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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2007
750ml bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a big creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces in layers. Aromas of sour cherries, oak, a touch of caramel and a little apple. Flavor is good caramel malts blended well with sour cherries. Some hints of oak on the edges and even a touch of chocolate. Soft creamy mouthfeel but the finish is a tad acidic. Well balanced quite complex and very tasty. Nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2006
25 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Dark brown colour with a weak head. Aroma of sourness, acid and sweet fruit. Lovely complex flavour of oak, sour and sweetness combined with fruit and spices. Very wonderful indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25453) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2006
Bottled. Dark brownish red in colour, with mediumsized beige head. Aroma is sour fruits along with dry dark fruits. Flavour is at first quite sweet dry fruit, then turns into a sour dark fruity, raisiny thing. Aftertaste again gets quite sweet with a "dry bittering touch". Must be one of the nicest beers in the Flemish Sour ale category I have had. Totally hides the ABV. Nice palate, very filling, and also the carbonation is at a good level.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 21, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown reddish in colour with almost no head. Fruity sourness with notes of dark fruits, balsamico and spices - nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DonkeyKonga (3) - USA - DEC 20, 2006 does not count
nice aroma of apples and berries. medium size beige head. flavor is sweet carmel apples. too sweet for me, not enough sour for me. nice and fruity beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 17, 2006
dark ruby with a medium sized cream colored head. aroma of plastic, wine, sour grapes, wood, and hints of chocolate. flavor is sour and candyish with apples, grapes and caramel. very fruity. sour but not enough to pucker. full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
UnConeD (4) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
Ok, so this is a Flemish Sour, and I don’t like sour too much, so I wasn’t expecting a miracle. Still, the aroma and taste was interesting, albeit a bit syrupy at first. If you ask me, skip this one and go for Gouden Carolus instead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2006
[Bottle - Thanks BadDads] This was a amber color brew with no head. The aroma was very sweet and full of life The flavor was wow this is not a novice drinking brew. this was a great sour ale. Loved the flavor throughout. Had some wood flavor and that was good This is a brew to try again and again.

   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.

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