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


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RATINGS: 2229   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2569) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2003 From somewhere in the dark she kisses you with lips still moist with the soft whisper of oak aged balsamic vinegar. The tapestry above your head, embroidered with dusty silk in Bruges for young Mary, daughter of the Duke of Burgundy, envelopes you in the dust of long rotted fruit. You embrace in the folds, both sweaty now, your pores exuding vapours of bitter chocolate and coffee. Your passion is sharp, sweet, honeyed, sweaty and so deep you can hear the boom of the guns over the fields of Flanders only a heart beat away. After you come, all that remains is a wrinkled memory of blood on your lips.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2002
Glowing reddish amber with a petite but sticky light tan head. Slow and steady carbonation. Brutal, brutal red wine vinegar aroma with hints of vinous alcohol and sour oak. Aroma screams ’Should I drink this or mix it with olive oil and pour on a bed of greens?’. Initially brashly sour and acidic with a fluffy, carbonated body. Sweetness lingers beyond the harsh first impression of sour acid. Light body. Woven array of sweet and sour aspects are nicely balanced, with it first being invasively sour, then the aftertaste is sweet and woody. Airy nature tempers the harshness somewhat but this finishes with a burning acidic edge akin to heartburn burps. Does generate some horsebarn notes as it warms and acclimates. Definately do not drink ice cold. This will either be raved or poured.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 (5/3/06, draft) Clear garnet body with an off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, vinegar, wood. Taste is medium sweet, cherry, some sourness, light wood. Light-medium body with some acidity and light syrup. A completely different experience from the previous time (in a good way). A bit more syrup than some of the other Flemish sours, but nice nonetheless. (8/3/8/3/15)

(10/20/02, bottle) Cola colored with a small head that dissipated rapidly. Aroma is primarily balsamic vinegary, with hint of floweriness as well. Flavor is strong vinegar, taking a moment for one’s tastebuds to adjust. When they do, sweetness is noticeable, largely cherry in nature. Definitely not my beer of choice but slowly I’m beginning to appreciate these vinegar beers. (6/3/6/3/12)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2002
a little too sour and fruity

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Sour and fruity. Very good to have now and then, but not often.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Sweet fruity and sour very much like a wine maybe too much for my tastes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Fizzy pour w. pervasive fruit vinegar aroma - certainly the balsamic vinegar comments preceding my review are right on. Beautiful mahogany color, with small, lasting head. Finely beaded, delicate carbonation. Sweet-tart flavor, steeped in wood and cherries - also a hint of chocolate. Nice astringent finish. Extremely refreshing, if a little sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2002
A good Flanders red, however I found it a little too sweet and a little less tart than I prefer. I like the Rodenbach GC better, as well as La Folie. This is a great looking brew though, with an excellent rocky head and nice lacing. I noticed the balsamic vinegar thing too, but I can’t quite decide if this is a good thing, or bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Claret colored body with a sandy-brown head. Streaming thin bubbles rising to the surface at a frantic pace. Very oaky and somewhat sour cherry-like aroma. Very tart front, a middle that is quite sweet and woody and a rather intensely bitter finish. My wife took a sip and immediately picked up on the balsamic vinegar theme. To me, this is Rodenbach on steroids.

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