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


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RATINGS: 2775   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RSRIZZO (1949) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Aroma is a bold sweet scent that is almost like a red wine. Color is a deep maroon with very goes carbonation a a thick tight head. Taste is rich and sweet. Starting with a full/medium body it goes down easy with a light sweet feel. Finish comes in sweet and rich with a slightly sour wine like taste that dissipates quickly leaving you clean. This is one of the most unique and interesting beer I have ever had. Its just wonderful, its sour yet sweet and rich yet light. I have never had anything like it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2008 Great sour flavors are amazing. Some fruit on aroma ans well as tartness. Fruity malt sweetness taste with some figs and dates and raisins. Nice body. Could be great with dessert or after dinner. Flemish sour not so much but has a sour oak taste to me. Chocolate covered strawberries or a pear and provolone salad sounds like a great pairing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 25, 2007
A nice flemish to begin with, in my opinion. Subtle, mild, and very drinkable - gulpable even. Aroma crosses vanilla, oak, cherries and the funk. Taste is similar to a caramel sour apple - nice all around...but sometimes shows a slight resemblance of soda pop. I like it though...nice balanced and complex brew. Wish it was bigger...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BelgiskOlklub (1047) - Viby J, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2007
25 cl. bottle. One of my favourites. A great sweet and sour beer in good balance. Has a touch of oak barrels in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Thin quickly dissipating tan head. Aromas of tart cherry and sweetness. Carbonation on the palate but not overpowering. Nice malty sour cherry flavors with smooth finish. Very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Rerate, tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Not sure what the deal was with this pour, but I couldn’t even drink this: smelled like oily, overripe fruits and balsamic vinegar (similar notes to before, but I found it overpoweringly balsamic-y this time around); fit only for salad dressing. Acidic and vinegary in the mouth (though not exceptionally tart or sour at all); flabby carbonation, overripe and pretty gross sour ale. Even at half-price happy hour, this wasn’t worth the $3. I’ll revisit this in a bottle someday, but it won’t be anytime soon.

Draft, Brickskeller. The very last of the keg, evidently. Pours a clear, dark mahogany-ruby color, like a rich, reddish wood; light tan head with large-bubbled retention and patchy lacing. Dense, mildly tart and overripe red fruit aroma; hints of balsamic vinegar and sour cherries; a bit of toasty oak. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: surprisingly relaxed tartness; dense, dried red fruits, oily fruit leather, and a hint of vinegar, but nothing very sharp or tart (could use some more acidity as well); a bit flabby, all told. Medium, dried red fruit and somewhat doughy finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Pours a wine-dark red with a thin head. Aroma is amazing- sour steak sauce with a hint of dark malts. The flavor is more of the same, but with a great Belgian acid sourness that really goes great with the burnt steak sauce flavor. Finishes with a nice sweetness on the tongue. One of my favorite beers... a work of art. I usually drink the 350ml bottles, but just drank a 750ml bottle last night... a bit too much sweetness for that much beer. I would suggest sharing if you get one of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoopsy99 (3) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 13, 2007 does not count
This beer’s biggest drawback might be how unusual it is. Sour fruit on the nose. An almost vinegary, cidery, sweet and sour dark fruit flavor on the front palate fading to wood on the finish. Great depth of flavor, but takes some definate getting used to. Not for beginners. Acquired from The Spirit Shop in Norman, Oklahoma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle. Poured a hazy ruby red color. Head was light tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of sour cherry and other mixed fruit, molasses, and a hint of milk chocolate. There was mild acidity on the tongue that was unfortunately overwhelmed by a cloying sweetness. Tasted of cherry, green apple, and distinct oak. There was some nice malty caramel in the finish. A bit too sweet for me, but pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 6, 2007
Ruby color, good head. Aromas: Sour, acid, apple, cherry, citric. Palate: Sour, malt, oak, fruity, sweet. Complex.

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