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


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RATINGS: 2597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Malty oaty aroma with hints of berries. Deep reddish color with tan head. Fruity flavor with metallic initial tinge. Slight spiciness in the aftertaste. Woodiness in the middle. Thin palate. Refreshing, almost like raspberry juice. Fizzy carbonation. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2006
The proto-typical Flemish Sour. there are better one’s out there, but this is a great benchmark for determining if you like the style or not. Beautful deep ruby color with a nice creamy head. Great head retention and lacing. Wonderful aromas of green apple, sherry and grapes. The old and young ales are certainly distinguishable along with a slightly assertive oak presence. Sourness on the palate is definate something to behold, but is not as complex or aggressive as with the Panil Barriquée. A wonderfully done ale and a great introduction to the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
iosonomarco (41) - Milano, ITALY - NOV 29, 2006
All’olfatto si presentano aromi molto fruttati con sentori di aceto. Al palato si presenta una combinazione di dolce (eccessivo) e acido (leggermente astringente). Il gusto è quello dolce della ciliegia e dell’amarena, con sentori di aceto balsamico.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11772) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2006
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting amber headf. Aromas of vinegar, grapes, sourness and a faint hint of spice. Palate was ligfht bodied and tart. Flavors of dark fruit, vinegar and carmel with a tart finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
tcfishler (65) - USA - NOV 25, 2006
Deep red-brown, like an old/oxidized red wine. Winey nose of sour cherry, yeast, and aceto balsamico. Hits first with acidity...definitely acetic acid (aka vinegar). Comes through afterward with quite sweet fruitiness, and a tiny bit of roasted malt as well. Highly carbonated. Finishes long but astringent. Very much a love-it-or-hate-it beer, or perhaps an acquired taste. For someone like me whose background is in wine-drinking, this isfar too similar to a wine that has gone bad, what with the brownish red color and copious volatile acidity (acetic acid). I couldn’t even manage to drink more than a few ounces, which is a tragedy given the care put into brewing this. Take my rating with a grain of salt, keeping in mind my biases.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Dark cherry, every so slightly winey aroma. Deep reddish brown in color with minimal head. From the first taste this beer just popped, with a somewhat fruity sourness that left me craving more. The mouthful is almost foamy which was a surprise. This beer was far better than I expected and just made my list of favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mobster07 (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Up front sourness followed by a orange, cherry aroma and some vinous qualities. Clear burgundy in color with a small off white head. Aggressive up front sourness, rounded with hint of sour cherries, sherry like, somewhat acidic and a little bitter orange peel. A little astringent for my tastes and the sweetness lingers on the back of the throat. Pretty good job of playing the sweet and sour contrast but seems a little rough around the edges. The aggressive sourness makes it a little one dimensional IMHO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (681) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Definitely SWEET, like a fruit beer. Interesting to try but probably won’t buy this regularly

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2006
12 oz bottle. Only my second Flemish Sour, I liked the first one so I’m looking forward to this. Pours a deep reddish brown with a medium foamy head. The aroma has notes of tart fruit and reminds me of traditional lambics. The taste is light and fruity with a tart slightly sour aftertaste. It leaves a nice feeling in the mouth. Not as sour as I would have expected by quite enjoyable. I’m curious how a brew like this would fare with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
I can see that this is either a beer that you love or hate. Thick tan head with aromas of sour fruit. The first taste starts off slightly sweet and then turns into flavors of sour green apples. Loved it.

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