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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2597   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1220) - HONG KONG - JUN 20, 2015

750 ml cork bottle bought at Craftissimo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Looks: Clear, deep burgundy colour with a thick crust of yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head and soapy off white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant malt, with very strong red wine, Port wine, light balsamic vinegar, yoghurt, red grape skin, black cherry, funk, alcohol, wood barrel and light tannic.

Taste: Very pleasant sweet and sour malt, with strong cherry, strong yoghurt, red vinegar, light red wine, alcohol, strong tannic, strong wood barrel, cellar, strong funk, and thin grassy hops.

Body: Mid to light; Thin but winey palate.

Mouth Feel: A bliss of fine taste! Red malt is strong but in a thin body. Wheat is involved but not explicit. Strong sour cherry stole the limelight, along with strong yoghurt, strong funk, salad dressing vinegar, Port wine, fruity sweetness, tannin and strong oak barrel. They combine and work so well the sweet and sour is very balanced and I pretty much forget its thin body and pretty strong boozey taste. It is nice and easy to down a large mouthful. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Only manifested in hints of grassy taste, otherwise itís all nice tartness and tannic for lasting, savoury finish.

After Taste: Slighty dry. Vinery and very savoury to mouth.

Comments: The best thing about this one is all about balance - sweet and sour, red fruits and barrels, red wine and booze, funk and tannin, etc. etc. Any one of the elements in aroma an taste are strong in its own right but when they come together they work like a tee. Fine-tuned, easy to enjoy and lingering to the tongue, I was glad I bought a bomber so I can enjoy it all night long. Good night!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tampierre (1093) - Pilsen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 18, 2015
Bottled, Cesky Brod, CZ, Malt,vinegar, nice fruity and light woody aroma, Ruby amber color, bigger lacing head, Sweet and sour taste, longer dry finish, Medium body, Average carbon, Interesting experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3077) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 14, 2015
12 oz draft pours reddish with a white head. Aroma of fruit, sour and a hint of wood. Taste is tart and sweet. Nice beer

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
jamaty (1546) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 12, 2015
75cl. Color entre coca cola y rojizo. Aroma a sidra natural. Sabor poco agradable, por el corcho. Bastante gaseosa. Sabor entre fruta y vino rosado. No me gusta.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
charlotte (4958) - rÝdovre, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle.Dark reddish colour with small head.Aroma is sour and sweet of tart berries and wood,nice vinious and dry with hint of acid and red berries,well balanced and nice finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rotaman14 (441) - Germany, lives in Vilnius, LT, - JUN 4, 2015
Smells like young red wine mixed cleaning agent. Nice sour-sweet taste, with hints of cinammon, berries, brown sugar. Very much reminds me of that one faro I drank some time ago. Slick medium body, fizzy carbonation. This isnít going to be to everyoneís liking, but I enjoyed it once I looked past the peculiar aroma.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
jamesewelch (233) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2015
On draught, at Deep Ellum, Boston

Just plain awful vinegar aroma. Was surprised at the aroma and unable to get past that. When I held my breath and tasted it, it tasted like a decent Flanders Red, but the aroma was just too powerful. Ordered a full pour, along with 2 other friends. I finished the drink, but will not order another one in future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjoeng (326) - - JUN 3, 2015
ABV 6.2% Nice thick head poured out of the bottle. Admirably retains all of this head throughout my drink. This was satisfying to see and sample with every pull. Nose is mildly yeasty. Strong overtones of grape and tannin; just me trying to avoid using the word "wine". Clean ale mouth that is fleeting and then followed by an overwhelming vinegary mouth that slowly gives away flavors of toasted wheat and barley with lingering notes of plum and and orchid stems. Appetizing after taste that makes me want chicken wings. Pleasant enough, but not necessarily my favorite beer. Pals with wine coolers and ciders where bright fruity or citrusy flavors predominate. Could possibly be served as a mulled beer given itís distinctly wine-y lineage. CAVEAT: This rating gets very middle of the road marks, because I just donít trust my palate to know when it has a good sour beer. I appreciate the time and expertise it took to do this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgauthier1 (1) - chilton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2015 does not count
This beer has a great espresso smell with a nice subtle sourness. The sour isnít overwhelming, it makes every sip enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bbllmm (10) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - MAY 30, 2015
Exquisite! Particular nose and mouth, cinamon, licorice, clove. Long finish. Must try!

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