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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2597   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Clear reddish brown colour with thin off with head. Sour malt vinegar nose. Saour acidic taste with dry saour finish. A real lip puckerer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Pours dark reddish orange brown with a thin tan head. Tart aroma of cider, tart cherries, funky brett, red wine, berries, and oak. The taste is sweet and sour. Starts fruity, yeasty, and acidic which slowly mellows into an earthy, woodsy finish. Notes of oak, dried fruits, and dusty yeast. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Good mix of sweet and sour with a great aftertaste. I thought this was too extreme the first time I had it, but with a second bottle I’ve grown to like this. Quite unique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Dark brown/ruby. Bubbly tan head fizzes away quickly. Wild yeast, berries, oak, subtle malt and alcohol, touch of spice, also-complex aroma. Same flavor. Body is a bit heavy, needs to warm up a bit. Has a certain taste in the finish I can’t put my finger on. Medium/full body, well carbonated. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle, pours nice dark red, with lasting thin lacing and head. Wonderful sweet start and sour finish, perfectly finished. Glad I tried this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Dark brown with a thin but solid head. Sweet aroma carrying wine and pine. Flavour is tart, sweet, and smoky with a viscous mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2005
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Nov 06). This had some really nice flavours and aromas going on - oak, soft fruit, vinous a hint of malt with a small level of tartness. I just couldnt get past the sweet finish which combined with high carbonation and tartness had an almost artificial sherbert feel. I wanted to like this but couldnt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 250ml bottle in Duchesse de Bourgogne glass. Smells of cherry and grapes, and the usual malt, grains et cetera. Dark red. Yellowy foam. Not that sour, almost like a kriek. Hm, it’s nice but too weak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Asilage fermantaion aroma stood out that wasn’t overly offencive. Body was dark but held to light had a mahogany hue to it. Decent head and plenty of lacing. Flavor was more like wine. Sweet and sour notes but not sour enough to overpower a beer drinker. Fruity tones left on palate an enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Burgundy (go figure) body with a moderate head. Aroma is extreme vinegar with notes of wood and cherry. Flavor is the same, wonderful stuff. Sweet n sour all the way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2005
Deep reddish colour with a foamy beige head. Fruity, light tart aroma with yeasty and woody notes. Fruity, wellbalanced sweet flavor with hints of spices. Light tart finish.

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