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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2597   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Hmm... this is an interesting one. Poured brownish-amber with a fizzy tan head which dissipated quickly. Aroma sort of put me off, smelling like toffee and sour meat. I was rather afraid to taste it, but Iím glad I got over it. Flavor is very nice, with dominating tastes of tart black cherries, rounding out to a somewhat dry, nutty finish. Very pleasant. Not something I would seek out again, but Iím glad I tried it. Was also interested to see it listed in Michael Jacksonís Great Beer Guide.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7428) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Poured a deep ruby red, almost like red wine vinegar. Aroma was of sour cherries or raspberries, with a hint of vinegar. Flavor was slightly metallic, and dark, fermented fruits came through. Sweetness and tartness were both prominent in the taste, and they were rather well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Smells a bit like red wine vinegar. Of which I am a huge fan. Really sweet and sour, you can feel it in the saliva glands basically. A really interesting brew for the olí 600th rating. cheers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2005
this sample from a tap...no head...smells of vinegar and sugar...and pretty much tastes that way too...I may give the bottles another shot, as I donít recall it being this sweet, but it was just too much...sweet and sour is cool...but this is just too sweet...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2005
Sour, somewhat chemical smell. Not really appealing. Neither is the non-existing head. Tastes quite nice however, a bit on the sweet side, like other I expected a more sour beer but it turned out to be fruity (cherries, apples) and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful reddish brown, with an almost absent head. Vinegary, sour nose making me expect a very tart beer. But actually I feel that the sweetness is more predominant with the sourness levelling things out - a "sweet & sour" beer indeed. Very vinous and refined - a delicious and quite different Flemish sour ale. 060194

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I love this style of beer! Sour cherries everywhere. It pours a very dark red/brown. Smells very acidic. A large white head foams leaving a small rim for the remander of the glass. Tastes of sour cherry, raw cranberries. Such a great style of beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2009 Dark, deep red brown colour. Aroma is vinegar, sour. Very very fruity taste, apples, wine like taste. Some applejuice. Good balance. Some sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (562) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Enchanting red-brown color. Small, light tan head. Very powerful tart, vinegar aroma. Flavor was sweet and sour; vinegar. Tastes of apple, grape, and cherry. Oakey. Very unique flavor, if a bit over-powering. Almost like a wine. Lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2005
This appeared a deep brown caramel color with a fairly tall light tan head. Scatterings of lace were left as this was consumed and the head retention was minimal. Holy Crap when I first poured this I took a big whiff and was hit with a HUGE funky tart aroma that was a bit overpowering. After letting it air for a bit it became much more pleasant with a bit of fruity tartness, a slight vinegar smell and some woody notes. Flavor wise this was super tart on the first sip that made me think it was going to take a while to get through this glass. After it warmed a bit I found it much more tasty and palatable with a nice mix of tartness and sweetness balancing each other out with the tartness taking a slight lead. There were fruit flavors and woody notes in the taste as well and a fairly nice lingering sour after taste. Mouthfeel was about medium with a soda bubbly feel to it that kind of detracted from it a bit but not much. This was a real sipper for me and I would definitely have to be in the mood for one of these to drink it. I would have it again in the future but I doubt more than one bottle at a time. Very interesting stuff that deserves a shot if you come across it, and I suggest letting it air out and warm a bit for the best experience.

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