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


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RATINGS: 2576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Clear garnet-toned body with moderate carbonation and a thin silky tan head with nice lacing. Wild and interesting aroma of sour red wine, balsamic vinegar, black cherries, horse blanket, a touch of chocolate, and mild fusel alcohol. Varied, long, and lingering flavor of cherry candy, grapes, light oak and brett. Medium tartness and very sweet. Reminds me of Turani syrup. Slick, syrupy mouthfeel. A great dessert beer, but too sweet for casual consumption.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7819) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
This dark reddish brown ale pours with a generous tan head, eliciting a strong fruity aroma. The flavor is of a tart and fruity sour brown ale. This is a unique beverage that is a pleasure to consume. I drank it in a Rodenbach Grand Cru glass and, for a minute, I forgot that it wasn't Rodenbach.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Sampled at Charlotte Oktoberfest ’04; my first Sour Ale. Dark brown body. A very tart flavor with cherry hints. Almost like a wine - kind of reminded me of 3 Monts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottle. Deep brown color, hints of ruby. Whitish head. Great lacing. Big fruity and tart aroma. Taste is both sweet and tart. Pretty tasty but could probably only have a bottle at a time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2004
11.2 oz bottle: pours rich ruby mahogany color with a light tan head. the aroma is slightly sweet but mostly sours cherry with some grape notes. the taste is unlike anything i have tasted before. the flavor is sweet and sour at the same time. reminds me of balsomic vinegar. very fruity and wine like. cherry, and apple with some grape flavors. the finish is long. nice slightly sour malty fruity nutty taste. unbeleiveable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12363) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a clear mahogany body with a small light tan head. Sour cherry aroma and a rich cherry flavor. Soft, creamy, and somewhat sticky palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Reddish dark brown color with almost no head and a sour cherry balsamic vinegar aroma. Rich flavours, sour cherry acetic and sweet. Exceptional!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (10105) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Poured a dark reddish brown with no head. Poured with a very thick, almost syrupy, body. Very strong vinegar aroma and tastes (my wife said it smelled like balsamic vinegar). Slightly sweet with a sour finish. Some cherries mixed in there. Thick, oily body. This beer was different than any I’ve rated yet (but not a bad different - I enjoyed it).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2716) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
On tap at O’Briens in San Diego. The aroma is cherries and quite nutty. The flavor is sour and slightly sweet with some grapes, cherries, and apples. It has a very wine like quality to it. The aftertaste is also sour. A nice one.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Brown/red in color with a sour, vinegary aroma. Fruity and sour. Very unusual, but not unpleasant. Short, flat, quick-to-dissipate brownish head. The first sip was the toughest, as my tongue and brain take in the shock of such a strange flavored beer. After several more sips, the taste became more understandable, and more flavors became apparent....cherries, tiny bits of chocolate malt. Enjoyable, if unusual. To quote MIchael Jackson "Some drinkers could never learn to enjoy....sour specialties....any more than they could acquire a taste for a smelly cheese...in [that] case, the loss would be theirs."

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