-09. Pour is reddish-brown, clear, with some orange highlights. Nice off-white head. Aroma of sour, tart cherries and some earthy barnyard notes. Taste is initially sweet / tart cherry fruit, but quickly moves into more of an oaky raisin maltiness. Many layers of flavor to this beer, very nice. Medium body, turns a bit watery on the finish. Thanks Kevin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
illini4ever (23) - Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Tart cherry aroma experienced after the dark red pour. Decent head. Initial taste seems sweet at first, but finishes with a pleasant tartness. Enjoyable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Poured into a snifter at The Red in Santa Cruz. Color is a mix between quadrupel brown and cherry red. Decent head for a style characterized by acidity. Oak, brett, vinegar, cherry in the aroma. Nice red fruit sweetness is decapitated by an exquisite tartness and vinaigrette bite that puckers every corner of the mouth. Some oak and grape skin. Thin bodied, dry, effervescent, and smooth. The only fault is that the sharpness is best in small doses, reducing the drinkability to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2008
From bottle : Pours very dark brown with red highlights. A half finger of nice white foamy head, that shows great retention. Aroma is sour tart cherries, and notes of spice. The taste is interesting. Not very sour or tart for a sour ale. It is sweet up front, then goes watery toward the end, and carbonated, much like im drinking selzer water, very weird. Aftertaste has some dark fruit notes to it. Body is thin, palate is smooth and watery toward the end. Not a very good sour imo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dawgontap (2) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2008 does not count
Aroma is of tart cherries and the oak comes through with a hint of notes of vanilla. Has a brownish side of ruby tint with a bone colored head. Nice sour notes that linger on the back of the tongue forever. To me, it has the perfect balance with the oak and the solera type aging gives it excellent complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle. Aroma is that of sour cherries, spices. The flavor is initially a sweet tangy flavor which quickly delves into sour fruits. It’s not unlike eating something tart like a Granny Smith apple. The right balance is here to allow for both a sweet aftertaste as well as a nice sour punch.

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