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


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RATINGS: 2499   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2005
33 cL bottle, snifter. Holy crap this is a frothy mutha! I donít know whatís different about my bottle but I poured gently and got 70% head, 30% beer. Deep maroon-brown hue, topped by a huge rocky tan head. Great lacing. Caramel and straw malt. Hops...flowers, lemons? Very light. Leather and cobweb yeast aromas are fairly heavy. Dates, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, merlot, cask wood, and touches of smoke and anise. Really great aroma...didnít open up for a few minutes though...strange. *sips* Wha? Er, itís not...sour? Very sweet up front...tastes like fruity hard candies. Still sweet in the finish, a hint of acidity and bitterness show up. Medium body, super creamy texture. Lots of carbonation, but itís very compact feeling...doesnít disrupt the mouthfeel. The bottom line is: this is...wow...just a treat to drink. If it actually had the sourness I was expecting...damn, thatíd be close to perfect. Great fruits, fabulous mouthfeel...just no sour. Damn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2403) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2005
virtually no head due to light carbonation, fermented date, fig, cherry, raisin nose and sweet/ tart flavors, rich filtered dark chestnut hues; maybe too little fizz, not as much as Iíd personally like. Had it on draft last night at Bodega

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Very dark brown and amber color. A medium sized white head. The aroma is leather and lemons. The taste is sweeter than I had imagined. Notes of lemons with sugar and some honey. Also notes of cola and a finish with cinnamon. Very nice summer beer. Best by March 26, 2006.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
Dark red color, small beige head. Interesting aroma, canít place it, but not quite pleasant. Punguent flavor, rather revolting actually. Must be an acquired taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Murky red appearance - very thin head. Cherries and light vinegar aroma. Flavor of sour cherries & vinegar but is fairly sweet as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Like sour candy and gumballs, this beer starts out with a twang and is all sugar at the finish. The color is a very nice deep red, the aroma funky, the bottle, the beer, come off like the old world works of art they are.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Perfumey, sweet, pleasant aroma. Color is a clear dark red-brown. Taste is sour and sweet. The sourness is of the stinky cheese variety. I feel like Iím drinking bacteria. The sweetness ruins it a bit. The sweetess is really simple; like sugar water. Itís almost like putting sweet ní low in iced tea.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stouby (3872) - Holbśk, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle, at beer festival. Brown with off-white head. Fruity aroma and flavor. Sweet and acidic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Thanks to beerhandy for this. Pours cloudy ruby/orange through light (dark brown in ambient light) with smallish head. Aroma of big tart cherries, malt, prunes. Tastes very tart, with tons of cherries, a solid malt backbone, and some finishing earthy peat elements. Complex and nicely balanced. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1035) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 7, 2005
mmm, cold and in a tulip / a great complement to my sherbert. sugary acidic fruit, woody, and delicious.

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