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


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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 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bjakk (245) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - JAN 11, 2014
Dark red, with yellowish head, that lasts. Strong acidy aroma, with hint of spices and aceton. sour, glue, sweet fruit no bitterness. I would have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vickey9 (412) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2014
Red/brown with a small head. Nose is fruity, carbon medium, taste sour. Palate is mix of sour fruits and medine. Sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Buongiorgio00 (582) - - JAN 8, 2014
Incarnazione di una pura nobiltà fiamminga, non posso che inchinarmi e baciare le mani alla Duchesse. Già dall’aroma si pregusta l’avvolgente carattere vinoso-acetico che penetra in ogni angolo del palato, estasiandolo. Purtroppo, il primo impatto acido sfocia in un carattere forse troppo sciropposo e dolciastro; ma resta un baluardo di questo stile stupendo e, soprattutto, uno dei miei primi amori.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Clints1991 (10) - Lakewood, Alabama, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottled, poured in a tulip glass. It pours a brownish red, with a light tan head. The head lingers around for quite some time. It has a strong aroma of fruits, tarts and some wine characteristics. It has a strong taste of fruits such as cherry and some melon. It is very palatable. It is an amazing beer overall!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhatB420 (601) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 6, 2014
11.2oz ifrom sister in law into a 16.9oz belgain glass. Sour then sweet aroma, red wine, grapes, ripe mellon, farm like qualities, sour apple. Pour is a vivid charcoal brown, red/amber hues are solid, with an overall black emcompassing glaze. Tainted barn yard sweat turns into a sweet nectar of red wine qualities, cherry slaps to the pallate, and super fresh melon all over the place. Its almost like a sour patch kid or a war head, but on a beer level. Quite nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fishonmyplane (353) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2014
The Duchesse is basically a sour red/brown taken to the next level. Similar flavors to Rodenbach, etc, but here each note is delivered at the right level, with perfect balance and artistry (that’s not a knock on Rodenbach, which I also enjoy - but this is much better). The oak-aging has mellowed and even subdued the flavors a bit, until everything is just right. Mild vinegar taste, with sweet and sour flavors of cherries, mixed berries, grapes, currants - all of which come across as natural, not artificial in the least.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
kjc51478 (383) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2014
11.2oz Bottle. Appearance is brownish color with red hue with medieum silky, off-white head. Aroma is vinegar and fruit. Taste is tart at the outset with plenty of sour and earthen funk before fading into a constellation of fruit flavors including cherry and raspberry. Palate is medium-bodied, smooth texture, soft carbonation, and a tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkie (427) - New York, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Pours a beautiful brownish red color with a fat head of tan foam from a vigorous pour. Leaves beautiful and bubbly lace. Nose is at first a vinegar scent with fruit behind that. Fresh. The vinegar fades and you get woody earthy yeast. A soft slightly sour smell. And so much fruit! Cherries. Raspberries. Jam. Beautiful tart citrus and a woody depth. A hint of vanilla is fragrant and smooth. The taste is out of this world. The malt is like a soft whisper, a breath, a kiss. Bready notes.The fruit is bold and sweet. it’s crisp and the carbonation is fizzy but doesn’t bite. Puckering sour but a sweetness to rival that. It has tannins from the oak cask and a wine like acidity. it has tension like a good fruity wine that has a bold acidity. I can’t decide if I taste cola or maybe cocoa. A woody dryness clears the palate.

This beer has a mouthfeel that is intricate and complex and delightfully light. It drinks so easily and with so much character. The taste and the mouthfeel are intertwined and cannot be separated. It enlivens the palate and the senses. The textures and the delightful and playful complexity brings forward fruit in both it’s extremes. Sweet and tart. Lush, headdy, intoxicating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2035) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
Bottle - Vinous, oaky and sour malts. Clear amber with a nice beige head. Sour, cherry, red grape and barrel notes. Great except the finish which I thought had a cloying cough syrup feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gscratch (7) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
A lovely sour. Pours a deep red, with a tan full head that retains at a half finger of fine bubbles with chunky lacing. Nose of fruit and red wine, with a hint of acidity. Medium mouthfeel with a target on the tart-sour buds, followed by a sweetness of fruit. Grape, black current, cherry come to mind. And behind all of it - just a hint of earthy funk (primarily in the flavour rather than aroma) to accompany just a hint of oak and maltiness. This seems a delicate sour, and not a bad option for an introduction to the concept of sour ales. Edit Note: 750ml bottle, corked.

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