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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2004
(Bottled) Dark amber color with a medium, tight and very lasting, beige head. Strong, wineous and earthy sour cherry and vinegar aroma. Sour and acidic, but also sweetish-malty, cherry flavor. Medium-bodied, sticky, foamy-carbonated palate (was quite warm, though). ABV very well-hidden. A nice one as a Flemish sour. This would make a great salad dressing with some added garlic, olive oil and spices :)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
jefcon (1359) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Decent-looking, but that’s not the point here. The aromas of vinegar and even horseradish are strange and out of place. The finish is sickly sweet. I wondered if something had gone wrong with the bottle fermentation until I read other reviews. Maybe it’s my unsophisticated palate, but I simply didn’t like this "Flemish Sour Ale," and cannot vouch for the beer or the style. Sorry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorqui (2091) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 19, 2004
Dark red color much elegant one. Adherent and compact foam of optimal duration. Intense and delicate scent. Smell of wine and yields red. In mouth it is warm and wrapping, its do not feel themselves nearly 6.2% degrees. He is similar very to an Italian wine called Bonarda. Indeed optimal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2004
A very interesting dark amber beer with strong hints of raisins, grapes, cherries and currants. Very reminiscent of a fine dessert wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2004
Deep chestnut colour, with a slight tan head. Aroma is vinegar and oak. Taste is sweet, sour, acidic with a really nice mellowness to it. This beer is a good experience, and have been every time i’ve tried it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 bronish red in color, aroma sweet fruity taste sweet, acidic then cherry hint of vanilla then sour and cherry before the swollowing finnishes abit dry

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Dark Garnet Red color. Sweet wine aroma with a little vinegar smell to it as well. Balsamic, perhaps. Vinous to its core. Surprisingly low alcohol amount as it is somewhat sticky and evaporating like a higher proof drink. Even girls could drink this one. Not far off from a Framboise. As it warms, the beerness comes to the fore more over the sweetness. Still a fine drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 2005: Tried this again at a tasting and it was fantastic. Don’t know if the beer changed or my tastes but this was quite good. Much of what I wrote below still applies as to color and aroma but the flavor was much, much better.

Just couldn’t get around this one. Garnet body with a wisp of head that floated away quickly. Intense aroma of malt, sugar, fruit, unsweetened chocolate. Vinous. But it all added up to unpleasant for me. Drain pour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Bottled 330 ml. Reddish brown color. Sour Acetic acid aroma. Full bodied with sweet sour taste. So much more balanced than Zoetzuur or Le woody. An excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Dark red color with no head. Cherry aroma. Very bitter cherry in the taste with a slight malt background. Certainly reminicient of a Kriek, but not nearly as tasty; the bitter throws it off.

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