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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CamdenD (1116) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2006
Full of, as my sister put it, vinegar on the nose. Not terribly offensive, but not terribly inviting. I love sour ales normally, but this one tasted like a mismatched half & half. This beer did grow on me as it sat in the glass and is obviously far far from terrible, just not harmonius, to this tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice moslty lasting creamy head. Aroma and taste of malts and citrus. Nice flemish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DerWeg (1562) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
Ahh, whatís over twelve dollars for a hard-to-get beer nowadays? Fact of life, some beers you have to try once regardless. I did try this at BeerBistro today, and while I love BBís selection, atmosphere & service, I was not much enamoured with the Duchesse. My choice today was just a little too round and fat for me, the tartness was too simplistic, there was little complexity or finish, and none of the mysterious ícellarí notes I personally enjoy in Flemish ale. Maybe those qualities evidently lacking would emerge if the sweetness were tamed over 3-4 years? Sadly, I only had 20 minutes! ;) Liefmanís Goudenband and Petrus Oud Bruin are my winners, fresh off the shelf. Iím picky about Gueuze as well - I want immediately present character and at least a little demanding complexity (though as far as ícharacterí Iím a wimp about Rodenbach GC Flemish, it hurts my head!!) Simple sweet-tart Aroma did nothing for me (God Iím spolied) and the feel was a little unpleasantly sticky.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (1905) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Nice and dark with a reddish hue, and thin white head. Aroma is effervescent cidar vinegar with spices. Taste is better than I expected... not nearly as sour, and fairly sweet with very little pucker in the finish. Not a favorite, but not bad for its style. $3/11.2

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mobster07 (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Up front sourness followed by a orange, cherry aroma and some vinous qualities. Clear burgundy in color with a small off white head. Aggressive up front sourness, rounded with hint of sour cherries, sherry like, somewhat acidic and a little bitter orange peel. A little astringent for my tastes and the sweetness lingers on the back of the throat. Pretty good job of playing the sweet and sour contrast but seems a little rough around the edges. The aggressive sourness makes it a little one dimensional IMHO.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
bottle. dark amber color. no head. buttery aroma. berrys in aroma too. lots of berrys in taste. woddy and acidy. strong and sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Poured from a bottle. Poured a nice garnet red color with a thin, light tan head. Nice sour aroma with hints of cherry, some oak, and a bit of musk. Flavor begins with a tart cherry hit with nice carbonation and a bit of oak, leading into a smooth, sweet, almost apple juice like finish. Very crisp and smooth at the same time, and very pleasant to drink. Really nice beer, but not overly sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3748) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2008
A very geographically mountainous head on this pour. Lots of foam. Smells like a holy church. You know that smell? The taste is of soured malt, with a long lasting sour malt aftertaste that is metallic as well and I got this in a bottle. The beer is dark brown, opaque, with red tint. A different experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2008
sour, fruit aroma like sour cherries. reddish amber color. very sour cherry taste. iím not usually a fan of these kind of beers but itís not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BartC (726) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2008
Deep brown beer with a very small head. Fruity aroma and flavour. I recgnise some notes of coffee. Finishes with a very mild lactic sourness.

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