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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2785   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 24, 2009
reddish brown colored beer with offwhite head smells sourish and malty and fruity tasts sweetish-sourish of some mixed fruits and some alcohol, somme woodyness aftertaste sweetish sourish, the fruityness is no more so like mixed fruits, more like pineapple, and a bit winy tasts special, between ale and lambic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1681) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
Deep brownish red, slightly cloudy from the yeast, with a small head but good retention and very good lacing. Strong sour fruit aromas featuring apples and cherried. Some smokiness as well. Flavor is dominated by the tart fruits, with a solid malt backbone, and a surprisingly dry, crisp finish. Lively carbonation and a soft, smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable, but Iíd have trouble with more than one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2009
Poured brown with a white head. Aroma of cherries. Sour funky cherry. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Pours dark red with a pinkish head. Aroma is full of all types of fruit, berries and plums mainly with sour undertones. Starts off sour and builds to a sweet aftertaste. A little sweet for me but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
330ml bottle. Another try after a nauseatingly sweet attempt many years ago. Small head on a reddish brown body. Nose is of raspberries and cherry, wood, and apple cider vinegar. Flavor is much of the same with sweetness and oak coming through very strong. Finish is short and fairly clean. While Iíd like more acid, itís a tasty and easy to drink sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NDbeerdrinker (166) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Aroma is ultra sweet malts, sour apple and cherry. Taste is sweet sour cherry, some caramel, vinegar, and a less that desirable aftertaste that takes away from an otherwise very good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2009
25.4 oz bottle, exp date: Dec 2007. Dark purple brown with a coating of beige bubbles. Nose is cider and balsamic vinegar with hints of oak. Lightly sparkling with an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Taste is cherry, toffee, raspberry and honey. Sweetness is countered slightly with some sour strawberry and dry wood. Could easily be mistaken for a fruit beer; light, drinkable, barely tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 [rerate] Tried this again for the second time and I donít love it nearly as much as I did upon discovering it. The body also seems to be much thinner and watery than I remembered. Maybe I was just on crack when I first tried it. Meh... it seems ok but nothing amazing.

[June 20, 2009 - 7/5/9/5/18] This is probably only the fourth or fifth sour ale Iíve ever tasted, but it is definitely the best so far. The aroma is very strong fermented grape sourness...and maybe some vinegar. It comes off as a little intimidating, but the flavor is fantastic. Much more smooth and drinkable than you might think. An excellent combination of sweet and sour flavors along with malts and fruits. Also has a bit of a red wine taste as well. Great carbonation, dry finish. This beer might just make me explore more sours that I usually overlook.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to Bigmmartin. Pours a reddish brown color with very little head. Aroma is fruity, slmost has a red wine character. Notes of sweet fruits and malts stand out. On the palate it feels very dry with a nice carbonation. A tartness comes out, but not what I would normally expect from a sour ale. Very dry finish. Not at all what I would have expected from a Sour Ale, but this was very good. I could not drink it everyday or even every week, but I do think I will try it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours a black cherry red with a prominent head. Aroma has some red wine qualities and lots of different fruits. Tough to decipher, to be honest. Quite the surprise when it hits the mouth: an initial bitterness suddenly bursts into sweetness. Very intriguing and something I could probably enjoy in limited quantities.

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