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


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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2006
Almost jet-black, sweet-sour fruity ale with a hint of blackcurrant. Ideal accompaniment to a world cup QF penalty shoot-out defeat. Goes well with tears.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (699) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Definitely SWEET, like a fruit beer. Interesting to try but probably won’t buy this regularly

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5887) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours very dark crimson with a thick tan head. The aroma is musty and sweet with traits of cobwebs, cherry, wood and only a hint of tartness / sourness. Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. The taste starts fairly sweet for a Flemish sour and has cherry, thick malt and candy cough drop. Fairly cloying as well. The finish adds a bit of spice and more of the cough drop taste. There is only the slightest hint of oak throughout.
This is an okay beer, but it doesn’t have a lot of the traits I enjoy in a Flemish sour. If I went into it with different expectations I may have though differently.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5769) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle at home. Amazing ruby red colour. Acidic scent. Sweet cassis, cherry and raspberry tastes. Hints of fresh apple. Sour and punchy. It’s not my favorite type but I think it does this quite well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Clear reddish brown, or maybe burgund... Tiny khaki head. Alluring aromas of portwine and balsamic vinegar. Fruity sweet-acidic flavors, mostly cherries. Also notes of dried fruits, almonds and rock-candy. Syrupy mouthfeel. Quite sweet finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 I liked this beer due to the fact that it was a nice surprise. I had no idea what to expect. When I first popped the top on this sucker I was not expecting a sweet and sour smell, but it definitely did have one. After the pour, I noticed the beer had a brown and red hue. Great color. The total shocker came when I actually drank the beer, and I must say it was VERY sweet. The taste of cherries lingered inside of my entire mouth. Creamy, very little head, and a very fruity aftertaste. I was surprised and the only reason this beer did not rate higher was due to the fact that it at times was TOO sweet. Not my favorite, but also not bad. Cheers!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Pours a nice color, like a red wine with hints of brown. In the aroma I detected vinegar/vinaigrette with cherry hints. The taste was very sweet and fruity with hints of vinegar. Too sweet for me and I am also not big on the vinegar taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Beautiful dark red bordering on brown with ruby highlights in the little amount of light that finds its way down to the Delirium basement. Aroma is strongly sour cherries, with oak components running alongside. One of those funky scents that really gets up into the nostrils and tickles them wonderfully. Taste is subdued sourness, with some lactic acid component, and vinegar. Berries and cherries are also present, as well as a strong oak character. Drying and sour finish which is rasping on the tongue. Strong carbonation fades to creaminess and then sneaks back in the swallow. Nice, probably doesn’t match Rodenbach Grand Cru though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Rated 8/4/07. Dark reddish purple coloring. Medium sized white head that settles to a thin film. Leaves behind a spotty lacing. Aroma is of sour apple cider, sweet caramel malts, pear juice, and yeast. The smell is really quite appealing. The flavor is sweet and sour, with sweet caramel malts melding with tart apple cider. Body gets a bit syrupy as it warms, which combined with the carbonation level makes it almost soda-like. Everything is fairly appealing and well done, its just a bit too sweet for me. Would make for a good desert beverage, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2007
A good flanders red indeed. It pours deep chestnut/deep drown with red hues. The head is tiny bubbles, that live a long time. Sour cherry aroma, sherry, oak, some vanilla, and apples with some yeasty funk. This one was sweeter than expected (like bruised apples) and had some nice lactic funk with good cherry and wood flavours. FInish was spritzy and tart. Good.

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