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


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RATINGS: 2228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jerohen (1962) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 This beer really grew on me. This first time i thought it was nothing special, but everytime i went to the shop i took one bottle home with me. I had this beer many times now, and for me this is really as good as it gets. Dark-amber coloured. A bit of vinegar aroma, which is also present in flavor. Sweet and thick, a bit fruity and also some ’oak taste’. Sour finish. Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2002
Medium dark, amber coloured beer with a big head. Odd sweet a bit sour aroma. The taste is sweet, fruity, sour, a like other flanders red ale but without the wineous character. Sweet-sour after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 Really good and unusual. One of my surprise favorites at the Belgian Beer Fest. Sour cheryish flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Sweet sour riesling wine aroma.Honey sweet sour spiced apple cider flavors with mellow oak towards the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2002
This is the best beer I’ve ever tasted. It is deep read with a fantastic head. The aroma is a little sour and sharp like the wild fermented aroma of a gueze. The flavor is soft and rounded at first with a good sweetness and great malt blend. It ends of in a sharp aftertaste just like a gueze. I drink this beer every time I get the chance - try it - if You get the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Sweet and sour aroma erupting from the dark brown body covered with a thin head created by tiny foaming columns. Sweet start and tart finish. Very smooth and well balanced. Nice display of malt, but very little showing of hops. The finish is a bit too sour, as it tends to stick in the back of my throat, but other that, this is very good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Tap: aroma like a spoiled bottle of cabernet. . .very sweet initially, turing sour and acidic. Finish dry and leaves the mouth watering for something more, but I am not sure it is there in this one. . . 3.2
ReRate: Draft at the Hop Leaf, late 2004: much different experience, perhaps my palate has changed…the long acidity brought me in much deeper this time, showing me hallways of sour fruit with cedar floor boards, held together by long iron spikes. A deep complexity the does offer balance to those interested in listening: sweetness, vinous fruits, earthen must, and tartness. Glad that I didn’t just have one…

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaymobrown (1617) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2002
At first smell I nearly gagged. At first taste I lost all my sense. Someone must have put vinegar in a bottle as a joke. Tasted like something I’d pour over my salad. Very sour. However, after it warmed it did mellow out. Probably best at room temperature.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Whew.... Cheap Heinz Vinegar smell. Sour to no end at first sip!?!? What is this??? Before you dump yours, let it sit a while. Some complexity appears after it warms, more appley and cherrylike with some still unavoidable vinegar notes. There’s a time and place for this beer. The middle of a Sunday night ’TV & Tasting Party’ isn’t the place! I like Venoms Idea of pouring some on a salad. It would be great with Spinich leaves.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2568) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 1, 2002
Sampled on tap 10/22/02. Woody, herbal, red wine and sour aroma, along with some definite vinegar, cherry and, eventually, a hint of vanilla(?!). Very slight head this beer has, just a slight haze and ring of off-white foam. Medium to dark garnet in color. Sharp and acidic in character, but quickly turning to fruity and lightly sweet, with a bit of tangy cherry becoming evident. Finish moves from initial tartness to a light, fruity sweetness with some faint, dry, musty hop flavors. Fairly light bodied. Palate is smooth and has a decided lack of effervescence. Mellows as it warms. Enjoyable beer. Drink this one by itself or at least at the start of your session so you can appreciate all that goes on, I think you’ll be glad you did.

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