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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2785   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2738) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 Rating #250! The lady pours a mahogany/burgundy color with a nice sized tan head. Aromas are very distinct and Iím not sure Iíve seen a lot of these elements before, so Iíll do my best. I can detect a very sweet and earthy tone with a creamy butterscotch background and some oak/wood in the background. Iím not picking up the sourness/vinegar that others mention. This tartness somes through heavy in the flavor though and then quickly mixes nicely with the sweetness that is promised in the aroma. It all ends in an earth/wood flavor and then a return of the sour notes that began it all. Very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3617) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice moslty lasting creamy head. Aroma and taste of malts and citrus. Nice flemish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 This is a wonderful beer. A rare taste and a sourness that doesnít offend. Quite delightful. I look forward to the next one. But how long will I have to wait?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours dark amber brown w/ medium sized spritzy froth. Aroma is sweet and sour, remeinescient of my aunt Debrahís sour braughton recipe. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are crisp w/ an intense sweet and sour character.Jjolly rancher fruit, green apples, tart grapes, slght cherry fruit. Very tropical w/ kiwi, passionfruit, and pineapple. Nice oak on the finish to bitter it up but remains sour fruit. Overall: an intersing flavor profile worthy of mention. Complex and balanced. Highly recommended for the connoiseur.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2006
Full of, as my sister put it, vinegar on the nose. Not terribly offensive, but not terribly inviting. I love sour ales normally, but this one tasted like a mismatched half & half. This beer did grow on me as it sat in the glass and is obviously far far from terrible, just not harmonius, to this tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Iím amazed this isnít aged in wine barrels or mixed with wine or has grapes smashed in it or something. Yeah, you can tell itís a flemish sour....but it almost just tastes like a great belgium brown mixed with a good wine. Have had a few of these in the past few months, love it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2006
Almost jet-black, sweet-sour fruity ale with a hint of blackcurrant. Ideal accompaniment to a world cup QF penalty shoot-out defeat. Goes well with tears.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16972) - HÝjbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle. Decent head with medium duration. Color is brown. Aroma is sour and vinous. Taste is almost like a lambic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (9593) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke in Copenhagen, Denmark. Shady dark brown color, small tan head. Red wine scent, mixed with butterscotch which is not apparent in the bottled version. Fruity sour taste different from the bottled one. Not very much red wine taste, but itís still apparent.
Edited info: I’ve had this on 25 cl, 33 cl and big (75 cl?) bottles, also on draught at various occasions and different places. My wife loves the stuff so I taste it every now and then, but I tend to just not like this one too much, though it’s better on bigger bottles than small ones and evern better on draught.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 6, 2006
A good friend of mine from Texas sent this to me (Brian...join the site you loser). 750ml I believe. Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights, and a nice pillowy tan head with nice retention and spotty lacing. Nice mouthfeel, that is first light and silky, but is spritzy at the back of the mouth. Aroma of lemon and sour apples, very gueze like. Flavor is nicely balanced. I get brown sugar, dark fruits, oak, yeast, sour and tangy fruit. I like how the sourness, sweetness, and fruitiness interact. Mildy tart finish. I am not a real expert in the style, but I like this. Although next time Iíll get the small bottle.

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