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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2775   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 1, 2006
tap at falling rock after a shitty night of work. well the keg blew while i was getting my glass, so it was a frothy beer i recieved. turbi purple body with a white lasting and lacing head. smelled of plums, ink, a woody sourness is barely discernable drom the yeasty twang. flavor was dark fruits and more ink. really tasted like chewing on a pen and having it bust, but not really in a bad tasting way. some yogurt like flavor of plums and sour grapes. lingering earthy sour flavor that was nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Adverse2Bitter (35) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2006
A well balanced top fermented Belgian ale. The blending of 8 and 18 mouth aged ale shows in the sweet flowery aroma . The taste of this beauty is equally refined. Sweets Fruits and spices seam to great the taste buds before wine like characteristics take over. The ale finishes well, and has a pleasant aftertaste of fresh spices. As a wine lover, I feel this is ale is the perfect gateway into the world of beers /ales for the uninitiated. Possibly my favorite Belgian

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 I had the privilege of trying this on draught today (8/29/2006)... Color looks very dark brown, but when you hold it up to the light it is actually very red and clear - maroon would be a good way to describe it. Moderate carbonation with a nice creamy head. Aroma initally screamed of vinegar, but then became more fruity (cherry-like) as the beer warmed a bit. Flavor was great - LOTS of thing going on there. It is a wonderful play of sweet, sour, tart, fruit (cherry), maybe even some vinegar type flavors in there. I was quite impressed by the complexity and thoroughly enjoyed this brew... This was my second Flemish Sour Ale (first was Rodenbach Redbach) and I must say that this style is really growing on me quickly. 10 oz draught; $4.75 at Dilly Deli. Rating: 8 4 8 3 16 = 3.9.

UPDATE (1/15/2006): Sampled again on 1/14/2007 from a 750 mL bottle at Lance’s "Harvest Ale" homebrew day. Thank you to everybody that was there for the great conversation and great beer! I had a great time and look forward to future brew days... -- This beer was just as good, if not better, from the bottle as it was on draught! I’ve heard that this beer can very some from batch to batch and bottle to bottle, but this particular bottle was quite good! Poured a dark brownish-red color with a creamy tan head. The aroma, like the flavor, is a wonderful blend of sweet and sour cherry with some acidic and vinegar notes. There are lots of great flavors (cherry, grapes, oak, berries and other fruits, vinegar, malt, spice, and more) at play on the tongue. This particular bottle seemed a bit sweeter than the glass I had on draught. Also, more of flavors and characteristics from the oak aging (slight woodiness, creamier, smoothier) are also more apparent in the bottled version. Overall this is my favorite Flemish Sour Ale so far (albeit I’ve only had a few). It has yet to disappoint me! I am really starting to develop the palate and appreciation for this style of beer. SO GOOD! New rating: 8 4 8 3 17 = 4.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3223) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2006
Deep, mahogany color. Fruity aroma. Huge flavor. A bit of maltiness. Strong tartness on the back of my tongue. Wonderful blend of flavors. Slight oakiness. Possibly a touch of barnyard but it tastes like lactic/pedio dominates the funk. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle. Red-brown colour (or may I say burgundy) with a creamy offwhite head that is smallish, but persistent and lacing. Nice fruity aroma as of cherries, but full of sour yoghurt notes. Flavours balance between sweet and sour, ending woody and dry. Very fruity. Good carbonation, slightly oily texture. One of the classics -simply a great drinking experience.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Aroma is of bread and molasses with moderatly perfume and earthy overtones. It poured clear and red with a light brown fizzy head which didnt last long. The taste was a surprise, sweet and acetic at the same time finish was lightly bitter and again the vinegar was promanate, light to medium bodied watery and fizzy with moderate alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle - quite vinuous aroma with a touch of tartness. Beautiful maroon body with a beige head. Delicious flavor! Sour and malty and fruity. A touch of vinegar. Just terrific.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Can’t believe I forgot to rate this one! One of my favorite beers - first had at the Map Room in Chicago. So sour. So red. So lovely. Drank a bottle the other night. It’s one of those beers I don’t overdo; I indulge at just the right moment with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Marroon, with a big thick creamy beige head. Grapey, winey, slightly tart aroma. Nice mix of flavors - red wine, prune and raisin, some lemony tart citrus notes, too. Much winey-er as it warms. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (3370) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2006
Love the combination of malt and sour wine / lambic taste. Dark brown with a nice foam. A very special brew !

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