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


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RATINGS: 2391   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nick35 (12) - USA - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: APR 19, 2003 A lovely sweet/sour midpalate and a very smooth finish. Best at 60F where the flavor was rounded and refreshing. No hops aroma or bitterness. Titratable acidity 1.4% tartaric; pH is 3.6.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8323) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2002
Dark red and brown in colour with not much foam. This is a sour brown ale with an oaky dryness. There is a grape skin like feeling on the finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (347) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Pours dark with a sour aroma assailing my senses. First tastes (at a much colder tempurate than the bottle specifies) are of soy and vinegar. Once the ale warmed, fruit tastes overwhelm the vinegar. Finish is still a little sour but well adjusted by the malt.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jerohen (2031) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2014 This beer really grew on me. This first time i thought it was nothing special, but everytime i went to the shop i took one bottle home with me. I had this beer many times now, and for me this is really as good as it gets. Dark-amber coloured. A bit of vinegar aroma, which is also present in flavor. Sweet and thick, a bit fruity and also some ?oak taste?. Sour finish. Absolutely fantastic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2002
Medium dark, amber coloured beer with a big head. Odd sweet a bit sour aroma. The taste is sweet, fruity, sour, a like other flanders red ale but without the wineous character. Sweet-sour after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 Really good and unusual. One of my surprise favorites at the Belgian Beer Fest. Sour cheryish flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Sweet sour riesling wine aroma.Honey sweet sour spiced apple cider flavors with mellow oak towards the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29849) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2002
This is the best beer I’ve ever tasted. It is deep read with a fantastic head. The aroma is a little sour and sharp like the wild fermented aroma of a gueze. The flavor is soft and rounded at first with a good sweetness and great malt blend. It ends of in a sharp aftertaste just like a gueze. I drink this beer every time I get the chance - try it - if You get the chance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2002
Sweet and sour aroma erupting from the dark brown body covered with a thin head created by tiny foaming columns. Sweet start and tart finish. Very smooth and well balanced. Nice display of malt, but very little showing of hops. The finish is a bit too sour, as it tends to stick in the back of my throat, but other that, this is very good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2004 Tap: aroma like a spoiled bottle of cabernet. . .very sweet initially, turing sour and acidic. Finish dry and leaves the mouth watering for something more, but I am not sure it is there in this one. . . 3.2
ReRate: Draft at the Hop Leaf, late 2004: much different experience, perhaps my palate has changed…the long acidity brought me in much deeper this time, showing me hallways of sour fruit with cedar floor boards, held together by long iron spikes. A deep complexity the does offer balance to those interested in listening: sweetness, vinous fruits, earthen must, and tartness. Glad that I didn’t just have one…

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