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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2683   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Bottle 60F Tuplip. Sour smell very tart, cherry, light yeast smells very tight aroma. Appearance was a very dark red color, nearly a dark red/brown color, with a tan head great lacing, decent head retention. Very tart, dry taste of plum and cherry, sweet and tart at the same time. Quite sour. Medium mouthfeel, with tight and very present carbonation, very acidic leaves mouth very dry adn clean. Very dry like champagne similar to a kir royale. Nice and quite quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin off white head. Vinegar wine aroma - flavour is the same, but balance with the sweetness of cherries and tart fruits. Not as sour as I wanted, or maybe expected it to be, but very idiosyncratic and interesting none-the-less, with a very refreshing finish that left me wanting more. Fantastic!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUL 9, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 11.2 oz bottle to go from O’Brien’s: Aroma is red wine/red wine vinegar. Color is deep burgandy held up to a flashlight with a small light tan head. Flavor starts cherry tart turning fruity sweet and sour (berries, green apple, grape) with a long dry acidic finish. Medium bodied and velvety with lively carbonation. Way under-rated IMHO!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2006
[bottle, rating #300] Oaky, sour balsamic vinegar aroma. Dark ruby in color, with a puffy, tan colored head. Tastes a lot like apple cider vinegar, but not in an overpowering way. As it warms, sweet flavors become especially present. Substantial carbonation. This is such a new taste for me, style-wise, and I find it different and pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (21657) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a tan head. Sweet acid vinegar aroma and some fruitiness. Sweet malty vinous flavor with hints of fruits. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Aroma of malt vinegar and cherries Appears a clear garnet red with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is very sweet at the start, like fermented berries, followed by blue cheese, and ending with a malt vinegar aftertaste; quite complex. Flavors are thick and chewy, but palate is suprisingly light and refreshing. Overall, this is a quirky beer, but then again it is from the quirkiest of styles; a bit more than the sum of its parts

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Appearance is identical to chery pepsi. Nose is malt vinegar and charred oak. Flavours is cola sweet with marachino cherries and cabernet franc grapes. As it warms a horse hair appears with more fruit flavours, namely raspberry and cassis.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Brown ale with a small head that vanishes, leaving good lacing. Sweet and sour nose. Taste of sour ale, sweet candy sugar, sour cherries, dried fruit, and spice; no real hoppy taste. Mouth a little flat. Good sour Belgian Brown. // Had it again. More sweetness to the fruit, more rounded mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8808) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Clear, beer-bottle brown in colour, thick tan head with perfectly uniform tiny bubbles. Aromas of sour cherry (NOT cherry candy) and apples. Very dusty and slightly musty smelling too. Very sweet malt balanced by a tartness that isn’t quite puckering, but certainly mouth-watering. Definitely different to a North American palate like mine, and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1887) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2006
750ml bottle into a Snifter glass. Pours a light brown with a gorgeous amber hue to it with a tiny whitish foamy head. The nose is very aromatic with hints of sweet and sour vinegar and fruit. Flavor is absolutely tremendous with tastes of apples, figs, and a very balanced sour vinegar note. Quite interesting as the first taste of vinegar is incredibly sweet which moves into the more sour note towards the finish that lingers. This is such an amazing flemish sour ale! I will definitely order and purchase this over and over again.

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