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


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RATINGS: 2555   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2957) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle Pours a deep ruby/brown with a small but thick, very creamy head and lacing that coats the glass, better than most I’ve seen. Aroma is of hard cider, vinnegar, pitted fruit. Flavor is a bit of a surprise after the aroma. Much sweeter than I expected. Grapes, prunes, pears and a slight acidic bite. Feel is medium body, very smooth, modest carbonation and a very srtange metallic hint after most of the other flavors depart. Like rust or tinfoil. Does not detract from the experiance though. Actually. I would have liked a little more "sour". Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbo27 (5) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 13, 2004 does not count
I first tasted this beer on draft at Toronados in my visit to San Francisco. It had a beautiful deep red color and a wonderful sweet and sour character. The after taste reminded me of caramel apples. When I got home I searched far and wide for this beer. Bottled I found it to be a little more acidic and vinegary, but still quite delicious. Definitely a good sippin’ beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2004 The more sour beers I drink the more that sweet, vinous nose makes me giggle. Hehehehehe--sour! Yay! With the beautiful Duchesse, you also have dark, almost chocolaty note coming through along with cherry, raisin and some pear--lovely. And she’s a pretty girl too--brown amber, pours with about a 50/50 head to beer ratio (that’s what I like to see!)--and that head doesn’t quit, leaving behind sheets and sheets of Belgian lace with each sip. Her sweet, malty goodness tickles your tongue--you can almost feel granules of candi sugar slide across it--the perfect counterpoint to the sour nose. She’s just slightly too thin bodied--I like a woman with some meat on her--but overall she’s definitely worth the effort to pull myself away from this wonderful little rating box, cease my wildly inappropriate usage of punctuation and focus all my attention onto her.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - AUG 7, 2004
(Draft: O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) An interesting beer with some negative characteristics that somehow seem enjoyable; The biggest issue is the flavor and nose being not only just sour, but somewhat vinegary; However, sour cherry and moderate sweetness in both the flavor and nose minimizes the impact of the vinegary character, and it’s actually enjoyable in whole; Lightly sweet on the palate, but the sourness cleans the palate nicely; Maroon/brown color; Tannish head is smallish on the pour and fades to a sheen within a few minutes; Some lacing, but barely enough to really notice it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Tart fruity aroma, sour cherry skins, malt, a bit of sugar. Just a hint of vinegary acid but for the most part enjoyable. Ruby brown clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts tart and fruity, highly acidic but not harsh. Good malt characteristic, with some sugary sweetness cutting through the acidic bite. Light bitterness in the finish with sweet-tart fruits lasting to the swallow. The after is surprisingly subdued, with just a little tart and malt left over. Good sour ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Very interesting beer. Reminds me of the more acidic of the Lambics. Pretty balanced flavor I could best describe as sweet-tart. Sharp carbonation similar to other Belgians. I would definitely drink this again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Retarded. Ketchup, White sugar and prunes. Rich and very sweet. Notes of malt vinegar. Mouthfeel is pure gold. G-rat

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours red with a moderate head that fades. Aroma is of tart cherries and dark fruit. Flavor is also of slightly tart cherries backed by sweet malt and dark fruit. Very nice balance between the acidity and sweetness. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Bottle. Beautiful ruby garnet brown color, with a tan head that burst out of the glass like a volcanic explosion. Aroma is fruity, black cherries, some vinegar, yeast, funky lambic qualities. Acidic flavor, fruit, balsamic vinegar, medium-ish body, almost like a raspberry or black cherry soda, slightly sour. Very drinkable, if a bit unusual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Sampled on tap at the GingerMan in NYC. Dark brown/ruby red in color. Very little head. Strong aroma of balsamic vinegar. Tasted sweet with a vinegar flavor on first sip then finished somewhat tart. Not sure whether I should drink it or put it on my salad. Interesting.

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