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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2633   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kane (111) - USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 This rating is based on a tapped version. Served in its proper glass it was a dark brown with a 1.5 inch off-white head. Aroma was a mild sour fruit. Here is where the similarity between the bottle version and the tap version differ. The bottle version I have tried is sour and effervescent, the tap version is sweet and flat. I prefer the bottle version, which is my response with most Belgians.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2005
Bottled, 25cl (BB 04/2006)
Dark red cherry color, brown small head, sour fruity aroma of vinegar. Flavor is sour cherries, raw grapefruits and dry apple cider. Light to medium bodied. Finish is sweet apples and fruits and lambic sourness with rubbery tones. First this had maybe too unique palate to enjoy but after few sips this turns to be interesting and complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2482) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Almost no head with very little carbonation. Head does appear upon swirling. Sour grape aroma with some raisins, oak and a bit of molasses. Color is a a nice dark reddish amber. Succulent flavor of cherries, sour grapes and a bit of malt for balance. Flavor is thin but very juicy. Makes the mouth salivate. Finish is pretty dry and slightly sour. A very good sour ale and one of the better ones I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2004
(Bottled) Dark amber color with a medium, tight and very lasting, beige head. Strong, wineous and earthy sour cherry and vinegar aroma. Sour and acidic, but also sweetish-malty, cherry flavor. Medium-bodied, sticky, foamy-carbonated palate (was quite warm, though). ABV very well-hidden. A nice one as a Flemish sour. This would make a great salad dressing with some added garlic, olive oil and spices :)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Decent-looking, but thatís not the point here. The aromas of vinegar and even horseradish are strange and out of place. The finish is sickly sweet. I wondered if something had gone wrong with the bottle fermentation until I read other reviews. Maybe itís my unsophisticated palate, but I simply didnít like this "Flemish Sour Ale," and cannot vouch for the beer or the style. Sorry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorqui (2156) - Brescia, ITALY - DEC 19, 2004
Dark red color much elegant one. Adherent and compact foam of optimal duration. Intense and delicate scent. Smell of wine and yields red. In mouth it is warm and wrapping, its do not feel themselves nearly 6.2% degrees. He is similar very to an Italian wine called Bonarda. Indeed optimal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2004
A very interesting dark amber beer with strong hints of raisins, grapes, cherries and currants. Very reminiscent of a fine dessert wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2004
Deep chestnut colour, with a slight tan head. Aroma is vinegar and oak. Taste is sweet, sour, acidic with a really nice mellowness to it. This beer is a good experience, and have been every time iíve tried it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 bronish red in color, aroma sweet fruity taste sweet, acidic then cherry hint of vanilla then sour and cherry before the swollowing finnishes abit dry

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Dark Garnet Red color. Sweet wine aroma with a little vinegar smell to it as well. Balsamic, perhaps. Vinous to its core. Surprisingly low alcohol amount as it is somewhat sticky and evaporating like a higher proof drink. Even girls could drink this one. Not far off from a Framboise. As it warms, the beerness comes to the fore more over the sweetness. Still a fine drink.

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