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


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RATINGS: 2755   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1361) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
Clairement une bière d’exception, que j’ai dégustée dans de nombreuses conditions, et qui apporte toujours d’autres nuances. Elle nous apprend la dégustation en nous encourageant à tester des conditions différentes et à ouvrir nos horizons sur des saveurs particulières. Nous savons tous que le procédé de fabrication inclut le mûrissement en foudres de chêne, mais on ne s’imagine pas toujours à quel point ceci peut nous apporter de nuances fines et très diverses. Couleur brun foncé, roux en transparence, selon un schéma convenu pour le genre. Clarté nette. Bulles bien formées. Mousse beige caramel bien crémeuse, à la fine texture. Arômes de bois de fût, réglisse, cerises noires, bois de santal. 1ère bouche très douce à cause du froment présent dans la recette, à la balance extraordinaire (au sens propre) sur des fruits mûrs, épices fines et tanins. Arrière-bouche très liée sur le bois de chêne et de santal. 2ème typée Rodenbach fortement, mais avec du bois et des myrtilles. Arrière-bouche de vin aux tanins supérieurs. 3ème sur le bois de chêne, vin de premier cru, cassis, chêne. Arrière-bouche au grand équilibre typée bois/malt, et très suave. La longueur développe et complexifie. L’alcool, bien que seulement à 6,2 % abv, contribue aux saveurs sur un tempo modéré mais parfaitement efficace. La finale relève du grand art. CONCLUSION : une bière qui est presque un genre à elle seule, comme l’Orval peut l’être. Nous sommes sous le charme d’un pareil breuvage. Le brasseur nous parle du « flemish art of brewing », et il a bien raison, parce que cette bière est vraiment artisanale dans le sens propre du terme, et constitue un fleuron de l’art flamand de la bière. On sait qu’il y a dans cette région bien d’autres trésors à découvrir dans le brassage, mais celui-ci est vraiment exceptionnel. Nous pouvons nous estimer heureux que ce capital soit arrivé jusqu’à nous, parce qu’il aurait tout aussi bien pu être considéré comme obsolète et dépassé. Point n’en ont voulu les flamands, et nous devons leur en être éternellement reconaissants.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (363) - - MAY 18, 2014
May 10, 2014. 750mL bottle from citybeer in SF. My favourite sour beer. Lovely dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of malt and balsamic vinegar and sour grapes. Lovely smooth mouthfeel, sweet malty flavour. Just as good as I remember!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rod1916 (5) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
A great example of the Flemish sour. One of our favorites from keg, good from bottle. Expensive, but worth it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Brewdog333 (5) - vacaville, - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
I have tried over a thousand beers and still to this day the DUCHESSE is still my favorite of all A little sour up front with a smooth slightly sweet finish like any good woman but this one doesn’t talk back

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ttroha (496) - Americus, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from Hop City Birmingham. Pours a dark brown. Aroma of a great Belgian beer, mostly funky and sour and yeasty. Tastes is only slightly sour, with hints of licorice, booze and a bit of a tangy aftertaste. Heavy beer. Excellent flavor. I don’t normally like sour beers, but I loved this one. The sourness was not overpowering. Very very good

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerheart65 (1391) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Clear ruby, light brown/beige foggish head with bubble-islands and ring of lacing, good lacing. Strong sour-sweet aroma, lots of red berries, notes of strong red wine, bit earthy tones, funky back beat, leather. Would love to taste this with roquefort (well my ham-roquefort pizza is warming in oven). Medium body, round, medium strong carbonation, nice balance of sourness and sweet notes, long nuanced and lively finish. Natural, nuanced, tasty, one with character and soul, love it! It’s alive! Hmm..actually this is almost too overwhelming taste-bomb for even roquefort... I’ll enjoy rest as dessert.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
janubio (694) - SPAIN - JUL 27, 2015
Brown colour, with a small head that leaves a good ring and some lace. Aroma is tart, acid, cider, vinegar, combined with sweetness from red or dark fruits, cherries, oak cask, wood. Medium body and an active carbonation. Taste is acidic too, oak, red fruits, some citruses notes, chocolate, vinegar, cider., vanilla. Very complex and a hell of an extraordinary beer. Put another one in my list of perfect ten.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
BruceHartford3 (14) - - FEB 18, 2016
Strong, beautiful sour aroma. The sweetness of apples, slight banana edge. Sweet, but not too saccharine. Pops the glands into action. Fizzy body and presence. It’s just damn good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JamesFrancis96 (6) - Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 10, 2016 does not count
Duchesse De Bourgogne is a fruit beer. Not many people would love this kind of beer but it is excellent. The aroma is strong and you can really smell the different kinds of fruit in this beer. Good head and nose. As a traditional beer it’s not a great beer but for wine lovers this is a wonderful choice to drink. I think it pairs very well with Miss Vickie’s BBQ kettled potato chips.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mariuszek (1099) - Gdynia, POLAND - MAR 25, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2016 Maybe be it was after tasting few ipas, but this one is absolute great. So fruity, sour, winy, fruity, rich in taste, aroma knocks you down, perfect look. I am down on my knees.

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