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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - DEC 4, 2001
A very fruity start. Rabsberry-aroma. Some sweet-sour taste in the middle. Good, dry finish. Well balanced. A very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark orange-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cherry, balsamic vinegar, cask wood, brown sugar, cooked beef. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Rather sweet for the style, so better when cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3912) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2002
My reactions echo those made by others: a challenging beer, even for someone with some experience. Unique flavor, very sweet, with some unpleasant (I agree, almost metallic) tastes found in the finish. Good experience; won’t go back however.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
acetic nose common for style, balsamic character with good oak and dark fruit flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 RERATE: Must be a fresher sample this time around. Not nearly as sour, starts out tart and ends slightly sweet. Nice. Dark amber color with a medium off white head that lasts. Sweet, fruity oak aroma. Very wine like taste which isnt bad but I did not like the palate. I am not sure if it was the sourness but this beer was fizzy, like that candy you could get that would fizz in your mouth and if you ate too much you could die. It was like that, the fizziness not the dying. Dry finish with a cloying aftertaste.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6025) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Bottle: Strong vinegar aroma as well as a little fruit and some sourness. Pours a reddish-brown with some transparency. Somewhat large bubbled head that is gone in 30 seconds. Very sweet flavor. Cherries and sour apples. Light caramel. Reminds me a little of the gueze I recently rated, but not quite as sour. Moderate sour finish. Not a big fan of the vinegar aroma so the final rating is going to take a slight hit. Very similar to a gueze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Guest Draft at the Old Toad. Alittle hesitant to try this sour ale but the risk payed off. The aroma was of sour apples and cherries. I was prepared for a very sour taste but when i took my first sip I was pleasantly surprised. The sour beginning was overtaken by the sweet finish. The flavors were all over the board but all good. The high carbonation of this sour ale brings out the flavors in every sip of this exquist style of ales.

   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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours brownish-red with beige head. Aroma hit me full force of model glue, but I kind of like it. Well carbonated, with hints of cherry and quite sour in the flavor. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 As I tried this again and again, it has a bunch of metallic qualities and watery vinegar. Not as good as once rated. Poured from a bottle. The bubbles rise very slowly. Red-brown body. Light tan head. So-so lacing. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla, black pepper, sour fruits, oaK. It has a VERY complex aroma. Not as barnyardy as other flemish ales. The flavor is mellow given the aroma, alcohol, sour fuits, tangy, cask aged grape juice. Pretty damn tasty. The palate is very thick. Almost syrupy. Yet still very appealing.

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