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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2717   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3098) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Oooooh yeah, this is the good shit! Clear ruby-brown with a small, tight head. Sour, fruity aroma - notes of wine vinegar, oak, and a dusty finish. Flavour holds a fantastic balance of sweet brown sugar/caramel and a bracing tartness. Really good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blankboy (7118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev. Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small tan head. Aroma is very sour with some sweetness added. Flavour is also sour with some green apple and citrus but itís the sugary malt sweetness of it that I didnít particularly care for -- it just wasnít my thing. I also found the palate quite harsh and I didnít like the aftertaste. This oneís not for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Poured a crystal clear deep red-brown with a small light-brown head. Aroma is very sour/tart - red wine vinegar, sour white wine, pine resin, oak, pure vanilla extract, some mild molasses. Tasted of sour cider and lots of molasses maltiness, fresh cut hardwood - a wonderful sweet/sour balance, I wanted another bottle! Mouthfeel was acidic, sticky, and a little thin and metallic. A very drinkable and balanced sour ale, a good starting point for a relative "sour brown" novice like myself - on to the Rodenbach Grand Cru!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2005
I ordered this thinking it would made a good dessert beer, and I was not dissatisfied. Looked like cherry coke in a snifter. Aroma was sour, like a tamed gueuze, and popping with dried cherries. The tart finish lasted about halfway through my second beer of the night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
rmmello (3) - Oakley, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005 does not count
Bottled, beautiful deep ruby brown, tan head, strong fruit aroma. Starts with a full sweet fruit flavor, finishes with a tart citrus. somewhat cloying. Almost felt like dipping an eggroll in it...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled. Clear red brown coloured with an off white head. Aroma of red wine and wood with some sweetness and notes of glue. Sweet flavour of wood, wine and balsamic vinegar with notes of glue.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - AUG 13, 2005
Bottle from beers of Europe. Dark ruby with dirty dishwater head. Extra-ordinary aroma of wood, port, balsamic vinegar, cherry (pulp, seed and skin), tomato, soy, barnyard yeast. Good god. Complex in the flavour, also, with a bit of sweetness tempering things just slightly too much. Sweet and sour, woody finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerly There (26) - Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2005
Medium brown with garnet tones. moderate head which dissapates quickly. Woody, sour aroma almost like a sherry vinegar. Mildly sweet initially. Soft luscious mouthfeel. Finishes slightly tart. Similar to Rodenbach Grand Cru but even better. A wonderful find.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3768) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2005
Deep ruby brown, lasting tan head.Sour acteic nose.Starts sweet, slightly acetic, then sour. Unfortunately there is a metallic tone that spoils the beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5594) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Well my 200th rating at last, iv seen this so many times but have been told i wouldnt like it as its not my style(im not a big fan of souness). However i found the aroma intence and intresting, sour, hops, malt(just raw malt), tomato vinigar, and about 400000 others aswell. taste is sweet and sour and as it warms it gets far to complex for me, it actually overpower me by the end and was glad to finish, one to have again yes, but only one at a time with food(which type im not sure yet) i would imagine). TIME FOR THE MUSIC!!!!!!!� RERATE: Bottle in the rake, London. Just an amazing sour ale, creamy mouthfeel, tart sourness with balanced red malts. Oh yes this is a very very good ale.

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