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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pour is clean and red with a medium beige head that fades to a thin persistent layer. Mild body carbonation gives a slight fizz to the tongue. Aromas of overripe cherries and brandy, pears, and a sweaty funk. Flavor is both sweet and lacto-tart, lots of rich black cherry-like fruit, oak, and possibly currents. Verges on cloying, but doesn’t quite reach that place. Hop bitterness is mostly absorbed by the malts and sugars. Slightly astringent aftertaste stays on the sides of the tongue and even reaches the nostrils. Quite a nice mix of sensations from this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2003
A roasted almond tone blends with a serious balsamic vinegar citrus and a touch of cinnamon. Arrives with a light beige head that lasts forever and a deep pool of crystal clear red-red-brown. This has a very unusual mix of sour and spice that is very nice. Starts off a bit sweet and puckers a bit and the end. A very well rounded beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Strong acetic aroma, some oakiness. Dark caramel, small creamy head. Sweet, overbalancing the tart. Acidic on the tounge. Great!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wixie (181) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
Dark liquid, small head. Strange winelike aroma. Medium body, no carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bjerkeaa (180) - NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Malty, yeasty aroma. Clear brown, amber colour. Very fruity and sparkly. Getting some cranberrry taste, and some other red berries. Maybe some boysenberry as well. Very mild sour taste and medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 Nice dark amber pour, with a quick acerbic palate. Taste is immediately sour, almost like an apple wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2010 This one has a very good-looking label! Remind me the MacCallahan advertisement on TV at least ten years ago... Colour is dark red; smells woody (probably the oak where the ale age), rotten strawberries. Sour flavour, between vinegar and wine, and the aroma too, except a touch of cherry. A very good flemish sour red ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Darker red pour with a beige head which disappated quickly. Aromas are sour cherry and candies sugar and slight malts as well. Candied sugar on first taste, followed by the sourness and cherries, and ends almost balsamic vinegarish. Not too sour and a Great beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2005
large bottle 12/19/05. This is my first flemish sour and it was not at all what I expected. Extremely vinagar like in taste and smell. Very acidic. Reminded me of beer mixed with carbonated apple cider. Poured a cherry wood color with a decent head. I am going to have to try some others in this style but my first impressions are no better than average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - APR 16, 2006
Aroma: Some brett and lactic acid funk... with some sweet notes blended in Appearance: Clean, Dark Brown with reddish highlights pours with off white head which does not last too long Flavor: Starts off intriguingly tart and funky but is replaced with a flavor of cherries and some sweetness (Would be a nice after dinner drink) Palate: Complex flavors with dark fruit and cherries flooded over with some sour notes which finish slightly sweet on the tongue Overall: For a Flander’s red seems to be dumbed down a bit.. the sourness and funk is very restrained almost to it coming off a little too sweet. If it s possible this would be a gateway Sour beer (Better ones are Goudenband and Rodenbach)

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