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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2684   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
750 mL bottle from Dumdum. Burgundy red with a thin off-white rich head. In aroma, vanilla fudge and oranges are noted. In mmouth, crême brulé with sour points comming out well. However, the bottle is off, or oxidized, and lost some of its umphh...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (16554) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
(Bottle at Le Poechenellekelder, Brussels) Amber with an offwhite head. Floral aroma, fruity and quite strong. Fruity malty flavor with vanilla and notes from red wine. Grape and juniperberry. Sweet finish with some cinnamon. Different and a bit hard to define, but quite ok.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (5565) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Good, complex aroma. Balsamic vinegar, lambic-like yeast aroma, and light fruit and spices. Red, with a small head that continues to float on the beer. Not as sour as I expected, particularly after the liquor store clerk made a point of telling me it was sour. Somewhat sour anyway, with abundant sweetness. The wood aging is evident in the flavor as well. A very lambic like aftertaste. I will drink this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1572) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2005
This is the weirdest "beer" i have ever had. It smells and tastes so much like sweet red wine. Has a sour taste, too. At very short times during the tasting do you ever get any flavor of remotely beer. Won’t ever get it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2891) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
Clear, dark ruby-orange with a tight, white ring and an island, direclty in the center, the size of a canadian twenty-five cent piece. Sour, vinegary cherry aroma with some weird, dusty vegetable that’s unique and not necessarily bad... The flavour is very vinegary, which is not to say only sour, but like cider vinegar with more of that dusty vegetable and some celery and woody cherry. Nice refreshing sourness, but really I cannot get past the vinegar. Medium body and medium carbonation. I would have preferred to have a tad lighter body and more carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (6904) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2005
Marcello’s Wine Market - Baton Rouge, La - 750 ml bottle. Pours a dark copper with a thin but long lasting khaki colored head. Aroma has a sweet bubblegum essence to it with a grape juice like essence in the back end. Flavor is a melody of sweetness and sourness - reminds me somewhat of a sweet tart candy. The front end is sweet and candy like and the back end is sour and has wine-like accents. The mouthfeelis surprisingly thick, expecte a lot of spritiness. Very good - if you like sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2005
This is a strange brew. Pours a deep mahogony with nice head and lacing. Head is a nice off-white color. Aroma is very complex consisting of sweet and spice. Flavor was NOT what I expected at all. This was VERY sweet with flavors of raisins, sour apples and cherries, malt and champagne. It has a definite champagne mouthfeel as well, given the nice carbonation from tiny bubbles. Not sure what to think of this ale. It has some appealling aspects to it, but the champagne-dominated flavor and mouthfeel knock this one down a little.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Fruity aroma but feint. Reddish brown amber color. Bursting with flavor! I can’t believe there’s no fruit added to this. Its very much like a Lambic. excellent! Redlight Redlight has small bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
bubbling rusty bright colour with an almond frothy head. Very nice, vibrant nose with acidic cherries. The body is very smooth with a slightly sweet malty middle. The tartness hits towards the end and creates and extremely refreshing flemish sour ale. A very nice ale indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (2058) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
Nice chestnut colour with a slim off-white head. Sharp sour aroma, smells lambic-y. Flavour is sweet, tart, sour and fruity; apples in there as well. Acidic throughout. Medium bodied. Very good indeed.

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