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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2887   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2008
winey nose, almost vinegary, not entirely pleasant. clear auburn color, light but present head. sweet red berry flavor. acetic aroma carries over to the taste, giving it a very rustic character. interesting though a little off-putting. i can see tomato, pomegranate, and apple skins, especially as it warms up. just enough carbonation makes this pretty light and refreshing. retronasal grainy "cheerios" come out (does anybody else get this?). recommendable, if you can get past the vinegar. but for my money, go for the rodenbach grand cru ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flamojune (113) - Ville de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2008
Dark red beer, taste more like fruits juice. Un pur dlice. For all. Deep cherry and dark fruits flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Ruby-amber on the pour, deep brown in the glass, with refractive garnet highlights, a finger of beige head leaves a glass-coating lace. Full bodied aromas of apricot nectar, balsamic vinegar, and yeast. First sips from the cold glass are more sweet than sour, apricot nectar with an underlying tartness. As the glass warms, the vinegar element dominate the sweetness, while the fruit remains, plums and apricots. Mouthfeel is initially viscous, like a fruit syrup, then turning dry as the beer fades into an oaky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (6790) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2008
On tap @ in de Wildeman, a few months ago. Very deep red colour, like red wine, white/pink head. Aroma of cherries, dark fruits, vinegar, a bit musty, yeast. Flavour is surprisingly sweet, a bit sour, cherry, forest fruits. Champagne like mouthfeel. Too sweet, becomes cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 20, 2008
2008 Bottle - Pours dark red with a sizable offwhite head...generous lacing, aroma is dominated by dry fruit, wood esters, apple...flavour follows, big oak up front, great tart fruit on the front end, turns cloying and sweet on the end, finishes like fruit juice, fleeting with only a bit of residual flavour and thins...very fun bottle to taste

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhops (433) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Bottle. Pours deep amber brown with rocky head. Aroma was fruit and cherries and sherry smell. Flavor was thinner and dissipated more quickly than the aroma would suggest, but it was delightful. Very sweet but a lot going on. And at 6% it doesn’t knock you out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
The Etruscan (648) - Tuscany, ITALY - AUG 20, 2008
Light brown head. Dark amber colour. Aroma is malty with cherry, wooden and light sour notes. Flavor is malty with fruity, honey and light caramel and sour tones, ending in a sweet candy finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
On tap at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, 8/11/08. Pour brown with red hues. Nose is sweet and sour with lots of vinegar. Taste is sweet caramel with apple and cherry with mild vinegar and slight candy. Tasty and complex.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mekjubaksa (17) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Bottle. Deep amber in colour but very sweet in taste. Thick and intense. I paired this beer with cold radish kimchi and it was magical. The deep cherry flavour mixed well with the slight kick of the kimchi... creating a strange (but good) mix of thick sweet and spicy flavours. Saved a little for after dinner and continued to enjoy. Best enjoyed slowly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7940) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2008
Draft at Brouwer’s. Pours nearly black with a dense, thick, fluffy tan head. Big sour cherry, oak, and balsamic vinegar. Maybe a little bit of strawberries and moss in there as well. Creamy medium body with active though soft carb. Mid-palate is a wonderful whirl of cherries, oak, and vinegar. Wonderful easy-drinking stuff; almost appropriate for sessioning and definitely appropriate for dessert. A triumph of recipe and execution for sure.

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