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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2596   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Brown/red in color with a sour, vinegary aroma. Fruity and sour. Very unusual, but not unpleasant. Short, flat, quick-to-dissipate brownish head. The first sip was the toughest, as my tongue and brain take in the shock of such a strange flavored beer. After several more sips, the taste became more understandable, and more flavors became apparent....cherries, tiny bits of chocolate malt. Enjoyable, if unusual. To quote MIchael Jackson "Some drinkers could never learn to enjoy....sour specialties....any more than they could acquire a taste for a smelly cheese...in [that] case, the loss would be theirs."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egidis (53) - LITHUANIA - JUL 2, 2015
Red and clear, small head. Sweet, tart, reminds a bit of homemade cherry vine, no bitterness

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebwaw (52) - POLAND - JAN 4, 2015
Big bottle, served in teku. Pours dark amber with ruby highlights, extremely clear with thick, browny/beige head. Aroma is very intense, you feel sourness in your mouth only by smelling it. It mostly resembles balsamic vinegar, but there is more to it i.e. sweetness, candid fruits, raisins, blackberry, more cherry after shaking. Delicious, complex aroma. Taste is certainly sour, however, there is some spiciness, espiecially in the aftertaste. Its not that sour as you would expect, but makes for great balance between sourness and sweetness. Finish is quite long and leaves you with grape-like flavour in your mouth. Its a great example of sour beer, though imho wildly underestimated on ratebeer due to high availability and crazy low ratings from people not familiar with sour styles. Anyway, its not the best flanders, but you wont find many better ones, espiecially at this price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Like sour candy and gumballs, this beer starts out with a twang and is all sugar at the finish. The color is a very nice deep red, the aroma funky, the bottle, the beer, come off like the old world works of art they are.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Sampled on draught at The Blind Pig in Champaign, Il. A beautiful and complex beer, redolent of sour cherries and oak. This was an introduction to Flemish Sour Ales for me, and I’ll definitely seek out additional examples.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2008
Robijnrood versnijbier met zoet fruitige smaak en met frisse doch speciaal zurige afdronk en een lage bitterheid

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EinStein (52) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Poured from a bottle. Lots of dark, sour fruits in the nose with a little yeast. pours a nice deep red with a white, sticky head tinged with the slightest hint of red. Flavor explodes with a range of dark fruits, cherries in particular, somewhat like a red wine as it progresses in the mouth, some vinegar at the end. Finishes exceedingly smooth for its fairly potent sourness. This brew is very good, but it is too complex for me if there is such a thing; just too many flavors assaulting my tongue at once for it to be truly enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buttslamify (52) - - NOV 4, 2012
Aroma: Strong smell of vinegar, iron and other metals, red grapes, and garbage water. Beautiful appearance, unusual, it starts as a brown gross color but then comes around to a dark thick red with a nice (albeit quickly disappearing) head. Taste: It shines, the flavor of vinegar and strawberries is palapable, cherries and the sour flavor of a typical flemish red. Palate: Nice, nothing special, there is a nice feeling of carbonation that the beer doesn’t show until you sip. Overall: One of my favorite sours, and there are a lot, I personally enjoy this more than any Russian River, with the exception maybe of the big dogs. Excellent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jokine (51) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Colour is a ruby red. Hits you with a sour cherry like flavour that lingers. Excellent beer. One of my favourites.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rjen (51) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 18, 2015
Red brown with a nice off-white head. Aroma of green apples, cherry, vinegar, red wine, wood and raisins. Taste is heavy acidic, mild sweet and mild bitter with a long lasting finish.

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