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


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RATINGS: 2785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Dark, ruby red coloring with a thick, quickly diminishing head. Intensly sweet, cloying aromas of balsamic vinegar and black cherries. Texture is insanely carbonated and saturated with berry sugars. Raspberry, strawberry, and rouge champagne litter the tongue. Aftertaste reminds me a bit of nutrasweet. One of the sweetest Flemish sour ales I have ever tasted, but almost to the point where it clashes with the sour characteristics of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
(Draft. Bottles. 03/2006) An intense mix of sweet and sour. Dark, dark brown with big, white head that disappears relatively quickly to a thin film. Nice lace. Definite fruity, acetic nose with all the hints of balsalmic vinegar. Sweet maltiness balanced by acetic qualities with no notes of bitterness. This beer exhibits a wide variance, sometimes being more pleansantly sour and others tending toward an almost cloying sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the White Horse, London SW6 23/11/2002 Mid brown coloured and very strong in alcohol. Fruity aroma. Slightly dry lasting finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. There’s a portrait of a lady on the front, must be the Duchesse. It says Flemish Art of Brewing above the portrait. I pour it into a snifter. Temp was 55 F. It was reddish brown as per its style. It is clear which means there must be no yeast in the bottle. I’ll look and see when the bottle is empty. (No yeast!) There is plenty of carbonation and the beer formed about a finger’s worth of a light tan head. Retention was decent and the head settled down to a rim around the glass with a light coating floating on top of the beer. The smell is SOUR! Then when you bring it back to your nose it is more like sweet tarts. There may well be hops in this brew, but you’ll never know it. Now on to the taste: with the aroma this brew has, of course the sour hits first. But, in a surprise, about mid swallow it gets sweet only to turn around again and finish off sour. There are all sorts of fruit flavors here, nice and complex. The carbonation keeps this light on the palate. I had to really concentrate to get the mouth feel as there is so much going on in the mouth with this beer. It feels bubbly like champagne. You must like Sours to drink this. I love shock tarts and I’m falling in love with this style of beer. This beer just makes you want to have another one. I left bottle out as I drank it and that didn’t change things much. As it got warmer it was not as refreshing and maybe a little sweeter, but not by much!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 5, 2006
OldRaspy’s contribution at gputty’s Friday tasting. Oh man, did I like this! Clear mahogany pour, with a quickly dissipating beige head. Sweet, vinuous nose, hints of vinegar. Super lively mouthfeel! Sweet, lightly sour flavor. Finish is like a SweeTart. Beautiful!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Poured from a 750ml bottle a deep mahogany with a very nice tan head and left great lacing. Aroma reminded me of black cherries, it had a vinous aroma, and a bit of apple cider vinager mixed in. Initial mouth feel is full of carbonation almost like drinking a brut champange. Flavor was like a cherry sweettart. It started out tart then in the finish you get the sweetness. I will drink more of this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Thanks to OldRaspy! Pours a burnt, rusty brown with a decent tan head and good lacing. Nose of apple cider but is subdued. Flavor is sour, tart, sweet with some dark fruits. Bubbly on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Light burgundy in color, with off-white, sticky lace - sour, vinous aroma, with just a hint of background sweetness - present but not overpowering sourness, even a slight candy-like, fruity sweetness to temper it - lots of red wine character in this one, loads of oak - a great flemish sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Large-bubbled head over a dark amber body...many floaties in this one. Yeasty, musty and sour nose - filled with sour cherries and a pleasant earthiness. A really great Flemish Sour Ale - I am pleasantly surpirsed with this. I’ve seen it in the store so many times, and just haven’t picked it up until now, and I’m sorry I waited so long! The flavor is full and ever-so-slightly malty. Perfectly tart, well balanced, and perfect for enjoying with fine cheeses. Just a bit too heavily carbonated/bubbly for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Diogène (1145) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 1, 2016 I don’t know if I can be fair with this one, since it is a sentimental choice, this is the beer that introduced me to the wonderfull world of beers! I am now down to the last half of my caisse of 24. Served at 10 degrees C. Poured a beautyfull dark ruby colour with a tiny beige head. There is a lot of effervescence. The aroma is viny, with oak, berries, balsamic vinegar and maybe a little nutty. The taste is sweet and sour, with definite notes of oak, berries and malt. There is a long finish of oak, tart, berries and roasted malt. It is really vinous, with medium to full body and a creamy texture. This is a great aperitive, and for those who haven’t tried the style, it is miles away from ordinary!

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