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


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RATINGS: 2508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Deep Mahogany with a long lasting beiege head. Tart cherry aroma with a pronounced vinegar note. Pleasant taste of tart sour cherries, with some malt and oak notes as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - FEB 19, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Strange stuff. My first experience with Flemish sour ale. And boy, is it sour. Very interesting, though, and I love the color. I do detect some dark malts in the vinegary aroma. MUCH better as it warms. I suspect the kids would go ga-ga over this one, being that is as least as sour as those super sour gummies. RE-RATE 2-4-07 Fantastic. Strong woody aromas with a cherry candy background. Flavors of lactic infection and candy. Unique beer that is thoroughly refreshing. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2004
Mohogany w/red highlights and lasting beige head. Sour/lactic aromas from the start, light toasted malt beyond that w/ some hints of diacetyl and an oak woodiness; also lightly musty. Very sour when chilled, turns well balanced to even a little sweet as it warms. Vinous fruit in the mid palate and into the finish which is lightly tart and semi dry; light dicetyl and hop flavor in the aftertaste. There is also a little earthy malt character. Moderately high carbonation, I thought it would be higher, medium bodied, and dry mouthfeel. I was not quite sure what to expect from this one since it is not my favorite style of beer, but I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it as much as I did. I can't handle more than one or two at a time, or very often, but this was a very good change of pace for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2004
A little too sweet for what I'm used to with a good Flemish Sour. However, the aroma is nice and tart and of cherries. I need to be making an ugly face in order to prove that an ale is sour enough, and this just doesn't do it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Sour cherry, whiskey, and fresh grape wine aroma. Translucent dark brown color. Highly carbonated which stings your tongue and leaves a tart bitter finish which follows the very winey, vinegar, and malty flavor. Flavor also hints at tomatoes and a very woody whiskey. Lacks slightly in the assertiveness of the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - - FEB 8, 2004
Wow! Am I surprised. I didn't think I'd like this beer, but I am indeed surprised. 11.2 oz. brown, slender long necked bottle. The best before date is 10/06/04. Poured out a deep cherry red color, almost mahogany color. Slight cream colored head to it that hung around for the trip. Served in my Rodenbach glass. Appropriate glassware I believe. Aromas of gueuze, lactic wheat malt, oak barrels, slight vinegar aroma dissipated soon after pouring. Highly carbonated, tingly on the tongue. Tart, tangy, and delicious. A great beer for something I just happened upon. I'd definitely have this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Aroma is cherries, plum, caramel, and vinegar. Pours a clear red-brown color, off-white head leaves good lacing. Flavor is on the sweet side, malt being prominent, there is some Belgian yeast spiciness, and a nice acetic sourness comes through in the end. Medium body. A refreshing and tasty sweet-n-sour Belgian beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Funky sweet and sour taste if that's possible. Vinegar like. Nice dark red color with tiny head. Tastes like a mild chocolate covered cherries that were packed in a tin case. Actually quite good. Can't wait to try the aged version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1017) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
A very nice looking flemish, with a a murky burgundy color and a reasonable head. Nose was quite unique, as was the flavor. Very reminiscient of REAL cherries, as opposed to the candy or sweet cherry flavors you sometimes get in beers. An odd beer, even for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 Bottle pours reddish brown with an abundant fawn colored head, very well carbonated this one is.   The aroma of this one is very unique and enjoyable.   Faint smell of vinegar, some vanilla, apple butter, raisin, and sweet cherries.   Lacing is very prominent.   Initial taste is wonderful, sweet cherries, a bit of vinegar.   It also would seem as if its been aged in oak barrels as it has that distinctive oak flavor.   Perhaps a bit of citrus in there, sweetened grapefruit.   Did I mention sweet?   Not sure why this is a sour, because it sure is sweet (not tangy), AND delicious.   Mouthfeel is exceptional, full bodied, adequate carbonation.   I really hate to swallow this one so early.   Finish is smooth and sweet.   This is a fantastic Ale.   I may just have to pick up some more of this.

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