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


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RATINGS: 2718   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
lgklotet (432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2006
Dark red colour, opaque. Huge aroma of wine and cherries. Palate is incredibly rich and full, sweet and sour at the same time. Layers and layers of flavour going on here. Must have this again!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2144) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2006
The pour is dark, deep ruby-prune with a quickly diminishing head and no real lacing (I watered the glass a bit first, to be fair). The aromas are of vinegar, silos, sourmash and fresh cherries. Vinegar flavors accompany very sour fruits and a syrupy tart finish. This coats the tongue, sometimes unpleasantly pungent, and makes for a vinegar fruit juice mouthfeel. I can’t say that this is my favorite style nor brew, as I KNOW vinegar in depth, as I once had to take straight multiple shotglasses of it daily (for health). The bottle I’m currently rating has EVERYTHING to do with vinegar.... almost too pungent for me to enjoy, but I do appreciate the complexities at work, and am rating accordingly. This is certainly a "specialty" drink, and one that I’ll be happy to revisit later to see if the flavor contingencies are veered more toward "sour fruit" than "vinegar" (there is a difference, even though some might argue differently). My bottle may have been non-indicative of style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Draft at Dilly Deli: Dark brown to black pour, with a light tan head. Aroma of grapes, prunes and other dark fruits, some alcoholic sweetness. Flavor, dark fruits, dry grapes, a bit sour/tart. Nice finish, really a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jason (1830) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2006 Bottle enjoyed during the blackout over candlelight and a good book. Very nice smell, almost too pungent at first but got me excited for the ale. Keeps a great appearance with a great head that stayed until the end and a dark ruby color. Very nice sour taste. At first it might be too much but comes along great as it warms. The taste left me wanting more each time. Very enjoyable and I think that the poweroutage helped me enjoy this since I had nothing else to do. Great dessert beer and one I need to pick up more of. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
obxdude10 (2244) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Wow, this is a great beer, deep ruby red in color, light tan head, good lacing around the glass, very sour & tart nose filled with lots of cherry, a slight hint of cola in the aroma as well, full-bodied, very sweet fruitiness in the flavors but yet slightly sour & tart at the same time, very acidic & carbonated, fizzy finish with more sour cherry flavor, this is almost like a fruit punch type of drink but with a healthy kick alcohol, very enjoyable, great Flemish sour

   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 (22307) - 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.

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