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


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RATINGS: 2775   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - JUL 17, 2007
Aroma not terribly strong, of woody vinegar and cherries. Pours dark brown with a small lasting head. Hits sweet, then tart and cherry, then has a bitter and dry finish. Pretty good overall, but not as out there as I like in my FS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lawger (271) - SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2016
BBF-date 17-02-2018. Pours a clear dark chestnut brown with small and quickly dissolving off-white head. Loads of oriental spices, some figs, herbs and frangrance on the nose. The palate is enticing. Medium bodied and alot less acidic than I expected, with a nice balancing sweetness. Finisheslong with a sort of ice tea-like quality, but fizzy. Extremely tasty. I need to buy a case of this stuff. This beer should appeal to both newbies and experts alike as its not as difficult to appreciate as some other examples, yet is at least as complex and interesting as all others Ive tasted. One of the best beers Ive had this year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
Boston Beer Summit 2003: Shiney, deep brown color, almost a little disturbing. :) Pungently sweet and fruity aroma. The flavor was awesomely sour and fruity and malty. I was really surprised. Finishes quickly, leaves the mouth going "Ooooh!" A friend compared it to sweet wine vinegar, and I could see where the comparisons could be made, but this it definately not something to be used on a salad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - OCT 14, 2010
Very hard to rate, because this is not my cup of tea. But I did my best; A tall, WILD foam on top of a dark dark red beer. Not unlike a gueze with a acidic fruitynes with some licorice. It smells like they hangover, only in a good. way. On the palate its high acid but a really nice body and structure with some sweetness in the end. It follows the aromas in flavour, but it got more of an sweet licorice taste going on.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2006
I did not really care for this beer, but had to rate it in a way that was fair. It has a lot of taste and aroma. Very strong on both categories, so rating it lower do to the fact that I would probably not drink it again would not be a good way to have consistent ratings. Anyways, smells and tastes almost exactly like malt vinegar. The first thing I thought when I had this beer at the local pub was that it would go great with fish and chips. Very acidic. Ok, so, well, I lied... I would drink it again. I know, its strange, I liked it, in a weird sort of way... Something about it, maybe the mystery of it has me wanting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2006
aroma is sour, yeasty, and malty. taste is slightly acidic with a light sour apple/dark fruit after taste. pours a clean deep ruby red with a huge fluffy off white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2012
6.2 oz taster. Aroma is sweet pungent cherries. Color is dark brown with thick white head. Very lightly carbonation. Taste is all cherries. Sweet like candy. Very yummy. Should have gotten a larger glass. Sampled on July 8, 2011
Earlier Rating: 7/10/2011 Total Score: 3.2
On Tap at Sunset Grill in Allston MA, Aroma is of sweet cherries. Color is dark brown with thick white head and light carbonation. Thick on the tongue and very sweet. Kind of like a cherry syrup. It was yummy. Tasted with AirforceHops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AAEA (266) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2014
11.2 FL OZ ($5.49) this was not my cup of tea however my girlfriend liked this, she said is was nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2008
25 cl bottle at home: crisp dark cherry brown with a decent creamy tall tan head. Immediate notes of cherry syrup. Some dark crystal malt notes under the syrup. A tree-bark character floating around. Not quite wood. A faint lactic twang. The syrup is turning sickeningly sweet and artificial. In the mouth you are first hit with that syrup again. Definitely not a natural tasting sweetness. Cherry and a bit of muddled malt character come up under the sugar just before a decent lactic character rolls in. This however turns bad when the sweetness rolls back in. "Old coin" metallic character at end with some cold tea. A bit thick on the tongue. Perhaps a bit high on the CO2 as well. It drives something astringent into the back of your nose. I remember this as being much better last time I had in several years back. Hmm... has it changed or have I wised up?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Smells a bit fruity, vinegar like qualities, with a hint of malt backing. It is tart above all other features, sharp and sour all around. Sweet fruits play along, sour cherries and grapes. After a while the taste reminds me of a Red Bull. Very sweet, with wine like acidity. Really wish there was more of a malt balance so I dont forget I am drinking a beer. Every once and a while I can enjoy one of these, but too sweet and tart to handle a lot of.

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