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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2698   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Bottle, 25cl. Nice label. Dark ruby colour with a beautiful, lasting and creamy beige head. Nice carbonation. The first contact is primarily vinegary, with hints of fruits as well. Flavour is strong vinegar, sweet and sour, with small notes of berries. Nevertheless, the end is very sharp and the combination with what i was eating wasn’t quite pleasant. Maybe with cheese? Definitely, not my type of beer although i could consider this a very good experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Sampled on draught at The Blind Pig in Champaign, Il. A beautiful and complex beer, redolent of sour cherries and oak. This was an introduction to Flemish Sour Ales for me, and I’ll definitely seek out additional examples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3846) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Pours dark red with a tanned head.Nice fresh sourness. Aromas of fruit, leather, balsamic vinegar and almond essence. Sour finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
Aroma has hints of wine, medicine, and paint remover. Whoah! Head is tan colored and endures to the end. Color is a mix of red and bronze...beautiful. Sweetness dominates flavor initially, gradually overtaken by sourness; however, both sweetness and sourness fade from the palate quickly leaving behind little trace of the initial sweet/sour explosion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Dear Duchess,
It pains me to do this. You used to be my favorite beer in the whoooole wide world. I used to salavate at the very mention of your lovely name. I rated you 4.9 our first time, but it’s been like 390 beers ago. That’s a lot of beer under the bridge, and I’m afraid my affections have faded.
Don’t get me wrong! I still think you’re an awesome babe and I’d love to hang with you once in a while. But I’ve moved on, it’s time for you to find another girl to sweetly lure into the world of craft beer.<P>Beer is a pretty, clear, very dark ruby-brown color with a large, off-white, frothy, mostly lasting head and nice lacing.<P>Aroma is vinous, sweet-sour: malty with light notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with light notes of dill-like herb; yeasty with a light note of dough and damp cellar; packed with miscellaneous notes of moderately weighty copper, cherries, heavy balsamic vinegar, light notes of cinnamon and five-spice powder.<P>The flavor is like soda pop; totally missing the sour part of the FSA equation: heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter with an average-length, moderately sweet, lightly acidic finish. Still dig the copper/blood-like retros. Refined sugar aftertaste.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery-to-velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>I’m off to go hang with that Dulle Teva chick now... I hear she really puts out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Pours dark red with a large tan head. Tart aroma of cherries, vinegar, sour grapes, leather, and wood. It develops some chocolaty notes as it warms. The flavor is sour, but not overly so. Fruity and yeasty, like a light red wine. The finish is slightly tart cherry and dry, woody oak. Strange mouthfeel—oily but light. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2005
An excellent and delicious example of this style. Yes it is red, and sour and a little sweet. It has depth and character and lingers on the palatte wonderfully.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle.. ..Tart aroma, hints of fruit. Can tell that it’s sour (mouth starts watering just by smelling). . .Dark brown, hints of ruby in the light. Tan head, good retention.. .. .sweet start, with funky belgian yeast notes. Tangy! YUM. . .. light carbonation, med body.... .Very drinkable yet sour Flanders Brown. Has a puckery sour aroma, but a good deal of sweetness keeps the sour at bay. Good find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2005
A dark mahogany with some tan heaad. Nose is wine, sulfites, leather, stinky feet, and some dark malt. Taste initally very winey, the oak starts to come through, as well as a fruity note. Sour, but mouth puckeringly good sour. Vinegar on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2005
250 ml bottle. Pours a dark ruby, small off-white head settles to a thin film quickly. Tart fruity aroma (apples), with some woody notes. Intense sour flavor, lots of fruit, very complex and vinous. Crisp acidic finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouth coating stickyness leads to a nice lingering finish. A great refreshing beer, I actually felt cheated by the small bottle. Flemish Sours are definately my favorite of the moment.

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