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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2600   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Sampled on tap at the GingerMan in NYC. Dark brown/ruby red in color. Very little head. Strong aroma of balsamic vinegar. Tasted sweet with a vinegar flavor on first sip then finished somewhat tart. Not sure whether I should drink it or put it on my salad. Interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10019) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Edgy Belgium. Good lace. Foamy pour, fluffy. Sweet aftertaste. Oak lends a brown to the amber. Some cherry tartness here, maybe sour lemon and unripe fruit, and oud bruin style. And as Monty Python would add, woody.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4215) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Dark brown with some red, no head. Complex aroma: milk, cherry, wine, vinegar - quite tart. Quite strange - I expected it to be much more sour in taste. Initial tartness, but a super short hit, giving way to a grapeskin taste. Slimy, sweet, with a level, slight herb feeling. Interesting, but a slight let down.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coyotehunter (694) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Aroma of Balsamic vinegar. Pours a deep red/brown with a fizzy head. Wooooow.I did, but I didnt expect that. First drink, bad, second drink, dynamite. Heavy flavor of apple cider vinegar, Im liking it. Somewhat dry and tart finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
6ROW (460) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
red por with small off white head. sour sweet aroma, very sweet taste with small sour finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Pours a dingy Garnet Tons and tons of head billows out fo the glass. not a gusher, but really foamy. Aroma is strong on earthy tones , sour, and vinegar notes. Flavor is woody, tart cherry, and mild wine acid and vinegar. nice funk to it, but not too funky. all flavors play well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAY 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown. Aroma of wood, balsamic vinegar, and fruit. Flavor starts very sweet... caramel like. Very creamy and smooth. But too sweet to put it up at the top with my favorites.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5089) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Location: Bottle from Markt in NYC, 6/27/09

Aroma: Dark fruits and vinegar mostly, grape (almost wine-like), some cherry, a little oak
Appearance: A nice looking dark red color, with a nice foamy beige head
Flavor: Much sweeter then anticipated from the nose, definitely more sweet then sour, but pretty nicely balanced
Palate: Has a good mouthfeel to it, a nice body
Overall Impression: A different kind of beer for me, this one almost struck me as wine-like in its nose and sweetness. I was expecting actually something a little more sour, but it was a pretty decent ale. I havenít had many of this style, so I donít have a plethora of comparative beers in my repertoire, but I thought this one was pretty solid, if maybe a tad overly sweet for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Exp: 5/2011 Pours a deep garnet red with a one finger beige head. The initial aroma is of red wine followed by expected Brett funk, and hints of straw, cork, and leather. Wow, huge plum flavor right off, followed by cherry candy and chocolate covered raisins. Hints of oak. I would prefer a more assertive Brett character to balance the sweetness a bit. Zero hop presence on this one. Medium body. Could be a good beer, but needs balance; as it is itís cloyingly sweet. Perhaps this could be put down to an error in the blending process. Not a swigging or session beer by any stretch. This is one to be shared, and sipped, with friends.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3091) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Shared with Gabe. Pours a huge gradually deflating off white head, of long duration after the deflation, attractive lacing, over a clear reddish brown (SRM 25) body....nose is cider and vinegar, with some sweet malts......taste initially sweet (cider like), then balsamic vinger tones, with a bit of malt, finishes sweet, with a tiny bit of tannin.....mouth feel is light, carbonation low. This is a light refreshing beer, that has many similarities to Rose wines. I think it is a little bit simple to be highly rated.

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