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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2716   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cnardi (24) - ITALY - MAR 27, 2012
Nel bicchiere si presenta di un rosso scuro ma con bei riflessi rubino. La schiuma, color nocciola, è abbastanza persistente. L’olfatto è tipico di una birra di questo stile: l’acetico subito su tutto. Poi ciliegia, legno. Soprattutto molto "vinosa". Il finale è amaro e ritorna l’acetico.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fobar (241) - Søgne, NORWAY - APR 24, 2012
250ml bottle. Dark brown body with a thin beige head. Aroma of red wine, acid and vinegar. Taste is sour fruity with hints of cherries and grapes. Nice carbonation. Interesting aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vikingguy (1044) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2012
Rating from memory at Republic Bar in Mpls. Taste is sweet and fruity but is balanced nicely with some good sourness. Berry and cherry notes. Love sour ales and this was a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (947) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Fruit, especially cherry in the aroma. Flavors starts sweet and finishes sour, with some vanilla and cherry cough medicine flavors. Not my favorite style, but this is pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mile (3758) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 30, 2012
Bottle. Dark amber, average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, vinous and sweetish aroma, fruitiness - dark fruits, some sourness and light vanilla/oak. Body is medium, vinous and sweetish flavor, fruitiness - dark fruits, some sourness. Finish is average, vinous and lightly sweetish, dark fruits and some vinegar sourness, faint oak. Really nice sour ale although quite sweet. Sourness goes well along the body and sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2563) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2012
deep amber with ruby edges capped by an ample off white head with great retention. Nose is tart and has a essense of horsehair. Taste begins with vinegar, burnt sugar, lemon, and brett. light body, but not watery. Aight.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaartenRF10 (1841) - Wageningen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 5, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 Bottle @ Vlaamsch Reus
Clear red brown, nice beige head. Funky dusty aroma. Taste is medium sour and sweet, little dust. Refreshing, easy to drink. Good mouth feel and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5213) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2012
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours ruby/brown with a lacy, cream-colored head. Aroma of caramel malts, some dark fruits, sweet tarts, and a little bit of oak and hops. Flavor the same, and it’s much better than I remembered. Average texture. A decent beer of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
UPDATED: APR 11, 2014 Reviewed on 10.18.2012, transcribed from beer notes. Poured into a snifter glass. Pours a deep, ruby brown with two fingers of head that slowly dissipates into a thin cap. Mild lacing. Smells tart with fruity notes. Flavor opens with the expected lactic tartness, fading into strong fruity notes. Almost hints of cherry. Very clean and dry finish, leaving you ready for the next sip. Perfect balance of flavor and sour. One of my all time favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WheatKing (1328) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - OCT 26, 2012
I’d like to think that the time and place I’m drinking beer doesn’t affect my reviews, and that everything is completely subjective... but I’ll be honest with you, I had this after my first Orval, and as a result this felt like it was "trying to hard". Having said that... feels like I’m biting into a tart fruit like passionfruit or rambutan more specifically. Definitely need to give this another try. Aftertaste is a bit of vinegar... but in the good way (!)

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