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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2682   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 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
I think me and any Flanders officially dont get along. It pours a mildly headish ruby brown smelling frankly like sour patch kids, vinegar, and alcohol. The taste is light, lighter than the smell leads you to believe. It’s not my favorite, but it did finish with a saki clean, like a good Flanders. The body is a little light, though from other’s I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5275) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2006 Pours mahogany into a snifter. Medium-sized bubbles. Cherry and vinegar aromas. Bubbly with up front dry cherries and a lingering vinegar finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber to red pour with almost no head at all. A sour but yet sweet aroma to it. Has a cidery, hint of cherry flavor. I was really impressed with this. It got better with every taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cathschlag (48) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Odeur d’alcool assez présente. On sent les cerises, le poivre. Suberbes bulles. Couleur brun profond. Très effervescente en attaque. Arrière-goût au palais en finale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle. Amber with a white foamy head. Sour aroma that hits you right on the noggin’. Sour cherries and raspberries finish with a slightly vinegar aftertaste. A decent sour.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2006
Dark red-brown, clear and almost headless. The odour of sweetness and cheap malt vinegar was not the best introduction to this much-respected brew. The first taste was enough to convince me that it would be a struggle to avoid a drain pour. The vile, cloying fruity sweetness was bad enough, but the vinegary sourness was more like something I would sprinkle on fish and chips. The worst three quid I ever spent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BusyBeeKeeper (1) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2006 does not count
Dark red like a nice wine with a flimsy head. Sour with nice woodsy flavors like oak and smoked peat moss. This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Dark, ruby red coloring with a thick, quickly diminishing head. Intensly sweet, cloying aromas of balsamic vinegar and black cherries. Texture is insanely carbonated and saturated with berry sugars. Raspberry, strawberry, and rouge champagne litter the tongue. Aftertaste reminds me a bit of nutrasweet. One of the sweetest Flemish sour ales I have ever tasted, but almost to the point where it clashes with the sour characteristics of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
(Draft. Bottles. 03/2006) An intense mix of sweet and sour. Dark, dark brown with big, white head that disappears relatively quickly to a thin film. Nice lace. Definite fruity, acetic nose with all the hints of balsalmic vinegar. Sweet maltiness balanced by acetic qualities with no notes of bitterness. This beer exhibits a wide variance, sometimes being more pleansantly sour and others tending toward an almost cloying sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9173) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the White Horse, London SW6 23/11/2002 Mid brown coloured and very strong in alcohol. Fruity aroma. Slightly dry lasting finish.

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