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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
strap (729) - Sindelfingen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 8, 2016
Brown with a red tint. Roasted malt and vinegar aroma. Very acidic, a fruit and vinegar sort of flavor...sour cherries. Some alcohol warming. Interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Echon (344) - Århus, DENMARK - APR 5, 2016
Deep red medium-bodied ale, with aroma and flavour of fruit and vinegar, and a rather sharp taste with moderate sweetness, high acidity and a bitter finish. I appreciate the rest of it, but the vinegar character is too pronounced, and I would probably not try this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
llkc (1468) - århus, DENMARK - APR 4, 2016
fra fad- duft: sur rødebær meget intens frugt lidt mærkelig grøn funkey duft. smag: karamel små røde bær sur syrlig igen en underlig grøn funk smag

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rssarma (2) - - APR 1, 2016 does not count
I was taken aback by this beer. The first sip gives you the sense that you've just tasted something close to a cider. But as you drink, the fermentation comes through very strongly. This can be off putting for some, but it was a great quality for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjogro (2447) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2016
Bottle at home (25cl). Clear dark red brown with greyish offwhite creamy head. Strong scent of glue. Sweet syrup up front, then the sour woody, gluey fruity (cherries) balsamic vinegar storm takes over. Packs quite a sour punch. Subtle spices in the smooth and long finish. Body is under medium. Smooth mouthfeel, well carbonated. Moldy cellar notes, damp oak wood and the sweetness in the brown cherry syrup give it a rustic touch. I had this with a salad of pear, walnuts, brie, dandelion and onion. Great combination, would have it again :-)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1676) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2016
2015 BJCP Category: 23B Flanders Red Ale

AROMA: Prominent vinegar aroma, though also a rich sweetness of vanilla is noticeable. Some red wine-like notes. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Dark burgundy hue; very cloudy body. Small tan foamy head; decent lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Tartness up front with dark fruit flavors through the middle. Mildly sour with currant and sour cherry notes throughout. Some red wine flavor and dryness. Woody quality on back end plus sweet vanilla. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied, but with low CO2 to make it feel more viscous. Acidic prickling sensation as it goes down plus noticeable heat in the throat. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Vinegar-like presence takes some getting used to, but palette is otherwise enjoyable. Nice combo of sweet, tart and sour. Probably a poorly-handled bottle. 7/10


   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
koleminer20 (2355) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2016
From notes. Had this one on draft at Dan’s in Saline on March 24. The pour on this one actually makes it look like there’s potential. It’s a very dark red, bordering on a light brown. There is a thicker white head that lingers as a cap, leaving lots of soapy lace. The aroma is very medicinal. The cherry is a syrup, and it’s incredibly sweet. There isn’t a lot of tartness at all. It’s got a pretty decent balsamic vinegar thing happening, which isn’t great, but it’s not really what I was hoping for. The flavor is all cherry juice. It’s not as medicinal as the nose would imply, but it’s still sweet. There is a light tartness that makes its first appearance, and it’s not too shabby. The mouth feel is all kinds of wrong. It’s heavy and syrupy with a very light amount of carbonation and a lingeringly sweet, medicinal cherry finish. This one I thought would be good, but it’s definitely not tart, let alone sour. Disappointment.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HuskerTan (1582) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Bottle. A- Balsamic vinegar. A- Dark brown color, dark liquid, brown head. T- Cherry, oak, slightly sour, slightly sweet, balsamic vinegar. P- Light body, average texture, average carbonation, balanced finish. O- I love balsamic vinegar and boy does it smell like it. At first I thought this might translate into the taste and be a bit too much to bear. Fortunately, the palate is filled with a lot of cherry and oak and tartness and not so much on the vinegar side. Very tasty. I would love to have a few more of these sitting around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nicki0329 (12) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2016
Well balanced, complex, flavor & aromas of cherries and dark malts. First and second sips completely different. Mmm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Msdrbeat (445) - East Lansing, USA - MAR 26, 2016
On tap. Really lovely red color. A really well balanced sour. Not too lactose sour but solid.

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